Music Recording Continuing Education

Music Recording and Audio Engineering

Are you interested in a career in music recording and engineering? Durham Tech has partnered with Playground Studios to offer a series of courses to train students in music recording and audio engineering. Students will learn how to function in today‚Äôs professional audio production environment recording studios, venues, post production houses and/or film houses. You will learn from an industry experienced instructor where you will gain hands-on experience on professional-level equipment and consoles. It is recommended that students complete all five courses to be successful in the industry. Students are required to bring laptop computers with minimum system requirements; Intel® Mac with Mac OS X 10.7 or later, or PC with Windows 7 or Windows 8; multicore processor; 4 GB RAM; 1024x768 display; Broadband internet connection for installation; 3GB free disk space. All courses are offered at Playground Studios, 1500 East Club Blvd., Suite #2, Durham.

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Introduction to Audio Recording

Students will learn the fundamentals of audio engineering for both studio and live application. The focus will be learning about digital audio, microphone types, signal flow, audio cables, and audio terminology. Learn how to operate audio equipment systems for recording, and editing audio for music, TV and radio, film, and live events. Required Textbook: Modern Recording Techniques, David Miles Huber, ISBN: 0-240-80625-5. Students may need to purchase additional materials. 30 hours. $250

65677 MW 2/4–4/10 6–7:30 p.m. Playground Studios January 28 registration deadline


Introduction to Audio Mixing

Students will learn to identify the application of special effects to an audio production. Students will receive hands-on experience in making parameter-setting adjustments on various effects units to achieve a desired result. In addition, a much greater knowledge of signal routing will be obtained. Understanding the use of effects units will prepare any audio professional with the experience needed to make the most critical decisions during the mixing process. Topics addressed in this course include: mix theory, organization blending, applying effects, and referencing. This course will serve as a prerequisite to advanced audio mixing. Required Textbook: Modern Recording Techniques, David Miles Huber, ISBN: 0-240-80625-5. It is highly recommended that students have taken Course 2: Advanced Audio Recording or received advanced permission from the instructor before registering for this course. 30 hours. $500

64151 MW 2/4–4/10 6–7:30 p.m. Playground Studios January 28 registration deadline

Advanced Audio Mixing and Mastering

Students will build upon lessons learned in courses 1-3 and how to critically analyze a recording session from both a technical and creative perspective. Students will receive hands-on training in audio mixing by applying advanced editing and the use of signal processors. In addition to mixing, students will learn how to prepare mixes for the mastering process. Topics addressed in this course include: advanced editing, vocal tuning, parallel effects processing, mix bus compression, and mastering preparation. 30 hours. $500

64155 TTh 6/4/19–8/12/19 6–7:30 p.m. Playground Studios May 30 registration deadline

Music Business

This course covers the core aspects of the music industry with topics ranging from Career Development, Artist Management, Copyright Registration, Music Publishing, Marketing, Promotion, and Distribution. Students will learn legal frameworks and revenue streams to planning, budgeting, marketing, and honing digital media skills across a wide variety of industry scenarios such as artist management, publishing, e-music, and live event management. Required Textbook: The Business of Music, 10th Edition, M. William Krasilovsky, Jonathan Feinstein, John M. Gross, Sidney Shemel ISBN-10: 0823077233 or ISBN-13: 9780823077236. It is highly recommended that students have taken the above courses or received permission from the instructor before registering for this course. 30 hours. $250

65671 F 1/25–5/10 6–8 p.m. Playground Studios January 18 registration deadline