Advanced Sound Design

Expand your sonic palette

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This 4 week short course has been created for the artist/producer who has already started their journey. We start from the assumption that you're comfortable using a DAW and have a grasp of the fundamentals of electronic music production. Now you're ready to stretch your capabilities, hone your skills in a specialist field, create a unique sonic identity or explore new frontiers that take your work to the next stage in its evolution. 

As a progressive education institute one of our core beliefs is that you need to spend lots of time with your own hands firmly on the gear. We call it learning by doing....and doing...and doing again

Combine that in-depth practice with expert tuition from industry professionals to expand your sonic palette and sharpen your listening and production skills. Connect technology, tools, approaches and philosophies to enhance your work and help you create engaging, diverse and rich productions.

Course structure

Your course will cover the following subject areas:-

  • Advanced DAW operations
  • Synthesis (additive, subtractive, FM, AM, granular, modelling, wavetable, modular)
  • Audio manipulation tools and techniques (samplers, tape loops, vinyl and CDs)
  • Sound design philosophy
  • Reamping and physical sound processing
  • Expressive input and control surfaces
  • Experimental recording (contact microphones, springs, hydrophones and circuit sniffers)
  • Custom analogue and digital effects chains
  • Generative and autonomous systems, feedback systems and complex sequencing tools
  • Reaktor patch creation
  • Max4Live customisation
  • Extended technique

This course is designed for two audiences.

The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend 4 weeks developing their electronic music production skills to help support their own projects and meet like minded people to work with. For this audience the likely progression routes are:-

  1. Returning to their own project with a new set of skills
  2. Returning to Catalyst to take one of our other short courses.

The second audience are those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses whom require some practical experience to help prepare them for the longer course. The most likely courses they would progress onto are:-

  1. HE Certificate Electronic Music Production (1 Year)
  2. BA Hons Bachelor Degree Electronic Music Production (3 Year)

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Our team

Our courses are taught by a team of permanent tutors & visiting international music industry professionals with a genuine passion for passing on their specialist knowledge to others.

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Catalyst is a thriving creative learning community of tutors and students from more than 71 countries. It's a golden opportunity to meet up and collaborate with like minded peers from around the world. A key part of our approach to learning involves working with others whether as peers, mentors, collaborators, audience or fellow travellers. Passion is always better shared!

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Essential information

The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as an electronic music artist, producer or performer.

Our courses are designed to be accessible to anyone so we do not require any level of academic certification to apply. To qualify you should usually be aged 18 or over. If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.

This course requires some prior knowledge, so please check the content and make sure you’re ready for the ride.

We accept applications up to 14 days before the course start date but places are assigned on a first come, first served basis so we recommend you make an application as soon as possible.

For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat! Please reach out to us at or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.

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Next available start: mid-July 2022

Course Length: 4 weeks

Application deadline: April 29th (Priority Deadline)

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Enrolment fee: €750

Course fee: €1500

Total: €2250

If you decide to enrol in both a short and long course with us, you will receive a discount of 500€ on the total tuition.

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Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.

We look forward to meeting you online soon!

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