Sound Design Producer

Sound Design Producer

NI Komplete Sound Design & Synthesis Classes in NYC

If you want to take a huge step to producing the top quality electronic music you love, our Sound Design Producer course taken from our Electronic Music Producer Diploma is for you. Still tending to flick through presets until you get something that’s vaguely useable? Have half-finished loops on your hard drive and you’re not sure where to go next? Even if you are a more experienced producer of music in any genre who would like to develop your electronic sound design skills, our lessons will do that, and a lot more. Total class time is 36 hours where you can ask a question and bounce off of your instructor and fellow learners exactly when you’re feeling inspired, or…confused! This is why some say that there is no substitute for music production courses in person!

No matter what your style, you will be shown how to craft your tunes, and build your sounds from the ground up. Our instructors are all electronic sound design specialists, and they will help you get the sounds you want out of your head and into your DAW, sharing the techniques and tricks they’ve built up from years of experience. The course is structured so you can start a new track at the beginning and build it up as your understanding develops. By the end, if you have put in a little work between sessions, your track should be finished, and ready to mix! Crammed with production tips and industry insight from our instructors, we’ll inspire you to get your electronic music moving!

We understand what it’s like for many DJs who want to start making music – after years of DJing you know you can get the crowd going, and feel it’s time to be able to bring your own music into play, and move up the DJ pecking order for the bigger gigs. The thought of producing top quality music can be daunting – especially if you don’t know how to play an instrument. This course is constructed to give you all the knowledge you’ll need to start making quality productions – in just thirty six hours.

If you can’t make one of the sessions because you’re ill or are away, there’s no need to worry. We will do our best to engineer it so you can catch up on a cycle of your choice in the future.

Prerequisite: This is an intermediate course so all learners must have a good understanding of their DAW (Logic, Ableton, etc) as we won’t be covering specifics of any particular DAW. Taking any of our DAW courses first is more than sufficient.

Important: Many learners these days like to use their own laptops on our courses, so we have made space in our studios for people who wish to do just that, and altered the price structure keeping the course fee low, but adding a supplement of $75 for those learners who wish to use a school iMac loaded with all the software needed. We have more spaces than we have iMac workstations, so please ensure you book your iMac when you book your course if you need one. Controller keyboards and headphones are always provided for everyone if they wish to use them. All Garnish learners qualify for a 50% discount on the latest version of Native Instruments Komplete.


101 at a glance


  • An overview of all instruments in Komplete
  • Komplete file management
  • All about Reaktor and the endless possibilities before you’ve even learnt to program
  • Drums in Battery and introduction to synthesis and envelopes

  Subtractive Synthesis

  • Oscillators, filters & LFOs
  • Wave manipulation
  • Envelopes and using them creatively
  • How to make huge pads, basses and even drums using subtractive synthesis
  • Advanced subtractive techniques

Wavetable Synthesis

  • Synth side-chaining
  • Wavetable synthesis – Internal routing, layering & tuning oscillators and making authentic sounds
  • Envelope automation
  • The wonderful world of wobbles and LFO. Worth knowing for all styles!

201 at a glance

  Granular Synthesis

  • Arpeggiation, randomness and control technique
  • Granular synthesis and wave shaping in Absynth
  • How to get messed up, but usable sounds on brilliant freeware granular synthesisers available
  • Arranging tips #1

  FM +

  • Attaining club level sub-bass frequencies in the mix
  • Advanced arpeggiating
  • Getting to grips with frequency modulation synthesis
  • Genre production differences
  • Components of a drop – How to ‘hit people on the head’ in all styles
  • Arranging tips #2

  Advanced Sampling in Kontakt & Business Overview

  • Advanced arpeggiating
  • Resampling
  • All about Kontakt and what sets it apart from other software samplers
  • Remixing and vocal tips
  • Business tips and Q&A


Today’s prices

Schedules in red or black correspond to the info in the key just below. They change often, particularly as classes fill up, so if you see a schedule that you like, grab it now before it goes to full price or fully booked! There’s $100 off each additional studio (not DJ) course you book with us now or in the future.


101: $699 | 201: $699 | Both: $1199 if booked, paid, and taken together

101: $599 | 201: $599 | Both: $999 if booked, paid, and taken together


Tuesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

101: January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7. 201: February 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Sundays | 11 – 6

101: April 2, 9, 16. 201: April 23, 30, May 7

Spring School | 11 – 6

101: April 17, 18, 19. 201: April 20, 21, 22

Thursday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

101: June 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3. 201: August 10, 17, 24, 31, September 7, 14

Summer School | 11 – 6

101: August 28, 29, 30. 201: 31, September 1, 2

Monday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

101: September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23. 201: October 30, November 6, 13, 27, December 4, 11

Tuesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30 | FULLY BOOKED

101: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24. 201: November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12

Saturdays | 11 – 6

101: September 30, October 7, 14. 201: 21, 28, November 4

Winter School | 11 – 6

101: December 18, 19, 20. 201: 21, 22, 23

2018: Same schedule

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