New online tutorial service debuts

UK: Sonic Academy Online is the name of a new web-based music production video tutorial resource from Music Production and DJ Academy Sonic Academy. Providing video-based training from _3.49 per tutorial, the new service - which went live last week - is targeted at those involved or interested in DJ-ing and music production at all levels, writes David Davies.
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UK: Sonic Academy Online is the name of a new web-based music production video tutorial resource from Music Production and DJ Academy Sonic Academy. Providing video-based training from _3.49 per tutorial, the new service - which went live last week - is targeted at those involved or interested in DJ-ing and music production at all levels, writes David Davies.

The interactive site follows the introduction of a 'physical' Sonic Academy in Belfast in 2003, and enables tutorials to be downloaded in bite-size modules to answer a specific question or problem area, or as complete courses. Subjects include leading software packages (among them Ableton, Cubase and Reason) and hardware such as mixers, turntables and DJ CD players.

Endorsed by manufacturers including Steinberg and Allen & Heath, the site also contains interviews, advice, DJ/producer tutorials, video reports, reviews, web-chats and forums. SonicAcademy Online also provides support for manufacturers and MI retailers, with the opportunity to have specific questions answered.

"What we deliver is informative, independent, affordable user-friendly step-by-step video tutorials to allow people to make music easily," said Sonic Academy founder Kevin Traynor. "It's about producing drums that sound good, a bass line, about very quickly enabling you to use that bit of software or hardware to create great sounding tracks or mixes, whatever aspect of music production you're involved in."

The introduction of the new service is being marked with a competition to win a Vestax PMC-CX digital-four channel mixer signed by Carl Cox and free tutorials for a year. To enter, click on the link below and register your details by June 14th.

Web » www.sonicacademy.com

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