Want to make a hit record? Mark Ronson's here to show you how. From making your own beats from old vinyl to pop song structure, Mark will help you create a track from scratch and pepper it with that Ronson magic that'll get it on every playlist.
Inside his New York studio, he'll zoom in on production techniques while sharing unheard Amy Winehouse Back to Black demos and breaking down his biggest songs.
Join Mark Ronson as he reveals his music production secrets, from sampling and songwriting to tracking vocals. You'll look over Mark's shoulder as he creates a song from scratch with Grammy winning artist Jon Bellion, using editing software to record, cut, create loops, use plug-ins, quantise and reinforce drums. This is detailed, step-by-step instruction with recommendations for the best kit to use along the way.
An internationally renowned DJ, artist and producer, with accolades including seven Grammys, two Brits and an Academy Award, Mark is sharing his production secrets for the very first time. He’s become a familiar face at the top of the charts with global hits such as Rehab, Uptown Funk, and Shallow and is now here to help you mix your very own hit. Don’t believe it, just watch.
Mark welcomes you to the course and his studio – the home of hit records like Back to Black by Amy Winehouse.
Understand the role a producer plays in the music industry and the key skills you’ll need to develop.
Learn how to sample from vinyl records and chop beats up with music to spark ideas.
Mark uses his Nikka Costa track, Like a Feather, to demonstrate how combining influences can create an exciting new sound.
Optimise the setup and recording of your drums to achieve the sound you want, whether it’s disco, rock or EDM.
Meet the microphones that Amy Winehouse, Rufus Wainwright and Yebba used, and understand what different purposes they each serve.
Go behind the production of Late Night Feelings by Lykke Li to see how more knowledge makes better music.
Mark shares the story of Don’t Leave Me Lonely by Yebba and how you can evolve your own ideas into something truly special.
Learn to play an instrument and you might just stumble across a riff that becomes a hit record – like Mark did with Back to Black.
What to do before a recording session including researching the artist, building sample packs and prepping equipment.
As Jon Bellion arrives at the studio, Mark shows how to build a creative atmosphere for jamming and collaboration.
It’s time to start recording as you build your idea and make key decisions that are right for the song.
The track is really growing now as we write lyrics, bring in Niya Norwood for backing vocals, find the perfect key and start layering stacks.
Learn about Mark’s editing techniques like integrating 808s, reinforcing the drums, sidechaining and quantisation.
Top tips for putting together the perfect composite vocal track from your takes, such as using cross-fade to hide edits.
Add playful touches to your track with synths (analogue or plug-ins), guitar riffs, counter melodies, and by mashing ups styles and eras.
Learn how to tinker with electric pianos, guitars, amps and synths to create unique sounds that will transform the vibe.
A classic Ronson outro to send you on your way to produce epic records.
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What people are saying
I've taken several "celebrity" taught music production courses over the last year and this is absolutely one of the best ones. I know all the basics, etc so I really wanted to see into Mark's brain and understand how he thinks about what he does and how he prepares and little nuances like that. ... Mark is a great mentor who is able to clearly explain his thoughts.- Philip M / tigerscientist
The longer format of the studio recording section really gives a good sense of the actual process, it feels authentic and makes you feel like a fly on the wall. ... Valuable for both experienced and younger aspiring producers.- Matthew Garton
Amazing to see MR work flow with artists in the studio. I’ve been able to compare it to mine. I’m also learning invaluable piece of information about the way he approaches drums and drum programming. Definitely a game changer for me!- Rony
Lots of detail, clear explanations and genuine behind the scenes stuff.- David Stanley
Clear concise, jargon free, accessible, taking you on a journey through a range of exciting production projects.- Clair
Mark never loses sight of the fact that he's teaching. He always extracts and articulates the reason for each decision he makes. He completely opens up his process to the student.- Sue Ennis
Love the long form, deep dive structure. The course isn't concerned with rapid fire fragments of Mark Ronson's biggest hits. The crafters of the class spend elongated moments in the dirty middle of his process which is incredibly valuable.- JQ
It's well made and doesn't dilly dally too much. Ronson provides useable real world skills that work for a range of people from home studio hobbyists to pro-studio engineers.- Jolon
The best music production course I have ever taken. Lots of information but understandable and easy to apply to my own studio work.- Greg Stephens
The course is unbelievably well done. The way it's presented, the topics, the way is produced... highest level possible. Mark is an absolute genius. He's always been my north star and virtually experiencing to be in the studio with him is crazy.- Matteo Fioriti
Mark is such a down to earth producer who is accessible and very generous sharing his knowledge and experience. He is also great choice as he encompasses sampling original beats, through to completing the finished track in an easy to follow format.- David Pearson
This is BY FAR the coolest/most interesting and educational music course I’ve ever seen. To watch Mark and Jon have a REAL session while meeting for the first time, incredible. Love the approach of having Mark narrate after, rather than look at the camera and explain what he’s doing during the session. That’s what sets this apart from all the others. I can’t say enough about how amazing this course is. Worth every penny.- Anon
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