Course Overview

Applications are now open for the 2 week intensive Digital Synthesis virtual short course. 

This short course will help you develop the knowledge and skills to understand the language of synthesisers and experiment with synthesis and sound design. These are invaluable skills for aspiring music producers.

Ever looked at the controls of a synth in your DAW and been completely bamboozled? Learning these functions opens new sonic worlds of possibility, allowing you to imagine a sound, then create it.  

Following some workshops to learn VCV Rack software, you will build your own performance instrument and demonstrate its capabilities in the final “showcase performance”. 

Each course runs over 2 weeks, with instructor-led lessons and assessments. 

Whilst on this course you will be using VCV Rack, which is available for free. 

What are you waiting for? As this is a FREE course, spaces are very limited, so don’t wait around and miss out. 

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You Will Learn
  • An understanding of synthesis related language
  • How to use VCV Rack software
  • To build your own performance instrument
  • To experiment with sound design
  • Sound: Understanding the Signal Path
  • Synthesis and Sampling Skills
  • Creative Project
Course Details


  • For beginners/intermediates 
  • Taught over 2 weeks 
    • Classes are on weekdays only
    • Starts Monday 10th January
    • Ends Thursday 20th January 
  • All classes take place via Microsoft Teams 
  • Classes will take place 10am -5pm on each course day

*class times may be subject to change


To complete this course and receive your qualification, you must attend all classes.

Free trials of both Logic Pro X and Reaper are available online. There is no need to have the full, paid versions of the software. 

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This short course is the first step in your musical career, and  there are many routes you can go down to further develop your skills.

After completing this short course, you could enrol in Fife College’s full-time Sound Production Course. Learn more about it here.

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  • Level: Beginner / Intermediate (must be aged 14 or over)
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Fees: Free for Scottish Residents
  • Study Locations: Online

Audition & Interview

An audition or interview is not required for our Scottish short courses. Please fill in the application form below.

If you have any questions please contact


“It’s the sort of course that I could do over and over and still come away having improved greatly each time”.

How To Apply

Apply to attend a course via the link below.