Music Recording and Audio Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the courses and when are they offered?

Courses will be offered in sequence per semester. For example, course 1 is offered in spring 2018. The next schedule will offer courses 1 and 2, and the following schedule will offer courses 1, 2, and 3, and so on. This will give new students a chance to begin with course 1 while students who have already taken earlier courses will be able to move forward. Each class is related to the one before, therefore, it is highly recommended to take the courses in order unless you have prior permission from the instructor. All classes are offered at Playground Studios, 1500 East Club Blvd., Suite #2, Durham.

The sequence of courses are:

  1. Intro 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. 30 hours. $250
  2. Advanced Audio Recording
    Students will learn to build sessions including multi-track recordings of live instruments, MIDI sequences, software synthesizers, samplers, and audio looping, as well as an introduction to ProTools, which is a comprehensive approach to learning the fundamentals of advanced audio recording. This course includes hands-on training needed to develop essential recording and production skills. Topics addressed in this course include: equalization, dynamic processing, time-based effects, MIDI, and automation. 30 hours. $500
  3. Intro 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. 30 hours. $500
  4. Advanced Audio Mixing & 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
  5. 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. 30 hours. $250

What are related careers?

  • Record Producer
  • Recording Engineer
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Recording Studio Manager
  • Mastering Engineer
  • Mix Engineer
  • Production Music Writer (TV Music)
  • Arranger
  • Orchestrator
  • Copyist

What do I need to bring on the first day of class?

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


What textbooks are required in class and where can I purchase them?

Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Huber, ISBN: 0-240-80625-5 is the required textbook for courses 1-4.

The Business of Music, 10th Edition by M. William Krasilovsky, Jonathan Feinstein, John M. Gross, Sidney Shemel ISBN-10: 0823077233 or ISBN-13: 9780823077236 is the required textbook for course 5.

Both can be purchased online from major book vendors.