Studio Production and Engineering

Ref: C3676793

Following the successful delivery of our first course at the newly-refurbished Sadacca Studios in Sheffield city centre, the course will be co-delivered by facilitators from local social enterprise RiteTrax, Michael Thompson and Adam Seymour. Making full use of the extensive facilities, we have another opportunity to deliver a 7-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 Studios have a wide range of facilities for learners to experience studio engineering and production in a hands-on way, including a professional recording studio complete with live room and control room, several break-out rooms for teaching, as well as industry-standard equipment. The course is made up of 7, 3-hour sessions which will introduce learners to theories, processes and equipment involved in perceiving and capturing sound and mixing audio using digital audio workstations.

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 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 as well as those looking to brush up on existing knowledge.

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 theories behind the perception and recording of sound sources
  • Identify and understand the functions and uses of recording equipment such as microphones, direct input boxes and their application in a live studio environment
  • Gain a basic understanding of the processes and theories that underpin the recording, production and mixing of audio in a live studio environment
  • Confidently set up the studio to record a variety of audio sources including voice, guitar, keyboards and live percussion

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • 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

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 as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation

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Studio Production and Engineering

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  • 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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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