Music Production
 RISE students at a studio visit

RISE students at a studio visit

An overview of the RISE Production course designed by Mark Stent

Mark Stent is one of the biggest names in the South African dance music circuit. He has been in the industry for over 20 years has his own highly successful label – Flexual Records. With his years of experience, Mark has designed the music production course having taught himself the do’s and don’ts of music production. In this course he has created a step by step program for learning how to produce using Ableton software. Mark notes that it is not the tools that make a good producer but how producers use the tools. Our production students will gain insights into everything from music theory, arrangement and composition, audio editing and compression, right through to getting an introduction to mixing and mastering. Copywriting, label contracts, publishing, and distribution will be covered in the course to insure that students get the necessary knowledge to be able to release their tracks in a professional and legal manner and that they will have the ability to push and promote their tracks for plays and exposure. With these skills and more, our students will have the foundation that will enable them to launch into the exciting and creative world of music production.

Why become a music producer?

Music production is the perfect synthesis of a passion for music and a desire to express oneself creatively. Social media has created amazing opportunities for producers to get their releases heard all over the world and has therefore opened doors to places that were previously very difficult to gain access to. Production can result in continued income from one creation as you will be paid royalties every time your track is played on radio stations etc. You might also get the chance to work with some very exciting artists. That is not to say that it is easy to get there, hence one of the reasons why it is good to formally study music production in order to get the insights needed into how to perfect your sound, how to get your tracks heard and how to protect yourself legally.

Why become a DJ/Producer?

The new ultra-hybrid is that of the DJ/ Producer. DJ’s who are looking to get noticed sooner and who are looking to getting asked to play at larger gigs in other cities and countries around the world are now becoming producers. Producers are learning to DJ so that they can be invited by promoters (who attract more patrons from having big names from radio play at their functions) to play their tracks to live audiences. The earning potential of the DJ Producer is generally much higher than the stand alone DJ or producer title.

Timo ODV had never DJ’d before but he once he released “Save me” and other tracks consequently, promoters were lining up to have him play at their events, forcing him into having to learn to DJ.

Diplo went about his career by first getting noticed as a DJ and then getting acclaim for his production skills.

Becoming a DJ/ Producer means that you basically double your chances of getting noticed, getting booked and rising above the field.

Check out the RISE DJ course here.

Music Production Course outline

Week 1 – Production: Course and Equipment Introduction

Week 2 – Business: Online music sharing

Week 3 – Production: Continued equipment and platform familiarisation

Week 4 – Business: Entertainment Law

Week 5 – Production: Making beats

Week 6 – Business: Entertainment Law

Week 7 – Production: Editing audio

Week 8 – Business: Entertainment Law

Week 9 – Production: Music theory & controllers

Week 10 – Business: Marketing

Week 11 – Production: Sampling & recording audio

Week 12 – Business: Collaborations skills

Week 13 – Production: Effects

Week 14 – Business: Choosing equipment

Week 15 – Production: VST’s

Week 16 – Business: Industry Insight

Week 17 – Production: Routing & automation

Week 18 – Business: Industry Insight

Week 19 – Production: Refining sound

Week 20 – Business: Industry Insight

Week 21 –Production: Sampling techniques

Week 22 –Production: EQ

Week 23 –Production: Compression

Week 24 –Production: Mixing

Week 25 –Production: Mastering

Week 26 –Production: Revision

Week 27 –Production: Revision

* Please contact us if you would like an in-depth outline of the topics that this course cover


This course is offered in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban