RIYADH: A leading international sound engineer will host a three-day “Music Production: From Zero to Hero” course in Riyadh from November 28, aimed at nurturing budding talent in the country.
The course is offered as part of the XP Music Futures conference. “I feel a huge sense of pride, it’s very rewarding and I know it will be extremely rewarding for me to be able to share this information with young talents in the region,” said Marcela Rada, who is also the organizer of the conference.
Rada said that with the right tools and the right education, students could achieve their dreams. “I think it’s going to be huge to empower artists in areas (where they) may not have had the opportunity to access this kind of information and tools,” she said. added.
Rada will lead the six-session educational initiative course with El Fuego, the DJ and artist. Rada said it would be the first time it has offered such a course in Saudi Arabia, which would cover the basics, including music production and audio engineering.
Students could gain enough knowledge to set up their own operations at home, where they can further develop their skills. “It’s designed for beginners, so it’s designed to introduce the tools, whether hardware or software, so they can continue to learn on their own afterwards,” Rada explained.
The three-day course is split into two sessions per day, with the first day focusing on the “art” of recording with an introduction to techniques, Rada said.
“We’re going to go over a home studio environment and what you’ll need for hardware and software. We’re going to cover the different types of microphones and microphone techniques,” she said.
The second session of the first day will then take students through music production using digital instruments and creating beats.
The first session of day two will introduce attendees to technical training on the ear, audio processors, and how to approach music mixing and sound processing.
“It’s a session that’s going to give them the tools to know what to focus on, what to look for, and how to train their ears so they can approach mixing creatively and professionally,” she said.
“The session is designed to give them the basics of hardware and how to process the analog signal.”
The second session of day two will delve into the specific processors available to modify sound.
“The goal of these sessions is to help students find ways to find their sound signature. The tools are there, we’ll talk about the specific ones they might not be familiar with, how to find them, which ones they can use, and which ones are free and available,” Rada said.
The first session on day three would delve deeper into immersive audio. “I’ve been researching immersive or special audio for about three years and I think we’ve all seen the boom in spatial audio in music production.”
The session would also show how a songwriter, producer or content creator could take their music to the next level.
“The last session of the last day will focus on collaboration. I want to give them the opportunity to collaborate with each other, to explore how different talents can collaborate with each other to create something good,” she said.
“They’ll be able to collaborate and produce a beat, and then they’ll get feedback from me and their classmates and we can pitch something by the end of class.”
While visiting the XP Music Festival last year as a speaker, Rada said she was approached by several people wanting to know more about music production.
“That’s what inspired the course, I saw the need and the desire to learn in the field,” she said.
“I would describe it (the Saudi music industry) as (having) very, very talented individuals who (use) their culture and what they know about their musical influences in the region, as well as what they have been exposed to with the international talent. I think there is a combination of this very local talent influenced by local customs and tradition,” she said.