Crash Course

Level: Beginner (suitable for those with no experience)

Length: 7 hours of lesson time with an expert tutor, over one or two days

Location: Available UK-wide

Features: Four free hours of Pirate.com studio credit

Ages: 14+ — contact us to book younger students

Cost: From £249.00 per person

An intensive crash course taking you through a selection of production skills from Beginner to Advanced. You'll also enjoy four hours of free studio credit to reinforce those skills.

Perfect for people with a bit of production experience that want quick, extensive progress, however you don’t need any experience to take part.

Topics covered

DAWs

Navigate around your DAW to find samples, bring up the piano roll, load up synthesizers/drum machines and more.

Track creation

Put together the basics of a beat, using both MIDI and audio samples, and flesh out the arrangement on the timeline.

Equipment

Learn how to set up your laptop to work with the monitors, sound card and midi keyboard in the studio.

Industry

Our tutors are happy to share their top tips, from how to contact labels, to getting your music released.

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 free codes 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

Awesome academy! Top quality facilities and staff. Would highly recommend to anyone whether you are just starting in the industry or looking to advance your skills.

Benedict — London

Great course! It really helped me get my head around basic EQing, compression and arrangement. My tracks are sounding so much cleaner now.

Tomas — SE London

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


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 four free hours of studio credit to use at Pirate.com after the course to strengthen your 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.

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 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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