So, I know nothing about music and would like to accelerate my learning. Are there any online courses/resources to help you go from zero to Electronic Music guru?

Paid or free.

  • Google is free. It also contains more knowledge than was available in an entire university course when I was first learning. Caveat - It also contains more uneducated opinion, but the Beatles didn't go to college
    – Tetsujin
    Sep 7 '14 at 19:32
  • But with Google, the information is scattered, and I don't know which is the best. I.e. the info isn't curated... Sep 7 '14 at 20:56
  • This has nothing whatsoever to do with sound design. Sep 8 '14 at 21:08

Lynda.com has a lot of information from a design and production perspective, but honestly, a great way to get started is to find a YouTube channel. I don't have a specific one to recommend, but I would check out a few a see is they're making the kind of sound you like.

There are a lot of great tutorials on using Ableton live for example.


Groove3.com has a wealth of tutorials on production, software, recording, mixing and so forth. You can purchase tutorials as a package ala carte or pay for a monthly subscription and have unlimited access to all of their content. I've used their resources in the past and while the ala carte price is a bit high the quality of their videos is some of the best. I would recommend the monthly subscription as if you've got the time it is the best bang for your buck.

YouTube has a tremendous number of people with channels devoted to learning. I really hate to give suggestions for specific channels and overlook other talented people but one of the more popular channels as of late is put together by a guy who goes by Sadowick. Some other great resources would be Tom Cosm or Mr. Bill. For clarification, I am not Mr. Bill despite my user name.

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