Foundation Programme: Course 2

Having worked with hundreds of new and upcoming producers within the Toolroom Academy, one thing we’ve noticed is a tendency to push for the end result too soon.

In other words – for producers to start trying to make finished tracks, or try advanced techniques – before they are ready. And sometimes, this can be a detrimental thing. Do you ever make tracks that you know aren’t quite right? Are you over complicating your creative process?

Another recurring issue for upcoming producers is not finishing songs! Folders upon folders of unfinished projects can get really frustrating. It may well be you need to take a step backward, before you go forward.

Without learning the fundamentals of the art form, you’re never going to fully hit your potential.

Taught over 6 weeks, Part 2 of the Toolroom Academy Foundation Programme will give you these foundations. It’s a direct follow on from Part 1, but also a standalone course for producers who already know their way around Ableton.

Key Features

8.5 hours video tutorials

Watch Ben Remember’s screen in razor-sharp detail to ensure every detail is clear. Pre-recorded videos, lifetime access.

Assignments over 6 weeks

Watch the video tutorials then complete our quizzes, to ensure it’s all sunk in. Complete suggested assignments, putting your new theory into practice.

Exclusive Sample Pack

Ben has created a sample pack which allows you to open up your creativity! You can follow along with Ben step by step using the same sounds has he picks or you can let your creativity shine by trying out some of the other options Ben has created for you within the pack.

Access to monthly QnA webinar

Every month we’ll be hosting QnA sessions with Ben for our Foundation Students. It’s your chance to ask questions and get expert answers.


  • Lesson One
    Introduction & Sounds

    We look at the set-up; getting our files and folders organised properly. We examine the sample pack provided – essentially four different songs, broken down into one pack. It sounds simple, but we go over loading these sounds in – teaching you a systematic way, allowing you to be creative later down the line. We do a proper breakdown on sound choice – something totally fundamental to the Toolroom Academy teaching methodology. We explain why some sounds some better together than others. You develop your artistic identity in these early stages.

  • Lesson Two
    Editing our ideas

    This lesson is all about editing and the groove. We focus on editing the drums, using Audio and Midi. New editing techniques will make your drum loops stand out, infusing your personality into the track. We look at Groove Pool and rhythm, adding swing and shuffle into sounds making them sound more real and less predictable. And finally, we focus on the musical elements – the stabs, the bassline, the vocals – making hooks your own. This is where Ben spends much of his own time making his tracks stand out.

  • Lesson Three
    Effects & Energy

    Having got creative with the sounds, we’re going to develop these sounds into an idea – a small arrangement. Are the sounds working as well as we thought, in context? We look at automation and grouping effects, adding energy into our song. We focus on the why as much as the how – giving you a creative understanding of your track, as well as the mechanical. We’ll start making our own EFX with Operator.


  • Lesson Four
    Full Arrangement and Automation

    This is the beginning of the song developing, taking our new mechanical knowledge, and putting it into good use. An introduction to song arrangement will show you why the specifics of the sounds are important, and why they work together.  A good song isn’t made by tricks, but by a good ear and understanding of sounds. We’ll get an idea started, forming a mini arrangement – if we can get the smaller section sound great, we can make a full song amazing. We’ll then get into automation and effects –  a truly key tool to make House/Tech House.

  • Lesson Five
    Getting a Balanced Mixdown

    People jump to mixing down way too early in their musical journey. Yes, we need our song to sound massive in the club, but that’s not solely down to geeky tricks. We need to get some fundaments right before we start worrying about over-complication. Just having good sounds, balanced properly, is a massive deal, and a lot harder than it sounds. We’ll work through this process in three parts; mixing down your music, getting your levels, and being loud but balanced!


  • Lesson Six
    Session With Ben Remember

    In the final lesson, we have a whole studio session with Ben, broken into three bitesize parts. We want you to feel like your sat in the studio with Ben, as you watch him work a little bit faster. He starts a completely new project, using all the same techniques from the course in different ways – so you can see how what you’ve learned so far can be applied in a multitude of ways. Learn Ben’s creative process, and he explains every step of the way.

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What you’ll learn

Infuse identity into your music

You can use any advanced trick in the book, but if you don’t have the right sounds, you’re set up to fail. You’ll learn how to  manipulate sounds and samples using Ableton’s native features, and make ‘out of the box’ sounds your own.

Create your own effects

Effects can make or break a house/tech house track, where energy is everything. You’ll be making your own effects with Ableton’s Operator, so you can make that build up as big as you want! Or filling that annoying dull patch in your song with unique and exciting effects that you have full control over.

Make your tracks interesting

A deeper dive into how to use automation (in the right places) to create music that holds people attention from start to finish.

Ensuring sonic balance using volume

In course 2 you’ll be learning a key part of creating a big sounding record! Getting a balanced song can be much harder than you realise. Here you’ll learn Ben’s tried and tested method for getting industry level results so you’ll be able to show off your new songs with confidence.

Meet the Tutor

  • Ben Remember
    Ben Remember is a key part of the Toolroom artist roster. Known as one of the most creative and technically accomplished producers in the scene, his tracks are instantly recognisable, and he’s been continually championed by Annie Mac on Radio 1 alongside receiving regular DJ support from the likes of Andrea Olivia, Eats Everything and Nick Curly.  But Ben is no overnight success story. Having spent 10 years perfecting his craft before getting his big break, he is well aware of the work new producers must put in before they get recognition – and as such, he is the perfect person to teach the next generation of upcoming artists.

Is this course for me?

I’ve finished the Toolroom Academy Foundation Programme: Part 1

This course is a natural follow-on from Part 1.

I’m familiar with Ableton, but need some extra help building a track

This course assumes you can operate Ableton, and will help you finish a house/tech house track.

I’m finishing tracks myself, but I need to fill in the gaps

Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards. This course will give you the building blocks you might have missed.

A&Rs are rejecting my tracks and I don’t know why

It could be as simple as sound choice. Get that lightbulb moment in this course.

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