Sound Design Online Program

Create your own sounds with the best tools and techniques on the planet.

In this program, you will be guided through everything you need to know to create incredible sounds from scratch. The course begins at the heart of sound creation with an in-depth study of the nature of both acoustic and electronic sound through analog and modular subtractive synthesis. Apply that knowledge to modern synthesis types (FM, wavetable, granular, and physical modeling), sampling, re-sampling, and finally advanced signal processing. Create, observe, sculpt, sample, and process sounds using the same exact tools and techniques of the world’s leading sound designers. Use cutting edge devices by world leading developers such as Glitchmachines, U-He, Applied-Acoustics Systems, Madrona Labs, and more!  Walk, step by step, through weekly exercises and demonstrations as we explore all that is possible in the realm of modern electronic sound design.

The next start date for the Sound Design Online Program is: Monday, August 7, 2017.

* Enrollment limited to 10 students

Like our Ableton Program, the Sound Design program is designed to be a single, fully immersed, 6-month program.  Every week, students will have a class, project, assignments, and hands on studio/lab time.  At the end of the program, students will leave with a complete portfolio of sound design work: projects, tracks, synthesizer patches, and a Sample Pack of custom designed sounds for use in music or motion picture.

This is a Slam Academy Interactive Online Class. That means that every week students will receive new content to watch on their own time, have scheduled group chat time with the instructor, turn in assignments, and received critical feedback from the instructor every week.

Class Topics

The six levels of sound design topics have been structured and developed by sound design professionals. Each class includes a project, exercise, and multiple concepts.

Sound Design Level 1: Analog Subtractive (Week 1, 2, 3, & 4)
Topics: History, Oscillators, Timbre, Filter, Resonance, Amplification, LFO, Envelopes, Series vs. Parallel

Sound Design Level 2: Advanced Modulation (Week 5, 6, 7, & 8)
Topics: 2nd Order modulation, Modulation Sequencing, Step Sequencing, Pulse Width, Sync, Filter FM, FM Concepts, FM pads and tones, FM drums and percussion

Sound Design Level 3: Effects Processing (Week 9, 10, 11, & 12)
Topics: EQ, Filter, Pitch Shifting, Compression, Gating, Multiband Processing, Reverb, Delays, Spectral Effects

Sound Design Level 4: Sampling (Week 13, 14, 15, & 16)
Topics: Drag and Drop, Looping, Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, Layering/phasing, Frequency Modulation, Amplitude Modulation, Keyboard Control

Sound Design Level 5: Granular/Wavetable (Week 17, 18, 19 & 20)
Topics: Wavetable, Creating Tables, Phasing Layers, Wavescan, Mono vs. Polyphonic Waves, Noise Treatments, Granular, Pitching/Tuning, Layering

Sound Design Level 6: Distortion (Week 21, 22, 23, & 24)
Topics: History, Analog, Digital, Amplification, Ring Modulation, Waveshaping, Overdrive, Guitar Rig, Parallel Distortion

To enroll in the Sound Design Program, purchase below. This price includes all the required classes, at a significant discount from buying them individually. After payment for the program is received, our Program Expert will contact you to welcome you to the program and answer any additional questions about how our online programs work.

Price: $2999.00 (Includes all classes, All Access pass to all Slam Academy regular classes, and 1 year of Lab Time) Payment plans are available for this program. Join the Sound Design Program for only $250/month!

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us.


Registration is only $250/month! You will not find a more cost-effective comprehensive Sound Design Program on the planet.

Included in this Course:

  • 6 Months of classes
  • Every week, participate in class discussions in private forums.
  • Every week, get up to 3 hours of custom course videos
  • 2 hours of available lab time with the instructor using video chat
  • 1 homework assignment every week, focusing in on the topic of discussion and lessons
  • Weekly feedback session during lab time.
  • Direct teacher video feedback on Level projects.
  • 6 month membership to Splice Sounds
  • Student community access via Google Plus.
  • Private online forum for collaboration, sharing, and questions.
  • All access pass to Slam Academy’s online Instant Course offerings.

