Electronic Music Producer | Comprehensive Academy

For serious learners who wish to learn how to produce top quality electronic music in class sizes of no more than seven people. You will benefit by learning professional techniques from the best DJs and electronic music producers in the business, including Grammy-winners. With opportunities to record and release tracks, undertake remix projects and create music for media such as adverts and computer games, you gain valuable job skills to give you the best chance of employment after your course.

With homework and 360 hours of class time, with strategically placed mentoring sessions; you will write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote your very own 4-track EP.

Garnish was the first music production school in the world to offer the Music Grades System for music production, and all Comprehensive Academy Students are entered for the Grade 6 examination at the end of their program. More on music production grades here.




Introduction to Production with Ableton Live

You will get to grips with this revolutionary DAW in your first module, with Ableton Live being the nerve centre of your creativity. Through our hands-on instruction, you will discover the key concepts that Ableton Live offers, including the session and arrangement windows, clips, scenes, and warping. All GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 40% discount.

Music Foundations

Overlooked by many, but so useful in the long run, our electronic music composition section will save you hours of ‘hitting and hoping’!  We will provide you with tools that show which chords go well together for your style and show you how to program chords that ‘work’, bass-lines that groove and lead-lines that are catchy. We’ve had classically trained learners do this section of our program come away saying they gained a lot from our methods.

Audio Engineering

Another overlooked area by DJs and dance music producers is the science of audio engineering. Some would say it’s dull, but it’s easier to build something great if the foundation is solid.

Logic Pro

Many electronic music producers us Logic Pro to produce music in the later stages of production for its ‘sound’, or for all stages of production. This is why we have included it in our diploma. With our in-house Grammy-winner being a fan of Logic, it’s safe to say that you will be in good hands learning how top-notch producers use Logic in their productions.

“I switched to Ableton from Logic many years ago, but after some A/Bing in my studio recently, I could hear that Logic sounded better than Ableton so I decided I needed to brush up in Logic to get the best of both worlds. I called Garnish and, of course the guys were great and got me back up to speed in no time” Jamie Jones

Mixing & Mastering

First, we step out of what you would learn as a professional engineer by covering acoustics and how to set up your home studio environment correctly. Then it’s on to the fun stuff:  in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, how to make just a few elements sound huge.

Electronic Sound Design

Many pro electronic music producers do not get past subtractive synthesis in their entire career, but you will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive and frequency modulated synthesis. They’ll also be sampling, resampling, glitch tips and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section as you develop your sound. We have a relationship with Umlaut Audio; they need more sound designers and want to hear our learners’ work. There’s a sub-section on this area of sound design in the program and make introductions if our learners’ work is suitable.

Advanced Ableton & Synthesis

By this point in the program you’ll have gone further than many professional producers with your sound design skills. We take it much further and introducing you to additive, granular, wavetable synthesis, and Max4live devices. You’ll also cover advanced sampling, advanced warping and Racks & Chains. At the end of the module you will learn how to apply your music for media (film and TV).

Live Performance

You will focus on getting your projects finished taking advantage of bespoke tips and advice in a concentrated blast of mentoring sessions. You’ll also be introduced to Ableton Live for performance by understanding how to take tracks to the stage and perform them Live for yourself and for other artists if that’s a route that interests you. Also, you’ll learn advanced MIDI techniques for every live scenario available today.

Music Business

To finish off the program, you’ll learn how to create an effective EPK, market and brand yourself, negotiate deals, get genuine social media followers, and get the most out of digital distribution.

Field Trips

We take you to a fully commercial recording studio in London, and The Briggs Warehouse, where you will get to play and program in a room full of old analogue synths and toys to find some real analogue sounds for your tracks. Recent artists in our old studio include Soul Clap, Robert Owens and Rui da Silva.


360 hours + uncapped studio time | £4999

Academic Year | Three 10-week terms | Tuesday and Wednesday | 11 – 6

Start: Third week of September | Term 2: Second week of January | Term 3: Last week of April

Evenings | Six 10-week terms | Tuesday and Wednesday | 7 – 10

Start: Third week of September | Term 2: Second week of January | Term 3: Last week of April (x 2)

Private tuition also available for the whole diploma. Contact us for more information.


Laptops: Many learners these days prefer to use their own laptops on our courses for things like getting help customising their set-up, and they have their project exactly as they left it in class to work on at home. So we made the price more affordable, but added a £250 supplement for learners who wish to hire an iMac loaded with software. Please ensure you book an iMac when you book your course if you need one. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone.

Payment: If you’re accepted, you can secure your spot by paying a non-refundable registration fee of £500. For all course fee payments with no additional charges, we accept bank transfers, cheques or cash deposited into any Metro Bank branch to be paid by the beginning of your course. A 10% fee will apply if you wish to pay in installments throughout your course, and add 3% for all card payments.


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