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 recording studio sound engineers. 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 and even on Saturdays. 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:

  • Engineering principles and recording studios
  • Microphone types and placement
  • Drum mic set up and recording
  • Recording guitars and vocals
  • Professional mixing techniques
  • Advanced use of Pro Tools and Logic X
  • Mastering techniques
  • Soundproofing and acoustics

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 room acoustics
  • Balancing, stereo imaging and placement
  • Correct use of reverb
  • Delay and modulation techniques
  • Vocal pitch correction

Mixing techniques part two

  • Utilising filters and parametric equalisers
  • Understanding the art of compression
  • Using parallel compression
  • Using gates, expanders and limiters
  • Creative use of side chain functions
  • Final mix prep and using summing mixers

Mastering techniques, Pro Tools and project completion

  • Mastering formats and standards
  • Limiters and loudness maximizers
  • Multiband compression techniques
  • Recording and mixing with Pro Tools
  • Soundproofing and acoustics
  • Music industry business fundamentals

Book your place on the Sound Engineering diploma

One to One

Start date: Usually one week after enrolment
Duration: 6 months part-time or 3 months full-time


or £1,198 for first instalment*


Small Group

Start date: 2021 TBC
Duration: 6 months part-time, one full day per week 10am – 4:30pm, additional study time is also necessary


or £1,698 for first installment*


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.

Sound engineering diploma
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!

Music Technology Diploma
Kayleigh, KentMusic technology diploma

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