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It’s Mandi here. I just finished an intensive Logic Course at the Garnish Music Production School here in LA and I felt compelled to write this because it was probably one of the best decisions I have made in my career thus far. For any artist, songwriter, manager or A&R out there, I couldn’t recommend attending this school more.
There are several different ways you can take classes, but I wanted to make sure I was in town the whole time, so I took the intensive week long course. For 6 days (7 hours a day, plus 2 hours of homework at night) I was taught career changing skills. The amazing instructor, Darren Burgos, worked for Apple for a long time and knew absolutely everything about Logic. Since it was a beginner class, we had a lot of questions and he was super patient and encouraging. We learned a 1000 different things over the week, including: how to construct beats, create virtual instruments and the proper way to record vocals and other pieces of audio. We were also taught basic mixing and mastering skills and the fundamentals of using any D.A.W (digital audio work) system.
I have been a singer and songwriter for a while now and before this class, I didn’t really know what a DB was, how to add more low end or how EQ worked. Beyond that, every time I’ve wanted to record vocals, I’ve had to wait for an engineer or producer to be available. I can now do all of this for myself. When someone sends me a song to “topline,” I’ll be able to record the vocals whenever I want; When I have a song idea, I can now create the demo track for it by myself. The veil has been lifted :)
Obviously there is a lot more to engineering, mixing & producing than just taking a class. If you really want to become a master in those fields, than just like anything else, it takes years of practice. I didn’t take the class because I was expecting to magically turn into a world class producer next month - I took it so I would be able to grow as a songwriter and artist. I also wanted to learn the language of Logic so I could more easily communicate with the other people involved in the creation of the music.
I have no idea why I waited this long to learn such an important part of my craft, but I feel as though I have more control over my art now. It’s pretty awesome to do something proactive like this. Sometimes when you’re trying to get ahead in your career, its easy to get lost in doing the mundane for no reason. I wanted to let you know about the Garnish Production School on Melrose because I truly believe if you take classes there, it will be very worthwhile.
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P.S -They also offer classes on Pro Tools, Abelton and a few others, so if you’re not into Logic, you can take something else.
P.P.S- There’s also a school in the UK.
To All You Artists Out There
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