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SMC Certificate: Basic Sound Production


This short course introduces our students to the world of digital music production. Modern music production has gone vastly digital. As a result students will be trained on the latest digital audio workstations on how to create, program, edit their MIDI or audio recordings.

This course will give you the fundamentals of music production and it is ideal for beginners and those interested in acquiring additional musical skills.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Perform full musical productions
  • Audio and MIDI recording
  • Basic mixing and mastering
  • Bounce down operations

Course Modules

  • Equipment Orientation
  • Drum programming
  • Music Production Software
  • Audio Recording
  • VST Instruments
  • MIDI & Audio Editing
  • MIDI sequencing
  • Mixing & Mastering

Admission Requirements

The following learning is assumed to be in place before enrolling:

  • Grade 10 or a NQF level 2 equivalent qualification
  • Computer literacy
  • English language (spoken and written)
  • Music aptitude

What is the class schedule?

  • Classes are scheduled 5 days per week (Full Time), and 2 days per week (Part Time), Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday.
  • 10 hours per week of studio lab time will be spent completing hands-on projects.
  • In addition to the regular class schedule, seminars are scheduled on Fridays. Many audio and business related topics are featured. SMC invites industry professionals from all aspects of the music industry to participate and share their knowledge. Educational videos are also featured.