Introduction to Studio Engineering and Production

Ref: C3675486

These three taster day sessions will provide a useful insight into the tutors, equipment, processes and skills involved in the recording and production of music at Sadacca Studios. Led by experienced practitioners and volunteers and taking place in a fully equipped recording studio, these sessions will give participants an introduction to using recording equipment such as microphones, mixing desks, using these to record a live audio signal into a digital audio workstation for later processing. The course will cover things such as: setting up the studio to record inputs, identifying and choosing different microphones to capture different audio signals, the processes behind capturing audio from line input devices such as guitars, keyboards and synthesisers, microphone technique and basic audio processing using onboard plugins such as equalisers.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to the equipment, processes and skills necessary to use the recording studios at Sadacca Studios, with the aim of giving the participants an an insight into what will be explored on the upcoming 6 week course

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is suitable for those who have an interest in developing skills involved in basic studio production an engineering. A basic knowledge is useful but not required.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of the process of recording a live signal from the live room into the control room and identifying and choosing suitable microphones for different signal sources
  • Participants will be able to set up the studio control room and computer so it is ready to receive live input signal from the live room
  • Participants will be able to set up a microphone so it is ready to receive a live input (such as a vocal) into the control room.
  • Participants will feel comfortable using the resources at Sadacca Studios such as the Bob Marley suite and the programming suite to record live audio signal and process the recorded audio in a digital audio workstation.
  • Participants will gain an insight into the knowledge, skills and processes which will be explored during the full 6-week introduction to studio production and engineering course due to start in late April.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Introduction to Studio Engineering and Production


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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