Digital Music Production "The Rec Room"

Our Digital Music Program, which we call The Rec Room, is a comprehensive set of courses for anyone looking to work in digital music production. Instructor Milen Petzelt has crafted a broad range of workshops, sessions and ongoing training for anyone looking to make their own songs, write for TV, movies, or videogames, and anything in between! We are proud to offer this program using the absolute latest in technology, techniques and know-how.

The Rec Room program aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools to record, orchestrate, mix, master, and finally release their very own finished song. We go step by step through each part of the process so that students gain a deep understanding of the fundamental concepts and practices of every stage of digital production.

Students start with learning how to navigate the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) in both a PC or Mac environment, proper workflow, and tips and tricks to keep the student from getting lost in the overwhelming options. Then we move onto the recording stage of production.

At this stage, composers work on digital orchestration techniques such as using sample libraries, the fundamentals of MIDI sequencing, expression and timbre modulation, and most importantly: making your orchestra sound like a real orchestra!

We also cover techniques found in contemporary music, such as sampling and remixing a song, programming drums and synths, using modular synthesis, and sonic effects.

The program also covers the basics of live audio recording such as microphone types and their uses, proper flow of an audio signal chain, proper gain staging to ensure headroom, and other topics related to the recording of a real instrument.

We also cover basic mixing techniques where students learn how to make their songs crisp, clear, and really pop. Here students will learn about equalization, limiting, compression, parallel compression gating, side-chaining, and many other useful techniques to give the mix that final polish.

Finally we release the student’s song to the world! Students can learn how to publish and distribute their songs online through Midtown Music School’s label, or how to publish under their very own independent label!

New & notable

What's new

Online Lessons Now Available!

Midtown Music School has now successfully transitioned to a fully-online model for all our programs. We have successfully adapted all our lessons for remote learning, including all instruments, theory, even digital music production!

Coronavirus Update, An Open Letter

This is David Stone, Director of Midtown Music School. As we all have seen, circumstances have changed dramatically. All schools in Ontario will be closed for three weeks, all major sports leagues are cancelled, Broadway is going dark until April 12th.  It is important during these uncertain - and unprecedented - times that we do our part to continue to live our lives as normally as possible.

With this in mind, the staff and I at Midtown Music School are going to do our utmost to help keep music as a regular part of your lives. In advance of these upcoming weeks, I wanted to help get everyone on board with how we will be able to keep the music going.