This 12 week course is designed to introduce the tools and concepts necessary to create any sound imaginable. 

Beginning with the fundamentals of sound, the course evolves into practical application of concepts in areas such as synths, recording, post production, modular synthesis, contact microphones, and experimental techniques.

Students will finish the course being able to create their own sounds from scratch, produce and remix for other artists in different genres, design sounds for film/video game scoring, and apply their skills to a multitude of hired production projects.

Our Modern Sound Design class is compatible for interactive online learning through the Zoom app, and whether you’re at home connected with us online or in our physical classroom this is your chance to learn from sound design professionals!



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    Synthesis Fundamentals

    Using Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs

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    Modulation Theory

    Understanding modular approach to sound creation

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    Special FX

    Advanced Processing techniques

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    Sound Recreation 

    Re-create the sounds you love

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    Experimental Recording

    Future thinking recording techniques with recording stereo, contact and touch microphones

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     Class Jams

    Unique Classroom Setup with Futuristic Computer Jams


The aim of this class is to enable students with a diverse understanding of fundamentals of sound as well as ways to build sounds with not only electronic vst’s and samples but also with a wide range of understanding in microphones, resampling techniques, traditional synthesis, visual media interpretation, and creating/building a unique voice.

MSD01 – Basic Terminology & The Elements of Sound I

Learn the foundational elements of sound, including frequency, pitch, voltage control, waveform cycles, and how pitch, timbre, and volume is constructed with instruments, and synthesizers.

MSD02 – Basic Terminology & The Elements of Sound II

Foundational learning continued, Learn about the different types of waveforms, modulation, LFO’s, control sources, and signal flow. Analyzing different synthesizers, identifying signal flow and what sections relate to pitch, timbre control, and volume.

MSD03 – Digital & Analog Synthesizers

Comparing different synthesizers, analog vs. digital waveforms, computing processes, and how sounds compare. We analyze a digital vs. an analog synthesizer during lab time, and cover all synthesis types.

MSD04 – Sample Use & Audio

Learn deeply about sample layering, the history of samplers, and how to construct sounds by looking directly at the waveform, then stacking sounds on the frequency range.

The class analyzes sounds in film that use sample layering, and how a string ensemble is layered. Students will be able to identify different roles that relate to their music.

MSD05 – Tools & Editing

Learn production tools to be used in sound design and engineering. Equalization, compression, reverb, and delay are covered in-depth supplemented with sound design examples.

MSD06 – Sound Analysis & Application

After learning the foundational points to sound design, Week 6 analysis different areas within film, art, science, and Foley to demonstrate various executional skills.

MSD07– Recording Devices & Microphones

Learn how microphones are built, the differences, and how they can be applied to sound design. Using abstract microphones during lab time, students will be able to record their own sounds and learn what microphones to pick for their work.

MSD08 – Sound Design in Film

Learn about music & sound design in film and how to write music based just on a movie poster, or color graded scene.

Learn the power behind how music and sound design affects an image. Finally, score a scene in class to understand the application of your knowledge.

MSD09 – Sound Design in Electronic Music

Learn how to apply the knowledge of synthesis against typical electronic music sounds, such as, reese basses, and leads. Xfer records, Serum is broken down in depth and used as the example synthesizer for the sounds.

MSD10 – Modular Systems and Abstract Modules

Learn in depth how modular synthesis is broken down, applied, and built. In-class we learn how to compare what we know from synthesis, hardware, and digital synthesizers to explain the simplicity of modular racks. Setup and create a sound with a virtual mod rack during lab time.

MSD11 – Digital Tools in Sound Design

Learn what applications and modules that will point you in the right direction depending on your sound design needs. Week 11 covers hardware, microphones, film sound design tools, and composition instruments.

MSD12 – Class Review

Re-emphasize the previous weeks major points, foundational elements, synthesis, and tools used for sound design and engineering.




DATES July 28, 2019 | October 27, 2019

SCHEDULING Sundays 11:00AM-1:00PM





12 Weeks


February 02, 2020

Sundays 11:00AM-1:00PM


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     Access to Beat Lab Online Course Curriculum
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    Small classrooms for maximum attention (up to 12 students)
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    Experience with Condenser, Dynamic, Contact and Stereo mics for custom sound design
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    Exclusive student discounts on gear and software
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    Custom Presets, cheat sheets, tutorials and special class guests
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    Potential sound design gigs after graduation


This course is for music producers who want to master their synthesis skills and pick up modern sound design tips and tricks.

Fits beginners and advanced alike.

Sundays 11:00AM-1:00PM

Some classes might be rescheduled due to national holidays.

Normally, yes, but due to COVID-19 the school has converted all classes to an Online platform.

Text for more info: 323-375-3664

or Email: info@beatlabacademy.com

Recommended Software (Student Discounts Available):
– Ableton Suite/Logic Pro (Any DAW will work)
– Paul Stretch X
– Fab Filter Suite (Optional)
– Xfer Serum (Optional)

We can provide headphones, speakers, keyboard, and accessories while you are in school.

It is recommended to have speakers and/or headphones at home.

If you are not sure on which speakers and headphones to buy, talk to us first.


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