Down the rabbit hole: What does this site cover?

What is Music Tech

Music Tech teaches educators, students, and professionals basic and advanced concepts in music technology. There are plenty of places to learn traditional theory, composition, orchestration, musicianship, and all those other amazing skills. This is where you’ll learn how to apply music technology to those skills. Main site areas include music business, recording, digital music and live/installed sound. Below is a table that explains what is taught in each category.

Each section of Tech Beginnings contains the basics of what students and teachers should know, based on a mix of what is being taught currently in college music programs and what is needed in the industry itself. Each topic is written to be understood by anyone, regardless of previous experience with music technology.

The site also has a rolling, searchable blog feed in each of the advanced categories listed below.

Who’s Behind MTS?

The site and original content for MTS were created by Elias James and are based, in part, on the content and outcomes of the commercial music and music technology programs of Snow College and Southern Utah University, respectively. Elias is a graduate in the masters of music in music technology (MMMT) program at SUU. He also has a bachelor’s of music in commercial music (B.Mus) from Snow College, where he took extra coursework in music education, music production, vocal performance and composition; he now teaches music tech and jazz/pop/rock history classes for Snow College. He has also done considerable work in installed AV systems, writing, editing and visual design, with some work in feature film scoring, live sound, recording and elementary education. He does business as Melody Rose Media, in Provo, Utah. Elias has a fiery passion for education, and wants to see everyone with a music, audio or digital media degree find success in their field.

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As you’ve probably noticed, this site includes printable resources, usually in PDF format (like the site map on this page). These are all free to use, provided they remain unaltered. They may be shared online or printed for teacher, student or professional use; if you would like to share any resources on another site, please simply link to their location on this site, as our traffic will be the main way this site remains operational and updated. They may not be sold or included in any other commercial work, including subscription websites. Feel free to e-mail for permission to use any site content or printable resources for specific uses not stated here; there’s a great chance requests will be approved (even alterations, to some extent).

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Other Notes:

We’re always looking for great tech programs and ideas to feature; reach out if that sounds like something you’d appreciate. If you have any suggestions for improving MTS, use the Feedback button at the bottom-right of any page and give us a constructive earful (it even lets you highlight what you’re talking about). Also, if you would like a master class from any one of a number of experts, custom teaching materials, a specific studio build, private tech lessons, or just some applied advice, e-mail Enjoy your visit!

Resources for this Section

Business Ideas

There is an increasing and ever-changing amount of revenue streams available in the music industry. This section keeps students and professionals on top of it all. View it here.

Music Marketing

Marketing and promotion are too important to ignore, especially for someone just entering the industry. This section includes tips and free resources for the budding musician or publisher to get their brand established online and in print. View it here.

Labels and Publishing

Since getting signed isn’t everything anymore, what are publishers for now? This section deals with the nitty gritty of music publishing, with large labels and single-person operations. View it here.

Tour Business

Touring is still the main source of income for many artists. This section gives insights into life on the road: what’s expected of everyone, how to treat your sound man, whether or not it’ll be worth it, etc . . . View it here.

Acoustics and Treatment

This could be a complex chunk of heady mathematics, but we’ll avoid that as long as possible. Instead, it glosses over the basics of practical acoustics, mostly as it applies to preparing a recording or performance space. Here’s the page.

Studio Setup and Gear

Once you have a great space, you’ll need some great gear. This section covers the main hardware required to produce music in a studio and how to set it all up. View it here.

Recording Audio

This section covers how to record audio sources with mics, plugging in guitars, and dealing with other analog sources. It also covers the basics of setting up recording applications (track types, gain, etc . . .). MIDI and electronic music is covered in the Digital Music area. Here’s the page.

Mixing and Mastering

Once audio tracks are recorded, mixing and mastering gets them ready for the public. This area goes through audio effects in much greater detail and their use in getting a competent mix. Click here to go to it.

Digital Notation

Even though some genres have moved away from traditional notation, it’s still used in a large part of the industry; it’s also definitely still in full force in academia. This goes over how to create great-looking scores in Sibelius and other notation programs.

Electronic Music

This section covers a little of the expansive history of electronic music, it’s many genres and uses, and how it’s made today.


Film and game audio is always new, since it changes constantly. It’s also exceptionally fun for students.

MIDI Instruments

MIDI is at the heart of music production. It makes things much easier for the beginner and more flexible for the professional. This section goes over the basics of MIDI and introduces the various instruments that can record it.

Live Sound

From simple speeches and conferences to small stages and grand arenas, live sound can be high-pressure or a breeze. This section will help you be more prepared for all the tension and excitement of a live gig.

Installed Systems

Every restaurant, car dealership, public pool, school stage, concert hall and arena needs a sound system, and it can take a small army to put it all together. This section introduces distributive systems, DSP programming, control systems and other permanent installation considerations.

Rentals and Sales

Backline and sales are other sectors of the industry that are often overlooked in education. Unlike a lot of sales positions that mostly require business savvy and great people skills, audio sales also requires a deep and expansive knowledge of audio gear and its uses.

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