G SongLab - Learn. Create. Share.

Music brings us together, even when we can't physically be together. G SongLab hopes to serve as a support system, a place where young people can connect, learn, create and share their musical ideas with each other, wherever they may be located.

You can make music. Anywhere. Anytime.

G SongLab is a safe online community dedicated to helping young people develop their skills in songwriting and music creation. Genelec, working with the Tiuku Public Information Cultural Factory, the City of Helsinki, University of the Arts Helsinki and ArtsEqual, have teamed up with experienced songwriters and music educators led by Petter Korkman and Anna Kuoppamäki, to encourage and support young people making music – whatever their prior experience.

G SongLab allows young people aged between 13 and 29 to participate from the comfort of their own homes and share their songs with others, creating a sense of companionship even for those staying at home to help protect their community from the coronavirus. Also, we at Genelec will be teaching how young people can listen to sounds in a way that will help them get the most from their songs and recordings.

We will be delivering lots of tutorials over the coming months to help you express yourself musically, and through our upcoming Songwriting Challenge we’ll also be offering some fantastic home recording prizes.

G SongLab will be bringing you a series of interactive online webinars (in English) where you’ll get a chance to write songs and learn new things about music and production. At each session there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, so don’t be shy!

All you’ll need to join in is a computer, tablet or smartphone with a recording app (a digital audio workstation) already installed. We’ll be using Pro Tools and Reaper (www.reaper.fm) but feel free to use your own app. If your setup includes an audio interface and a microphone that’s great, but not essential. Bring an instrument if you play one, and don’t forget a pen and paper for writing down lyrics.

Over the next few months we’ll be sharing some songs via our G SongLab playlist, so we’d recommend that you open a Soundcloud account (it’s free) before the first webinar, if you don’t yet have one. Simply head to www.soundcloud.com.

If you’re under 18, then please ask for your parents’ permission before joining in.

Here’s what we’ll be covering to start with...

Introduction to G SongLab

7th August 2020
Time: 13:00 to 18:00 EEST (UTC+3)

Anybody can write a song! In this ‘getting to know you’ session, we’ll start off gently and show you how writing a song can be organised into a set of simple steps. Join us and learn how to start with a blank sheet of paper – and finish with a demo recording! Between 13:00 and 15:00 we’ll get you started, then from 15:00 to 17:00 you’re free to work offline and develop your ideas. Finally, at 17:00 we’ll meet again online for a one hour wrap-up session.


Perfecting your arrangement

12th August 2020
Time: 16:00 to 18:00 EEST (UTC+3)

Having recorded your basic demo, this session will show you how to use your recording software to develop and improve the arrangement of your song.

Recording vocals the easy way

19th August 2020
Time: 16:00 to 18:00 EEST (UTC+3)

In this session you’ll learn how to capture your vocals using whatever equipment you have available. The voice is a key element in any song, so we’ll show you how to get the best possible results.

The basics of mixing and mastering

26th August 2020
Time: 16:00 to 18:00 EEST (UTC+3)

Having recorded your song, you can really make it shine during the mixing and mastering stages. We’ll show you the basics of mixing and mastering your songs, using a range of free software tools.

Each month we’ll announce a monthly challenge – and provide four weekly online webinars to help you achieve your goals. Subjects will include writing music and lyrics, polishing your song arrangements, and home studio recording and production. Our aim is that everyone will have written and produced a new song each month – either on their own or part of a team – and we’ll get to share some of your songs with eachother and celebrate our month’s success.

And there’s more. At the end of the year, we’ll reward the three most creative songwriters with a fantastic home recording package with products from Genelec and other top brands.

So, we really look forward to meeting you and making music together!

Any questions? If so, just contact us here and we’ll be happy to help.

Register your interest and stay tuned.

We’ll let you know about future events.