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Cables & Connectors

Cables and connectors provide the pathways for audio signals to flow throughout the studio. Great connections can have a positive impact on not only the sound but also a creative difference in the recording process by maintaining the quality of the source and inspiring the performer.

DAWs & Converters

The digital audio workstation, or DAW, is an essential building block of the modern studio. Knowing the components, features, and tools found in this “studio in a box” is essential knowledge for all audio engineers, both old and new.

Electrical Levels in Audio Production

To achieve great results when recording, processing, and mixing audio, it’s important to know the levels at which various pieces of musical and studio gear operate. This course digs deeper into the operational qualities of studio gear in the signal chain.

Managing Gain & Distortion

Recording engineers and music producers encounter many ways to adjust gain along the recording and mixing signal path. Knowing the best practices for setting levels in your DAW, processors, and other gain stages will allow you to avoid distortion and noise in your productions.

Mic Choices & Placement

Asking the right questions about your microphones before the talent arrives is what separates a great recording from a good one. When is it better to use a dynamic mic instead of a condenser? How do you place each mic and which is the best polar pattern for each application? You will find the answers to these questions and more as we progress through this course.

Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado

Welcome to Recording Vocals with Dave Pensado, a full, in-depth course that provides viewers everything they need to know to take their vocals to the next level.

Speakers & Headphones

Speakers, headphones, and In-Ear Monitors (IEMs) are transducers. Like all transducers, they change one form of energy into another. Learn the basics of transducer operation at the back end of the signal chain, where truth, or the lack of, can lead to consequences in the quality of your music.

The Art of Recording a Big Band

The Art of Recording a Big Band was filmed at the famed Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California, USA, over two days during a recording session by Al Schmitt featuring Chris Walden's GRAMMY® Award-nominated eighteen-piece jazz big band. The film focuses on the legendary Al Schmitt, the most celebrated music engineer, producer, and mixer of all time, and winner of twenty-one GRAMMY® Awards. His most recent GRAMMY® came in 2012 for Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom."

Understanding Recording Signal Flow

A great sound starts with a quality signal chain. In this first installment of the Foundation Series, you will learn the basics of audio starting with the source, and then moving step by step down the line to the finished product.

Advanced DJing with Ableton Live

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide, DJ extraordinaire Josh Bess explains how to go further when DJing with Ableton Live, and provides advanced tips and tricks to incorporate into your live DJ performances.

Afro-Cuban Coordination For Drumset

Get the "Afro-Cuban Vibe" injected into your drum playing! Latin Music superstar Maria Martinez reveals her Revolutionary Studies for Afro-Cuban Rhythms in this classic Hal Leonard video series. You'll learn Coordination, Improvisation, and Feel, expanding your drum vocabulary with a vast array of Latin Drumset Grooves and Solos.

Blues & Barrelhouse Piano

In this intimate instructional Hal Leonard series, professional Blues pianist Ann Rabson personally teaches you her own brand of blues and barrelhouse piano.

Blues Harmonica featuring Steve Guyger

Learn authentic blues harmonica styles and techniques from master bluesman Steve Guyger in this special instructional video series.

Brazilian Coordination For Drumset

Get the “Brazilian Vibe” injected into your drum playing! Latin Music superstar Maria Martinez reveals her Revolutionary Studies for Brazilian Rhythms in this classic Hal Leonard video series. You’ll learn Coordination, Improvisation, and Feel, expanding your drum vocabulary with a vast array of Latin Drumset Grooves and Solos.

Creating Acoustic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide video course, Josh Bess explains how to create realistic-sounding drum grooves using Ableton Live and the included Ableton Live Drum Racks specifically created for this video course by Josh.

Creating Electronic Drum Grooves with Ableton Live

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide video course, Josh Bess explain how to create a wide range of electronic drum grooves with a focus on more than simply programming beats and grooves, but utilizing the ideas and techniques of a drummer into electronic music production, for styles consisting of House, Techno, Breakbeat, World, and many more.

DJing with Ableton Live

In this Hal Leonard Music Pro Guide, pro DJ Josh Bess explains how to DJ a set with Ableton Live software!

Ed Shaughnessy & Clem DeRosa

In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, world-renowned drummer Ed Shaughnessy and conductor-arranger Clem DeRosa take you through a survey of jazz, swing and Latin styles from the drummer’s perspective.

