EDM Foundations

Master the fundamentals of electronic music production by completing 4 projects in 4 weeks.

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Ask yourself this:

How do some producers make great music after just one year of producing, while others still sound average?

The answer? It's how they learn and practice:

  • They're action-oriented and focus on completing projects
  • They focus on developing skills rather than just gaining book knowledge
  • They build habits that enable them to learn faster and practice deliberately

But most importantly, they have a good start.

They get good education and advice from the get-go. Which is incredibly important because bad habits are hard to break and misinformation leads to a lot of wasted time.

As a new producer, you're likely thinking about this, anxiously.

Maybe you don't know where to start. You've looked at a few courses but you're not really sure what they teach. There's a bunch of words and phrases that you've never seen.

Maybe you have taken a course, but it was too confusing, and if you're honest, a bit boring.

Or maybe you simply want to start off on the right foot. You love music, and you want to learn how to make it. So you want to find the best education at an affordable price, and a school or college education in music is out of the question.

Don't do what I did...

I'm Sam Matla. I've been producing music for over 7 years, and teaching it professionally for the last 3 years.

The first six months I spent learning how to make music weren't a complete waste. I learned a lot. But those six months could have been shortened to a few weeks.

I had no direction. I was completely on my own. Sure, I picked up techniques and ideas from tutorials, and they were definitely helpful, but I didn't have a complete understanding.

Those first few months were confusing and discouraging. I almost quit. In fact, I took a break for several months before returning because I found it too difficult.

Looking back, I realize that I made three key mistakes during those first few months:

  1. I focused too much on theoretical learning, and not enough on doing.
  2. I developed bad habits: I cut corners, worked slowly, and didn't finish much of what I started.
  3. I didn't practice deliberately. I split my attention between too many different areas of production and progressed at an incredibly slow rate.

Introducing: EDM Foundations

The 4-week online course that teaches electronic music production through action and practice.

Imagine this...

You discover that you can make electronic music with nothing more than a pair of headphones and a laptop. You own both.

You sign up for a course. You're excited. You're ready to go!

After 2 hours of watching dry, uninspiring theory videos, you think to yourself...

Isn't this supposed to be enjoyable? I want to MAKE something!

Unfortunately, most courses overlook a simple truth:

True learning is more about developing skills than simply gaining knowledge about things. And to develop a skill, you need to practice, and actually MAKE some stuff.

Don't get me wrong—theory is important. But it's not as important as developing actual music production skills.

Anyone can read a book and understand what goes into a great chord progression or melody, but the people who write great melodies? They've already put in hours upon hours of work. They've written hundreds if not thousands of melodies already.

EDM Foundations is the course that focuses on skill development... completing projects... practicing... and having fun.

It's an intensive, 4-week online course that teaches you the basics of music production in a practical way. You'll learn just enough to move on to the next step, so you won't get bored. By the end of it, you'll have finished 4 full songs.

Here's How it Works:

EDM Foundations is practical, so while you will gain an understanding of how certain things are done and why they're done, you'll spend most of your time in your DAW (we use Ableton Live for this course), following along with what I'm doing first and then practicing by yourself.

By the end of the course, you'll have developed three core production skills:

  • Idea generation: writing melodies, chord progressions, programming drum sequences...
  • Arrangement and instrumentation: building a full song, creating build-ups, tension and energy, how to keep the listener interested...
  • Mixing: how to give your music clarity, balance, and punch.

You'll develop these skills through copying, repetition, and experimentation.

What do I mean?

Well, we work on three full songs together throughout the course. I walk you through the song creation process step-by-step, three times.

But during each week, you'll also spend some time on your own original track, so that by the end of the course you'll have something to share.

The Program

3 Detailed Idea Generation Walkthroughs

  • We'll create a full 8-bar loop in three different genres (house, future bass, and trance)...
  • I'll explain each step along the way in as much detail as possible, without it being convoluted and boring...
  • You'll follow along and learn by rote.

Your Project (Coming Up With an Idea)

  • You'll come up with an idea all by yourself. This idea will be turned into a full track over the next few weeks.
  • I'll have some pointers and tips videos available in case you get stuck.

3 Detailed Arrangement Walkthroughs

  • We'll arrange the three ideas we created together during the first week
  • Again, I'll explain each step along the way in as much detail as possible, without it being convoluted and boring...
  • You'll follow along and learn by rote.

Your Project (Arranging Your Idea)

  • You'll take the idea you made during the first week and turn it into a full arrangement
  • Again, I'll have some pointers and tips videos available in case you get stuck.

3 Detailed Mixing Walkthroughs

  • We'll mix the three arrangements we've put together over the last two weeks
  • Again, I'll explain each step along the way in as much detail as possible, without it being convoluted and boring...
  • You'll follow along and learn by rote.

Your Project (Mixing Down Your Idea)

  • You'll take your arrangement, mix it down, and render it as a complete song. Congratulations!
  • Again, I'll have some pointers and tips videos available in case you get stuck.

Note: by the end of week three, you'll have completed four projects (three remakes and one original).

Week four is different.

It's all about practice. Drilling in what you've learned over the past three weeks.

It involves recreating existing material, which is one of the best ways to learn. You will analyze and recreate:

  • 5 melodies
  • 5 drum sequences
  • 5 arrangements

You'll also mix down 5 Ableton Live project files.

