Lesson 1: Introduction and Meet your mentor

This video features the background and journey of the mentor, the overview of the course and why it is important to take this course.

Lugo Gonzalez

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Course Description

There are different approaches to making music. Usually, one starts from the perspective of a songwriter or musician.

Meet Grammy-nominated producer Lugo Gonzalez, a graduate of the National Conservatory of Mexico, the Berkeley College of Music, and the current CEO at IMAGND LLC. As a songwriter and composer, arranger, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Lugo shares his very unique process of music creation and production coming from the standpoint of also being a studio engineer.

From the importance of mental conditioning to open up creativity, figuring out what parts work, generating the conversation among instruments, recording vocals to ending with a rough mix, Lugo explains his personal method and how being an engineer distinctly shapes and guides the entire process.

Although one need not be a sound engineer, taking this course and learning to understand and practice all of Lugo’s steps will certainly provide a more global outlook and edge.

Track: Music

Format: Video On Demand

Date: April 2, 2022

Duration: 2 hours

  1. 01
    • This video features the background and journey of the mentor, the overview of the course and why it is important to take this course.

  2. 02
    • Discover the keys that will help you write music on a daily basis no matter what the situation may be.

  3. 03
    • Understanding the kind of song you want to create, the genre, or the artist. The important skill: LISTEN to everything.

  4. 04
    • Lugo comes up with a house music track from scratch! The next sessions will show you how it's done. In this lesson, you will see the steps in picking the tempo, creating the session in the DAW, using templates, etc.

  5. 05
    • Lugo explains how we make all music elements of the beat fit within a spectrum of frequencies.

  6. 06
    • Lugo shows how to begin to put ideas down by quickly picking sounds as we engineer them at the same time. It’s all about working in an organized way by naming tracks! Keeping levels, etc.

  7. 07
    • We should all work efficiently while picking tools like synths, samplers, loops to create melodies and rhythms

  8. 08
    • You don't have to commit to a specific idea by using the graveyard. It’s okay to switch ideas and replace sounds as you go along.

  9. 09
    • Introducing the use of special effects such as reverbs and delays to color the sound while making it more interesting. Utilizing loops.

  10. 10
    • -Choosing and bringing some previous sounds from the graveyard -Recording additional elements -Making sections within the structure of the arrangement -Using "Flags" or "Markers"

  11. 11
    • Continuing to put down ideas while not limiting ourselves creatively and keeping everything organized.

  12. 12
    • Continuing to develop the track by adding extra sections to the arrangement by sometimes copying what we already had prerecorded.

  13. 13
    • Listening to extra elements to enhance the beat. Keep coloring the sounds with reverb and such.

  14. 14
    • Begin to bring the first elements we recorded to the drop or new structure section.

  15. 15
    • Summarizing what we have just learned. Refreshing the concept of the graveyard

  16. 16
    • Understand what it takes to be a good engineer or to choose the right engineer.

  17. 17
    • Experience world-class technical expertise musicality as Lugo brings more EQing and filters all the way down to the mix!

  18. 18
    • Here’s to more EQing, light Compression, and Carving out your Frequencies as Lugo begins to walk you through this mastering process. It’s all about the instruments conversing and collaborating well with one another.

  19. 19
    • Giving that added punch, Bringing Up the Volume, Coloring, Compression and Saturation, Sub-harmonics - all the good stuff you need to make the track sound even better! Plus a Recap of the Creative Process

  20. 20
    • Lugo gives a fitting finish to the course by sharing learnings from decades of being in the industry. These nuggets of wisdom are universal and applicable no matter what field you’re in.