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Sound Design Foundations

Effects, Sample Manipulation, Subtractive & FM Synthesis

Develop core sound design skills and learn the foundations of sound, synthesis and effect processing with over 40 hours of video content


Sound Design Online Course

Whether you are in hip-hop, EDM, Ambient, or crazy futuristic glitch-hop, a good understanding of sound is essential if you want to improve your music on a deeper level. Getting control over your sound is a powerful feeling; it allows you to be more creative and it makes mixing and finishing your songs a whole lot easier. Using unique and immersive sounds is a very effective way of getting the listeners attention.

You will learn a whole range of tricks and techniques that you can immediately apply to your music, but the real goal of this course is to gain a better understanding of sound and why it works the way it does. Besides making you look cool at dinner parties this will also enable you to take techniques you have learned in class and use them in new innovative ways.

The course is a blend of recorded lessons with instructor Jor van der Poel (ROLI, Pyramind, Loopmasters, ADSR Sounds) and video tutorials.

All students get lifetime access to the course videos (including updated lessons) as well as academic discounts on software and plugins.

What You'll Get With The Course

Most importantly, you'll learn how sound works. Getting a deeper understanding about the air vibrations that we call "Sound" will open up a world of new possibilities, you will start to recognise bad habits, identify problems during mixdown and learn how to develop your own sound.
After the course you will be able to:
  • Analyze the sounds you hear in your favourite songs
  • Identify the different characteristics of any sound
  • Use those characteristic to create sounds with more intent
  • Understand texture and expression; bring your sounds to live
  • Create more defined sounds that truly catch the listener's attention
  • Master the newest Synths, VST's and stand-alone applications
  • Understand different synthesis types and when to use them
  • Apply the learned techniques in new exciting ways
  • Understand Sound, and why it works the way it does

Your Instructor


Jor van der Poel
Jor van der Poel

Sound Designer (Loopmasters, Camel Audio, ADSR sounds, SoundFreqs), Music Production Instructor (Pyramind), Grade C certified music teacher

My name is Jor van der Poel, I was born in the Netherlands and lived in Vancouver, BC for years. Currently I am living in Berlin, which proves to be a great playground for the experimental minded (i.e. Mad Scientists).

I am a music producer, arranger, teacher and sound designer. I am certified in both music theory and sound design education. When I was younger I wanted to be a famous drummer, when I already knew how to play so I started teaching drums to others and I got myself into music education. This introduced me to a whole new world of music, and I realised that if I knew how to record and arrange I could be my own band. So I started practicing piano and guitar, both classical and jazz and learned how to record this to use in my music.

Besides acoustic music, I also love the extreme flexibility of synthetic sounds which made me want to learn about sound design, mixing and mastering. I spend a few years practicing this 8 hours a day, I got pretty good at it and 5 years ago I started making weekly sound design videos for the online community ADSR. This introduced me to a lot of people in the music industry, and taught me more about educating others. It also got me on the Sound-Design team of various Software Developers and a position as featured mentor for Pyramind, CA.

I am a co-founder of Sound-Freqs, a sound-design label that focuses on community and the owner of Subject Sound, an online school for Sound Design, Production & Music Theory.


Class Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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.

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