Learn the latest techniques with our sound engineering crash course

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.

Course overview and what you will learn

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

  • Microphone types & polar patterns
  • Understanding correct use of pre amps
  • Working with mixing consoles
  • Insert points and auxiliaries
  • Using DI boxes
  • Creating headphone and monitor mixes

Recording techniques

  • Multi track recording techniques
  • Undrstanding sample rates
  • Stereo micing techniques
  • Recording acoustic guitars
  • Double tracking and overdubbing vocals
  • Understanding routing and channel strips

Recording and mixing techniques

  • Drum mic selection
  • Recording drums & percussion
  • Recording electric guitars
  • Guitar cabs and reamping
  • Hardware and software mixing
  • Separation, stereo imaging and placement

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




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 student 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