Find your own sound with the best tools, techniques, and instructors in the world.

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State-Of-The-Art Tools

Student's work in our Sound Design Lab, with the latest synths, hardware, and software.
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Small Class Sizes

Get the most out of class by being up close with your instructor.
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1-on-1 Project Feedback

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

In this program, you will be guided through everything you need to know to create incredible sounds from scratch. From huge growly basses to laser-focused leads to punchy drums - Sound Design is the thing your tracks are missing to make them unique and memorable. After this class, you will have tracks that no one else can even dream of.

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This course has been independently reviewed and evaluated by the International Association of Online Music Educators and Institutions (IAOMEI.org), and has been found to meet or exceed their 5 criteria: Exceptional Pedagogy, Dynamic Delivery, Rich Media, Inviting Participation, and Affordability.
Slam Academy is proud to be a member of IAOMEI.org and to have a number of 5-star Certified Courses.

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

Produced 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.

Sound Design Curriculum

  • 1: Analog and Subtractive Synthesis

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    Become familiar with the history and origins of electronic music through the exploration of the Analog Subtractive Synthesizer. Start with historical accounts and innovations, and then look into virtualized versions of these classic machines.
  • 2: Advanced Modulation

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    We will begin this level still in the Analog world, building on what we learned in Level 1. Still working with the Subtractive language, but adding on to its capabilities through advanced modulation and waveshaping techniques.
  • 3: Effects Processing

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    For this level, we will begin with the fundamentals of audio signal processing, based on the 3 primary dimensions of sound. We will then relate those dimensions to our audio effects device collection in Live.
  • 4: Sampling

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    For this level we learn the art of sampling, from top to bottom. Beginning with recording techniques and professional audio file management, moving through the basics and tricks of sampling audio with the Ableton Simpler.
  • 5: Advanced Synthesis

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    For this level, we will be covering a variety of advanced synthesis languages. All of which take advantage of modern computing power and cutting edge interface designs. We will begin by furthering our control of “playback speed” inside of a sampling instrument with Wavescan Synthesis, and then we will be smearing and spraying those slices into clouds of texture with Granular Synthesis.
  • 6: Distortion and Mastering

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    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, or sample pack of all original sounds, presets, wavetables, and more!

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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