Sound Design Program

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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.
Enrolling in this program includes a 1-year all-access SlamPass membership!

The next start date for the Sound Design Program is: Tuesday, May 9, 2017.
[Online Start Dates]

* Enrollment limited to 10 students

Like our Ableton Program, the Sound Design program is designed 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.

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)
Learn how to make deep bass, thick leads, vibrant string sections, and slammin’ kicks, toms, and other percussion sounds with analog synthesis technology including the Ableton Analog, Native-Instruments’ Reaktor, Eurorack modular systems and other hardware synthesizers on campus at Slam Academy!

Sound Design Level 2: Advanced Modulation (Week 5, 6, 7, & 8)
Learn how to make detail rich and intense leads and percussion with bright metallic textures that cut through the mix using the Ableton Operator and NI’s Massive and FM8.

Sound Design Level 3: Effects Processing (Week 21, 22, 23, & 24)
Learn to turn your simple sketches into crisp, clear sonic environments, full of warmth, width, and clarity using the Ableton Live effects device collection, as well as VSTs from Glitchmachines, Sound Toys, U-He, and more.

Sound Design Level 4: Sampling (Week 9, 10, 11, & 12)
Learn to record, sample, and resample sounds from anywhere and turn them into your own musical creations with the Ableton Simpler and Sampler devices, as well as the infamous Glitchmachines Polygon Sampler. (EDU discounts available)

Sound Design Level 5: Advanced Synthesis (Week 13, 14, 15 & 16)
Learn to create complex, futuristic morphing bass sounds and sound effects with industry leading Xfer Records’ Serum Wavetable Synthesizer.Also design endless lush soundscapes using Granular Synthesis technology from both the Max for Live Granulator II as well as the Madrona Labs Kaivo. Also explore organic soundscape creation with the physical modelling of Kaivo and the Ableton / Applied-Acoustics Systems Collision and Chromaphone.

Sound Design Level 6: Compositing and Mastering (Week 17, 18, 19, & 20)
Learn to finalize the creation of world class sounds through the professional application of timeline-based editing and compositing of your own original sound design creations.  Polish them up to scream with spectral processing, analog and digital distortion, and world class mastering techniques.  Finish the program with final projects that include an original short film score and sample pack of all original sounds, presets, wavetables, and more!

The class will run every Tuesday starting on May 9 (7pm – 10pm) and ending October 30, for a total of 24 weeks. At the end of the program we will have a completion ceremony/Party, where students will show off their accomplishments, invite friends, and make some noise!

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. Please note that when they are available, classes can be taken through our online class program as well as in our Northeast Minneapolis studio.

Price: $3999.00 (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 $367.71/month!

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


Registration is only $367.71/month! You will not find a more cost-effective comprehensive Sound Design Program on the planet.

Enrollment Includes:

  • Admission to all Sound Design Program Classes
  • Admission to 1 year of Slam Academy Lab Time (6 months during the program & a 6-month complimentary SlamPass membership)
  • Weekly feedback on tracks and projects during Slam Academy Lab Time
  • Feedback on midway and final projects from Slam Teachers and Guest Artists
  • FREE Admission to all other Slam Academy classes while enrolled in the Program**
  • FREE Admission to all Slam Academy Online classes
  • 6 month membership to Splice Sounds
  • Discounts and Special Offers on hardware and software from our friends at Foxtone Music

* Not valid with other discount offers & coupons.
** Includes only classes not part of a Program.

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 12 people.

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Need help? Contact us about our scholarship programs.

Slam Academy, LLC
1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142
Minneapolis, MN. 55413
(612) 293-7526

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member of the National Guild
for Community Arts Education.

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