Master the art of audio recording for the laptop-producer's generation.

Small Class Sizes

Get the most out of class by being up close with your instructor.

1-on-1 Project Feedback

Work on your own tracks under the guidance of our acclaimed producers.

Ableton Certified Training

One of the only Ableton Certified Training Centers in the U.S.

Slam Academy’s Recording Arts Program is unlike any other recording program. We don’t focus on the Hollywood studio, the million-dollar consoles, or the “industry standard” version of Pro Tools. Instead, we focus on capturing great recordings and getting the best results in our home studio, with great people and real-world equipment.

 

After completing this program, you'll be able to:

Produce Professional Tracks

Using Ableton Live, industry-proven techniques, and special tricks and tips from our Ableton Certified Trainers, you will leave this class with finished, polished tracks.

Collaborate and Engage

Slam Academy is a community. While in this class, you will meet your next great collaborative partner, someone to share the stage with, or even your new best friend.

Find Your Sound

Get ready to be exposed to more music than you ever thought was possible. When you come out of this class, you will have a deep understanding of the sound you are looking for, and how to get it.

Get Gigs

We aren't just focused on making the best tracks. We want you to be publishing and selling those tracks as well. Be ready to finish this program with everything you need to start working professionally.

Join us for this 6-week journey through the science and art of live session recording. Once you’re enrolled, check out a room, grab some gear from our collection, and get to work on your projects.

Recording Arts Curriculum

  • 1: The Recording Studio

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    The Analog Studio – Jam on instruments and microphones that you connect yourself with instructor guidance.
    Digital Audio Recording – Record yourself and others the right way with your computer and classmates.
    Audio Bussing and Mixing – Blend those recordings together to make them sound big and beautiful.
    (Session 1) Basic Studio Tracking – Create an original song using all of these professional techniques!
  • 2: Professional Sync and MIDI Integration

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    MIDI Synchronization – Play synthesizers, samplers, drum machines, and more along with your recordings.
    Control Surface Integration – Touch and control your sounds with buttons, knobs and faders to enhance precision and feel.
    (Session 2) Multitrack Studio Tracking – Record a band or multiple musicians at once in a real studio recording session.
    Listening Session and Student Feedback – Share your works with your classmates and instructors to get feedback.
  • 3: Guided Tracking Sessions

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    The Recording Session – Record your own instrumentation to your own original backing tracks.
    Editing your Tracks – Chop, stretch, comp, and refine your song on the timeline.
    The Mixdown – Process and blend your sounds to achieve maximum sonic impact to your audience.
    Final Project Review – Deconstruct your original works with the class and instructor for final feedback.

Testimonals

  • For people like me, who care about creating amazing music more than just about anything else in their lives, Slam Academy is that secret sauce that you've always wanted, but never knew you needed. A place that people who truly want to become experts at music production can call home. Not only will you be given all the tools and techniques you need to make dope music, but you will be surrounded by so many like-minded individuals that you just can't help but get better.

  • I've learned a s***load from the videos on the website and the interactive sessions are great! I guess it would take me years of fiddling to find out some of the stuff - it's really helpful. You've touched on a lot of stuff where I get stuck in production, I feel this is gonna explode my workflow. Just wanted to say a million thanks, looking forward to the next class!

  • Bionik's [Instructor Stefon Taylor's] theories on creativity and songwriting have affected my work and I feel that I have "upgraded" as a musician because of them.  The other students in the class ranged from little studio knowledge to accomplished musician and I know everyone was able to connect, engage, and ultimately develop a solid mental concept for how to approach recording.

  • It has not only given me the skill to confidently use Ableton, along the way, my ears have been developing, I\'ve also learned about music theory, audio physics, synthesis, electronic music history and other mind-blowing subjects, and of course, I\'ve learned how music is produced with the highest quality standards. In just 6 months I got from feeling lost within the software to move around it like only I had seen pro\'s doing it.

  • I would like to express what a profoundly constructive, transformative force Slam Academy has been for my life to this point. Slam and its staff have provided me with the tools of the trade, several skilled pairs of guiding hands in the process of learning to use them, and myriad opportunities for creative exchange and collaboration. More fundamentally, you have shared your temple with me and given me a place to call home.

  • Slam Academy really made it real for me, and I wouldn't be there without the things you showed me...you really helped me step it up to the next level.  Just wanted you to know that I appreciate you and what you did for me.

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