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Sound Design & Synthesis For Producers


Learn how to find your unique sound using some of the industry’s most powerful synths and samplers.

This course, created by John Selway, is the result of his many years as a musician and sound designer searching for interesting ways to make unique sounds using synthesizers and samplers. The course teaches the fundamentals of sound design and explores the various synthesis and sampling techniques so that students can ultimately navigate any type of synthesizer. Throughout the course, students will be applying their skills directly to creative projects to make music and will leave the class with an arsenal of their signature sounds.

Topics Covered

Synthesis overview
Subtractive synthesis
Wavetable synthesis
FM Synthesis
Sample-based synthesis
Physical Modelling
Granular Synthesis




Hundreds of students have taken this class as their first songwriting class ever, and they have all ended up making amazing music!


Are you ready to design your own sounds?

  • Learn from world-class instructors and get personalized feedback

  • Learn with a peer group and meet like-minded music makers

  • Videos and curriculum are yours to keep

Classrooms & Studio Space


If your questions aren’t covered below, you can email us or call us.

Who is this class for?
This class is for complete beginners who have not had any formal musical training or music production experience. It is also for students that have dabbled with Ableton but not had any formal training and have gaps in their knowledge, which they would like to fill by taking a structured course and learning from a reliable source.

What is the time commitment and class schedule?
We offer classes that meet from once per week to several times per week, so you can choose a class that suits your schedule best. You will be expected to devote about 5 hours of time per week, outside of class, to practice the concepts covered each week.

What equipment do I need to take this class?
All you need is a laptop with Ableton Live installed and a pair of headphones. You can download the free demo of Ableton Live here. It is also useful to have a small MIDI keyboard. You do not need to have an Ableton Push (although they are pretty cool!).

Do you offer discounts on Ableton Live and other software?
Yes, as a 343 Labs student, you are eligible for a 40% discount on an Ableton Live license and can get discounts on most software and hardware through us. Just let us know, and we will help. If you prefer to try out Live before buying, you can download a free 30-day demo here.

What edition of Ableton Live do I need? Can I use an older version of Live?
We recommend that you use Ableton Live Suite or Ableton Live Standard. If you are using an older version of Live (such as Live 9), you can use that, although we always recommend using Live 10.

Will there be homework, and will I get feedback from my instructor?
Yes, you will be getting assignments after every class to practice and apply the concepts you learned. You will also be working towards completing your first track and presenting it to the class on the final day. Students will present their assignments at the beginning of every class, and the instructor will be giving feedback and making improvement suggestions.

Are the classes recorded?
Yes, all online classes are recorded and can be watched as many times as you like. You can also download class recordings to keep.

What happens if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you can watch the recording, or refer to the class notes emailed to you by your instructor after every class. You can also arrange a makeup class with your instructor for $75.

Do you offer refunds if I change my mind?
Yes, we do. You can read our full refund policy here.

Can you transfer me to a different class if the class is too easy or hard, or if my schedule changes?
We would be happy to transfer you to a different class if you let us know within the first three sessions. We usually don’t charge for making a transfer.

Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we do. Please contact us to arrange it.

Why are you called 343 Labs?
Sound travels at 343 meters per second. We thought that would make for a pretty cool name.