Production Fundamentals
with ABLETON

Course Overview

SCIM’s Premium digital production course is presented in partnership with Ableton, The world’s leading DAW for electronic music production. In this flagship 6 month program, you will learn every facet of music composition, Production, editing, recording, sound design, arrangement, and post-production. As the first Ableton-certified educational offering on the African continent, this course is taught exclusively by Ableton-certified trainers and is aimed at the aspiring EMP artist of the future

career opportunities

  • Remixer, Producer, Live Artist
  • Film Score Composer
  • Sound and Music Design for Games, TV, Film, and Other Multimedia Applications.
  • Producer / DJ
  • Post Production and Mastering Engineer

Key information

The Digital music production with Ableton course is 6 months long.

No previous qualifications are required but as the course in relatively intensive, we recommend a general matric learning level for applicants. Our content was assessed at NQF5 by SAQA.

Next intake for all courses is 15 January

Simply click the Apply Now button, fill in the form and we will contact you regarding the registration process.

For all part time and remote learning courses, a minimum of 4 hours per week is required . You can complete the course work in your own time by logging in to the learning portal . There are weekly support classes held live with guest lecturers and the scim team.

Key outcomes

On completion of the Digital Music production with Ableton course, graduates will have the necessary knowledge and practical skills required to:


  • Use basic and advanced music composition techniques to compose any style of music.
  • Developed knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts related to drum programming, groove & timing.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of music theory and fundamental ability to play scales, chords, riffs, and phrases.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Ableton program functionality, including warping, editing, recording, and processing audio and generating and editing MIDI.
  • Apply sound design techniques to design a wide array of original sounds for all styles of music.
  • Have a world class understanding of synthesis from the ground up, including Oscillators, envelopes, VCAs, LFOs, Sequencers, and Modulation.
  • Understand audio engineering fundamentals such gain structure, dynamics, mixing, mastering and other aspects of post production.

Course Modules

01.

The fundamentals of
music production

02.

Music Theory

03.

Sound Design, Synthesis,
voicing for EMP

04.

Arrangement and
post production

Your lecturer
Ryan Murgatroyd

Your lecturer Ryan Murgatroyd

Ryan has headed up the SCIM team for almost 2 decades, having personally lectured over 1500 students and trained some of the world’s most prolific electronic artists, while also maintaining his career as a producer, DJ, and live artist. His work under the alias Crazy White Boy sold millions of copies and pioneered a new direction in South African electronic music. Refusing to rest on his laurels, Ryan went on to reinvent himself as an underground icon, releasing music on internationally renowned labels which includes Defected, Get Physical, Stil Vor talent and Purified. He has remixed music for a diverse range of artists such as Lane 8, Super Flu, and Paul Kalkbrenner to name a few, as well as sharing the stage with Black Coffee, Satori, Seth Troxler, Nora en Pure, and Stefan Bodzin.

Success Stories

Shimza

“Widely considered one of the top 3 DJ Producers in Africa, Ashley Raphala, AKA Shimza, has amassed millions of fans across the continent, sold out venues for his performances all over the world, and spearheaded his own Kunye records company, which runs a thriving eventing and record label business both in South Africa and abroad. Little do many know that his journey began at SCIM in the early 2000s, where he studied DJing and production, met many of his future collaborators, and immersed himself fully in the art and science of music performance and production.”

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Cuebur

“From an SCIM Music production diploma to running one of the most successful mixing and mastering studios in Africa, Cuebur is a classical example of the moniker, with hard work, anything is possible. He was able to tell early on in his Music production studies that he had a special talent for audio post production, and by the end of his graduation, was already doing mixing and mastering for upcoming South African Producers, and ofcourse a few side hustles with all of his SCIM classmates – -Today he has clients like ZAke  Bantwini, Thandi Drael, Argento dust and many more. “

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DJ Zinhle

‘My time at Soul Candi Production really influenced me in many ways, says South African Superstar Zinhle’ ‘I have great memories of the course, had many good times with other students, and I’ll always remember the way Ryan taught production was very unique. It felt special to be at the Johannesburg campus at that time – because it was the beginning of the House music era in South Africa, and we were all together – Shimza, myself, Aero Manyelo, and even Kasango.’

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Shimza

“Widely considered one of the top 3 DJ Producers in Africa, Ashley Raphala, AKA Shimza, has amassed millions of fans across the continent, sold out venues for his performances all over the world, and spearheaded his own Kunye records company, which runs a thriving eventing and record label business both in South Africa and abroad. Little do many know that his journey began at SCIM in the early 2000s, where he studied DJing and production, met many of his future collaborators, and immersed himself fully in the art and science of music performance and production.”

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Cuebur

“From an SCIM Music production diploma to running one of the most successful mixing and mastering studios in Africa, Cuebur is a classical example of the moniker, with hard work, anything is possible. He was able to tell early on in his Music production studies that he had a special talent for audio post production, and by the end of his graduation, was already doing mixing and mastering for upcoming South African Producers, and ofcourse a few side hustles with all of his SCIM classmates – -Today he has clients like ZAke  Bantwini, Thandi Drael, Argento dust and many more. “

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DJ Zinhle

‘My time at Soul Candi Production really influenced me in many ways, says South African Superstar Zinhle’ ‘I have great memories of the course, had many good times with other students, and I’ll always remember the way Ryan taught production was very unique. It felt special to be at the Johannesburg campus at that time – because it was the beginning of the House music era in South Africa, and we were all together – Shimza, myself, Aero Manyelo, and even Kasango.’

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