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Electronic Music Production Ableton


Program Overview

The Electronic Music Production Diploma is a 6-month full spectrum program specializing in creating, recording, producing, live performance, and career development.

The main platform used is Ableton Live 9, but students also work in Pro Tools and have the opportunity to become certified in Pro Tools 101 and 110.

  • 4 hours per day
  • 5 days per week

From concept through to barcode, students are fully immersed in the process of creating and releasing their own music, including, concept development, writing and composition, recording, mixing, mastering, branding, social media marketing, publicity, sales, traditional marketing, distribution and Live DJ/visual performance.

Course Outline

Ableton Live 9 Activate

Designed to introduce and immerse a student in Ableton Live’s unique workflow

  • Overview and Geography of Live 9
  • A new Approach to Session View and Arrangement View
  • Clips – Triggering, Looping, Automation Envelopes
  • Working with Audio – Warping, Quantizing, Cropping
  • Constructing Formats on the Fly Scenes
  • Midi – Instruments, Editing, Over-dubbing, Quantizing, Groove Pool
  • Next Generation Remixing with Live 9’s new “Audio to Midi”
  • Integrating Controllers – Control Surfaces, Remote and Key Mapping
  • Device Racks – Exploring Live’s Audio and Midi Effects
  • Hot swapping
  • File Management – Collect all and Save, Track Archiving

Electronic Music Theory

Covers the fundamentals of music theory and explores the unique tools and approaches to making electronic music.

  • Fundamental Music Theory
  • Elements of a Song – Foundation, Rhythm, Leads, Fills, and Pads
  • Drum Programming
  • Analogue Style Step Sequencing
  • Chordal Accompaniment
  • Bass, Melody and Harmonic Interplay
  • Lead Lines – Writing the Hook
  • Improvisation
  • Arpeggiation
  • Harmonic Templates
  • Use of Tension & Release
  • Creating Fills
  • Arrangement Strategies – Builds, Drops, Breakdowns
  • Transition Effects – Rises, Builds, Breakdowns
  • Song Analysis – Learning From the Best
  • Working with Vocals
  • Sound Design as a Writing Tool

MIDI, Synthesis, & Sound Design

“Beyond the preset” From the basics to designing your signature sound with advanced synthesis.

  • Properties of Sounds
  • Wave Forms
  • Filters
  • Subtractive, FM, Additive, Spectral, Granular, and Physical Modelling Synthesis
  • Modern Sampling Techniques
  • Modulation – LFO, Envelopes, Step Sequencers, Automation
  • Layering Techniques
  • Hierarchy of Midi Messages
  • Syncing Outboard Sequencers with Midi
  • Creative use of Midi Effects
  • Sending Midi between Apps and Over Wifi

Pro Tools 101

This course covers basic Pro Tools principles. It provides everything you need to complete a Pro Tools project-from initial set up to final mixdown. The course focuses on Pro Tools software and covers a multitude of new functions and feature enhancements. Whether your project involves recording live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, or audio editing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Create your first session
  • Make your first audio recording
  • Import media into your session
  • Make your first MIDI recording
  • Select and navigate
  • Apply basic and mixed editing techniques
  • Finish your work
  • Create Music and Post hands-on projects

Pro Tools 110

This course provides a more detailed look at the Pro Tools system above and beyond the knowledge you gained in the Pro Tools 101 course. It covers all the key concepts and skills needed to operate a Pro Tools system at the User level. This course, along with the Pro Tools 101: An Introduction to Pro Tools, provides the foundation to Pro Tools User Certification and for the later 200-series of courses on Pro Tools music and post production.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Configure your studio and session
  • Control Pro Tools using external controllers
  • Manage session data and media files
  • Record MIDI and audio, using loop recording and advanced techniques
  • Work with time scales and virtual instruments
  • Work with Avid Elastic Audio
  • Edit and quantize MIDI and audio
  • Use audio editing and file management techniques
  • Apply editing techniques such as the use of Clip Loops
  • Enable, play, view, and edit automation data
  • Mix using sends, returns, plug-ins, Master Faders, and groups

Studio Recording

Covers the fundamentals of acoustics, studios operations, and recording acoustic sounds live off the floor.

