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Our curriculum was designed with express focus for students to have maximum hands-on console teaching time to learn, and master the skills needed to become a proficient Recording Audio Engineer. Which is one more reason we limit our class size to 4 students per semester.

Our class size supports students grasping, learning and applying daily instruction to increase each students hands-on familiarity using today’s most up-to-date recording audio gear, to elevate their knowledge, confidence and, to improve their proficiency in our semi private class setting.

Each student will earn his/her Pro Tools pro users certificate as a part of the 20 week course

Wk. 1 - "Recording Studio Etiquette"
• The Client is always right
• The psychology of recording with superstars
• Long hours short money
• For the love of music not money
• Studio life

Wk. 4 - "Recording Console Signal Flow and Routing Overview"
• Mic Pre Amps/ Phantom power
• Parametric equalizers
• Aux. effects sends
• Console insert points
• Automation
• VCA/DCA and analog Sub Groups

Wk. 7 - "Acoustics and Ear Training"
• Hearing audio frequencies
• Audio analyzer programs & systems
• Developing relative pitch
• Control room acoustics

Wk. 10 -"Analog Recording Systems"
• 2" -24 Track Recorders
• 1/2" 2 Track Recorders
• Tape Machine Alignment

Wk. 13 - "Microphone and D.I. Brands/Microphone Placement"
• Discussion on mic types and what they are best used for
• Discussion on D.I. types and there uses

Wk. 16 - "5.1 Surround Sound Mixing"
• Panning and placement
• Encoding and Decoding your mix files

Wk. 2 - "Recording Studio Terminologies"
• All related and relative recording terms
• All related and relevant recording product brands

Wk. 5 - "Recording Console Set Up and Over View"
• Setting up and connecting the console
• Gain structure
• How to set input levels
• How to check output levels
• Digital distortion and Analog distortion

Wk. 8 - "Control Room & Headphone Monitoring Systems"
• Speaker system principals
• Near Field speaker systems
• Large Format speaker systems
• Headphone Monitoring systems
• Speaker system balancing and equalization

Wk. 11 - Compressor and Noise Gate Techniques and Uses"
• The uses of compressors and noise gates
• Setting levels
• Getting the desired effect

Wk. 14 - "Recording Session set-up & Recording Techniques"
• Making input list and band set-up plots
• Patching up the band and vocal mics
• Line checking/ Sound checking the band & vocal mics
• Setting up the band & vocalist headphone mixes
• Recording & over dubbing

Wk. 17 thru 20 - "Recording & Mixing Your Project!"
• Booking & staffing your session
• The Recording & over dubb session
• The Final mixdown & editing session
• Mastering & final duplication of your project

Wk. 3 - "Recording Studio System Flow Charts"
• Equipment relationships
• Signal flow
• Studio system configurations
• The Patchbay System
• Trouble shooting

Wk. 6 - "Cables and Connectors Over View"
• Balanced and unbalanced cables
• Instrument and speaker cables
• Midi cables and fiber optic cables

Wk. 9 -"Pro Tools HD Introduction"
• Setting up your first Pro Tools Session
• File Management
• The I/O & Hardware Set-up
• The Mix Window
• The Edit Window
• The Edit Tools Bar

Wk. 12 -"Digital & Analog Effects Processing Techniques and Uses"
• What is ""Reverb" and it’s uses
• What is digital "Delay" and it’s uses
• Delay charts and time -vs- distance measurements

Wk. 15 -"Stereo Mixing"
• Starting your mix
• Mixing vocals, drums, percussion's, horns, guitars, acoustic piano and large orchestra’s