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NUT Studio - Naples
The NUT Studio, based in Naples, adopts the book Learning sound technique as the reference textbook for the Electronic Music Producer and Live Performer course.

The course begins with a didactic-formative first stage whose main topics are: softwares dedicated to music production, recording techniques, mixing and arrangement, synthesis and sampling, acoustics fundamentals and psychoacoustics, live performances with electronic music, relationships with record companies, possible problems related to contracts in auto-productions.

Then the course enters in the second "Laboratory" stage where all the students, under the guide of lecturers and professionals, will work on their own projects. In this phase, the lecturer will act pretty much as an artistic producer, sharing with students his experience and artistic sensitivity.

At the end of the course the students will be granted with the Diploma of ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCER AND LIVE PERFORMER, approved by the Regione Campania.

Here follows the full list of the treated topics:
  1. Computer music composition
    • Configuration and optimization of a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
    • PC e Mac operative systems
    • Peripherals and softwares
  2. MIDI Protocol
    • Functioning principles
    • The MIDI protocol and MIDI message's structure
    • Channel and system messages
    • The hexadecimal notation
    • Interface and connections
    • Short history of MIDI
  3. Digital Audio
    • From analogue to digital (A/D)
    • Sampling frequency
    • Bit resolution and quantization
    • Aliasing and Nyquist theorem
    • Discrete Fourier transformation
  4. Sampling
    • Ribbon sampling
    • Analogue sampling
    • Digital sampling
    • Editing, stretching, resampling, multisampling etc..
    • Digital samplers: stand alone, keyboard, computer
  5. Sound synthesis
    • Additive synthesis
    • Subtractive synthesis
    • Granular synthesis
    • Frequency modulation synthesis
  6. Cubase System
    • The Project window
    • Audio and MIDI editing functions
    • Management and saving of libraries
    • Using MIDI with Cubase
    • Automation
    • Remote Control
    • Control room
  7. Ableton Live
    • Browser Arrange pages
    • MIDI e Audio clips
    • MIDI automations
    • Interaction among Arrange pages
    • Internal and external routing of Audio and MIDI
    • Sampling of external sources and usage of hardware FX
    • Using Ableton for DJs live performances
    • Creation of an Audio-MIDI project and outline of the different working modalitites
  8. Reason
    • System configuration
    • All-round view of the "Back panels" and signal routing
    • All-round view of Reason's sequencer
    • ReGroove mixer
    • ReWire
    • Description of instruments and effects
  9. Acoustics and Psychoacoustics
    • Sound
    • Amplitude, frequency, waveform
    • Fourier analysis
    • Transients
    • Physics
    • Physiology of the auditory system
    • Phsychology of the auditory system
    • Masking
  10. Microphones and miking techniques
    • Michrophones classification
    • Functionin principle
    • Miking
  11. Mixing
    • Mixing's aim
    • Mixer and routing
    • Effects and delay lines
    • Dynamic effects
    • Other effects
    • Spatialization of sound sources
  12. Il Mastering
    • What is mastering
    • Which are the main defects of a mix that can be fixed with mastering
    • Softwares and plug-ins employed in mastering
    • Analysis of hardware dedicated to mastering
  13. Description of live events
    • Stage monitoring
    • F.O.H engineer
    • Stage engineer
    • F.O.H. e P.A.
  14. Using the computer for live performances
    • The Live set
    • Remote control mapping
    • Setup of libraries
    • Effects usage
  15. Autoproductions
    • Autoproduction: objective's analysis and development of a project
    • Promotion: production of a good promo-kit; internet usage for promotion; creation of a network
    • Rights: description of musician's and producer's rights
    • Administration: fiscal issues for artists and producers; advices for dealing with music businesses
    • Analysis and verification of promo stuff made by students.
  16. Internet and Music Marketing
    • Basics of marketing and music marketing
    • Autopromotions and autodistribution on the Internet
    • E-commerce: selling physical supports and digital distribution
    • On-Line promotion

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