Learn professional recording techniques

This EDEXCEL approved part-time Sound Engineering course will give you a thorough and comprehensive overview of studio based sound engineering techniques. The course is designed with beginners in mind where previous experience of sound engineering, recording studios or the use of music software packages isn’t necessary.

“learn to become a studio sound engineer”

One to One learning environment

You have the option of taking the course on a one to one basis in person at our purpose-built recording and production studios or remotely online using the latest remote access software. You can also combine both options and switch between the two at anytime. This unique and practical hands-on sound engineering course is designed to help you understand what skills are necessary to work as a sound engineer within the music industry.

Get ‘real world’ practical experience of the recording studio environment

You will receive practical hands-on tuition from day one by professional sound engineers who are talented, approachable and patient. With one to one courses you have the freedom to take the course at your pace and during the course you will be exposed to the ‘real world’ experiences of a recording environment where you will record, produce and mix artists on course projects and assignments.

Choose your preferred music production software and tailor the content

You have the option of choosing your preferred music doftware packages to work with for the duration of the course and can be Apple Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live or Pro Tools. For more experienced students you have the option of tailoring the course content to suit your skill set that could include more advanced subjects.

Choose your schedule and learn at a pace to suit you

You have the option of a part time 8 or 12 week version which can be accelerated to 4 or 6 weeks if taken on a full time basis. Classes can be taken during weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings and even on Saturdays. It can also be fast tracked if studied on an intensive accelerated learning basis. The fundamentals of sound engineering, recording, mixing and mastering are covered.

Course overview and what you will learn

Signal flow, equipment set up and integration

  • Signal flow, patchbays and routing
  • Microphone pre amps and microphone types
  • Introduction to recording with software
  • Understanding DAW functions and tools
  • Audio editing and manipulation
  • Understand and improving work flow

Recording techniques part 1

  • Microphone types and placements
  • Understanding correct use of pre amps
  • Stereo mic recording techniques
  • Vocal recording techniques
  • Introduction to mixing consoles
  • Creating multiple headphone and monitor mixes

Recording techniques part 2

  • Multitrack recording techniques, tips and tricks
  • Recording acoustic instruments
  • Drum mics and recording
  • Phase correlation
  • Recording guitars and cabinets
  • Advanced guitar reamping

Software mixing techniques

  • Mix preparation, workflow and listening skills
  • The mixing environment and referencing
  • Balancing, stereo imaging and placement
  • Analogue, digital and hybrid systems
  • Reverb, delay and modulation techniques
  • Vocal correction and production

Advanced mixing techniques

  • Utilising filters and parametric equalisers
  • Vintage outboard processing vs plug ins
  • Using series and parallel compression
  • Gates, de-essers and expanders
  • Creative use of side chain functions
  • Final mix preparation and summing

Hardware mixing and mastering

  • Hardware mix focus and integration
  • Mastering formats and standards
  • Referencing and metering
  • Limiters and loudness maximizers
  • Mix glue processing
  • Printing and bouncing mixes

Book your place on the Sound Engineering certificate

One to One

Start date: Usually 1 week after enrolment

Duration: 8 weeks or 12 weeks

£1,298 (8 weeks)

£1,898 (12 weeks)



Enrol anytime throughout the year – you could be starting your course within a week

You set the start date and subsequent classes – fit the course around your lifestyle

Pick your own study times – this can be mornings, afternoons, evenings or weekends

Learn in a real world environment – studio based practical classes with all courses

Unrivalled course content flexibility – tailor the course content to suit your ability level

Call us on 0207 247 8800 and one of our course advisors will be happy to help
Sound Engineering course reviews

I enrolled on the sound engineering diploma as I needed a course that would add to my skill set. I already had a strong production base so was impressed with the tutors delivery style that was specific to what I needed to learn. The mixing and mastering section was especially helpful to me as I’ve already released my music but felt my mixing skills needed attention.

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David, Sound Engineering Diploma

Having had some experience of live sound I wanted to take my knowledge further. The course content was fascinating and the opportunity to use professional studios was a great experience. My tutors were excellent and the feedback and constructive criticism I received when I presented my projects was invaluable. Can’t wait to put my knowledge to use in the industry in the near future!

Saverio, Sound Engineering Diploma

The course was really informative with a lot of detail and great support from my knowledgeable tutor. One of the highlights of the course was the freedom to use the studios outside of my lessons to work on my own material. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a path into working in a recording studio.

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Sam, LondonSound engineering diploma