Learn the latest sound engineering techniques

This short sound engineering crash course is aimed at the entry level student looking for an introduction to sound engineering. Practical and hands-on, it is based on our longer Sound Engineering certificate course, and gives you a thorough and comprehensive overview of sound engineering techniques over a 5 day period.

“introduction to Sound Engineering suitable for people looking to record bands and musicians”

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 as an introduction to sound engineering principles and would suit those looking study outside of a classroom based environment either at home or at our central London facility.

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 you will be exposed to the ‘real world’ experiences of a recording studio environment.

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.

Learn the principles of sound engineering

This course isn’t genre specific but would be suitable for students looking to work with bands and musicians rather than electronic based music. For more electronic focused music production techniques see our Music Production courses. Over the period of the course, you learn on the latest equipment including mixing desks, dynamic processors and music software packages such as Logic and Pro Tools.

Choose your schedule and learn at a pace to suit you

This 5 day sound engineering crash course can be taken during weekday mornings, afternoons or evenings and even on Saturdays. It can also be fast tracked to 4 days studied on an intensive accelerated learning basis.

Record bands and musicians

The emphasis of this course is learn the techniques associated with recording acoustic instruments such as guitars and drums covering the following topics:

  • Signal flow, cables and routing
  • Microphone placement
  • Recording techniques
  • Dynamic processors
  • Creative use of fx processors
  • Mixing techniques
  • Correct use of EQ
  • Mastering techniques

Signal flow and recording software

  • Signal flow, patchbays and routing
  • Integrating audio interfaces and converters
  • Introduction to recording software
  • Using DAW functions and tools
  • Understand and improving work flow
  • Monitor speaker types, use and placement

Modern recording techniques

  • Recording instruments and vocals
  • Using and understanding analogue and digital consoles
  • Microphone types and placements
  • Understanding correct use of pre amps
  • Using DI boxes
  • Creating headphone and monitor mixes

Recording and mixing techniques

  • Multi track recording techniques, tips and tricks
  • Recording acoustic instruments
  • Double tracking and overdubbing vocals
  • Modern mixing techniques
  • Separation, stereo imaging and placement
  • Hardware and software mixing

Recording and mixing techniques

  • Multi track recording techniques, tips and tricks
  • Recording acoustic instruments
  • Double tracking and overdubbing vocals
  • Modern mixing techniques
  • Separation, stereo imaging and placement
  • Hardware and software mixing

Mixing and mastering techniques

  • Creating automated mixes
  • Using of equalisers and filters
  • Understanding compression, gating and limiting
  • Creative use of delay, reverb and modulation effects
  • Using and understanding summing mixers
  • Mastering techniques

Book your place on the Sound Engineering short course

One to One

Start date: Usually 2-3 weeks after enrolment
Duration: 4 or 5 days



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 student 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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