Adult Producer Workshop Weekend

Learn to make your own electronic music.

Students will be walked through all of the fundamental concepts and practices of the modern producer. Starting with beat and loop-making, students will be quickly acclimated to the simple and fun workflows within the celebrated Ableton Live software environment. Once the groove is assembled, we will build upon our rhythms with basslines, melodies, harmonies and effects. The class completes with several tunes and a lesson about distributing them to the public via Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and more!


Dates: 4/24/20 – 4/26/20
Times: 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday (lunch not included; break 1-2pm for lunch)
Cost: $499
Ages: 18 – no max. age
Location: Slam Academy Studios (NE Minneapolis: 1121 NE Jackson St, Suite 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Day 1: Beats; Basslines & Melodies

  • 10-11am: Intro to Ableton Live
  • 11am-12pm: Beatmaking with Audio & MIDI
  • 12-12:30pm: Sampling drum hits & found sounds
  • 12:30-1pm: Programming your own Drum Machine

1-2 pm: Break for Lunch

  • 2-2:30pm: Free Work time
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Programming synthesizers
  • 3:30-4:30pm: Composing basslines & melodies
  • 4:30-5pm: Free work time

Day 2: Loops – Sampling & Mixing; Live Performance

  • 10-11am: Managing musical loops
  • 11am-12pm: Playback options for samples
  • 12-1pm: Adjusting clips for musical keys & pitches

1-2pm: Break for Lunch

  • 2-2:30pm: Creative audio effects
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Mixing with audio effects
  • 3:30-4:30pm: Intro to Ableton Push
  • 4:30-5pm: Live performance on Push with original tracks

Day 3: Live Performance continued & Recording; Finishing the track

  • 10-10:30am: Live performance on Push with original tracks continued
  • 10:30am-12pm: Recording rap vocals & Free Work time
  • 12-1pm: Song structure

1-2pm: Break for Lunch

  • 2-3pm: Adding variation & detail
  • 3-4pm: Compression & limiting on Master track
  • 4-5pm: Soundcloud, BandCamp, and other distribution

All classes are taught by Slam Academy expert instructors.


The next dates for the program are: 4/24/20 – 4/26/20

After payment for the program is received, we will contact you to welcome you to the program and answer any additional questions. Space is limited to 15 students.


Have a question about the program? Email us anytime at [email protected]

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