5 music tech skills you’ll learn at 7 Days of Sound 2022
January is here and there’s no better way to spend it than by hunkering down and learning some new skills. Luckily, 7 DAYS OF SOUND, Saffron’s annual digital festival is right around the corner, and we’ve got a stacked lineup of music tech workshops for you to get stuck into.
If you’re looking to level up your music career in 2022 or simply try something new, then here are just a few of the things you can learn by attending this year’s event…
1. HOW TO DESIGN UNIQUE SOUNDS
Developing the ability to design your own sounds is one of the attributes that will set you apart as an electronic music producer. One woman who knows all about this is Ableton certified trainer, Rachel K Collier, whose song-focused, high-energy studio productions have attracted support and attention from BBC 1 Xtra, Arturia, Korg, Teenage Engineering and Yamaha. Join her on Day 7, when she’ll be giving us an insight into how she creates distinctive sounds from simple and often surprising sources.
To get a taste of Rachel’s production tips, check out her YouTube channel.
2. HOW TO PRODUCE PERSONALITY-PACKED RADIO SHOWS
If you’re a DJ, producer or musician of any kind, getting involved in radio is a great way to express yourself and build a dialogue with your audience – but how do develop a show that stands out? On Day 4, NTS Radio resident Anu will be sharing some advice around creating radio shows with personality. She’ll talk through her approach incorporating multiple creative practices. She’ll also touch on how she translates the music she plays into visual art.
Listen back to Anu’s latest NTS Radio show.
3. HOW TO BUILD YOUR DJ PROFILE AND FOLLOWING
If you know how to mix but aren’t sure where to go from here, then this workshop is for you. On Day 4, Em Williams and Daisy Moon, the co-creators of our beginner DJ course and community, Mix Nights, will be delivering a workshop on next steps for DJs. In this one-off session, they’ll be covering everything from self-promotion and networking to producing mixes and radio shows. Trust us, your future self will thank you for attending!
Follow Mix Nights on Instagram to get to know our DJ community.
4. HOW TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO OLD TRACKS
Got a heap of unfinished tracks on your hard drive? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one! Rather than opening up another new project file, why not sign up for our workshop with Pops Roberts? On Day 7, the producer, performer and Ableton certified trainer will be showing us how to make use of our discarded ideas and develop unfinished projects into full-blown masterpieces.
Check out Pops’ latest projects on Instagram.
5. HOW TO MAKE MUSIC USING MOOG SYNTHESISERS
If you’re interested in making music with hardware, then Moog Music’s semi-modular synthesizers are an essential tool to explore. On Day 5, recording artist, composer and modular synthesis wizard Lisa Bella Donna will be introducing us to these amazing pieces of kit. Discover the range and depth of Moogs, how to quickly navigate and interconnect them as well as interface them with your DAW and other synths. Lisa will share some of her production tips around recording, processing, and properly mixing modern Moogs and unveil some of the magic and fun of modular synthesis and multi-timbral sequencing.
Listen to Lisa’s music on Bandcamp.
Taking place between 22-28 January, 7 Days of Sound is open to women, trans and non-binary people of all experience levels worldwide. Tickets are available to purchase on a day-by-day basis, or for the whole week, with a ‘Watch-back’ option available for those who are unable to attend the sessions live. View the full lineup and schedule here.
A limited number of donation tickets, starting from £1, are also available for those that cannot afford a full-price ticket. These can be applied for using this form.
Saffron Members get 50% off all tickets to 7 Days of Sound. Join now using the button below and you’ll also gain access to monthly online workshops, tech discounts and more.