Dowden Production academy

Advanced Course

[ABLETON ONLY]

Master fundamental music production skills and techniques for mixing and sound design. Enhance your mindset and improve the quality of your music

Does this sound like you?

I know how you’re feeling..

You want to be a successful music producer, but you don’t know how to get better.

You love music and want to produce music that you are proud of, will get signed, and that can earn you a lot of revenue.

But you feel like you’re not progressing as fast as you’d like..

You’re not writing the music you want to be writing, and you feel like you’re stuck and wasting time scouring the internet for answers to questions you’re not even sure how to ask.

I spent 6 years following this path. Teaching myself while other producers I’ve met had only been producing for a couple of years and were signing more music than I was at the time.

What were they doing differently? Did they have more time? More money? More talent?
None of the above.

They chose to not rely solely on themselves to learn and learned how to produce music properly, from the start.

They didn’t have to waste countless hours watching random YouTube videos hoping to find an answer to their questions. They didn’t spend hundreds of sessions trialing different parameters and not understanding what they were actually doing. 

They had a properly developed path by relying on experienced producers to teach them everything they needed to know, to fast track their success story. 

They didn’t have to deal with the same frustrations as you and me. They got the proper training from the beginning. 

They saved thousands of hours of precious time, which is now being used to sign tracks to bigger labels, play shows to crowds, and build a fan base.

The best part? You can too.

The Advanced music production course

Upon completion of the Advanced Course you’ll have an in-depth understanding of sound design and mixing, song structure and writing, and you’ll be on your way to professional sounding mixes.

You’ll have louder, cleaner, stronger mixes, full of new sounds and layers to your songwriting arsenal.

My last several tracks sound cleaner, brighter, and more professional because of this course. I highly recommend this to all producers who want to level up!

-Zaria
Melodic House & Techno Producer

Here's What's Included

Full Access to the Complete Advanced Level Course

  • Lifetime access - learn at your own pace!
  • Course updates
  • Course content available for Ableton

Access to the Dowden Production Academy Community

  • Join a supportive community of like-minded producer around the world
  • Get feedback on your tracks
  • Share resources and continue to learn new techniques

Access to the "Marketing for producers" Course ($59 value)

  • Learn how to market yourself and your music as an up and coming producer
  • Grow your social media offline following and get your music heard
  • Includes a 20-day track release plan + 3 month marketing plan
  • Lifetime access + course updates

Producer goal setting + Marketing Workbooks

  • Map out your goals for your music and create an actionable plan to achieve them
  • Up your social media game and get your music into the ears of more people
  • Have your best release yet with the 20-Day Release Calendar

Course module breakdon

Here's What You'll Learn

Module 1.0

Bring your tracks to the next level

  • Learn how to maintain a consistent energy and vibe throughout your songs
  • Advanced techniques and tips to keep listeners engaged and interested in your music
  • Understand how to use both automation and modulation to bring your tracks to life

Module 2.0

Advanced Sound Design

  • Learn insider techniques to increase your overall sound design quality
  • Learn how to use field recordings, samples, vocals and other forms of audio to create unique sounds, textures, and pads
  • Understand how to push sound design past synthesis and samples for endless creative possibilities

Module 3.0

Advanced Mixing Techniques

  • In-depth understanding of how to mix your tracks at a professional level
  • Learn how to use busses, sends and returns, and parallel processing
  • Learn various types of compression for different applications and improve mix quality
  • Understand how to work with vocals in a mix

Module 4.0

Increase the clarity & overall loudness of your track

  • How to get the most headroom out of your tracks without compromising quality or dynamics for the best sounding mixes and masters
  • Learn how to clean up your tracks for quality, balance, and stereo width
  • How to read/monitor different audio analyzers, signals, and parameters to maximize the quality of your mixes

Is the Advanced Course Right For Me?

You are fairly new but have a bit of experience in producing music, but still early on and you may run into these issues:

  • You have trouble writing and/or finishing a song
  • You don’t fully understand how synths or sampling works
  • You don’t know how to create your own sounds from scratch
  • You’re unsure how to mix your tracks
  • You don’t want to waste time learning but you don’t know what to search for to learn and progress quickly
  • You want to learn how to efficiently write electronic music by following the leading industry best practices to prepare your music for the dancefloor

If you find yourself in this category, than the Beginner Course is for you!

