Program Overview

Music Recording and Audio Engineering Continuing Education Courses

music mixing board
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’s 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.


Required textbooks

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.

Related Careers

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

 

Classes will be offered in the summer. Please email Jacequeline Mitchell if you wish to be added to a contact list for the 2020 courses.

SEF-RECO 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. 30 hours. $250
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SEF-RECO1 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
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SEF-RECO2 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. 30 hours. $500
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SEF-RECO3 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
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SEF-RECO4 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.
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