Production Certificate (Online)

The Production Certificate is the brand new online course devised by the senior music team at Toolroom Records.

This 3-month online programme takes you step-by-step through the essentials of building a credible and relevant Tech House track to a professional standard.

Log-in weekly for live and interactive online lessons – then complete a set of intensive and challenging projects in between sessions. Your work will be given feedback on a weekly basis from the Toolroom A&R team, leading you towards finishing your track.

The bespoke curriculum is solely focused around you learning to make the sound that Toolroom represents. Additionally, you’ll get the chance to take modules on marketing and social media, business and financials, and also complete an optional remix project using parts from the Toolroom back catalogue.

The course is taught ‘native’ to Ableton – meaning you’ll only need a copy of Ableton, a computer and some headphones to participate. Splice are an official partner of the course – all students will receive 3 months of sample credits to enhance their productions.

Additionally, the Production Certificate is the first educational programme in the world to be approved by the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM).

  • Learn in Ableton
  • Learn via live, interactive online production lessons
  • Over 80 hours of learning over 3 months
  • Taught by Toolroom artist Ben Remember
  • Get 3 months of free credits on Splice
  • Approved by the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM)

Modules

A unique curriculum taking you through the essentials of modern House & Tech House production.

  • Module One
    Track Deconstruction & Identifying Your Sound

    During the first week we look at a number of key areas that are often overlooked in many production schools, identifying your ‘sound’ and understanding ‘hooks’ are crucial for any artist to help with their creativity, here we will deconstruct a Toolroom track to identify the key elements within and demonstrate how to begin creating the initial central idea that you will build your track around.

  • Module Two
    The Groove Part 1; Building Your Drums

    Here we will demonstrate building your drum loop using varied methods, looking at using out the box samples alongside creating your own with both audio samples and through midi programming. We will discuss and study a number of different Tech House drum groove styles and explain the variance in each from the difference in style of kick drum to the syncopation of each element.

  • Module Three
    The Groove Part 2; Introduction to Basslines

    The Bassline is one of the most important key parts to your track, here we cover some theory on understanding the job of the bassline and what style fits your sound – from rolling, simple note patterns, low-end subs, or more melodic, synth led basslines. We explore using out-the-box sample loops and how they can be manipulated and also demonstrate how to create your own unique bassline through both sampling and using one of Abletons VST’s.

  • Module Four
    The Groove Part 3; Identifying & Creating Your Hook

    We look at your main idea for the track and how to develop this into the key hook whilst focusing on its relationship with the bassline and drums. We also demonstrate how to create new hooks using both audio samples and building something original through VST’s and Midi. Focus will be on vocal hooks and the variance within this, melodies & stabs, and also how the bassline can become the key hook.

  • Module Five
    Introduction to Arrangement & Additions To The Groove

    At this stage we take your loop so far and teach simple techniques to develop it further into an intro, breakdown and drop in order to evaluate how your track will work. Here we will be able to identify what other elements are needed to support your key parts so far. You will also study and learn a number of varied arrangements that can create different overall vibes to your track. An introduction to Automation will show how this affects key moments in your track, things like adding energy to build ups and drops.

  • Module Six
    Introduction to Mixing & Automation

    Mixing your track well and getting the right balance between sounds can be one of the more challenging areas to master, but it can also be the difference between getting noticed or missed by label A&R’s. With the main elements to the track now in place we look at preliminary mixing techniques before we begin a more detailed and full arrangement, focusing on relationships between the drums, bassline, musical elements and any vocals and FX.

  • Module Seven
    Arranging Your Track

    With the initial Mixdown in place we take our extended loop and build it into a full length DJ friendly track, extending it from the intro, to breakdown and drop, and the outro section whilst demonstrating how to add the right FX and automation to create key moments. We focus on each section, demonstrating varied techniques of introducing parts into your record alongside what common mistakes can be made when arranging a track that can make the difference between DJ & radio support.

