Foundation Programme: Course 03

Ben Remember
16hrs 34mins
Building Drums

We firstly approach how to analyse our drums sounds on a detailed level. Then we go on to look at re-designing and shaping drum samples, manipulating and bending them to our will. We then move on to synthesizing drum sounds from scratch. And then how to layer these two ideas together, to get the best of both worlds. Importantly, we actually put these sounds into practice, by building drum grooves!

Building Bass

We cover the rhythm of basslines, giving you an understanding of the right notes and tones to be aiming for. We give you a wide view of synthesis by detailing a variety of classic and current House basslines. Next, we show you how to make bass samples unique. We cover the relationship between kick and bass (a fundamental aspect to understand), show you how to make THAT techno reverb bassline, alongside a whole host of practical lessons on nailing your bass in House music.

Building Synth Hooks

We dive deep into the world of music theory in this module as we move towards writing our synth hooks. Major scales, minor scales, chords and more. We then move into using Ableton’s instrument ‘Analogue’, going back into synthesis before showing you how to add layers, write arpeggio lines and pad sounds. We’ll show you how to ‘fix’ bad quality samples by enhancing them with multiple layers of samples and synthesised sounds.

Building Your Own EFX

This module really is a bootcamp on Ben’s sound designing techniques for creating EFX! We’ve all been there where sound effects are good, but not quite right. But what people don’t realise, is that EFX are just as important as the main hooks – you can let a track down by using generic EFX from sample packs. We show you how to make a wide variety of EFX sounds from scratch, using synthesis and sound manipulation, using the full force of Ableton’s native features.

Recording Your Own World

In the sample pack supplied with this course, you’ll find a folder of ‘found sounds’ recorded by Ben. But more importantly, this is about learning how YOU can use the everyday sounds around you to create truly unique tones and rhythms in your music. For example, we show you how to turn the sound of a bus driving past you into a Chicago style House music chord. How the sounds around your home (like doors and drawers) can be turned into a quirky Tech House hook!

Putting It All Together

By now, you’ve learned a whole host of new techniques, practices, and theories. But in this module, we actually help you use these new techniques in the real world. We’ve got over 3 hours on how to build song ideas and get out of that frustrating ”but what now?” mindset. Addressing common problems you’ll face when you stretch yourself creatively. We take our drums, basslines, synth hooks and EFX, and use them to create an artistic identity, not just someindividually creative ideas.


In this course we assume you can finish a track. We assume you can effectively use sample packs to build your music. And we assume that you understand how to structure a song properly.

Stepping out of the realms of learning the fundamentals of production, this course will zoom into the finer details of making quality House and Tech House. And most importantly, it’s about really injecting originality and creativity into your music.

What you’ll learn is how to make your OWN sounds.

You’ll learn how to design and create original basslines, synth hooks and how to design your own drum sounds and grooves.We’ll teach you the essentials of sound design, through a combination of synthesis, sample manipulation, audio effects and music theory. We’ll even go as challenging you to record your OWN world! Recording and manipulating sounds from the environment around you! You’ll even be using your own vocals!

By the end of this course, your music will have more personal identity, you’ll have some amazing new creative tools to employ, and your music will stand out more to label A&Rs.

  • 15 hours of on-demand tutorials
  • Lifetime access
  • Learn in Ableton
  • Understand how to write your OWN sounds
  • Inject more originality in your music
  • Get monthly access to live QnA with course tutor
  1. 1. Building Drums
  2. 2. Building Bass
  3. 3. Building Synth Hooks
  4. 4. Building Your Own EFX
  5. 5. Recording Your Own World
  6. 6. Putting It All Together
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