learn how to make electronic music in 30 days

EDM Foundations is a proven, step-by-step program that helps you master the fundamentals of electronic music production by finishing 4 songs in 30 days (even if you’re a complete newbie).

there's never been a better time to learn music production than now

No longer do you need fancy equipment or access to an expensive studio. In 2021, anyone with a laptop and pair of headphones can learn to make electronic music (even if you’re not “musical”)

but chances are, you already know this.

You’ve spent hours watching YouTube tutorials, reading articles, and trying your best to wrap your head around the complex world of electronic music production. 

You’re excited by all the possibilities. Curious. Motivated to put in the work to make the music you were born to make. 

Other producers and artists inspire you. You listen to their music and feel motivated to learn and develop your craft. 

But something’s just not clicking. Every time you try to make a song, or learn something new, you end up overwhelmed and stuck.

You're determined to make it work...

But you’re still struggling to make sense of all the moving parts: songwriting, sound design, mixing, synths, plugins, and so much more!

You know that producing great electronic music is something that takes time…

And you’re prepared to put in the work.

But you constantly feel like you’re taking the least effective path. Especially when you see other producers and peers develop quickly while you’re staring at your screen wondering how on earth to even start. 

Worse? Endlessly searching YouTube and the web for answers has left you even more confused

You watch tutorial after tutorial trying to piece together all the moving parts. 

But it doesn’t seem to help. Maybe you’ve learned a few facts, but you don’t feel like you’ve improved much (or at all). 

All you want to do is create electronic music that you’re proud to call your own, but at this point, you’re wondering if that’s even possible. 

does this sound like you?

If so, you’re not alone. And the good news is, you don’t have to remain stuck here. I’ll show you how.

Hi, I'm Sam Matla

I’m a full-time music production educator, producer, and entrepreneur from the bottom of the world*

*New Zealand (and yes, we do have electricity down here)

When I started making music back in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing.

Even though I’d come from a musical family and had played guitar and drums for years prior, music production was a completely different ballgame. 

And after the initial boost of fake confidence (see illustration below), I quickly fell into a rut. Nothing seemed to work, and I hated the sound of what I was making. 

I took the "trial and error" approach

And it set me back years

I’d watch a tutorial, try to apply what I learned, and come out dissatisfied. 

I’d come across a blog post and try to make sense of what I was reading. 

Most of all, I spent thousands of hours in the DAW trying things and failing. 

But it wasn’t until I took a more systematic approach to learning that things started turning around. 

I set three principles for myself:

  1. Focus on finishing songs, not just making loops.
  2. Work on my craft every day.
  3. Develop real skills instead of picking up a bunch of techniques and tactics.

 

This exploded my output and creativity. 

I went from staring blankly at my screen—not being able to start anything…

To finishing multiple songs per week.

Eventually, I started helping others do the same

edmprod.com was born in 2013, and quickly grew to be one of the most popular educational resources in the music production space.

3 years after that, we launched the first version of EDM Foundations (we’re now at V3)

There just wasn't a "catch-all" resource for new producers

I wanted to create the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow, and practical starting point for electronic music producers.

Everything out there was either too expensive (going to music school), too theoretical (yawn), or disjointed.

So we created a program that focused on teaching the fundamentals through action-based learning. 

In other words, you learn music production by actually finishing music. Who would have thought?

Don’t get me wrong, music production is a creative endeavour that will always be challenging (and extremely rewarding too)

But doing it alone is way harder.

So if you’ve ever wanted a guided, step-by-step system for mastering the fundamentals of electronic music production, here it is…

INTRODUCING

EDM FOUNDATIONS

Master the fundamentals of electronic music production by finishing 4 songs in 30 days (or at your own pace)

By the end of this course you'll be able to:

Finally finish music

We’ll get you on track to finish music confidently and consistently. No more staring blankly at your screen, or getting stuck halfway through a project! You’ll discover a robust, repeatable workflow for taking your ideas through to completion. 

Write catchy chords & melodies

When you come up with a good melody, chord progression or hook—the rest of the song writes itself. We’ll show you the exact idea generation techniques we use to consistently come up with great ideas (and avoid writer’s block)

Make your songs interesting

No one wants to sit through 4 minutes of boring, repetitive music. In this course, you’ll discover how to structure and arrange your ideas so that the end listener remains engaged from start to finish. 

