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Fine Tuning

Sure, I may be able to hit fifteen notes in one bar but is it gonna help the song? No.

Irma Thomas, NPR, 2010/08/23


A studio sound engineer’s hand rests on the controls of a Mackie mixing console.

Interested in making your own recordings? We want to share our knowledge and experience with you. Photograph by Rana Mullan

We offer a short range of courses covering the basics of recording, engineering and production in the studio:

An Introduction to Sound Recording

Various items of recording studio paraphernalia are reflected in a window of the drum booth where a drummer is playing.

Making sense of a recording set–up doesn’t have to be that hard. Sort out what’s what for yourself with An Introduction to Sound Recording.
Photograph by Rana Mullan

It’s time you started making your own records but you haven’t got a clue? An Introduction to Sound Recording should get you up to speed straight away.

All modules of An Introduction to Sound Recording are run at the studio in small groups of up to five students at a time. The main topics include:

On completion of An Introduction to Sound Recording you will have learned how to record and master music for yourself and others. You will also know what equipment is necessary and which software alternatives are available — whether free or for purchase — to help you get started.

An Introduction to Digital Recording Techniques

A studio sound engineer makes adjustments on a Mackie mixing console before a bank of monitors displaying Steinberg Cubase software.

Learn how to manage modern recording systems with An Introduction to Digital Recording Techniques. Photograph by Rana Mullan

A useful follow–up to An Introduction to Sound Recording, this project–based course of ten two–hour modules is designed to give students the opportunity to develop their skills over the entire recording process.

Getting to Grips with Reason

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Controlling workflow and keeping things simple in Getting to Grips with Reason.

A short course of five two–hour modules, delivered in casual language with a minimum of technical jargon. Designed to demystify the studio process and encourage straight–forward approaches to problem–solving in sound recording and production.

Foundation in Audio Visual Industries Induction

The Foundation in Audio Visual Industries Induction provides essential grounding for anyone interested in setting up a business in film production, television or radio broadcasting, studio recording or live music management.

The classroom based programme of fifteen four–hour modules covering:

The Foundation in Audio Visual Industries Induction runs for sixteen weeks.

Rest in Peace …

In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed the largest recording contract in history with Michael Jackson’s estate. The $250 million deal gives Sony distribution rights to the singer’s recordings until 2017 — including the right to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.