Creative Media Education

Audio and Music Production

Electronic Music Production Certificate

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Take those music ideas and turn them into living creations. Our hands-on, tutor supported course empowers you to turn production tools into an extension of your mind.


Our tutors will nurture your skills to produce the beats, sounds and structures, whatever your preferred music genre. You will learn about synthesis, programming, sampling, audio editing, EQ, FX, Dynamics and the many powerful production techniques and features of Logic Pro and Ableton Live.


Progress your production skills into live electronic music performance using Ableton Live. Used by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Armin Van Buuren, Daft Punk and countless DJs and producers around the world.


What You Will Learn

Sound Theory

Understand the fundamentals of sound that underpin music production.

  • What is sound
  • Frequency / Pitch / Wavelength / Amplitude
    • Human hearing range
    • What is loudness
  • Timbre
  • Amplitude Envelope (ADSR)
  • Pure sound vs Complex sound
  • Noise
  • Harmonics
  • Simple waves (Triangle/Sawtooth/Square to Pulse)
Music Production

Understand and use the fundamental of music composition and arrangement.

    • Rhythm
    • Notes, Beats, Bars, Tempo, Time signatures
    • Scales, Minor and Major
    • Chords
    • Harmonies
Arrangement and Genre
  • Hip Hop, House,Techno, Drum N Bass, Dubstep, Downtempo
  • Referencing and Analysing tracks
  • Creating an Arrangement template with the use of Markers
  • Arrangement technics, getting out of the loop

Understand and use a core technology to the production of electronic music.

    • What is MIDI
    • MIDI messages (e.g. notes / CC / Sync)
    • MIDI chains (e.g. using In/Out/Thru)
      • Recording Modes
    • Adjusting Count-in and Metronome
    • Programming styles and techniques
Editing MIDI
  • Piano Roll
  • Regions
  • Position/Timing
  • Velocity/Dynamic
  • Length
  • Quantisation/Swing
  • Software specific production techniques
MIDI Controllers
  • Types of MIDI controllers 
  • Assigning MIDI messages
  • Learn Mode
  • Auto map
Digital Audio

Learn digital audio fundamentals to record and manipulate sound.

  • Compressed and uncompressed file types such as AIFF, WAV, MP3
    • Sample Rates and Bit Depths
    • Recording audio using external and internal sound sources.
    • Advanced editing techniques
    • Timestretching
    • Exporting Audio
  • Past, present and future sampling concepts and techniques 
  • Brief history of sampling/samplers 
  • Sampling different forms of audio
  • Using a sampler to change the pitch and timbre
  • Mapping samples by note pitch (e.g. Keyboard/Akay pads)
  • Multi velocity layers
  • Creating an efficient and organised sample library

Learn to design any type of sound (e.g. Kick Drum, Snare, Bass, Pads, Morphing Drones) from scratch using the appropriate Synthesis technique.

    • Synthesis concepts (Analog and Digital synths)
    • Subtractive/Additive/FM/Grain/Wavetable/Physical Modelling
    • How to generate tones (sound waves) using Oscillators/Noise/Sample/Objects
    • Modulation  
    • Using Envelopes
    • LFO (Low Frequency Oscillators),  Filters, ADSR and other modifiers to manipulate the sound
EQ (Equalisation)
  • Why EQ?  
  • Different forms of EQ such as Shelves, Bell and Parametric.
  • Consumer v Advanced EQ
  • Hi, Low and Band pass filters.
  • Frequency analyser
  • Corrective and Creative EQ’ing

Further shape the sound of your tracks and instruments, adding layers of creativity and depth.

    • Reverb
    • Delay
    • Chorus
    • Distortion (Bit Crushing/Overdrive/Phase Distortion)
    • Effect Chains and Sound Design
    • Series vs Parallel effects

Understand Dynamic Range and Compressors to use and abuse

    • Parallel, Side Chain and standard Compression
    • Multi-Band Compression
    • Transient shapers
    • Gating
    • Limiting
Vocal Production
  • Writing Music for Vocal Production
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Microphones, placement and recording
    • Cycle and punch recording
  • Vocal processing and editing
  • Comping techniques

Bring together the different elements you have learned during the course to create a professional mix.

    • Planning a mix down session
    • Choosing reference tracks
    • Mixing – Good practice and technique
    • Metering
    • Exporting all tracks as a single Audio file
    • Creating a project’s MIX Template

Finalise your track, ready to be unleashed on the world

    • Using different processes to ensure your mix is loud, clean and punchy
    • RMS vs Peaks

Take your studio production live on stage

    • Session vs Arrangement mode
    • Midi and Audio Editing
    • Creative use of Effects
    • Macro mapping plug-ins
    • Live performance
    • Mapping external MIDI devices
    • Max for Live devices
    • How to create Video/Visuals
Music Business

Get insight into the role of music within creative industries and understand the fundamentals to monetising your music.

    • Copyright
    • PRS MCPS and PPL
    • Music Publishing
    • Promotion
    • Releasing your own tracks on physical or digital platforms
    • Starting your Label
    • Further your career in Audio


Get Started

Enrol today and get ready to start your music production career. There are no formal entry requirements, just bring your ideas and passion.

Fees UK/EU
Fees International
Now Enroling For
April, September and October 2015
Payment Plans Available


English not your first language? You will need a qualification.

Students applying for short courses (up to 6 months duration) and whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English to CEFR level B1.

IELTS (Academic and General) : Minimum 4 in each component Pearson PTE Minimum 36 in each component

Non-EU applicants are advised that the Home Office no longer accept ETS exams as evidence of English language ability. This includes the TOEFL iBT test, provided by ETS.

Students without a formal language qualification will need an interview with the programme leader.

Non UK/EU students will need a student visitor VISA in order to attend the course.
For more information please visit the UKBA student visitor page. 


Submitting Your Application

After you Submit

  • You will receive a notification when we have downloaded your application
  • Your application will be considered. Admissions may contact you if we need further information or to invite you to an interview.
  • If successful we will make you an Offer of Study
  • Accept your Offer of Study
  • Your place on the course is confirmed
  • We look forward to meeting you on Enrolment day


Last Updated: 27/03/14