Audio Engineering Program Overview


1) Audio Engineering (Recording):

Learn the theory and operation of all modern recording equipment.

Topics covered include:

•Microphone designs and techniques
•Physics and properties of sound
•Decibels and measurements
•Drum and key triggers
•Gates and expanders
•Equalization, dynamics processing
•Recording basics, from single vocalist to full orchestra

2) Audio Engineering (Overdubbing):

Study contemporary record production techniques.

Topics covered include:

•Setting up the studio
•Inventory and session documentation
•Signal flow
•Recording consoles
•Recording bed tracks
•Overdubbing procedures
•Multi-track tape, music editing
•Career opportunities

3) Audio Engineering (Mixing): 

Work on finalizing a recording project and preparing for manufacture.

Topics covered include:

•Mixing and equalization techniques
•Surround sound music mixing
•DVD and high-definition audio
•Dynamic control
•Reverse engineering of popular music
•Critical listening
•Universal compatibility
•Delay, reverb and multi-effects

4) Electronic Music:

Learn the systems and techniques used to create the sounds involved in contemporary music production.

Topics covered include:

•Electronic music evolution
•Ableton Live
•Tempo maps
•Synthesis, sampling
•Breaks, beats and loops
•Copyright and fair use

5) Digital Audio Workstation: 

Gain useful knowledge of digital audio production including recording, editing, and mixing using Digidesign Pro Tools.

Topics covered include:

•Digital audio theory
•Pro Tools concepts
•Elastic Audio
•File management and compatibility
•Digital recording, editing and mixing
•Effects plugins
•Beat Detective

6) Studio Design and Maintenance:

This class is a practical, hands-on course in studio design and construction, basic electronics, and maintenance.  It includes a build-it-yourself student project.

Topics covered include:

•Electrical safety
•Preventative maintenance
•Test instruments
•Basic electronics
•Tube and transistor amplifiers
•Troubleshooting and repairs
•Choosing the right equipment
•Project studio design on a budget
•Sound proofing

7) Digital Signal Processing:

Learn modern processes and techniques used in software plugins for Pro Tools and Ableton Live.

Topics covered include:

•Drum programming
•Sample replacement
•Vocal tuning
•Hardware modeling
•Modern production techniques
•Mid-side equalization
•Noise removal
•Convolution sound modeling
•Dynamic equalization

PROGRAM COST: $7,680.00
PROGRAM DURATION: 24-weeks/2 three-hour classes per week (144 total hands-on instruction hours)
POST-PROGRAM INTERNSHIP: 12-weeks (unpaid)

NOTE: While our programs provide a wealth of knowledge for our students to use, Art Of Audio is an avocational school and does not provide or claim to provide vocational or career training. Please call (720) 635-6529 with any questions about our status as an avocational school.