In-Depth Maschine Course Breaks The Mold

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In-Depth Maschine Course Breaks The Mold

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Screenshot taken from course trailer via Producer Tech.

By Alexander Castiglione

Online courses are a tricky thing. And I’m not neccesarily talking about taking Psych-101 while sitting on your couch in sweatpants eating cold pizza. No, I’m talking about a music production course online.

In an age where face-to-face interaction is at a minimum, and you respond to texts and tweets faster than phone calls, learning environments are no different. However, some platforms, like the Maschine Course from Music-Courses.com and ProducerTech, break the mold.

Suitable for audiophiles like myself who want to learn a new platform or piece of hardware, or newbies to the music production game, these modules are suited for everyone. Very in-depth with near five hours of instruction, this course takes you through basic sequencing, the hardware and software of Maschine, and advanced production with sampling, effects, routing, bass, leads, and even a bonus module – using Maschine in Logic.

A dynamic and adaptable platform, Maschine can be used as a standalone or plug-in with your favorite DAW. The depth of instruction in these modules is astounding, as I learned some things that were a mystery to me – at least when trying to explain them to people (and I’ve been a slave to the studio for the last eight years or so – for instance, instructor Rob Jones explains what "attack" and "decay" is better than I ever could, despite knowing what it did to an audio clip).

In-Depth Maschine Course Breaks The Mold

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Screenshot taken from course trailer via Producer Tech.

The software is extremely user friendly, and one can chunk together blocks of anything from drum beats to basslines very simply, switching from one “scene” to another simply by clicking. Building a track is extraordinarily simple, and you can even use your favorite VSTs.

The main selling point of Maschine though is the hardware – a drum machine on steroids, completely relegating hardware like the MPC to the age of the dinosaur. Not only do the pressure sensitive pads pick up velocity, but they are illuminated, responsive, and the best part of the surface is you don’t even have to touch your mouse to build a track. You can lay down a groove simply by using the hardware, even quantize drum beats and synth lines to have them sound tighter or keep a loose and lackadaisical groove.

I could go on for days about what I learned about the platform and hardware, but the most important thing I learned is that these courses are legit, even for a seasoned audiophile like myself. From the in-depths nuts and bolts of how effects work, explained clearly and concisely, to extremely detailed instructions of advanced production techniques like mapping, routing and automating effects, this course has a little something for everyone, especially if they want to make beats that go boom in the night.

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