It'll be a full-on week, but no one said this stuff comes easy!

What Else?

Lifetime access to the private community: When you sign up, you’ll be sent a link to a private Facebook group for all EDM Foundations members. You can ask questions, share insights, and build relationships with other producers.

5 In-Depth Practice Plans: Want to continue intensive practice after the 4 weeks? No problem. You’ll be given 5 comprehensive PDF practice plans that will help you develop your skills even further.

Production Challenge Videos: Want to see me make a song with a single kick drum sample? Maybe you’re wondering whether it’s possible to make a song with only 5 channels of audio. I’ve recorded 5 production challenge videos so you can pick up a bunch of techniques and tricks.

Free Updates for Life: Sure, you may not benefit that much from the course a few years from now, but you’ll always have access to the content if you choose to come back to it (even these bonuses).

What Do You Need?

For EDM Foundations, all you'll need is a copy of Ableton Live and XFER Records Serum.

Ableton Live has a free 30-day trial which you can learn more about here.

You can start using Serum for just $10 per month on a "rent-to-own" plan (learn more here). If you decide you don't like it, or want to use a different synth for your productions after taking the course, then you can cancel the payment.

"The hands-on approach has really helped me to actually learn to make and finish multiple songs. While most courses focus on teaching people about making music, EDM Foundations teaches you how to make music. I recommend this course for any new or aspiring producer, or anyone who needs to revisit the fundamentals."

- Rutger Doornbros

"I've learned more through doing this course than I've learned here at the school of electronic music production in my city, which costs 10 times more (it's not a joke) than your course. I'm in week four right now and have already made my own original track! Thank you for this course, Sam."

Viktor B.


Which Path Do You Choose?

I'm not sure what your goals are with music production.

Maybe you want to build a career in music, or maybe you simply want it to be a hobby—something you do for fun.

Whatever the case, you want to become decent at it, right? You want to make good music.

I'm not concerned with what you want to do with production. I just want to help you learn it properly.

And right now, there are two paths you can take:

  • The Blind Path: This is the one I (regretfully) took. You'll still learn how to make music, it will just take longer. And it will be confusing. It may cost less in money (you don't really need to pay for a course), but it will cost you in time.
  • The Focused Path: Follow a framework that's based on the principles of practice. That encourages action over dry, theoretical study. Follow this path, and you'll develop skills, not just gain head knowledge.

"In short, I love it. Very practical and I'm learning a lot. Each module is saturated with information and yes, this is a good thing. "

Bernard Frost

What if this doesn't work for me?

Let's say you go through the 4 weeks and you feel like you didn't learn anything. Maybe things weren't explained clearly enough for you. Or maybe it was too basic.

What happens?

If EDM Foundations isn't a good fit for you, I understand. That's fine. Let me know and I'll refund you in full (within 30 days of purchase). There's no risk.

Who am I?

"Sam Matla is one of the most prolific educators in our industry..." - Santos Torres

I run EDMProd, an ever-growing community where I help electronic music producers make better music and overcome creative problems. EDMProd grew out of my passion for electronic music production (which I'd been doing for 4 years prior) and teaching.

As an educator and author, over the past 3 years I've sold courses and ebooks to over 5,000 producers, most of them beginners. Many of them have had great results.

And results are what I care about, especially for you as a new producer.

I want you to make good music, and I truly believe this course will help you do that.

"If you want to go from bare-knuckle beginner to competent and perhaps even professional, Sam Matla is your man. He has been instrumental in helping me transform myself from a total electronic music production newbie into competent producer. Just ask Sam - he's already told me that I've made 2 years progress in just 6 months. When it comes to getting really, really good, Sam knows what's up."John Lavido

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do I need?
The course is technically 4 weeks long, and requires 8-10 hours per week if you want to keep to schedule. However, you don’t have to keep to schedule. You can’t go faster than the 4-week schedule because the videos and assignments are dripped out over the four weeks, but there’s no hard deadline, so you can go at your own pace. If it takes you a month to get through the first week, that’s no problem.
Is this course for a specific type of producer?
This course is for everyone interested in electronic music production. While we focus on three different genres, the techniques you learn can be applied to almost any genre. Whether you want to make trance, drum n bass, dubstep, or chill-out music, it doesn't matter. You'll get value from this course.
Do I really need Ableton Live?
You may be able to follow along with what I’m doing in Ableton Live in another DAW like FL Studio or Logic Pro, but I would advise against it, especially if you’re a beginner.
Do I really need Serum?
You’ll probably be able to follow along with some of what I’m doing, but you won’t get the full experience. I would advise against taking this course without Serum. Remember, you can start using it for $10 a month. The course is 4 weeks long, so you’re welcome to cancel after the first month.
I'm completely new to production. Is this course for me?
Yes! I won’t be showing you how to install Ableton Live or Serum (that’s what manuals are for), but this course does cater for complete beginners.
I’ve been producing for a few months but feel like I’m not progressing fast enough, is this course for me?
Yes. If you still consider yourself a beginner and feel like you haven’t really got a framework in place for learning, then this is for you.
What happens after I purchase the course?
After signing up for the course and making your payment, you’ll have instant access to the course platform and all the video content. I recommend taking the course over four weeks, but you're more than welcome to take it at your own pace.