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Full Time Music Production & Sound Engineering Courses in London

Alchemea’s intensive and practically focused full time audio diploma and certificate courses have been developed – and are delivered in London – by music professional producers and engineers in collaboration with the industry. Our aim is to give you the skills and confidence to build a successful career as quickly as possible without lumbering you with long-term debt. Alchemea delivers. To date, over 85% of our Diploma distinction students have found work in the industry within 6 months of graduating. Our alumni work with household names, engineering and producing hit records. They rock night clubs around the world and work on live events of all sizes. Whether you are interested in a career in music production, sound engineering, audio post-production or game sound, Alchemea can help you to acquire the skills and competence required to work with confidence in the professional audio industry.

 

Short Courses in Music Production Techniques and Audio Software

Our short audio production courses are designed to appeal to both music tech beginners and experienced producers. Learn to set up your home studio on our Introduction to Music Tech Course. Master Pro Tools, Logic Pro X or Ableton Live on one of our audio software courses. Learn to compose, record, mix and master audio from industry professionals.

Full Time Sound Engineering Courses

This is Alchemea's flagship course. It aims to give students the skill and confidence to build a successful career in either a music or post production studio environment. It comprises of our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering and Music Production and our Diploma in Audio Post Production & Game Sound. The cost of taking these courses separately would cost £14,630 so you will save £731 if you choose this bundle. Read More...
This intensive 9-month programme is Alchemea's most popular course and has been attracting students from around the globe for over 20 years. After gaining a thorough understanding of audio theory, students will explore every aspect the music production process in our state of the art London studios. We integrate official certification modules from Avid and Apple and to date over 85% of our distinction students have gone on to find work in the industry within 6-months of graduating. Read More...
Are you passionate about audio production? Want to get skilled up for a busy hands-on career in film and TV sound or game audio? Are you interested in learning how game audio content is created and managed? Fancy becoming a major league Pro Tools ninja? Alchemea's new Level 5 Audio Post & Game Sound Diploma is taught by leading industry professionals in world class post facilities. Upon completion we guarantee that successful graduates will have the advanced skills, knowledge and confidence to start building a successful career working in film and TV sound or game audio. Read More...
Alchemea's 8-week Studio Sound Certificate Course set out to provide a solid generic grounding in the audio production process. From electronics and mixer signal flow to MIDI and Pro Tools this course will give you the confidence to work in a junior position within a commercial studio environment. It will also provide the idea foundation to progress on to either our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering and Music Production or our Diploma in Audio Post Production & Game Sound. Read More...
While our Studio Sound & Music Production Diploma course is designed to prepare you for work in the industry some students choose to academically progress onto a Degree Course. Graduates from this course may be eligible to enrol on year-2 of Anglia Ruskin's Audio and Music Technology BSc (Hons) Degree. This would mean that after 9 months of intensive practical study at Alchemea in Islington you would then study for a further 2 years in the prestigious university town of Cambridge. Read More...
Britannia Row Productions – Training is a new concept: Unlike colleges that were established to provide mainly theoretical education and which pursue industry connections and placements, Britannia Row Productions is a leading commercial company within the industry and its training course provides a balanced mix of the practical and theoretical experience needed in today’s audio working environment. This gives students a very direct exposure to what is relevant in this line of work in terms of skills, equipment and personal connections. Read More...
Alchemea’s Electronic Music Production course combines elements of our award winning Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering & Music Production with specialist intensive weekend short courses. Starting with the basics it doesn’t take long before you will be programming beats and synths to create cutting edge electronic music. The 2 main DAW’s we cover are Logic […] Read More...
London’s Premier Music Production Summer School The main element of Alchemea’s Music Production Summer School is the 8-week Studio Sound Certificate Course (SSC). From microphones and mixing consoles to synthesis and sampling this comprehensive programme covers all the fundamentals of audio production, theory and practice. Our Summer School includes Avid’s official Pro Tools 101 not […] Read More...

Weekend Music Production Courses

Want to make your own music but unsure where to begin? Confused by the mind boggling array of studio gear and music tech terminology? On this course you will gain a solid foundation in the basics of music production. As well as learning about the components that make up a basic home studio you will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular digital audio workstations - and most importantly which one is right for you. We will explain the process of producing a record, right from the initial recording to the mastering stage. It is also ideal preparation for students thinking about carrying on with our other more advanced weekend music production courses. Read More...
Are you looking to capture the perfect vocal? Or get the drum sound you hear in your favourite recordings? Interested in recording strings or choirs? Over 2 intensive days we will teach you how to choose the correct the correct mics for various recording scenarios. You will learn how to get the best results from your studio equipment and acoustic spaces and ultimately how a good recording can make life a lot easier why you come to the mixing and mastering process. Our inventory of mics, desks and outboard is very comprehensive and our high profile tutors have recorded some of the biggest named artists and bands in the world. Read More...
Would you like to spend 2 days learning from a commercially successful mix engineer in a cutting edge studio? Discover the secrets of a great mix. Learn how to make your music shine, sound polished and well balanced. Understanding when and how to use dynamic control like compression is the key to a good mix. As is an in depth understanding of equalisation and time based effects. Our award winning mix tutors have worked with some of the most famous artists and producers in the world and as a student on this course they will share with you the knowledge and skills they have built up over their careers. Read More...
Mastering is commonly referred to as a dark art amongst audio professionals. This course tries to dispel that myth by looking at basic mastering principles and best practice. Our the aim is to give you the ability to achieve high quality results within a modest studio environment. Learn about when to use, and importantly not to use EQ and dynamics. Explore the differences between high end mastering outboard and their digitally modelled equivalents. Our practical examples will examine some of the challenges facing a professional mastering engineer and how to overcome them. Read More...
The topics below will give you an idea of what you cover on our exciting Music Business Course. Making deals: Management and production deals (from the perspective of artist, producer, production company and label), artist/record deals, producer deals, and everything you need to know to avoid getting caught out. Band business: The ins and outs […] Read More...