Unlike some other courses, this course is heavily focused on education and information. 

The course has more focus on teaching the pillars and valuable knowledge of successful writing and mixing. 

I’ll be teaching fundamental steps on how to create your own dance music more efficiently, instead of having you follow a step by step process of writing a song together.

Once you’ve completed the course, you will have a better understanding of how to write dance music that will be appropriate for dance floors, DJ’s, and the radio.

Meet Your Instructor

Portrait of music production course instructor Brenden Dowden

Dowden is an Electronic Music Producer from Toronto, Canada. He has spent the past few years gaining international notice with his music.

Gaining support from some of the worlds biggest DJ’s, including Aly & Fila, Soul Button, Armin Van Buuren, Cosmic Gate, Cid Inc., Markus Schulz Hernan Cataneo, and many more.

He continues to grow in the music scene with releases on over 40 labels, and playing clubs and festivals all over the world.

With music production training, you are able to greatly reduce the time it takes to become an established artist. You will be on your way to higher quality music, playing gigs, and gaining fans MUCH sooner than if you teach yourself everything.

I wish I knew this when I started.

If you are hoping for a secret sauce that you can pour on your music to become successful – there is only one.

One secret sauce.

The ingredients are hard work & perseverance, knowledge & understanding, experience & mentality, and you.

These courses can provide you with the knowledge & understanding, as well as through my personal experience & mentality the course can teach you what I’ve learned over the years of my career. 

The other two ingredients are up to you.

ENROLL NOW

Basic

Advanced Course
$ 279
  • 7+ hours of content
  • Lifetime access to the course
  • Free Updates
  • Access to Facebook Community
  • Producer Goal Setting PDF
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

Standard

Advanced Course
$ 327
  • 10+ hours of content
  • Lifetime access to the course
  • Free Updates
  • "Marketing for Producers" course
  • Access to Facebook Community
  • 2x Sample pack downloads
  • 2x Feedback sessions via email
  • 1x 60 min 1-on-1 private session
  • Producer Goal Setting PDF
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee
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VIP

Advanced Course
$ 837
  • 10+ hours of content
  • Lifetime access to the course
  • Free Updates
  • "Marketing for Producers" Course
  • Access to Facebook Community
  • Access to live Q&A sessions
  • 2x Sample pack downloads
  • 6 Months of email feedback
  • 4x 60 min 1-on-1 private sessions
  • 2 Tracks mixed by Dowden Studios
  • 2 Tracks mastered by Dowden Studios
  • $1250+ total value
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee
Best Value

What Makes this Course Different?

The courses teach you the necessary information for you to progress quickly into an informed, better producer with knowledge that spans across any genre, and any DAW, for any producer.


Every producer works differently, so instead of simply writing a track together or showing you how I would personally do something in my productions, I explain important fundamental processes and techniques from the ground up. 


You’ll understand when, how, and why to use the techniques that every producer uses to make professional music.


I don’t just show you what the tools are, I show you how and when to use them.

What Other Students Are saying

"Able to gain valuable insider information on the music industry..."

“I gotta say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the courses on the Dowden Production Academy. As someone with some experience with music production and how to use a DAW, I have opted for the intermediate course to solidify my current knowledge and learn useful techniques to step up my game.

I was not only able to do just that, but was also able to gain valuable insider information on the music industry and very useful tips on how to speed up my workflow. The courses were fun, clear and interesting, so I would definitely recommend them to any early-mid level producer looking to improve their skill set in the world of electronic music production.”

Niles Baxter
Trance / Progressive House producer, Montreal, Canada

"I have experienced several “a-ha moments...”

“When I found Dowden Production Academy, I was an intermediate-level producer who needed something to take my tracks to the next level, but I just didn’t know what. I was struggling to balance the sounds in my mixdowns, and something always felt out of place. My goal was to fill in the gaps between what makes a good and a great track. I wanted to take the course because I felt like it would help me learn mixing and sound design in more elaborate detail, while simultaneously helping me solidify my understanding of the basics.

