Studio Engineering and Production

Ref: C3675571

The course will be co-delivered by facilitators from local social enterprise RiteTrax, Michael Thompson and Adam Seymour. Using the newly furbished facilities at Sadacca Studios, we have the opportunity to deliver a 6-week programme aimed at providing an introduction to the basic processes, equipment, software and approaches that underpin the recording and production of music and audio. Sadacca has a range of facilities for learners to experience studio engineering and production in a hands-on way, including a professional recording studio, several workstations and industry-standard equipment. The course is made up of 6, 6-hour sessions which will introduce learners to: > theories and processes involved in perceiving and capturing sound > equipment used to record a range of live audio sources > recording, sequencing, processing and mixing audio using digital audio workstations > basic music theory and creation > progression opportunities with partner organisations

Course aim

To provide a basic introduction to the processes behind recording, mixing and producing music using the facilities at Sadacca Studios, with a view to broadening learners' understanding of engineering and producing in a modern studio environment.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is a basic introduction to the process of music recording and production at Sadacca Studios and is suitable for beginners.

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

  • Identify and understand the functions of the main components of the studio
  • Understand the process of recording live audio input into digital audio production software using microphones and direct input boxes
  • Identify and understand the functions and uses of recording equipment such as microphones, direct input boxes and their application in a live studio environment
  • Confidently set up the studio to record a variety of audio sources including voice, guitar, keyboards and live percussion.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the processes and theories that underpin the recording, production and mixing of audio in a live studio environment.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support 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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course information sheet

Studio Engineering and Production


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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