PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Art of Sound Recording Audio Engineer Course was designed for beginners or intermediate engineers to develop abilities as a competent and successful audio engineer in the world of Rock, Indie, Instrumental and any type of music. As a student of The Art of Sound Recording, you will learn how to effectively function in all of today’s professional audio recording environments – from high tech home studios to professional recording facilities. Not only will you be taught by industry experienced instructors, you’ll gain practical experience on professional-level consoles and recording equipment. It’s in Clear Track's world class studios where you’ll learn the in's and out's of Pro Tools, how to mic’ing up session players, and mix your final tracks. Altogether, you will develop sophisticated technical and organizational skills that give you the ability to successfully run a session from start to finish.

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • How to utilize the same gear used in most major studios
     
  • How to understand and use all of the hardware and software in a session
     
  • How to effectively run a full recording session with an actual
    band who comes in to record
     
  • How to edit and mix during the post-production of your final tracks
     
  • How to make your own recordings sound better
     
  • How to create your own professional studio or enhance your home studio
 

HIGHLY EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS

With decades of experience and know-how behind numerous consoles in the world of Rock, Indie, Metal, Instrumental and so much more, instructors, Mike Johnson & James Forbes, will teach you everything you need to know so that in 10-weeks you're an efficient engineer able to run any kind of session in a home or pro studio.

TRAINING IN OUR STUDIOS

Many courses are spent inside classrooms or pseudo studio mock-ups that students are allowed to practice on infrequently. In our program, students are immersed into a learning environment that is a busy, in-use recording facility with 4 different studios utilized by engineers and artists every day. 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION FOR GREATER UNDERSTANDING

In many universities, students are 1 of 30-40 people jammed into a studio classroom where they have to peek through many heads to even see the console. Our intimate class size and hands-on training gives our students a practical education where they can utilize the gear and equipment repeatedly.

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MANAGEABLE CLASS SCHEDULE

Outside of work, family, and social life, it can be daunting to think learning how to become an audio engineer to your schedule! Fortunately, in our program, the schedule works for anyone's busy life where the time spent is not only intensive but well spent 1 day each week.

REASONABLE TUITION

At the reasonable rate of $3000, The Art of Sound Recording offers a more hands-on practical education for a fraction of the price you'd pay at most major universities. 

SHORT, INTENSIVE LEARNING

Our program does not require extensive pre-requisite classes so every student is able to jump right into learning of the important data necessary for you to start your career as an audio engineer!

10-WEEK COURSE SYLLABUS

WEEK 1: Introduction to the Studio • Learn about the basics of sound including the human ear and speakers • Understand the importance of acoustics • Discover how studios are designed

WEEK 1: Introduction to the Studio

• Learn about the basics of sound including the human ear and speakers

• Understand the importance of acoustics

• Discover how studios are designed

WEEK 2: Microphones • Learn the history industry standard microphones (Dynamics, Condensers, Tube Mics) • Understand polar patterns and mic placement • Experience a hands-on micing of a live drum kit

WEEK 2: Microphones

• Learn the history industry standard microphones (Dynamics, Condensers, Tube Mics)

• Understand polar patterns and mic placement

• Experience a hands-on micing of a live drum kit

WEEK 3: The Gear • Learn the in and outs of the SSL Console • Understand the mechanisms of Preamps, EQ’s, Compressors. • Get to know analog tape and signal flow

WEEK 3: The Gear

• Learn the in and outs of the SSL Console

• Understand the mechanisms of Preamps, EQ’s, Compressors.

• Get to know analog tape and signal flow

WEEK 4: ProTools - The Basics • Learn about Computer Hardware and its components • Become familiar with Pro Tools HD Hardware and Converters • Understand Pro Tools HD Software; I/O's, Peripherals and more.

WEEK 4: ProTools - The Basics

• Learn about Computer Hardware and its components

• Become familiar with Pro Tools HD Hardware and Converters

• Understand Pro Tools HD Software; I/O's, Peripherals and more.

WEEK 5: Pro Tools - In Use • Learn how to run a Pro Tools recording session  • Understand the importance of file organization • Learn how to get signal into a session

WEEK 5: Pro Tools - In Use

• Learn how to run a Pro Tools recording session 

• Understand the importance of file organization

• Learn how to get signal into a session

WEEK 6: Tracking Session - The Class • Begin to learn about pre-production and session prep • Understand how to set up for a live session • Run an actual a small session in Studio A

WEEK 6: Tracking Session - The Class

• Begin to learn about pre-production and session prep

• Understand how to set up for a live session

• Run an actual a small session in Studio A

WEEK 7: Tracking Session - Practical • Prepare for a band to arrive at 10:00am for their session • Setup drums, mics and amps for the live band • Record an entire fully tracked/produced song

WEEK 7: Tracking Session - Practical

• Prepare for a band to arrive at 10:00am for their session

• Setup drums, mics and amps for the live band

• Record an entire fully tracked/produced song

WEEK 8: Mixing Session - The Class • Learn how to edit a session • Understand hybrid workflow (analog/digital) • Become familiar with EQ, compression, and summing • Blend and complete a mix

WEEK 8: Mixing Session - The Class

• Learn how to edit a session

• Understand hybrid workflow (analog/digital)

• Become familiar with EQ, compression, and summing

• Blend and complete a mix

WEEK 9: Mixing Session - Practical • Prepare for the mixing session at 12noon • Apply the mixing techniques from Week 8 • Do a mix of the Week 7's live tracking session.

WEEK 9: Mixing Session - Practical

• Prepare for the mixing session at 12noon

• Apply the mixing techniques from Week 8

• Do a mix of the Week 7's live tracking session.

WEEK 10: The Final • A final 4-hour live tracking session where students are in charge of recording from start to finish. 

WEEK 10: The Final

• A final 4-hour live tracking session where students are in charge of recording from start to finish. 

MORE INFORMATION

LENGTH: 10 consecutive weeks: Eight 4-hour Sunday evening session once per week, PLUS two bonus Sundays as full-day sessions dedicated to recording and mixing a band!

PRICE: $3,000.  Ask about our payment plans!

TO REGISTER: We require a $1,500 deposit to reserve your seat.  The balance is required by the start date of the course. There are no additional costs. Ask us about payment plans.

Classes run four times per year. Scheduling is flexible for holidays.

 

COUNTDOWN TO OUR NEXT CLASS: AUGUST 27, 2017

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