So far, this is exactly what has happened. I have experienced several “a-ha moments” that have, in this short time, helped me upgrade my skills, and already signed an EP to an exciting larger label. My last several tracks sound cleaner, brighter, and more professional because of this course. I highly recommend this to all producers who want to level up!”

Zaria
Melodic House & Techno producer, San Francisco, United States

Full Course Breakdown

  • Setting Up and Maintaining Consistent Energy (15:24)
  • What is the difference between Automation & Modulation (And how to Use Them) (7:01)
  • How to increase Humanization and add an organic feel to your tracks (14:32)
  • How to Keep Listeners Subconsciously Engaged (28:19)
  • The Importance of Sound Arrangement (17:33)
  • Mapping Macro Controls (13:07)

  • Understanding Different Types of Synthesis (FM, Additive, Subtractive) (24:41)
  • Using LFOs and Envelopes to Shape your Sounds to be More Professional (17:17)
  • Reverse Engineering Sounds to Learn how they Work (13:49)
  • Advanced Layering (38:36)
  • Focusing on Processing Kick Drums (41:14)
  • How to Always Write in Key Using MIDI Effects (12:52)
  • Sound Design Processing with Effects Chains (27:20)
  • Creating Textures, Pads, and Transitions with Samples & Vocals (16:54)

  • Understanding the 3D Mixing Concept (20:50)
  • Using Proper Gain Staging (19:58)
  • Headroom Mixing & Guidelines Template (6:28)
  • Mixing Bass - Dealing with Multiple Octaves (11:09)
  • Volume Leveling Concept (3:35)
  • How to Use Pink Noise to Mix Tracks Efficiently (6:48)
  • Using Noise Gates to Clean Up Your Mixes and Sounds (9:35)
  • Advanced Panning Techniques (10:11)
  • Difference Between Compression and Expansion
  • Using Multiband Compression (10:55)
  • Using Mix Busses Efficiently (7:26)
  • Using Sends and Returns Efficiently (7:13)
  • Addressing and Eliminating Phase Cancellation Issues (18:01)
  • Using Spectrum Analyzers to Balance your Mix (10:53)
  • Using Glue Compression (7:56)

your questions answered

The Beginner Course is around 7 hours of video content, (which doesn’t even include the other content offered along with the course!)

As soon as you enroll, you’ll have lifetime access to the course so you can take as long as you like and come back and review as much as you want.

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

No, you don’t need a specific DAW or plugins. All the information you will learn will be universal across any platform.


The practical sections of this course are taught in Ableton Live 10, but the information can be applied to any DAW or plugin!


The course uses a combination of stock plugins, free to download plugins (I’ve included in the course), and some paid plugins used for demonstration and visual purposes.

We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

It’s not just taught in one!

Although the course revolves around dance music, and it’s most common 4/4 time and phrasing, the examples are intentionally not very genre specific so that students aren’t stuck learning from specific genre based material. The information you’ll learn will work across any genre.

Not a problem! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have via email.

What Tools will You Need

All you need to enroll in the course is Digital Audio Workspace (DAW).

Don’t have a DAW?

You can get an Unlimited Free Trial here for FL Studio here.

Alternatively you can get a 30-Day Free Trial with Ableton here.

It does not matter which Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) you will be using for the course, as the information and lessons will be cross-platform education.

I will be using standard Stock Plugins. They will be easy to follow and learn from, no matter which DAW you are using. The education will not be DAW specific (even if the Plugin is).

I will also be using Free to Use Plugins that I will be providing access links to before the course for you to download, if you would like to follow along.

If you don’t have access to the same plugins or DAW, the principles and education are not DAW or Plugin Specific. You will be able to use them across all platforms, synths, and hardware.

Are you ready to master your music production skills?

100% Money back guarantee

Enroll with full confidence! If you aren’t completely satisfied with your purchase, you can contact us for a full refund within 30 days.