Electronic Music Producer | EMP

Learn to produce the kind of quality electronic music you love from scratch in small classes through Garnish Music Production’s Producer Diploma program supported by Ableton, Native Instruments, and Apple. We begin by familiarizing students with their music productions software and take them through to mastering their finished EP to a professional standard. In this program at our boutique facility students will benefit from our superior roster of instructors, including certified trainers and Grammy-winners who will share their knowledge and techniques with you.

We are an official Ableton certified training center, and all GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 40% discount on Ableton Live. Alongside Ableton Live Suite, students will be immersed in Logic Pro X; Garnish is one of only two Apple Authorized Training Centers in Los Angeles, and the only music production school in Los Angeles to be endorsed by both Apple and Ableton. All Garnish learners also qualify for discounts on Native Instruments Komplete (50%), Sylenth (33%), and Serum (33%).

With projects to work on outside of class time, in and out of our studios, and our strategically placed mentoring sessions, students will write, produce, engineer, mix, master, and learn how to release and promote their very own EP. All diploma learners can book our professional acoustically treated mixing and mastering facility at no extra cost and will have access to our worldwide network of alumni.

Garnish students can opt in to take a UK-accredited Level 3 Diploma, without any official prerequisites or high school grades. Also, Garnish was the first music production school in the UK to offer the Music Grades system for music production, and all music production diploma learners, worldwide are entered for the Grade 8 examination at the end of their program as well. More on music production grades on our London website here. Both qualifications carry UCAS points, but even if UK music production qualifications do not obviously pertain to our students’ goals, they (and perhaps more so their parents) can be rest assured that our music production program meets a national standard of accreditation. Please note that both qualifications are not recognized by the United States education system.

Introduction to Music Production in Ableton

Students will get to grips with this revolutionary DAW within weeks of starting class. Through our hands-on instruction, students will discover the key concepts that Ableton Live offers, and discover why it is the DAW of choice for getting ideas together for electronic music producers. All GMP learners qualify for a 40% discount on Ableton and students will always be able to refresh themselves with free access to all of our free introductory and paid advanced online Ableton tutorials on Youtube during their program and after.

Electronic Music Composition

Overlooked by many, but so useful in the long run, our electronic music composition section will save students 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. A Grammy Award-winning musician from our SMP program will also offer insight on commercial music.

Audio Engineering

The EMP course teaches students the science of audio engineering and recording. The course is full of recording techniques, tips, and tricks, with special emphasis placed on recording and producing vocals because, even if we don’t sing ourselves, we still need to be able to encourage, coach, and produce artists and session vocalists. The more we know about singing, vocal production, and recording vocals, the better the main part of our song – the lead vocal – is going to sound! Of course, even though we cover vocal technique, actual singing in class is not mandatory – it is OK just to listen!

Logic Pro X

Many electronic music producers use Logic Pro X in the later stages of their production process because of the sound quality and its suitability for finishing (arranging and mixing) tracks compared to Ableton; this is why we think itís important to learn how to use Logic Pro X. As one of only two Apple Authorized Training Centers in Los Angeles, we put students through official training and an examination to become an Apple Certified Pro in Logic Pro X, so they walk away with another qualification at the end of their program, all included in tuition fees.

“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

In the Mixing and Mastering section, we begin with material students would learn as professional engineers by covering acoustics and proper home studio setup. Then it’s on to the essentials: in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, generating a huge sound from few elements, and making all of a production’s parts sound as one, exploring all the new amazing plugins used by professional mix engineers.

Electronic Sound Design

Many professional electronic music producers never move beyond subtractive synthesis in their entire careers, but in our EMP course we will cover subtractive, wavetable, granular, additive and frequency modulated synthesis. We will also discuss sampling, resampling, glitch, and more advanced beat-making techniques in this section as students develop their sound.

Advanced Ableton & Synthesis

By this point in the program, students will have gone deeper than many professional producers with their sound design skills. We take it even further by introducing students to additive, wavetable, and Max4Live devices. We will also cover advanced sampling, advanced warping, and Racks & Chains. At the end of the module, students will learn how to apply their skills to music for media (film and TV).

Live Performance

In the live performance section of the course, instruction will focus on finishing students’ projects, offering bespoke advice in a concentrated blast of mentoring sessions, and on introducing Ableton Live for performance. Students will learn advanced MIDI applications for every live scenario in order to take tracks to the stage and perform them live for themselves and, if interested, for other artists.

Marketing & Branding

To finish off the program, students will learn how to create an effective electronic press kit (EPK), market and brand themselves, acquire genuine social media followers, and get the most out of digital distribution.

Field Trips

As part of the EMP program, students will enjoy hands-on training recording a band at Clear Lake Recording Studios. Students may find one of the studio’s many notable clients working in the room next door! We also make use of a pre-production studio, where students can experiment and program in a room full of vintage analog synths and processors to find some real analog sounds for their tracks.

Performance at the Exchange

If students are capable DJs who play music we can incorporate into our club night, we will invite them to join our DJ 201 graduates to play in the Gallery at The Exchange, arguably L.A.’s best club, without having to take our DJ program if you’re experienced enough.


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Full accredited diploma plus uncapped studio time – $7999 + $300 registration fee | Payment plans

Academic year | Three 10-week terms | Monday & Tuesday | 11 – 6

1st term: 3rd Mon of September,  2nd term: 2nd Mon of January, 3rd term: Last Mon of April

Evenings | Six 10-week terms | Monday & Tuesday | 7 – 10

1st term: 3rd Mon of September,  2nd term: 2nd Mon of January, 3rd term: Last Mon of April (x2)

15 continuous weeks | Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday | 11 – 6

Start: March 20

Specialized private tuition also available for whole diploma. Contact us for more information.

Free for 2017: optional Hit Songwriting classes and mentoring from our SMP diploma

If you have any questions, do send us an email or call our diploma admissions specialist (424) 653 6481. Then when you’re ready to move to the next step, please register below.



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