Mix and master your own music

Your song deserves to be presented well. We’ll show you the ins and outs of mixing and mastering so you can produce songs that have clarity, punch and power. 

But most importantly, you’ll have the foundational skills and knowledge to create your own path and learn rapidly with each song you finish. 

Want a look inside?

Introductory Modules

If you’re completely new to production, or even music as a whole, these first two modules will quickly help you understand how a D.A.W (Digital Audio Workstation) works and also how music fundamentally works.

MODULE 1

Master your software (DAW Basics)

A good artist knows how to use their tools well. In this module, you’ll go through a comprehensive crash course on how to use your digital audio workstation (DAW)—whether it’s Ableton Live, FL Studio, or Logic Pro. 

MODULE 2

Learn the language of music (theory basics)

Music theory without the boring bits. Understand this, and you’ll be lightyears ahead of most other producers who never take the time to learn theory. 

Step-by-step Walkthrough Modules

After learning the basics, you’ll dive in to the four walkthrough projects. You’ll download the resource files, be given a quick overview, and then we’ll walk you through each step.

MODULE 3

Create a future bass track

In the first project, you’ll learn the fundamentals of chord writing, vocal arrangement, and track arrangement. Specifically, we’ll focus on building a powerful drop by layering multiple instruments.

You’ll learn:

MODULE 4

Create a house track

Having learned the basics during project one, we’ll step things up in the second walkthrough and focus heavily on building a powerful house groove. In this project, we’ll spend most of our time programming a solid drum loop and layering bass instruments.

You’ll learn:

MODULE 5

Create a melodic bass track

The third project is an instrumental one, which means we have to compensate with our composition and percussive programming to keep the song interesting. We’ll do this again through layering, careful placement of sounds, and an impactful drum sequence.

You’ll learn:

MODULE 6

Create a future pop track

Our final project is by far the most complex track to produce, but it’s also the most rewarding. You’ll be using a professionally recorded vocal to start with, arranging elements and instruments around it. We’ll focus heavily on instrumentation and layering to build the hit. 

You’ll learn:

Making your own original (final module)

Having followed along step-by-step with the walkthroughs, it’s time to work on and finish your very own original track!

MODULE 7

Finish your own original song

It’s time to apply what you’ve learned over the last four walkthroughs and work on your own original. This module will guide you through it!

THE FOUNDATIONS GUIDEBOOK

The EDM Foundations guidebook is a 100+ page book packed to the brim with techniques and tactics taught in the course. It’s great for quickly referencing something you’ve learned (instead of having to go back and re-watch videos). 

Access to the private mastermind community

Ask. Get Answers. Connect. Collaborate.

BONUS #1

SERUM MASTERCLASS

Want to master sound design with Serum? This 2+ hour masterclass takes you from newbie to pro. Learn the basics, then move on to advanced functions like the wavetable editor. You’ll gain a bunch of Serum workflow tips too.

BONUS #2

SONGWRITING BOOTCAMP

If you can’t write good melodies and chord progressions, your music will sound stale. Our Songwriting Bootcamp takes you through the theory and framework behind writing great chords, progressions, and catchy melodies.

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Splice Sounds 100

We've teamed up with Splice to offer all EDMProd customers 1 month of free access to the world's biggest sample collection.

“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

What do I need?

All you need is a copy of Ableton Live, FL Studio or Logic Pro X and XFER Records Serum. 

 
Note that we have dedicated versions of the course for each of the DAWs. The curriculum and structure is the same across all of them, but the teaching and techniques shown are specific to each DAW so that you can follow along step-by-step. 

How is EDM Foundations different?

There are hundreds of courses out there on the web. Why are we any different? Why not just watch YouTube for FREE?!

Other courses

VS

EDM Foundations

Give you a bunch of tips & techniques, but no real roadmap, workflow or skills. You’re left figuring out how to piece everything together.

Teaches you music production from the ground up. The tips and techniques you do learn reset upon a solid foundation of skills, workflow, and understanding.

Assumes you have thousands of dollars worth of premium plugins and synths. 

All you need is a digital audio workstation, and Xfer Serum. 

Boring, too theoretical, and full of “fluff.”

Practical, action-based. Learn “as you go” by actually finishing songs. 

