ASU – 1500 Sound Academy
1500 Sound Academy

1500 Sound Academy and Arizona State University (“ASU”) presents Professional Certificate in Music Production, a certificate based, self-paced online music program taught by industry leading artists.

Arizona State University

Learn the skills to be successful in the contemporary music industry and discover the many career paths available in the music industry.

6-Course Program

  • Music Production Techniques with Ableton Live
  • Recording & Engineering Fundamentals
  • The Contemporary Songwriter - Coming Soon June 2021
  • Mixing Essentials - Coming Soon June 2021
  • The Business of Music 101 - Coming Soon July 2021
  • Branding for the Contemporary Artist - Coming Soon July 2021
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Course Details

Music Equipment for Music Production

Music Production Techniques with Albeton Live

Music production is the art and science of creating a track from concept to reality. The music producer’s toolbox is sophisticated combination of hardware, software and musicianship that is synthesized together with inspiration to create magic! This module provides today’s music creators with a foundation on necessary concepts, terminology and techniques of modern studio track composition.

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Course contributors:
  • Kosine
  • Brian Kennedy
  • Seige
Recording & Engineering Fundamentals

Recording & Engineering Fundamentals

The digital audio workstation (DAW) is the centerpiece of the recording studio. This module breaks down the fundamentals of getting sound into the DAW the right way and shaping your sound on the way-out using EQ and compression, among other techniques. Special attention is given to recording a vocalist for the best sound quality possible.

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Course contributors:
  • Dave Hampton

The Contemporary Songwriter Coming Soon June 2021

Songwriters create timeless emotion from nothing but melody and lyrics. This module demystifies the songwriting process and arms the modern songwriter with melodic and lyrical concepts to deepen their craft. If you are new to songwriting or have experience, this module will help you improve your craft. Social aspects of songwriting such as studio etiquette and co-writing are also covered.

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Course contributors:
  • Jozzy
  • Sterling Simms
  • Harmony Samuels
  • Blush
Mixing Essentials

Mixing Essentials Coming Soon June 2021

The mix can make or break a song and when it is done right no one even notices. This module is about listening and knowing what you want things to sound like. It is also about knowing how to listen and what to listen for. Within the construct of learning how to listen, many of the production and recording tools are reimagined for the role of the mixer. Advanced vocal processing tools are also introduced.

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Course contributors:
  • Todd Cooper
  • Young Guru
Music 101

The Business of Music 101Coming Soon July 2021

Music creators are copyright owners, brand owners and publishing companies, whether they know it or not. This module outlines the pillars of a music creator’s corporate structure. Of course, once the structure is established, there will be transactions in the forms of contracts, publishing and streaming. Students also learn how to take their music to the marketplace for the world to hear.

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Course contributors:
  • Tuff Morgan
  • Max Gousse

Branding for theContemporary ArtistComing Soon July 2021

The artist is the personality behind musical movements and cultural shifts. It may seem like an effortless materialization, but many of the most successful artists are laser focused on their brand and image. The artist must also foster their network of fans and supporters. This module digs deep into the psyche of the artist as well as the practical side of being an artist and setting up an authentic brand and performance.

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Course contributors:
  • Max Gousse
  • Ally Brooke