FastTrack Bass 1

The Hal Leonard FastTrack® Bass 1 series is an exciting, new way to quickly learn how to play that Bass you just bought, or have had for a while. It’s a fun, easy-to-follow approach, and best of all, it gets you playing Bass fast!

FastTrack Drums 1

The Hal Leonard FastTrack® Drums 1 series is an exciting, new way to quickly learn how to play those Drums you just bought, or have had for a while. It’s a fun, easy-to-follow approach, and best of all, it gets you playing Drums fast!

FastTrack Keyboard 1

The Hal Leonard FastTrack® Keyboard 1 series is an exciting, new way to quickly learn how to play that keyboard you just bought, or have had for a while. It’s a fun, easy-to-follow approach, and best of all, it gets you playing fast!

Fitness for Drummers

This Hal Leonard instructional video series features drumming fitness expert Justin Spencer explaining and executing fundamental stretching and workout routines, specific to improving your drumming, so you can play better and longer, while avoiding injury.

Global Beats for Drumset & Percussion

In this Hal Leonard series, virtuoso drummer Walfredo Reyes Jr. shows you how to combine rock drumming techniques with a wide range of African, Caribbean and South American percussion sounds to create an integrated global drumming style.

Guitar Licks with Greg Koch

In this must-have Hal Leonard Guitar Method instructional series, guitar master Greg Koch teaches you 50 lead licks and phrases in the style of legendary guitar greats.

Guitar Setup & Maintenance

Denny Rauen is a nationally-acclaimed master luthier whose clientele includes many top musicians and collectors from around the world. Spend some time with Denny and learn how to setup your Guitar just right as well as make modifications and customizations!

Hal Leonard Ukulele Method

The Hal Leonard Ukulele Method is the perfect way for anyone wanting to learn to play the ukulele.

Jazz Upright Bass

In this information-packed Hal Leonard series, renowned bassist Ed Friedland reveals the technical and stylistic details behind professional jazz upright performance.

Jeff Bowders Double Bass Drumming Workshop

In this Hal Leonard video series, double bass drum specialist Jeff Bowders shows you tips and techniques for getting the most out of your double bass drum playing.

Jeff Porcaro Instructional Drums

This is truly a unique opportunity to receive a private drum lesson from world-renowned musician Jeff Porcaro. In this exciting instructional video series, Jeff describes his approach to straight-time, triplet and shuffle feels, as well as Latin grooves. Jeff also breaks down a variety of drum patterns including his most famous groove from Toto’s mega-hit “Rosanna.”

Les Paul

This in-depth instructional video series by Hal Leonard Publishing is interspersed with performance clips that take you up close with Les Paul for a fun, humorous and incredibly educational view into the awesome world of music as seen by one of the truly great guitarists, musicians and innovators of all times.

Live DJ Tech - Controlling Lighting and Visual Effects with MIDI

Learn how to integrate lighting and visual control from within Ableton Live using DMX. Josh Bess will guide you through the fundamental concepts and help you evolve this essential part of being a stand-out live DJ.

Mike Clark Funk, Blues & Jazz

In this in-depth Hal Leonard video series, legendary drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, Headhunters, Eddie Henderson, Brand X) explains and demonstrates the Blues, Funk and Jazz roots behind his unique and highly influential drumming approach.

More Guitar Setup & Basic Modifications

Denny Rauen is a nationally-acclaimed master luthier whose clientele includes many top musicians and collectors from around the world. Spend some time with Denny and learn how to setup your Guitar just right as well as make modifications and customizations!

Peter Magadini Jazz Drums

In this information-packed Hal Leonard video series, Master Jazz Drummer and Clinician Peter Magadini reveals the essential ingredients of Jazz Drumming. Inspirational live performances, concise explanations, demonstrations and exercises provide a comprehensive overview of Traditional and Contemporary Jazz Drumming Styles and Techniques.

Play Banjo Today!

The Hal Leonard Play Today® Banjo series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Banjo, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!

Play Harmonica Today!

The Hal Leonard Play Today® Harmonica series is a great way to quickly learn how to play Harmonica, covering instrument details every player needs to know.

Play Mandolin Today!

