We will teach you how to become a sound engineering professional
This industry specific and innovative EDEXCEL approved sound Sound Engineering diploma is designed for people wishing to embark on a career in the music industry as a sound engineer. No previous experience of sound engineering, recording studios or the use of music software packages is necessary and would be suitable for beginners.
The course offers many career path opportunities on completion with former students progressing to work in recording studios, production studios and live sound engineering.
“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 course is designed to guarantee your success in learning key skills to progress within the music industry. This approved sound engineering diploma is perfect for those looking to study outside of a classroom based environment either at home or in a central London location.
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.
Receive up to 50% student discount on software
Our music technology diploma students can receive discounts on most software packages and plug ins including Ableton, Pro Tools, iZotope, Fabfilter and Steinberg.
Learn to record, mix and master like the pros
The emphasis of this course is learn the techniques associated with creating professional sounding mixes, recording acoustic instruments such as guitars and drums. It’s not genre specific but suits students looking to work with bands and musicians rather than electronic based music. For more electronic focused music production techniques see our Music Production Diploma
Choose your schedule and learn at a pace to suit you
This 6 month part time or 3 month full time course can be taken during weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings. It can also be fast tracked if studied on an intensive accelerated learning basis. All aspects of sound engineering, recording, mixing and mastering are covered including the following topics:
Connections, signal flow and integration
- Signal flow, equipment set up and integration
- Principles of sound
- Understanding DAW functions and tools
- Audio editing and manipulation
- Introduction to mic techniques
- Mic preamps and AD/DA conversion
Modern recording techniques
- Stereo mic techniques
- Introduction to mixing consoles
- Advanced routing and patchbays
- Drum mics and recording
- Recording guitars and cabinets
- Vocal recording techniques
Modern recording techniques
- Recording brass and string instruments
- Advanced guitar recording and reamping
- Recording acoustic instruments
- Advanced drum recording techniques
- Digital and analogue mixing desks
- Understanding signal routing and channel strips
Mixing techniques part one
- 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
Mixing techniques part two
- 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
Mastering techniques and project completion
- Mastering formats and standards
- Referencing and metering
- Limiters and loudness maximizers
- Mix glue processing
- Printing and bouncing mixes
- Studio design, soundproofing and acoustics
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Sound Engineering courses
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.
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!
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.
*Please note; paying by instalments incurs an admin fee of £98.