Course 4: The DAW

Understanding one’s DAW or digital audio workstation is a key aspect of being a modern-day hip hop music producer who is adept at creating and communicating various song and artistic ideas to other artists and music professionals. Whether you choose to learn Pro Tools™ or Logic Pro X ® this course will enable you to understand the basic functions of your DAW and its layout, identify various tools, and demonstrate the ability to navigate its functions and communicate them to those you work with (artists, producers, audio engineers, songwriters, etcetera). Here is where you start building a solid foundation to the development of your skills, talents, and knowledge in Recording Connection for Hip Hop & Beat Making.

Course 4A (Option 1) – The DAW: Logic Pro X®

Logic Pro X® is professional music production software used by an array of producers and artists worldwide. This Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) has the capability to record live audio, create MIDI-based compositions, as well as offer unique ways to streamline music making. With powerful editing and processing tools and a comprehensive suite of effects and plugins, as a music producer you will use, navigate, and utilize this multifaceted tool to produce music and be a creator in the industry.

Course 4B (Option 2) – The DAW: Pro Tools

Pro Tools™ software has evolved a ton since its initial introduction as Sound Tools back in 1989. Long regarded as the industry standard, Pro Tools™ is the most pervasive digital audio workstation in the world, across many facets of sound and music production, sound and music for film to video games, to commercial music production, and more. Pro Tools is also, arguably, the most complex. With powerful processing tools and a comprehensive suite of effects and plugins, as a hip hop producer you will use utilize the most pervasive of DAWs to create music and sounds that move people.


  • Understand the basic functions of their DAW and its layout.
  • Be able to identify the different tools available in the DAW.
  • Demonstrate basic ability to navigate the functions within the DAW.
  • Be able to construct artistic ideas within the DAW.
  • Be able to communicate the basic functions to others.