Music Production & Sound Engineering Diploma

Electronic Music Production & Performance Diploma


Key Facts

Length 1 Year (36 Weeks)
Start September 19 2017
Term 09.2017 - 06.2018
Fees Click here for info
Apply before August 15th 2017



Our groundbreaking, project based, electronic music production and performance diploma course is built on the concept of learning by doing.

Spend your year developing the practical tools, skills and essential techniques required to create, mix and master your own music whilst exploring and refining your individual approach as a producer, performer, DJ and practising artist.

Why Is This Course For You?

The Electronic Music Production & Performance Diploma course is purpose designed for people who are passionate about at least one of these activities:-

  • Recording and releasing your own electronic music
  • Performing your own electronic music
  • Transforming yourself from a DJ into a DJ/Producer
  • Supporting DJ sets with electronic production techniques
  • Programming analogue synths
  • Working with drum machines and sequencers
  • Patch designing for synthesisers and FX
  • Building sample packs
  • Getting in-depth with music technology
  • Making your next step towards a career in the music industry
  • Spending a year living in the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
  • Immersion in Berlin’s music scene
  • Working in collaboration with an international community of like minded people
  • Being supported by a dedicated team of experienced facilitators who know you by name, care about your creative development and truly give a damn
  • Moving city, country or continent in order to pursue something you love

Progressing successfully into employment in today’s music industry takes hard work, focus, commitment, grit and passion. It also requires a broad set of skills, a well developed ‘creative muscle’ and an entrepreneurial spirit.

You may not have all of those things under your belt just yet but a prerequisite for attending any course at dBs Berlin is that you must be passionate about building and developing those skills.

Our Diploma Courses

Our team of music industry professionals have designed this bespoke project based course to provide you with exactly what you need to take your practical skills and techniques to the next level and better prepare you for working in the real world and/or progressing onto a degree.

You will develop a broad range of techniques including analogue synthesis, sequencer programming, drum machine programming, mixing, editing, dynamic and fx processing, use of a variety of software including industry standard DAWs, synths and FX plug ins, electronic music production techniques and mastering. Achieving competence with these tools is an essential part of becoming a confident producer, performer, DJ and practising artist.

We are passionate about providing a nurturing, caring, relaxed, challenging and creative environment where our team offers uncompromising support for students.

Learning By Doing

We pride ourselves on maximising ‘hands on’ equipment time and ‘learning by doing’ in all of our courses but our new diplomas break new ground.

We design our courses around a growing body of research which is proving what we’ve probably always known - the best way to learn something is to just do it. Again…and again…and again. Expert performance is primarily the result of expert practice not due to innate talent.

In other words, it’s not about what you’re born with - It’s about how consistently and deliberately you can work to improve your performance.

Your practice must be: intentional, aimed at improving performance, designed for your current skill level and combined with immediate feedback and repetition.

These courses are designed to awaken the expert in you and build creative muscle.

Electronic Music Performance Courses

Our Spaces

Recording Studios

We currently have 9 studios available for electronic music production diploma students. They range from brand new purpose built spaces to the insanely atmospheric, vintage Funkhaus studios.

All are expertly acoustically treated and have a range of consoles, controllers, microphones, HD Native Pro Tools systems, Eve or Focal monitoring systems, softwares including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Ableton Live and a full range of high end software plug in FX, synths and samplers.

The EMP studios is an Aladdin’s cave of electronic music production toys. From retro to cutting edge synths, sequencers, drum machines and DJ controllers it is every electronic music producer’s dream. Here’s a selection to whet your appetite - a roomful of Ableton Push 2, Nord Lead 2X, a wide array of analogue and digital FX, Korg MS 20, Eurorack modular synths (East Coast and West Coast design), ARP Odyssey, Akai APC 40, Traktor S4, Technics 1210, Pioneer CDJ900, A&H mixers to name but a few.

We also have new plans in the pipeline which will mean a significant increase in studios for September 2017. Watch this space!

Music IT Suite

Say goodbye to soul destroying rows of student desks staring at the back of someone’s head or, even worse, a blank wall.

Our spaces are expertly designed with collaboration in mind. From 2017 we will have four IT suites with 20 workstations in each. You will sit at your own workstation on a spacious island of four.

Stop, share an idea or show off your latest production to your neighbours or tutors. Be human! Community is a powerful thing and you will be amongst people as passionate and motivated as you. Collaborate, innovate and integrate!

Each workstation has a state of the art iMac 21”, a keyboard controller and the latest industry standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Studio, Ableton Live, Reason and a full range of high end synth and FX plug ins.

Ideas Lab

Our Ideas Lab is a fun and relaxed space where great ideas are born, shared, shaped and passionately debated with fellow participants and your facilitator. It’s also where you’ll hone your listening and analysis skills. From classic recordings to seminal 50s jazz tracks to the latest boundary-pushing minimal electronica.

Study Electronic Music Production Degrees

“If you’re passionate about music and want to learn about this subject, while living in an incredible city that has everything to offer that one could wish for, you should definitely go for dBs!”


Your success depends entirely on you - what you bring to the course, your approach to learning and the grit, passion and sheer determination with which you build your future.

Our diploma course provides you with all of the tools required to either progress onto a degree course or make your first foray into the music industry.

The employment model in the music industry has been transformed over the last 20 years. Roles with permanent contracts do still exist but it is much more likely that you will work either as a freelancer or as part of a small startup on your way to professional creative autonomy.

There are many possible progression routes into the industry and it often makes sense to develop a portfolio of different roles. Here are some examples:

Producer, remix engineer, contemporary DJ, recording artist, performance artist, programmer, producing sample packs, sound and music for games, music for film, interdisciplinary arts projects, working in related fields such as record labels, publishers, artist management companies to name but a few.