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[42-hour evening program]

Audio Engineering Fundamentals

Audio Engineering Fundamentals (AEF) is perfect for those new to Audio Engineering and Music Production. Topics covered in this 42-hour course include fundamentals of signal flow, microphone design, recording techniques, digital audio workstations, and mixing/mastering. You’ll also have the opportunity to record in Studio West’s famed Studio A under the guidance of our experienced instructors!

Course breakdown

Learn the basics of working with audio! This class gives you the fundamentals to record vocals or guitar into software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Ableton Live.

Audio Recording Techniques starts with an overview of the physics of sound and the various microphones and mic’ing techniques used for recording vocals and guitar. Course participants learn the importance of gain structure and signal flow, along with an overview of the patch bay and speakers, pre-amps and effects modules commonly found in studios. At the end of the course, students will apply the techniques learned in one of our studios, and record a guest artist under the guidance of the instructor.

In this beginer Pro Tools class, we’ll tour the software and point out features and functions you should know to comfortably run a basic session in your home studio, including creating and routing new tracks, using plug-ins, and simple mixing techniques. We’ll also look at how an audio interface is used to record microphones and instruments into your Pro Tools system, and how to connect speakers for monitoring your session.

We’ll dig into recording a drum kit, with a primary focus on fixing or adjusting (quantizing) the drum performance to the click track. We will show you how Elastic Audio, which is included in all Pro Tools software, can help you automatically tighten your drum, bass and guitar tracks.

The mixing stage blends your recorded tracks together and is the point where your hard work starts taking shape. Mixing Music introduces the techniques to get music mixes radio-ready. It covers the psychoacoustic principles of mixing and also shows you how to use standard technology found in Pro Tools to build a balanced mix of your song. You’ll learn how to sculpt your mix using mixing console terminology (as it relates to Pro Tools), explore and use processing effects such as EQ, reverb and delay, and learn how to correctly prepare your session to be mastered to CD or MP3.

Mixing Music consists mostly of hands-on mixing, with direction from the instructor, but it does include some lectures. For hands-on practice, students can use sessions that the instructor provides; sessions recorded in an earlier Audio Recording Techniques class; or sessions from home.

This overview of music mastering shows why it’s such an important part of the music-making process. You’ll learn some of the tricks used to make a collection of songs seem as if they were recorded and mixed in one sitting. Topics include arranging songs within your album, metering, using dynamic and time-based processors, and embedding song names on tracks. You’ll also learn how audio can be tracked for sales, the difference between replication and duplication, and the differences of mastering for vinyl vs CD.

This is a hands-on class, so demo mixes are supplied, but bring your own collection of recorded songs if you have them. If time permits, we’ll critique your newly honed songs and your mastering chops.

Audio Engineering Fundamentals Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

AEF will be held at Studio West located in Rancho Bernardo at: 11021 Via Frontera Suite A, San Diego, CA 92127. The course will take place in our upstairs labs and as well as in our stuidos. The 42-hour course takes place on weeknights from 6 – 9 pm. 

Please view the course breakdown above for more detail about the topics covered. 

Come equipped with a notebook and writing utensils, a thumb drive or external hard drive, and a pair of headphones!

Sign up online right above the course breakdown or give us a call at 858.592.9497.