Sound Design 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.

Details

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.

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.

Software Requirements: Ableton Live Suite software

Prerequisites: Ableton Live Program or intermediate knowledge of a DAW


Bundle Deals available | 25% up to 37.5% Off

After you’ve added the Ableton Live Program to your cart, try adding other programs and see the Savings roll in! Over 100 combinations possible!
The average value of a bundle enrollment is approximately $7,850, but by bundling, the average cost comes down to $5,500, resulting in $2,350 in Savings!

Weekly Outline

  • Level 1: Analog and Subtractive

    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. In particular, the Ableton Analog will cover all of our Analog Subtractive bases for Level 1, so let’s keep that loaded onto a MIDI track for the duration of Level 1. We will also be configuring our first Audio Effect Rack in Live, in the Oscilloscope and Spectral Analysis equipped Visualizer Rack. We will be applying those tools in the creation of classic bass, lead, pad, percussion, and sound effects, and saving those presets into a well-organized sounds directory to submit for our final project on the end of Level 1.

  • Level 2: Advanced Modulation

    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 it’s capabilities through advanced modulation and waveshaping techniques. For the 2nd half of the level, we will be introducing computer technology to the equation through the use of true FM Synthesis. First we break down the core elements through the creation of lead and bass sounds, and then we finish the level by designing our own custom FM Drum Machine for the Level Project! Gonna be a good one!

  • Level 3: Effects Processing

    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. We will begin with EQs and Filters, move through time-based effects and modulation effects, and then finish off the level with our Dynamic Signal Processors like Compressors and Gates. The final elements of polishing up our mix and timbre will be covered in Level 6 with saturation, distortion, and mastering techniques.

  • Level 4: Sampling

    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. Through this, we learn about time compression and Warp Modes, proper gain staging, and a whole slew of Ableton Live audio engine tricks. We then apply that knowledge to the Ableton Sampler and the creation of complex and intricate sounds on the Timeline, known as “composite sounds.”

  • Level 5: Advanced Synthesis

    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. We will add harmonics and organic warmth and nuance to our textures with Physical Modeling Synthesis. Then, we will relate that scanning and morphing waveform concept back to the oscillator, but now with a collection of waveforms to morph between within Wavetable Synthesis. WOW! Big stuff in this level! All of the major components of modern, cutting-edge electronic music get covered here! *Be sure to check out “Synthesis Language Building Blocks” PDF to help visualize what language to reach for, and when!

  • Level 6: Distortion and Mastering

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


Bundle Deals available | 25% up to 37.5% Off

After you’ve added the Ableton Live Program to your cart, try adding other programs and see the Savings roll in! Over 100 combinations possible!
The average value of a bundle enrollment is approximately $7,850, but by bundling, the average cost comes down to $5,500, resulting in $2,350 in Savings!

Registration

Classes will run every Tuesday either from 11am-2pm or from 7pm – 10pm, for a total of 24 weeks.
There is no application, and all experience levels are welcome. Just signup with the red buttons!

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, we will contact you to welcome you to the program and answer any additional questions. Price: $3499 (Includes all classes, All Access pass to all Slam Academy regular classes, (including online classes) and 1 year of Lab Time)  Payment plans are available for this program.

Join the Sound Design Program for only $280/month using our simple payment plan.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact us.

Software Requirements: Ableton Live Suite software

Prerequisites: Ableton Live Program or intermediate knowledge of a DAW

Enrollment Includes:

  • Admission to all Sound Design Program Classes
  • Admission to 1 year of SlamPass (6 months during the program & a 6-month complimentary SlamPass membership)*
  • Weekly feedback on tracks and projects during class Lab Time
  • Feedback on midway and final projects from Slam Teachers and Guest Artists
  • 25% Returning Student Discount on all future enrollments**
  • Free Instant Access Pass (access to complete non-program online video library)
  • Discounts and Special Offers on hardware and software from our friends at Foxtone Music

*SlamPass is only available to students currently enrolled in a program; students who have completed a program in the last 6 months; or students who directly purchased a SlamPass

** Not valid with other discount offers & coupons.

Upcoming Start Dates


Bundle Deals available | 25% up to 37.5% Off

After you’ve added the Ableton Live Program to your cart, try adding other programs and see the Savings roll in! Over 100 combinations possible!
The average value of a bundle enrollment is approximately $7,850, but by bundling, the average cost comes down to $5,500, resulting in $2,350 in Savings!

Questions?

Have a question about the program? Email us anytime at joinus@slamacademy.com.

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