Beginning Audio Engineering Program

Beginning Audio Engineering is the first of our 3 programs and lasts approximately 8 months. You will need a minimum of 20 hours per week (4 Hours of one-on-one course instruction, 2 hours for a class event, and 14 hours of assisted studio project lab time).


Audio Engineering Program - Drum Tracking

The Beginning Audio Engineering Program is approximately 8 months long and is a comprehensive program that is designed to teach you everything you would need to know to function as an audio engineer in a professional recording studio. You will meet one-on-one with different instructors four hours each week to cover course subjects. Additionally you will do two assists a week for the first four weeks with other professional and student engineers in our state of the art facilities. At week five you will start your own projects. You will do as many as six projects in the beginning class alone. Each one of these projects will cover seeking the artists you would like to work with, booking them on the studio calendar, recording, editing, overdubbing, mixing, and mastering. Unlike many other schools where projects are completed in groups, you will own your projects from bringing in the artist to mastering the final mix. By the time you get out of the beginning program you will know how to and will have done the entire recording process as many as six times.



Click the tabs below to see the many classes that make up the four course subjects of Beginning Audio Engineering.

Beginning Recording Techniques

Beginning Recording Techniques (BRT-101) is a 2 hour a week, one-on-one class. It introduces fundamentals of recording techniques and equipment used within a recording studio. Concepts such as defining what audio is, signal flow, patch bays, signal processors, microphones, consoles and other studio basics are taught. Here is a breakdown some of the lessons:

Audio Sound Wave

Sound

Understanding the anatomy of sound

Recording Microphones

Microphone Design

Understanding how acoustic sound waves are converted into analog electrical signal

Audio Recording Mixing Consoles

Session flow, Signal flow

Understanding how signal flows around the "console"

Audio Recording Patchbay

Patch Bay, More Signal Flow

Connecting and re-routing signal all across the studio

Recording Mic Pre-Amps

Amplifiers

Understanding how analog signal is manipulated

Audio Recording Equalizers-EQ

Equalization

Everything there is to know about the technical aspects of tonal shaping

Audio Recording Compressor

Dynamics

Understanding the tools we use to manipulate the range between loud and quiet

Music Recording Reverbs

Time Based Effects

Understanding the anatomy and the controls of reverb, delay, flanging, chorusing and others

Analogue Recording Tape Machine

Analog Tape

Understanding the science behind the tonal characteristics of an analog signal path

Pro Tools Automation

Automation

Learning how to synchronize automate every single parameter in Pro Tools

Pro Tools

Digital Technology

The specifics of the science around how digital recording and editing work

Recording Studio Design

Midi and Studio Design

Understanding MIDI, and the science behind proper studio acoustics

Audio Engineering Microphone Placement

Microphone Techniques

Understanding special mic techniques, placement and terminology

Beginning Pro Tools and Productions

Beginning Pro Tools (BPT-101) is a 1 hour a week, one-on-one class. It introduces the student to Avid's (Digidesign's) Pro Tools software, its interface and menu structure. Topics covered are selection and navigation, editing techniques, mixing, mastering and exporting finished product. All classroom discussion is reinforced with required lab work. Here is a breakdown of some of the lessons:

Pro Tools Audio Editing

Editing Concepts

Understanding the anatomy of digital audio and non-destructive editing

Pro Tools Key Commands

Tools and Key Commands

The first round of tools and key commands to know and use in an editing assignment

Sample Accurate Audio Editing

Sample Accurate Editing

The second round of tools and key commands to use in a sample accurate assignment

Pro Tools Playlists-Groups

Groups and Playlists

Understanding how groups and playlists work and interact with each other during editing

Pro Tools Sound Replacer

Sound Replacer

A breakdown of all the controls, functionality, and concepts of Sound Replacer

Pro Tools Editing Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune

A breakdown of all the controls, functionality, and concepts of Auto-Tune

Audio Editing-Melodyne

Melodyne

A breakdown of all the controls, functionality, and concepts of Melodyne

Pro Tools Mixing Concepts

Routing for Mixing

Understanding stereo bussing, insert points, and send and returns

Recording Audio Compressors

Compressors

Understanding the multiple tonal characteristics and the dynamic control created with the compressor

Audio Equalizers-Pro Tools-EQ

EQ's

Understanding the proper use of tonal shaping

Audio Recording Mixing Concepts-Techniques

Mixing Concepts

Understanding how dynamics, tonal shape, and stereo imaging work to create a 3D Mix

Audio Mastering Techniques

Routing for Mastering

Understanding the structure and signal flow of a mastering session

Mastering Techniques-Mid-Side

Mastering Concepts

Understanding multi-band compression, M-S, Inflating, Limiting, and Dithering

Beginning Beat Production and Music Theory

Beginning Beat Production and Music Theory (BMT-101) is a 1 hour a week, one-on-one class. It introduces the fundamentals of music theory in a production context. Topics discussed are major and minor key scales, intervals, basic elements of rhythm, triads and seventh chords, diatonic chords in major and minor keys, ear training, and key recognition. Here is a breakdown of some of the lessons:

Beat Music Production-Major Scales

Major Scales

 

Beat Music Production-Minor Scales

Minor Scales

 

Beat Music Production-Intervals

Intervals

 

Beat Music Production-Rhythm

Rhythm

 

Beat Music Production-Triads

Triads and 7 Chords

 

Beat Music Production-Chord Inversions

Inversions of Chords

 

Beat Music Production-Diatonic Chords

Diatonic Chords

 

Beat Music Production-Ear Training

Ear Training

 

Beat Music Production-Key Recognition

Key Recognition

 

Beat Music Production-Analysis

Music Analysis

 

Beginning Projects and Events

Beginning Projects (BPE-101) is 2 hours of a weekly event combined with 14 hours of lab. It starts with a simple singer-songwriter session and then quickly graduates to full production recording. The student owns every step of the process. For each project the student will: contact artist, schedule studio time, record, overdub, edit, mix and master the material. We will walk you through every step of the way with weekly seminars and one-on-one tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering meetings. Here is a breakdown of first the seminars and then the projects:

Audio Engineering-Songwriting

Song Creation

The production techniques around song writing

Audio Engineering-Tracking

Tracking

Everything you would need to know when you show up to the studio to record an artist

Audio Engineering-Editing

Editing

Everything you would need to know when you show up to the studio to edit a song you have recorded

Audio Engineering-Mixing

Mixing

Everything you would need to know when you show up to the studio to mix a song you have recorded

Audio Engineering-Mastering

Mastering

Everything you would need to know when you show up to the studio to master a CD

Audio Engineering-Client Relationships

Client Relationships

Everything you would need to know to initiate and maintain healthy client relationships

Studio Audio Engineering-Recording

Project Tracking

The freely booked studio time and instructor support to record as many as 6 projects

Studio Audio Engineering-Editing

Project Editing

The freely booked studio time and instructor support to edit all projects

Studio Audio Engineering-Overdubbing

Project Overdubbing

The freely booked studio time and instructor support to overdub tracks for all projects

Studio Audio Engineering-Mixing

Project Mixing

The freely booked studio time and instructor support to mix all projects

Studio Audio Engineering-Mastering

Project Mastering

The freely booked studio time and instructor support to master all projects