  • Module Eight
    One to One A&R and Marketing Sessions

    During this session, you will have your own one to one A&R time with artist Ben Remember and our A&R team. You will receive valuable feedback across all aspects of your track so far and advice on anything that could improve your track to help bring it towards completion and a good standard for submission to the label. There will also be an additional session on Marketing.

  • Module Nine
    Mixdowns; A More In-depth Guide To Mixing Techniques

    After receiving valuable A&R feedback we look further at one of the most important parts of making a track, the mixdown. Here we re-assess all areas of the track to complete a more thorough and detailed mixdown and look into more advanced techniques like adding Compression, panning, EQ, Modulation FX and more.

  • Module Ten
    The Art Of Remixing (Remix Competition)

    Remixing another producers track can be an exciting opportunity for any artist, but can also be challenging and a daunting prospect to many, here Ben Remember demonstrates how he tackles a remix project step by step. You will then be paired with another student and have the chance to remix one of Ben’s recent releases. The winning remix will be chosen by the tutors at the end of the course.

  • Module Eleven
    VST’s, Plugins & Sampling

    Even though everything you need to produce a track is located internally within Ableton you’d be hard pressed to find any producer in the world who doesn’t use 3rd Party plugins at some stage when producing a track. During this session, we demonstrate how to get the most from some of the better plugins available and the techniques used when working with them. We will also discuss the art of sampling, some of the do’s and don’ts when sampling and delve a little deeper into an area that is a fundamental part of dance music.

  • Module Twelve
    Label Submission and Group A&R

    Having now completed all the lessons and assigned work you will have a finished track ready to be submitted to the Toolroom A&R team. Your track will be given final feedback from the team and you will also have the chance to discuss and ask questions that may have arisen over the course.

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See the full programme structure week-by-week, including learning objectives and project work.

Please send us a message using the form below, and someone from the Toolroom Academy will get back to you within 24 hours.

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Interactive online learning

Interact with your expert tutors and fellow students through weekly ‘live’ online classes. Can’t make the time? Log-in after the lesson and watch it back. Enjoy over 80 hours of practical learning.

Hands on projects

Each week you’ll be set an assignment, based on the topics covered in the live class. Alongside this, you’ll be occasionally paired with another student to collaborate creatively. The course leads up to you submitting your final track.

Continous Assessement

This programme has weekly graded assignments that need to be completed in order to finish the course. You’ll receive weekly A&R feedback via email, plus the opportunity to book 1-1 Skype sessions at points throughout the course.

Renowned Artists

Enjoy a curriculum devised and delivered by international DJ/Producer Ben Remember, alongside senior Toolroom A&R and artist manager Pete Griffiths. Make new connections with the best in the industry.

Taught by Experts

  • Ben Remember
    Ben Remember is one of the newest signings to the Toolroom artist roster. 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 Production Certificate.
  • Pete Griffiths
    With over ten years service at Toolroom and 20 years’ music industry experience, Pete has played an instrumental role in making Toolroom what is today. Having scouted numerous Beatport top tens and discovered many acclaimed artists, he has an expert voice in identifying hooks, improving arrangement and ensuring tracks are 100% ready for commercial release. Some of the artists Pete A&Rs for include Mark Knight, Weiss, Prok & Fitch and Adrian Hour.

Is this course for me?

I’ve mastered the basics but struggle with finding hooks

You can learn theory all you like, but you won’t progress as an artist if you struggle with developing ideas. This programme will cover strategies for finding creative inspiration and give you in-depth insights into finding and creating hooks.

I have reached a plateau in learning by myself

There’s only so much you can learn from pre-recorded videos. The Certificate will stretch and challenge you through graded work, A&R feedback and live interactive learning.

I can start tracks - but not quite finish them

Getting over the finish line is a tough hurdle to overcome. This 12 week programme will teach you to finish a professional-standard track.

I’ve sent demos to labels & not got signed

This programme will give the A&R’s insight into why you’re not getting signed – and the tools to make sure you can.

Take the next step

We’ll be in contact to discuss the syllabus and your production ambitions, plus info on start dates & pricing.

Please send us a message using the form below, and someone from the Toolroom Academy will get back to you within 24 hours.

Give us a call – (+44)01622 673676