In this Certificate program, students will explore a variety of audio production areas such as sound recording, post-production, producing and engineering. Along the way, students will have an opportunity to earn third-party certification in various industry-standard software applications.
Audio Production I: This course introduces students to basic audio concepts, techniques, theories and equipment; including microphones, the studio mixing console and nonlinear recording and editing.
Audio Production II: Students learn thoroughly the concepts and methodologies required for multi-track recording, mixing and editing. This course will focus on industry standard Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) application skills including editing, level balancing, imaging, use of EQ, dynamic processing, spatial effects and multi-track organization.
Critical Listening: Students will be taken through a series of listening exercises designed to teach them to listen critically to frequency, loudness (expressed in decibels), distortion and time based effects. Focus will be placed upon developing basic listening skills that lead to accurate analysis of recorded sound.
Music Mixing and Mastering: Working with a series of pre-recorded music sessions students will focus on mixing techniques and be able to creatively utilize effects, processors and automation.
MIDI and Electronic Music: An introductory course focusing on the creation of music via MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface). Students learn how to record, sequence and edit their own music using a computer with appropriate software and MIDI keyboard.
Producing and Engineering: In this class students will develop and apply advanced multitrack recording techniques, advanced song production, talent direction, and studio communication skills in several music projects.