Limited or no support. If you get stuck, you’re stuck!

World-class Q&A support, private (moderated) Discord group, and monthly feedback streams. 

EDM FOUNDATIONS

IS THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOU IF:

EDM FOUNDATIONS

IS NOT THE PERFECT FIT FOR YOU IF:

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Our guarantee (100% risk-free)

We are confident that EDM Foundations will help you learn production, but we know that it’s quite a commitment to enroll in a course of this size. That’s why we want to give you 30 days to go through the content, try it out, and make sure that it’s really helping you.

You can enroll today and go through as much of the course as you want in 30 days. If you don’t LOVE it, then we’ll refund 100% of your money. No sneaky tactics. No “action-based” refund policy where you have to watch X amount of videos or do the worksheets. Just send us a simple email and let us know if it didn’t work out for you.

Meet the course instructors

Sam Matla

Founder & Director

I’m the founder of EDMProd and co-instructor of EDM Foundations, our flagship course that’s helped over 4,000 people master the fundamentals of electronic music production. I split my time between EDMProd, reading, drinking coffee, and making music.

Connor O'Brien

Podcast Host, Course Instructor

My original productions have gained over 3 million streams on Spotify and YouTube, with features by Billboard and Earmilk. I’m also the co-instructor of EDM Foundations.

Three promises if you join us

Here are our commitments.

Lifetime updates.

We update our courses regularly and add in more content. You get lifetime access to Drums and ALL updates we make to it. 

30-day money back guarantee

We truly believe in what we’re selling, but if it doesn’t work for you—we understand. Just send us an email and we’ll refund you.

Guaranteed support

Ever enrolled in a course and felt left behind? That’s the last thing we want for you. You’ll have access to our support team from day one. 

Got questions?

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes, all videos from both the Ableton Live, Logic Pro and FL Studio versions of the EDM Foundations course have accurate English captions. The bonus courses do not have captions. All videos and courses are presented in the English language.

Yes! It’s precisely the program for you. It’s designed in a way to help complete beginners master the fundamentals and get going quickly. If you’re brand new, you’ll get value out of this.

It depends. 

Are you consistently finishing music that you’re proud of? Do you feel like you have a solid grasp of the fundamentals? 

If so, then it’s probably not for you. But if you’ve been producing for a while but feel like you never really got a good start—I recommend it. 

The EDM Foundations course is completely online-based.

As soon as you make your payment, you’ll be instantly enrolled in the course platform and you can start the course straight away. 

While we recommend you go through the course in 4 weeks, EDM Foundations is a self-paced course.

You can go through it as quickly or as slowly as you like. If you have a busy schedule, no worries. Take your time. You have lifetime access to this material. It’s not going anywhere. 

The Q&A sessions will usually take place every month around 8:30pm Eastern time on Thursday. We may change this time to accommodate more people in the future. 

You will be able to send questions and tracks for feedback in beforehand and watch the recordings if you can’t make it to the call. 

If you don’t like the course (or you don’t find it helpful), then let us know and we’ll refund you within 30 days of purchase. 

Great! Feel free to use the chatbox to the bottom right of the page, or email us ([email protected])

And three EXTRA bonus courses
(available until the timer runs out)

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Producer Mindset Mastery

This program will help you develop a rock-solid creative mindset and framework for rapidly developing music production skills. If you find it hard to finish music, be creative, or you just face resistance every time you sit down to make something—this is for you. 

(Coming July 31st)

The Remixing Masterclass

Remixing has traditionally been seen as “easier” than producing originals. This isn’t always true. There’s an art to producing a great remix that few producers talk about, until now. This 6-module masterclass will run you through all you need to know.

The 10-Day Song Finishing Plan

Can’t finish anything? Work too slowly? The 10-Day Song Finishing Plan is a proven framework that helps you come up with an idea, then take it to completion within 10 days. If you need a blueprint, this is it. 

Launch bonuses end July 9 at 11:59pm PDT

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Here's what our students are saying

We’re not just interested in teaching you the basics. We want to help you take things to the next level. 

“Before taking this course I felt lost and overwhelmed by the wealth of resources available. This course provided me with an actual plan of action. Thank you Sam!”
Kurt Shuster
"The flow from basics to more advanced topics was really useful and I learnt a lot more going through things in a structured way."
Darren Goddard

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