Midi Production 1 

Course Number: PROD-107DL Credit Hours: 4

Course Description

Level 1 of this course serves as an introduction to MIDI and virtual instrument-based composition using a digital audio workstation (Pro Tools). Students are taught both the best practices and the workings of MIDI systems, which subsequently lays the groundwork for their own MIDI-based productions.

Ian Vargo

Sound Design and music compositions by Ian Vargo have been heard on nationally-televised ad campaigns, award-winning short films, and viral web content. Most recently, he has worked with the Los Angeles Directing team Cousins, whose videos have amassed over 30 million views on the internet. Additionally, Ian is a Music Producer, Mix and Mastering Engineer, and Multi-instrumentalist. He has worked on numerous major label (Universal, Interscope, Hollywood) and independent records. Ian has studied songwriting and guitar at The Berklee College of Music, and has a Master’s Degree in Sound Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design.

Week 1:

  • The History of MIDI
  • Uses and Introduction to MIDI Messages
  • Technical Specifications and Overview of continuous controllers

Week 2:

  • MIDI Messages in Depth
  • General MIDI and Velocity

Week 3:

  • MIDI within Pro Tools
  • Automation and Controllers

Week 4:

  • The Grid
  • Piano Roll
  • Quantizing

Week 5:

  • Advanced MIDI Techniques
  • Exporting

Hardware & DAW Requirements:

  • Mac or PC with at least 8 GB of RAM, but 16 GB or better is highly recommended. NOTE: LACM’s Pasadena campus uses Apple Macs, exclusively, for all its DAW workstations, as do all of the program’s instructors.
  • Pro Tools version 12.6.1 or newer
  • At least one external, portable hard drive
  • Headphones (with 1/8-inch and ¼-inch adaptors)
  • Highly Recommended: A large-capacity drive for backup purposes is highly recommended. Multiple backup drives (preferably stored in different locations) are the only way to ensure data safety.

Recommended Hard Drive Specifications:

  • 1 TB or larger
  • 7200 RPM
  • USB 3 or better
  • “Green” drives (ones which will go to sleep after a period of inactivity) are NOT recommended. They are problematic for use with any DAW software.

Software Requirements: