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Advanced Electronic Music Production


Take those music ideas and turn them into living creations. Our hands-on, tutor supported course empowers you to turn production tools into an extension of your mind.

Our tutors will nurture your skills to produce the beats, sounds and structures, whatever your preferred music genre. You will learn about synthesis, programming, sampling, audio editing, EQ, FX, Dynamics and the many powerful production techniques and features of Logic Pro and Ableton Live.

Progress your production skills into live electronic music performance using Ableton Live. Used by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Armin Van Buuren, Daft Punk and countless DJs and producers around the world.

This six month course runs two evenings per week  plus a Saturday class* and access to our tutor supported production faciliites across the week and weekend. Perfect if you are working or studying.



DURATION: 6 months part-time

FEES: £2,200

NEXT INTAKE: 11 April 2017, 17 October 2017 

AVAILABLE AT: All campuses

AWARD: SAE Certificate


Understand the fundamentals of sound that underpin music production

  • What is sound
  • Frequency / Pitch / Wavelength / Amplitude
  • Human hearing range
  • What is loudness
  • Timbre
  • Amplitude Envelope (ADSR)
  • Pure sound vs Complex sound
  • Noise
  • Harmonics
  • Simple waves (Triangle/Sawtooth/Square to Pulse)

Understand and use the fundamental of music composition and arrangement

  • Rhythm
  • Notes, Beats, Bars, Tempo, Time signatures
  • Scales, Minor and Major.
  • Chords
  • Harmonies

Arrangement and Genre

  • Hip Hop, House,Techno, Drum N Bass, Dubstep, Downtempo
  • Referencing and Analysing tracks
  • Creating an Arrangement template with the use of Markers
  • Arrangement technics, getting out of the loop.

Understand and use a core technology to the production of electronic music

  • What is MIDI
  • MIDI messages (e.g. notes / CC / Sync)
  • MIDI chains (e.g. using In/Out/Thru)
  • Recording Modes
  • Adjusting Count-in and Metronome
  • Programming styles and techniques

Editing Midi

  • Piano Roll
  • Regions
  • Position/Timing
  • Velocity/Dynamic
  • Length
  • Quantisation/Swing
  • Software specific production techniques

Midi Controllers

  • Types of MIDI controllers
  • Assigning MIDI messages
  • Learn Mode
  • Auto map

Learn digital audio fundamentals to record and manipulate sound.

  • Compressed and uncompressed file types such as AIFF, WAV, MP3
    • Sample Rates and Bit Depths
    • Recording audio using external and internal sound sources.
    • Advanced editing techniques
  • Time stretching
  • Exporting Audio

Past, present and future sampling concepts and techniques

  • Brief history of sampling/samplers
  • Sampling different forms of audio
  • Using a sampler to change the pitch and timbre
  • Mapping samples by note pitch (e.g. Keyboard/Akay pads)
  • Multi velocity layers
  • Creating an efficient and organised sample library

Learn to design any type of sound (e.g. Kick Drum, Snare, Bass, Pads, Morphing Drones) from scratch using the appropriate Synthesis technique.

  • Synthesis concepts (Analog and Digital synths)
  • Subtractive/Additive/FM/Grain/Wavetable/Physical Modelling
  • How to generate tones (sound waves) using Oscillators/Noise/Sample/Objects
  • Modulation
  • Using Envelopes
  • LFO (Low Frequency Oscillators), Filters, ADSR and other modifiers to manipulate the sound


  • Why EQ?
  • Different forms of EQ such as Shelves, Bell and Parametric.
  • Consumer v Advanced EQ
  • Hi, Low and Band pass filters.
  • Frequency analyser
  • Corrective and Creative EQ’ing


Further shape the sound of your tracks and instruments, adding layers of creativity and depth.

  • Reverb
  • Delay
  • Chorus
  • Distortion (Bit Crushing/Overdrive/Phase Distortion)
  • Effect Chains and Sound Design
  • Series vs Parallel effects


Understand Dynamic Range and Compressors to use and abuse

  • Parallel, Side Chain and standard Compression
  • Multi-Band Compression
  • Transient shapers
  • Gating
  • Limiting

Vocal Production 

  • Writing Music for Vocal Production
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Microphones, placement and recording
  • Cycle and punch recording
  • Vocal processing and editing
  • Comping techniques

Finalise your track, ready to be unleashed on the world.

Using different processes to ensure your mix is loud, clean and punchy.

Take your studio production live on stage

  • Session vs Arrangement mode
  • Midi and Audio Editing
  • Creative use of Effects
  • Macro mapping plug-ins
  • Live performance
  • Mapping external MIDI devices
  • Max for Live devices
  • How to create Video/Visuals
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.


English Language not your first language? You will need a qualification

Students applying for short courses (up to 6 months duration) and whose first language is not English will need a qualification that demonstrates competence in English to CEFR level B1.

IELTS (Academic and General) : Minimum 4 in each component Pearson PTE Minimum 36 in each component

Non-EU applicants are advised that the Home Office no longer accept ETS exams as evidence of English language ability. This includes the TOEFL iBT test, provided by ETS.

Students without a formal language qualification will need an interview with the programme leader.

Non UK/EU students will need a student visitor VISA in order to attend the course.
 For more information please visit the UKBA student visitor page


Bring together the different elements you have learned during the course to create a professional mix.

  • Planning a mix down session
  • Choosing reference tracks
  • Mixing – Good practice and technique
  • Metering
  • Exporting all tracks as a single Audio file
  • Creating a project’s MIX Template

Get insight into the role of music within creative industries and understand the fundamentals to monetising your music.

  • Copyright
  • PRS MCPS and PPL
  • Music Publishing
  • Promotion
  • Releasing your own tracks on physical or digital platforms
  • Starting your Label
  • Further your career in Audio
Fees & Funding



All fees are inclusive of VAT. Once you have completed your booking form, we will contact you to arrange payment of a £20% deposit with the remaining balance due two weeks before the start date.

*Payment plans for this course are available in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us if you would like to arrange to pay in instalments.



“Studying at SAE was one of the best experience of my life. Before it I was applying and applying for jobs, but nothing. As soon as I finished the course, I got a job with Rinse FM.”

Sina Hamidi, Rinse FM Broadcast Engineer

From EMP to a BA in Audio to working with industry heavyweights, Sina Hamidi is taking the music world by storm.

Find out more.



  • Digital DJ
  • Music Producer