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 including the following topics:

  • Introduction to recording studios
  • Signal flow and routing
  • Advanced use of Pro Tools or Logic X
  • Microphone types and placement
  • Drum mic set up and recording
  • Recording guitars and vocals
  • Professional mixing techniques
  • Mastering techniques

Logic X or Pro Tools overview

  • Signal flow, patchbays and routing
  • Integrating audio interfaces and converters
  • Introduction to recording with software
  • Audio editing and manipulation
  • Understand and improving work flow
  • Monitor speaker types, use and placement

Modern recording techniques

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

Recording techniques

  • Multitrack recording techniques, tips and tricks
  • Recording acoustic instruments
  • Vocal recording techniques
  • Drum tracking focus
  • Phase correlation
  • Recording guitars and cabinets

Software mixing techniques

  • Modern mixing techniques
  • Stereo imaging and placement
  • Software mixing and workflow
  • Using of equalisers and filters
  • Understanding compression, gating and limiting
  • Creative use of delay, reverb and modulation effects

Advanced mixing techniques

  • Creating automated mixes
  • Advanced mix routing tips and tricks
  • Creative parallel processing techniques
  • Mix seperation, depth and spatial effects
  • Creative stereo imaging techniques
  • Creative mix processing and post production

Hardware mixing and mastering

  • Hardware mix focus and integration
  • Understanding and using summing mixers
  • Limiters and loudness maximizers
  • Mix bus processing and mix down
  • Introducing colour and air to final masters
  • Mastering formats and standards

Sound Engineering certificate timetable and fees

One to One

Start date: Usually 1 week after enrolment
Duration: 8 weeks or 12 weeks

£1,198 (8 weeks)

£1,798 (12 weeks)


Features of One to One courses

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

Personalised weekly progress report – identifies strengths and weaknesses increasing productivity

Ability to accelerate the course – 8 week courses can be completed in as little as 2 weeks

Any questions?

If you have any questions about our courses, give us a ring on 0207 247 8800

Sound Engineering course reviews

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

I choose this course to further my career options within the music industry. I’ve been composing for some time but wanted to combine the use of technology to improve the overall production quality of my work. The one to one format was great for me due to lack of pressure in classroom environment. Would highly recommend!

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