Dowden Production academy

Beginner Course

Join over 300 students and solidify your basic skill set. Learn the necessary fundamental introductory techniques of producing electronic dance music properly from the beginning.

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 beginner music production course

This course is designed for passionate producers who are ready to fast track their production journey and start making the music they want to create, get signed, play shows, and earn high sales revenue. 

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 Beginner Level Course

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

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

Here's What You'll Learn

Module 1.0

BUILDING THE MUSIC PRODUCER MINDSET

  • Learn to write music that is both creative yet viable for dance floors, DJs, and radio stations
  • How to structure a song and start form habits that work across your style of music, regardless of genre
  • Understand dance music etiquette and terminology that will get you into the producer mindset and set you up for success in the industry

Module 2.0

Solidify the Structure & Foundation of your tracks

  • Learn to properly use presets to fulfill your tracks as you learn and progress
  • Essential techniques used in music production such as automation, transitions, and balancing sound arrangement
  • Important songwriting structure and phrasing to align your tracks arrangement properly

Module 3.0

Introduction to Sound Design & Creating Fundamental Synths

  • The foundations of sound design such as ADSR, LFO’s, filters, oscillators, arpeggiators, and more
  • How to create some of the most common sounds used in popular and underground music
  • How to layer instruments and create width and depth in a sound

Module 4.0

Introduction to Mixing

  • When and how to use essential processing tools including compressors, equalizers, reverbs, delays, and more
  • Techniques to add clarity and balance to a mix (sidechain compression, gain staging, stereo panning, etc)
  • How to get your tracks ready to be mastered with proper mixing and preparation

Is the Beginner 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.

Course module breakdon

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.

Basic

Beginner 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

Beginner 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

Beginner 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
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Full Course Breakdown

  • Introduction / What You Need Before You Get Started (3:48)

  • Introduction to Module 1.0 (1:38)

  • What makes a good Dance track vs What makes a good song? (2:15)

  • Introduction to Hooks (5:45)

  • How to Keep Your Music Style on Track While Writing (23:59)

  • Setting up the DJ for Mix in / Mix out (20:53)
  • Staying Within Certain Boundaries (7:01)
  • Establishing & Maintaining the Vibe (27:02)

  • Start
    Pushing Boundaries Safely in Music (1:34)
  • The 'Wow' Moments (2:14)
  • Introduction to Tension and Release (1:43)

  • Making Memorable Moments & Meeting listeners halfway (2:29)

  • Module 1.0 Conclusion (2:39)

  • Introduction to Module 2.0 (3:18)

  • Introduction to Presets (15:57)

  • Phrasing as a Beginner (2:12)

  • Introduction to Automation (24:40)

  • How to Structure a Song Efficiently as a Beginner (26:06)
     

  • Transitions for Beginners (15:13)

  • Understanding Waveforms, Oscillators, & Transients (12:09)

  • Balancing your Sounds Efficiently from the Beginning to Avoid Problems Down the Road (4:34)

  • Module 2.0 Conclusion (3:51)

  • Introduction to Module 3.0 (3:11)

  •  Start
    What is an Envolope? (11:33)
  • Explaining ADSR and it's major roll in Sound Design (10:57)
  • Introduction to Low Frequency Oscillators (11:14)
  • Introduction to Filters (13:47)
  • Using Multiple 'Voices' & Utilizing Detune (6:50)
  • Things to Avoid when Making Sounds (9:20)

  • Creating Bass (Tutorial) (6:12)
  • Creating a Pluck (Tutorial) (8:40)
  • Creating a Supersaw (Tutorial) (6:05)
  • Creating a Pad (Tutorial) (5:36)
  • Creating a Lead (Tutorial) (6:48)

  • Layering Synths Internally vs Externally (16:02)

  • Module 3.0 Conclusion (4:35)

  • Introduction to Module 4.0 (1:22)

  • What Makes a Good Mix? (2:32)
  • What is 'Headroom' & why do we need it before Mastering? (4:34)

  • Introduction to Equalizers (11:26)
  • How to Locate Problem Areas with EQ (6:10)

  • Introduction to Compression (17:04)

  • How to Utilize Sidechain Compression (For Beginners) (17:34)

  • Introduction to Reverb (11:06)
  • Different types of Reverbs (2:54)
  • Introduction to Delay (10:41)
  • Different Type
  • Introduction to Chorus (3:19)
  • Introduction to Stereo Wideners (5:35)

  • Introduction to Gain Staging/Mixer Levels (6:41)

  • Introduction to Distortion and Saturation (9:42)

  • Introduction to Panning & the Stereo Field (18:32)

  • Module 4.0 Conclusion

  • Build-ups for Beginners (38:09)
  • Personal Production Goal Setting Book (PDF Download) (2:43)

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 the course are taught in both Ableton Live 10 and FL Studio 12, but the information you can apply 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.

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

Are you ready to take your music production to the next level?

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.