Introduction to Electronic Music Production with Ableton


  • Adults, H.E. Students
  • 3 hours per week


This course runs on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-9pm.
The course fee is £180.

Course Content

An exciting hands on introduction into electronic music production through a week by week course exploring beat programming, sequencing, synthesis and sampling on software (and some hardware but we will emulate the hardware by using software in most cases). A chance to understand and learn some of the techniques used in modern EDM genres such as House, Bass music, Garage, Drum and Bass, Techno, Hip Hop and many more. 


  • Looking at the main Instruments and tools to create electronic music production.
  • Look at and discuss the differences between a Sequencer, Synthesisers, a Sampler and a Drum machines. Look at some of the classic brands such as Moog, Korg, Akai, Roland and Steinberg.
  • Discussing Hardware VS Software.
  • Make some noises with each.

Week Two:

  • What is a Sequencer and what is Audio and MIDI?
  • Discover the differences between MIDI and Audio.
  • Look at the major players in the computer sequencer world with a focus on Logic, a look at Ableton and the possibility of covering others that you may already use/be interested in using.
  • What is a sequencer?
  • Get hands on with a sequencer to create some simple loops to be used for composition.

Week Three:

  • What is a Drum Machine?
  • Look at the classics and the modern emulations. Explore the different sounds and features of the TR 808, TR909, Linn Drumm etc and which genres they have been used in and influence. Make some beats using these famous sounds.

Week four:

  • What is a Synthesizer?
  • Get hands on with some exciting virtual instruments, look at some analogue synths and understand the key elements that make up a simple Mono Synth. Learn how to integrate hardware into a computer environment and how they can be used with a sequencer.

Week five:

  • What is a sampler and what are samples?
  • How audio can be controlled via midi. Getting creative with Audio and Found sound, how audio can be manipulated to create exciting new sounds.

Week six:

  • Bring together all the elements from the previous weeks and create a composition,  Start to look at the basics of a mix.

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What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Sound Engineer