Pensado’s Strive Courses

The Strive curriculum series is the brainchild of online-television sensation Pensado’s Place and audio-publishing giant Hal Leonard. The series will feature authors who are considered best in class, relevant, and enormously committed to education and giving back.

The Blackbird Academy Foundation Series

The Blackbird Academy’s Foundation Series is designed to build your music engineering and audio production skills. The series is directed at beginners to more advanced music creators, remixers, musicians, songwriters, singers, and those curious about what it takes to record, overdub, and mix quality music. Those who aspire to music, from ages ten and up, will gain operational skills and understanding of basic to advanced recording concepts including:

  • Signal flow
  • Microphone recognition and advanced placement
  • The keys to achieving great results when recording
  • Essential analog and digital gear used in audio production
  • Using a digital audio workstation
  • Understanding analog to digital, and digital to analog, conversion
  • Using plug-ins and analog processing when recording, overdubbing, and mixing
  • Developing software skills such as tuning processing, editing, and mixing
  • Console basics and operation
  • Using auxiliary tracks and buses
  • Using shortcuts to build speed
  • Learning how to listen

And much more!

Those more advanced will also achieve benefits from watching the videos that were filmed and written around the gear and workflow at Blackbird Studio, the world-renowned production facility located in Nashville, Tennessee. Blackbird has produced 100s of hit records from a variety of artists including Taylor Swift, Jack White, Martina McBride, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, and many more. Viewers will learn an impressive range of valuable information only known in the inner circles of production at the heart of Music City USA.

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Titles Coming From

  • Dave Pensado
  • Chris Lord Alge
  • Tony Maserati
  • Kuk Harrell
  • The Usher Foundation
  • Herb Trawick
  • And more!