"I'm driven by music that creates a narrative. Weaving together songs that tell a human story about love, struggle for freedom and justice."
With residencies at DC's hottest spots (the 18th Street Lounge, Marvin, Saint Ex, The Beacon Hotel, etc...) M.Dot has been at the nexus of music and community building for 7 years. Her career started at OneCaribbeanRadio, an HD reggae station streaming world-wide. She soon locked in residencies in New York and D.C.
Learn the ins and outs of mixing records like a pro. DJ M.Dot will show you how it's done. Book your lesson!
Ableton is an extremely powerful production and performance platform. You can now master it thanks to veteran producer and dj Daniel Merrill. The Sweet Spot now offers his brand new Beginner Ableton 12-hour course.
3 Saturdays in a row, 4 hour classes, packed with essential knowledge and plenty of hands-on practice. If you’ve always wanted to get into Ableton but found it a bit intimidating: this is the class you’ve been waiting for!
· Orientation and Overview
· Audio vs. Midi
· Intro to Drum Racks
· Set Up and Recording
· Working with Midi
· Session & Arrangement View
· Live Instruments and Effects
· Basics of Automation and Animation
· Laptop running at least Ableton Live 10 Intro
· Audio Interface (e.g. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2)
· Headphones (semi decent)
· MIDI Controller (optional)
$200 per class
What's an EQ? What is reverb? How do you make a kick and a bass line coexist? What do you start with when you mix? How do you decide how loud everything should be? How do you make sure every detail is heard when so many instruments are playing at the same time?
That is the art and science of mixing. You can learn how at the Sweet Spot. Whether you are beginning your journey or have been doing this a little while already, we will show you how to grow and reach the next stage. If you'd like to know more, read a comprehensive list of all the topics we cover.
Nicolas Laget serves on the board of the Recording Academy's D.C. chapter. He has mixed hundreds of singles and albums in a wide range of musical genres. As our lead engineer he will be who you learn with.
Ready for a better sound? Join our Sound Engineering and Production program!
So you'd like to use autotune but there's a catch... You still have to tell Auto-Tune what key your song is in! Do you know what a key is? Do you know how to figure it out? What are scales? What's the different between a major and a minor chord? Why do we care?
Easy: Because knowing this stuff will make you a better musician. It will allow you to communicate more effectively in the studio and on stage.
Music is a craft, not a lottery. Want to know why some things sound good and why others don't? Learn theory!