This course takes students from basic familiarity of Ableton to a deep understanding of the acclaimed production platform, using signature techniques and workflows developed over decades by UPA mentors.
This course teaches you the art of sound design with synthesizers. While tracing the flow of sound and control, students will pick up all the core terms while learning about their use in specific, well known sounds.
This Module is designed with the intention to include sample-based production in the greater lexicon of electronic composition and to give you as a producer, a competitive edge by having a point of view.
An advanced class on constructing complex atmospheres, drones and conceptualizing sonic worlds yet to be discovered. Create the sound of a tree breathing, for example.
Our original methods in teaching mixing come from understanding frequencies. We cover both clean and dirty mixing and the technique of Dub, as well as delving deep into EQ, compression and spatial effects.
Traveling from location to location in New York City, participants gain first hand experience in the art of music production.
In this course, you will learn how core concepts in Ableton form into workflow, and fit into a larger strategy for music production and sound design.
Learn to build powerful, unique and highly versatile customized instruments in Ableton Live perfect for Sound-Clashing in both production and live performance.
By eliminating the proprietary fluff that seems to come with most DAW’s, Audition allows you to work with your sounds quickly and efficiently.
We take a two pronged approach to teaching this platform; first, setting up the most solid, simple workflows that will save you time, and second, uncovering the more hidden, powerful features underneath the hood.
UPA offers custom tailored, one-on-one online coursework with our faculty. Following a quick conversation about your vision, interests and ability, mentors at UPA will create a course specifically fit to you.
A sensibility for frequency ranges outside of the 12 tone scale can open up an entirely new world for composers, sound designers and performers.
In the Art of the Sound Clash, you learn crucial aspects of live performance that are typically not covered in most schools.
The ultimate tour of NYC pre-2000, with vocalist, instrumentalist and cult historian supreme; HoneyChild Coleman (The Slits, Mad Professor, Death Comet Crew).
The art of off the grid beat creation comes from a deep sensibility for swing and groove, and applying tactile approaches to beat creating.
Orchestration is the study of frequencies that pertain to speciﬁc traditional instruments, learning how to layer several instruments, from duo to orchestra.
Learning how to weave vocals around a production, or developing a production around a vocal performance and theme, is an art form in itself and is a necessity for any professional producer.
This unique, one of a kind class deals with the act of using a sound system as an instrument for performance and production, from constructing an entire composition from the buzz of a cable or feedback from the room itself.
Knowing how to be traditional, and how not to be, is an art in itself which comes from the knowledge of arranging. We, of course, teach traditional song structure, however we keep a ﬁrm grasp on building producers who break the rules as well.
Mastering is the art form of allowing your music to have maximum impact across the wide of range of various sound systems of our generation.
A comprehensive study of how the best sounds are made. Create your own unique library that demolishes anything available commercially.
A comprehensive breakdown of the functions of Ableton’s flagship control surface, and how they tie into solid Live workflow.
At UPA, we believe in finding a balance between raw programming chops, hacking, and actual music making. With the deep set of tools and the community behind Max for Live, this balance has never been more possible.
Since the late 90s, Reaktor has been remarkable for it’s staying power electronic instrument design.
Personal production counseling with focus on voice, sampling, field recording, content, digital processing and intuitive composition.