Beginner

Level: Beginner (suitable for those with no experience)

Length: A two-hour-long lesson with an expert tutor, followed by an optional hour of solo practice

Location: Available at selected UK studios

Features: Two free hours of Pirate.com studio credit

Ages: 14+ — contact us to book younger students

Cost: From £119.00 per person

Curious about producing music with Logic Pro X or Ableton but unsure where to begin? Our beginner production course is a solid introduction.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in creating their own tracks using samples, midi instruments and drums.

Topics covered

Intro to a DAW
A Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) is your key tool in music production. You'll be introduced to your DAW of choice and learn how to navigate your way around it.

Production fundamentals

You'll experience the methods and workflow of a typical music production session.

Samples

We'll explore the world of samples and you'll learn how to build a basic drum beat using audio samples, and how to create loops.

Arrangement

Understand how to sequence audio on the arrangement timeline, working your way up to crafting an entire song.

What to expect

  • Before
  • On the day
  • After

Before the course

Once you've purchased the course (or redeemed a gift card), we'll send you a form to fill out with all your details — preferred time, date, location and genres. We'll then match you with the perfect tutor for your production experience.

 

Please note, orders can take up to 72 hours to process, so please book 3-4 days before your intended lesson.

 

The tutor will then email you to confirm dates and times.

To make sure you get the best out of your session it is essential that you bring a laptop with the DAW of your choice (Logic Pro X or Ableton) installed and ready to use.

On the day

Leave plenty of time to arrive at the studio five minutes before your session starts. You'll find directions and door codes in the confirmation email, as well as a contact number.

On arrival, you'll be met by your tutor, who'll show you to your studio. Your lesson will start promptly.

Wondering what to wear? Casual clothing is fine, wear layers, because sometimes it can get cold, or warm up if you're in the zone.

After the course

Congratulations, you've completed it!

As with all new knowledge, implementation is crucial. We recommend you make time to get back in the studio within a week or so, to help strengthen your new skills. Like any other learning, you need to make a habit of it.

We’ll be sending you a feedback form and a discount code for your next studio booking after the session, so keep an eye on your inbox.


Too basic?

Need something custom?

Not sure?

Talk to our friendly team to find out which course is best for you.

Learn on the best

You'll master Ableton or Logic Pro X, and use the latest Focusrite, SE Electronics, and Novation equipment for recording.

What our students say

I loved the lesson with Ronnie! He explained everything really clearly, was supportive and was a really fun class. He was super encouraging and well planned. I definitely want to do another lesson now.

Jacqui — Bristol

I felt like I finally "got" how to DJ properly!

Emily — Leeds

Neil and I worked specifically on EQ and filtering during my session as I had always struggled to achieve smooth fadeouts in the mix. Nailed it.

Jack — Birmingham

Why choose Pirate?

Our short courses allow you to experience a taste of the Pirate Studios environment and enjoy relaxed, real progression. Additionally, all Pirate Studios courses include:

Hands-on guidance

Our practical approach will help you strengthen your skills and build better habits, faster. A low pressure environment means you can ask any question you want.

Practice your skills

We give you two free hours of studio credit to use at Pirate.com after the course to strengthen your DJ knowledge and experience. We're open 24/7, so pop in whenever suits you.

Personal feedback

Our expert tutors have over 100 years of DJing between them, not too bad considering the CDJ was only released in 1993.

Online community

You'll have the opportunity to mingle online with other learners and tutors in a private space. Ask questions, share mixes, or offer advice.


Learn what you love or broaden your horizons

We teach everything from house to techno, drum and bass to ambient, breakbeat, dubstep, electronica, hip-hop, pop, rock, trance and more. It's your choice.

We offer courses in a huge range of music  genres

What is Pirate?

Pirate is a creative studio network and artist community. We provide professional, affordable spaces, education and performance opportunities for pro-practitioners, casual creatives, and everyone in between.

24/7 availability

As a member of Pirate, you have round the clock access to our dedicated DJ, production, rehearsal, podcast and dance studios.


Locations

We have hundreds of state of the art DJ and production studios across Great Britain, from Glasgow to Brighton and everything in between.

Amenities

• Free car-parking
• High-speed WiFi
• Vending machines
• Kitchen facilities
• Air-conditioned rooms

Give the gift of music

Our gift cards make a flexible, creative gift for anyone. Choose from a range of denominations — they can be put towards any Academy course, masterclass or simply time in any Pirate studio.


Pirate alumni benefits

Being part of the Pirate family gives you access to our online community to share your creations, tips and tricks. When you’re ready, you can also enter competitions to play gigs and festivals.


Meet your tutors

No wannabes here, each of the tutors at Pirate Studios is a vetted industry professional with a friendly, personal teaching style. Whether DJing or music production, we match you to the right specialist for your needs.

Not sure?

Talk to our friendly team to find out which course is best for you.

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