Please remember, you don’t have to attend all lesson live-streams, as they are recorded back for you to watch in your own time. You will have full access to all the online content for 3 months after your last lesson.
We can also discuss alternative timetabling options if the lesson times do not suit you, please contact us.
Is this the right course for me?
This course is not suitable for beginners, but for those that have already been producing music and are looking to improve their mixdown. You should be familiar with music production software to do this course, even if it is not Ableton Live that you are familiar with. Although this course is delivered on Ableton Live, the focus of this course is on teaching 3rd party plugins, so the DAW knowledge you have should be easily carried over for the basic use of Ableton Live.
If you are a beginner, we would recommend looking at our Enhanced Course which will teach you the music production basics before moving on to the ‘Mixdown Fundamentals’ module. Or you could look at our Ultimate Course, which is again beginner friendly but will cover both the ‘Mixdown Fundamentals’ and ‘Advanced Mixdown’ modules at the end of the training.
Both the Enhanced and Ultimate courses include Ableton Live 10 Suite (rrp: £539) for free.
If you are unsure what is right for you, book a call with a course advisor or send us an email.
Are there entry requirements for this course?
Yes - there is a skill level requirement - please see the above 'Is this the right course for me?'
This course is hands-on, and aimed at improving your skill-set as a music producer, but we will require you to already have some familiarity with music production software. There are however no formal academic requirements for this course.
At the end of your training, once you have completed all the course quizzes you will receive a certificate of completion.
Will I learn specific genres on this course?
Lessons will generally focus around the more “popular” electronic genres such as techno, house, drum and bass, and the majority of sub-genres within these areas. More in-depth questions about genres outside of this can be brought up during your 1-2-1 sessions, or during the weekly sound surgeries. Feel free to drop in and ask away.
What are the lessons like?
Lessons are where the main content of your training is delivered to your class. Lessons are:
- Taught live by your course tutor, twice a week. Each lesson is 2.5 hours long - you will receive 20 hours of lessons per module (so 40 hours in total for this course).
- Delivered to your class online as a closed group.
- Taught at fixed times each week. Lesson times will differ depending on the start date of the course, and may also differ between modules.
- Lessons are recorded and uploaded to your learning portal for you to re-watch as much as you need, so you do not need to worry if you cannot watch the lessons live.
- You will not need a webcam for your lessons. You can however type questions in a chat forum during your lesson. For a short period at the end of each lesson, your tutor will review these questions and aim to answer the most relevant questions relating to the lesson topics.
What are the sound surgeries like?
Sound surgeries are more interactive than lessons. They provide the chance to get more specific questions answered, where tutors can take over yours or your classmates' screens and show you techniques related to the topics you have been learning on your course. Others in your class can follow along to learn. Sound surgeries are:
- Taught live by a tutor (not necessarily your lesson tutor), once a week.
- Taught as either 1 or 2 x 2 hour surgeries per week for each course module, followed by a month after your last module. In total you will receive 32 hours of sound surgeries for this course.
- Taught at times chosen by you and your classmates. When enrolling you will fill out a survey for the best times, we will opt for the most popular slots. For this reason surgery times may differ throughout the month to accommodate different preferences.
- You will not need a webcam for your sound surgeries, although it may help if you do have one so you can interact better with the tutor. Surgeries are taught using Zoom, so you can also type questions in a chat forum, or use a mic to talk.
- Are live-streamed, but not recorded. This is to help students participating feel comfortable to ask questions.
What are the 1-2-1s like?
1-2-1s are quality time to cover anything you need answers for, in order to help you progress. 1-2-1s are:
- Taught live by a tutor (not necessarily your lesson tutor).
- Taught as 2 x 30 minute slots per module (4 x 30 minute slots in total for this course). When you enrol you will be offered a list of slots - one for during week 2, and one for during week 4 for each module of your course. You will pick the slots that suit, which will be confirmed as your timeslots.
- You will need to use a mic or your computer's in-built mic for your 1-2-1s. You will not need a webcam for your 1-2-1s, although it is recommended so that you can interact better with the tutor. 1-2-1s are taught using Zoom, which allows you to record the 1-2-1s directly to your computer, should you wish to watch these back in your own time.
What happens when I enrol?
We look forward to welcoming you as a SEM student! Once you enrol, join the community online and give us a shout on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, by tagging us and using the hashtag #SEMONLINE to tell us what course you’ve enrolled for. Please add email@example.com to your email address book so that you receive the admin emails for getting you setup, and keep an eye on your inbox as this is the main way we will liaise with you throughout your training.
Once enrolled, you will be taken to your course player, which contains all the getting started information to ensure you’re all ready for online training. You will be asked to complete a short survey to inform us of the times you would prefer for the sound surgeries, and 1-2-1 timeslots. Once we have all the survey results in from all classmates (when the module starts), we will email you to confirm when the sound surgeries and your timeslots will be. Your course content will unlock as your course progresses.
If you have any questions about enrolling, please book a call or email us.
What do I need to study this course?
You will need:
- A computer capable of running Ableton Live* (see system requirements here).
- A pair of ideally flat-response headphones, or speakers.
- An internet connection to allow you to follow the lessons online.
- Music production software*
- 3rd party plugins (see ‘What plugins do I need to study this course?’)
*This course is delivered on Ableton Live 10 Suite, but it is fine if you want to use an alternative DAW that you are comfortable with such as FL Studio, Logic, etc. Should you wish to follow along using Ableton Live, you can download a full free trial of Ableton Live 10 Suite here.
If you are thinking of enrolling on this course and looking to buy Ableton Live 10 Suite in the future, Ableton Live 10 Suite is priced at £539. We would recommend that it might be more cost-effective to study our Enhanced or Ultimate Course, which both come with the software included. This will allow you to receive Ableton Live 10 Suite free with your training, allowing you to benefit from the software, and receive the additional online training from SEM.
Recommended but not essential
- A MIDI keyboard
- A second computer screen would be ideal so you can follow along on Ableton Live whilst watching your lesson.
- We always advise backing your music up on a second source other as well as the computer hard-drive, for example, a good sized USB (256gB+), external hard-drive, or cloud based system.
Email us if you need any advice on getting setup for training.
What plugins do I need to study this course?
The below plugins are recommended to get the most from your training, but are not needed until the modules they are taught on.
The Mixdown Fundamentals module (taught in month 1) heavily uses the 3rd party plugins included in the FabFilter Mastering Bundle which is £379, or with a 50% student discount, £189.50. You can provide your course confirmation to Fabfilter to claim the student discount. Before you buy - you can download a free evaluation copy of the FabFilter Total Bundle, which includes all FabFilter plugins. This lasts 30 days; when the 30 days are over you can extend it here. Please note the extension is most likely a limited feature due to COVID-19 so this link may be deactivated.
The other plugin that will be used on this module is Valhalla Room. This is $50 for a one-off purchase.
The Advanced Mixdown module (taught in month 2) also extensively uses 3rd party plugins included in the Slate Digital Everything Bundle. The Slate Digital Everything bundle can be rented for $24.99/month with no ongoing monthly commitment, or can be purchased through SEM for under £100 for the year - speak with us about this.