To register with the monthly payment program, click here now!

To register with a single payment, click here. 

Enrollment in this program is limited to 10 people.

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Need help? Contact us about our scholarship programs.

A Sneak Peak at our Online Programs:

 Level 2, Class 3, Lesson 1: Session Jamming

In this lesson, we will first look at the components of Live that allow us to “play” our computers – as musicians play their instruments – LIVE.   After working through each of these components in action with our instructor, we can then start to ask ourselves the big question:  How am I going to use this in my own creative process?  

Let’s look at Page 46 of Making Music by Dennis DeSantis: “Write Drunk, Edit Sober.”  (The textbook for this course).   In this lesson, Mr. Desantis makes a powerful suggestion: Separate the “jam” times from the “post production” times.   This allows us to chase our muse when she appears, without being distracted by all of the tools and options available during the editing stage.  Here, Dennis works with a few mental exercises that will help us break free from the oftentimes overwhelmed headspace and into the “flowstate” of improvisation and free creation.

Don’t we all want to be there?   Let’s exercise this together in our weekly 1 on 1 lab times via Google Hangouts, or during our recorded video feedback sessions on our projects.   Every student at Slam Academy gets direct contact with an expert on a weekly basis, in both “hangouts” and within recorded feedback sessions of the student works.   In addition to that, all Slam students are immediately inserted into the thriving community of artists, musicians, producers, and sound designers that surround the Slam Academy family!

In todays first Video session, I would like to focus on the Resonator.

I would like us to first understand Resonators, and then explore ways in which we can build our own from scratch using filters, delays, and LFOs, all within a single audio effect rack. After we learn the fundamental principals at work here, we will focus on how we can use these principals in our tracks. I”ll show you a few examples, and a few tracks that I’m working on using resonators.

In our weekly hangout session, I would like to hear what you are working on using these. Below is a live pack that I outline in this video to get you started.

Resonator Modifications Live Pack: [Download]

What does the Lab Time Look Like?

A lot of students ask us how an interactive lab time works. Each student logs in from wherever they are in the world, and can optionally show their computer’s camera and microphone (so we can see each other!) The teacher starts the session with an open question session, followed by a lecture/demonstration on the lesson of the week. Just like in real life, anyone can chime in and ask questions as they come up. Following the lesson, another free-form question and answer session happens before adjourning for the week.

Remember that each student will receive the lesson of the week in videos before the lab session, so they can watch them on their own time. When the lab time happens, students are ready for additional reinforcement on the topic, to ensure maximum competency.

What does the Weekly Feedback Look Like?

Every week, students in the Online Program submit a track to the teacher. The teacher offers a valuable and encouraging critique of the track, and sends back a personalized video with some suggested improvements. These videos are often considered the most inspiring and powerful part of the entire online program by students! Even though these videos are not shared publicly, and are intended only for the student, one student has given us permission to share one of theirs to give you a glimpse.

Register with a single payment of $2999.00

Register with a monthly payment plan of only $250.

More Preview Videos from our Online Classes:

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 9.07.30 PM    Resonator Modifications
In this video James Patrick explores Resonators, and then ways in which we can build our own from scratch using filters, delays, and LFOs, all within a single audio effect…
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Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.32.28 PM    Dance Music Production, Tutorial 2
A short tuorial from James Patrick on creating dance music from scratch using Ableton Live - Part 2. Interested in More? Check Out Slam Academy's Ableton Online Program. << More from…
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Screen Shot 2013-02-03 at 4.30.17 PM    Dance Music Production, Tutorial 1
A tutorial from James Patrick on creating dance music from scratch using Ableton Live - Part 1. Interested in More? Check Out Slam Academy's Ableton Online Program. << More from Slam…
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