The Hal Leonard Play Today® Mandolin series is an awesome way to quickly learn how to play Mandolin, covering the basics and important instrument information the new player needs to know. There's no reason not to play!

Ray Luzier Drum Clinic

In this Hal Leonard video series, powerhouse rock drummer Ray Luzier takes you through an in-depth survey of modern rock drumming techniques and styles. Ray also demonstrates how to put your skills to work during exciting live performance footage, featuring world-class musicians in various venues.

The Complete DJ Gear Guide To A Serato Controller: Numark NV and NVII

In this video course, DJ Shortee shows you all the gear you need for a basic DJ setup using a Serato DJ controller such as the Numark NV. Get a walk through of every feature step by step along with practical examples of how to incorporate them.

The Complete DJ Gear Guide To A Traktor Controller: KONTROL S4

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee shows you all the gear you need for a basic DJ setup using a TRAKTOR DJ controller, how to set it all up, and how to integrate it with the TRAKTOR Pro 2 software. She features the Native Instruments TRAKTOR KONTROL S4 DJ controller and walks you through each feature step by step, explaining how to use every single function in detail. The lessons are taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand. This information-packed course is the first of many videos in the TRAKTOR Controller Series of Shortee's Complete DJ Method. It works seamlessly in conjunction with her TRAKTOR Software course: “The Complete Guide To TRAKTOR Pro 2” and is essential for building a strong foundation to take your skills to the next level.

The Complete DJ Gear Guide To CDJs And A Mixer

In this video tutorial course, world-renowned DJ Shortee shows you all the gear you need for a basic DJ setup using CDJs and a mixer. She explains how to assemble the equipment and how to integrate it with digital audio interfaces for both Serato and TRAKTOR DJ–related software platforms.

The Complete DJ Gear Guide To Turntables And A Mixer

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee shows you all the gear you need for a basic DJ setup using turntables and a mixer, as well as how to assemble and integrate it with digital audio interfaces for both Serato and Traktor DJ–related software platforms.

The Complete Guide To Beginner DJ Mixing With Turntables And A Mixer

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you the essential DJ skills that you need to beatmatch and mix your music using turntables and a DJ mixer. These skills include manual adjustments, tuning your ears, beatmatching, and beginner mixing techniques. She breaks down the entire beatmatching and mixing process slowly and clearly, step by step and in multiple ways, so that you can fully grasp the concepts, while also giving you specific exercises that you can practice repeatedly to hone your beatmatching skills. Every lesson is taught in a clear and concise way that is easy for anyone to understand.

The Complete Guide To DJ Basics With A Serato Controller

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using a Serato DJ controller. The Numark NVII is featured; however this course is structured so that you can easily learn using any Serato controller.

The Complete Guide To DJ Basics With Turntables And A Mixer

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee teaches you all the essential basics that you need to know when you are first learning how to DJ using two turntables and a DJ mixer. You will learn how to handle the record, the correct way to put the needle on the record, where to place your hand on the record, and the best way to forward and rewind the record. Discover how to read the grooves on the record and various ways to cue up your songs using both traditional vinyl and control vinyl, for use with DJ software such as Serato and Traktor.

The Complete Guide To Rekordbox

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee thoroughly walks you through Pioneer DJ’s Rekordbox software and all its essential features. You’ll learn to create playlists and Intelligent Playlists, import and export tracks and playlists, and produce audition mixes on the fly.

The Complete Guide To Serato DJ

In this video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee thoroughly walks you through Serato DJ software and all its essential features. You’ll learn to easily navigate the software, including how to create Crates and Smart Crates, import and analyze tracks, and create set lists.

The Complete Guide To TRAKTOR Pro 2

In this massive video course, world-renowned DJ Shortee thoroughly walks you through the TRAKTOR Pro 2 and TRAKTOR Scratch Pro 2 software and all its essential features. You’ll learn to navigate the software, import tracks, create playlists, customize the entire platform to your liking and much more.

Traditional Rudimental Drumming

This Hal Leonard video series by John S. Pratt will reinvigorate your study of “Traditional”, ancient rudimental drumming and provide material for your practice, music vocabulary and drumming expression. You’ll learn the 26 traditional American Drumming Rudiments, Swiss Drum Rudiments, as well as Pratt’s unique drumming and style tips.

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