  • Properties of Sound
  • Studio Design and Acoustics
  • Acoustic Treatments
  • Analogue Gear – Preamps, Processors, Convertors
  • Signal Flow
  • Microphone Design and Placement
  • Working with Phase
  • Recording Projects – From Live Vocals to a Full Band

Third Party Plugins & Hardware

Exploring the top third party plugins used by the pros.

  • Soft Synths – NI’s Massive, FM8, Kontakt, Guitar Rig, Spectrasonics, Rob Papen, Cyclop, and many more...
  • Audio Manipulation Tools – Waves, UAD, Ozone, Autotune, Sugarbytes, Camel Audio, Ohmicide, Fabfilter, and many more...
  • Melodyne
  • Reason
  • Rewire

Ableton Live 9 - Advanced Production & Processing Techniques

A detailed look at advanced application of Live 9.

  • Extracting Grooves
  • Tempo and Time Signature Changes
  • Chain Selectors
  • The Magic Knob – Designing Elaborate effects chains
  • Designing Drum Racks
  • Follow Actions
  • Extreme Warping
  • Patch Changes in Session view with Chain Selectors and Envelopes
  • Advanced Sidechain
  • Mid / Side Processing
  • Parallel Processing
  • Frequency Splitting with Audio Effect Racks
  • Resampling
  • Remixing
  • Push Lab

The Art of Mixing & Mastering

A well-composed, arranged and produced track is nothing without a good mix down and master. This module guides a student through this often misunderstood and yet crucial component of the production process.

  • Sample Rate & Bit Depth
  • Monitoring Setups
  • Tall Deep and Wide – The X,Y,Z of the Sound Stage
  • Controlling Dynamics – Compression and Expansion
  • Time Based Effects – Delays, Reverbs, Chorus, Flanger, etc...
  • Imaging and Panorama
  • Gain Staging – Keeping Proper Levels
  • Focus Mixing – Detailed Automation Approach
  • Level Metering and Spectrum Analysis
  • Making your Mix Loud
  • Standard Mastering Chains
  • Delivery – File Types, Stems
  • CD (Redbook, PQ Coding, ISRC)

DJ & Performance

Bringing your set to the stage.

  • System Optimization
  • Integrating Controllers
  • Performance effects
  • Performance Templates
  • DJing with Serato
  • Harmonic Mixing
  • Live Mixing Consoles
  • DJ Mixers
  • PA Design
  • Following and Leading the Audience
  • Live Recording

Visual Performance

The basics of creating and perform live visuals.

  • Introduction to Visual Performance
  • Video + Codecs – Frame Rates, Data Rates, I-frames
  • Animation Basics
  • VJ Software Overview
  • Projection Mapping
  • Audio, Midi and Other Triggers
  • Synchronizing Visuals with Ableton

Music Business

Gives a the student a breakdown of the music industry and lays out the tools needed to gain exposure.

  • Small Business Planning “Starting Your Own Musician Business”
  • Goal Setting & Situational Analysis “Entrepreneurship is Essential”
  • Understanding Music Copyright
  • Music Publishing 101 “The Flow of Rights & The Flow of Dough”
  • Resources & Associations “A Helping Hand”
  • Major Label vs Indie label
  • Sales, Marketing, Publicity & Promotion “Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan”
  • The 6 Phases of Online Music Marketing
  • Marketing With Data “Using Analytics To Measure Results”
  • Distribution “Getting Your Music Out There” – Beat Port, iTunes
  • DIY 101 “Doing It Yourself Best Practices”
  • Direct To Fan (D2F) Marketing “Managing Your Tribe”
  • Niche Marketing Techniques “Super Serve Your Customer”
  • Social Media Marketing “Everything Must Cross Promote”
  • Email Marketing 101
  • 20 Things You Must Know About Being Online
  • Building a Press Kit
  • The Top 10 Truths of The Business We Call Music
  • Promoting Your Music To The World of Film & Television
  • How Artists and Their Managers Will Shape The Future


Diploma in Electronic Music Production

This program has been reviewed and approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch.

  • Vancouver, BC

Key facts


    6 Months



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Entry requirements

For entry requirements, please see our Admissions section.

Fees and Payments

Tuition $8,850
Textbooks and materials package $500


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