Apple Logic Pro X Courses in London

Apple's official tutor led Logic 101 at Alchemea has been designed to introduce students to the main features and interface of Logic Pro. Our expert instructor (also a high profile producer) will take you from zero to hero over the course of 3-intensive days. You will learn display, navigation, workflow and file management essentials, how to set up and carry out MIDI and audio recordings. You explore how to manipulate the MIDI and audio you create as well as learn about the dizzying array of software instruments like Ultrabeat and the ESX24 sampler. Throw in ninja key commands, automation, using MIDI controllers and scoring to picture and you begin to get the picture - this is jam packed full on 3-days and we guarantee that taking this type of course online could take you a very long time indeed! Read More...
The Logic 301 takes the students into the realms of advanced functionality and production techniques. This includes notation, mixing, editing and picture scoring. Learn how to manipulate tempo, pitch and fine tune MIDI and audio tracks and regions. During this class our expert tutor (also a high profile producer) will look at how producers streamline their workflow and set up for professional mix down so they can comply with the most exacting standards. Read More...

Ableton Live Courses

After completing The Ableton 101 at Alchemea will be able to effectively navigate and manage essential workflow and file management in Ableton Live. Over 2 intensive days our trainer will take you through the basics of MIDI, audio warping and recording as well as automation, editing and arrangement techniques. You will also learn how to warp full tracks, programme mixes and create your own productions and explore Ableton’s comprehensive arsenal of loops, software instruments and FX. Read More...
Are you ready to take you Ableton productions to the next level? From advanced editing techniques and groove warping to the creative use of FX and final mix-down tips, our instructor will help you to get your productions to the highest standard possible. We will also explore DIY mastering techniques and look at how to get your music out there in front of DJ’s and on the dance floor. Read More...
This intensive 1-day tutor led course covers advanced live performance techniques in Ableton Live. You will learn how to effectively configure your gear as well as implement performance power tips and tricks. We cover sets and templates, advanced warping and DJ mixing techniques as well as effects, DJ edits and mash-ups and much more. All designed to take your live sets to the next level and drive your fans wild! Read More...

Electronics Courses

Are you interested in making your own outboard gear or constructing kits? Our hands on 3-day programme teaches students about basic electronics (magnetism / ohms law), as well as equipment testing and troubleshooting. You will examine power supplies, explore amplification theory as well as circuit evaluation and computer simulation. It is ideal for hobbyists, studio owners and engineering that are looking to pick up a soldering iron and get their hands dirty. Read More...

Bespoke Audio Training Solutions

Are you working in the industry and already have a strong working knowledge of Pro Tools and post production techniques and terminology? Would you to learn more about the practical as well as theoretical concepts involved in preparing, mixing and delivering surround audio for TV and film? This course is delivered by one of (if not the!) world’s leading Pro Tools Expert Instructor & Dubbing Engineer Justin Fraser in Alchemea’s state of the art surround dubbing theatre. Read More...

Music Theory and Composition Courses

This intensive 1-day music composition crash course aims to give you the foundation tools to achieve your ambitions in a much shorter time that other more traditional forms of learning. It is aimed at beginners and intermediate level composers and topics include – scales, visual mapping, chords, inversions, finger and hand techniques, harmonies, arrangement and much much more. Our trainer Mat McKinley’s unique teaching and philosophy result in students getting incredible results very quickly. Read More...
This course comprises of the 1-day Hotwired module and an additional day of more advance applied study. One day-2 students cover topics including rhythm, time signatures, counter points, voice leading, and song formatting. You will also explore quick-fire composition techniques. Course material and exercise are presented in an original, informative and inspiring format designed to accelerate the learning curve. Read More...

Sample Magic Courses

Do you love, live and breathe house music? Are you interested in producing your own tunes to a club ready standard? Over the course of 1 intensive week Bruce Aisher (Aisher & Brancaccio / Suicide Sports Club) will teach you how to make a great club track. As well as learning about the production process you will attend “in conversation” sessions with music industry lawyer Richard Salmon, hit mastering engineer Matt Colton as well as a high profile producer / DJ - Sharooz. Read More...
Based on Sound on Sound Editors fantastic book “The Production Manual” this new intensive five-day music recording and production class is led by Alchemea’s Jon Olliffe (Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, Stereophonics) and will include talks from Paul himself. From the initial recording through editing to the mastering stage, this course will take you through the entire music production process from start to finish. Read More...
Morning •    Introduction: What is mastering? A history.•    Aims of the mastering engineer. •    Golden ears: what to listen for – dynamics, loudness and key frequencies (with examples). •    Question: How loud is too loud? The loudness wars and where we are with it. – Question: Should I master as I mix? •    Question: Art […] Read More...

FMOD Studio

Day 1 10am -11am Introduction by Stephan Schütze. What is Fmod? Why is it needed? How can I use it to make my Game Sound better and more efficient? Break 1120-1330 Module 2 Basic Fmod Navigation “The Interface” 1330-1430 Lunch provided 1430-1530 Module 3 Events and Sounds 1530-1545 Break 1545-1800 Module 4 The Signal Path […] Read More...