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Studio Sound Certificate Course

£2,860 (8-weeks)

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Next Course Dates
 

29th September to 23rd November 2014

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Entry Requirements
  • Minimum age: 18
  • GCSE maths & a science at Grade C or above
  • Good level of spoken / written English
  • Successful interview

This Course Includes:

  • Avid Pro Tools 101
  • A copy of Avid Pro Tools (list price £550)
  • Media Pack (storage media, CD's/DVD's)
  • Alchemea T-Shirt!

From electronics and mixing console signal flow to microphone technique and audio editing Alchemea’s 2-month Studio Sound Certificate Course will give you an essential grounding in studio production. As well as covering the principles of basic audio theory students will also take official introductory courses on industry standard DAW software Pro Tools and Logic Pro which can lead to official certification.

 

Course Aim

This introductory module aims to introduce a beginner to the world of professional audio and music production, including basic concepts, terminology, standard practices, workflow and equipment.

 

This includes the basic physics of sound, fundamental electronics and interconnectivity / signal flow, basic computer operation, basic digital audio concepts, basic MIDI and Synthesis concepts. Upon completion of this part, candidates should be capable of immediately assisting in any professional audio environment, avoiding basic mistakes and without the need for additional training.

 

 Pro Tools Training in London

Avid Pro Tools Included

As a Studio Sound Certificate student you will receive the latest versionof Avid's industry standard DAW software Pro Tools. YES – this is yours to keep!!!

We also throw in plenty of blank media, a t-shirt and other goodies. Access to Pro Tools at all times will enable to you to work on some of your projects from home and produce on location. Upon completion of your studies, you will also have access to your own Pro Tools system, which means you can keep your industry skills up-to-date.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Use a Digital Audio workstation (the industry standard Avid Pro Tools & Apple Logic Pro) and perform basic tasks such as setting up a basic session, recording, importing, editing audio and MIDI and saving / archiving the project.
  • Use a variety of microphones with circumspection.
  • Route a variety of signals through a professional mixing desk.
  • Perform basic level / pan and eq balancing of a multi-track recording.
  • Manipulate audio recordings through a variety of DSP and perform basic programming of a sampler.
  • Create Audio CD-Rs, Data CD-Rs, encode Digital Audio files into mp3 files.
  • Demonstrate their usefulness when assisting on a recording session.
  • Work towards a deadline and project manage their time and resources.
  • Be organised and methodical.

Testimonials

  • After researching for Sound Engineering Courses in London I came across Alchemea’s website and felt it was undoubtedly the best place to study. I was also attracted to the fact they were the Europe’s leading Pro Tools Training Centre (Avid Pro School) and my training would be delivered by leading industry professionals.

    I therefore signed up to take the “Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering” integrating the Pro Tools music, post and ICON certification modules. The course was very intensive and required a great deal of hard work, commitment and time, but it was definitely worth the effort. Getting my hands on amazing equipment, learning from experienced professionals and making new friends from many cultural backgrounds were among my best experiences at the college.

    Once I finished all the courses in Dec 2010, I decided to take my Pro Tools knowledge to the highest level by signing up for the 310M & 310P (Expert) modules. It was incredibly tough but I passed and am very grateful for I received in helping me to succeed and achieve my goals.

    Overall, I would strongly recommend Alchemea and would like to say a big thank you the staff for giving me the real world knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in pro-audio. The experience will be cherished for the rest of my life.
    Vinit Gala: India ,2010/11
  • I'm DONE. What an amazing 9 months on Alchemea's Studio Sound Diploma course. Huge shout out to all Alchemea staff for making it so great. Met so many wonderful people. Feeling very lucky to have been a part of this school!
    Simon D Pratt,SSD 2012
  • Had such a great last 9 months on the Studio Sound Diploma, learnt loads of awesome things, got to play with some amazing tools, was taught by fabulous lecturers & met some fantastic people. It's been an absolute pleasure!
    Joe Standen,SSD 2012
  • "Alchemea College is the perfect place to learn everything from recording, to mixing and mastering, as well as Post Production. Of course it requires a lot of effort, committement and time, but it's definetely worth it. The skills i gained at the college were crucial for me to find work after the course completition, especially the Pro Tools lectures. The Software is well taught by industry professionals and is present in every workstation and computer in the college, and this makes the learning process much easier."
    Paulo G,Studio Sound Diploma 2009
  • Great course, awesome lecturers, anyone who has any interest in recording or live sound should check it out! I was a total novice coming into this, not even half way through and have already learned so much - Alchemea = awesome!!!
    Russell Nie,Studio Sound Diploma: 2010

Visa Students

To take our Studio Sound Certificate course you will need to apply for “Student Visitor Visa”. This enables you to stay for the full length of the course plus 7 days after the end of the course. Importantly, as a student visitor, you will not have the full student entitlements in the UK, which means you will not be able to work part-time. You will also not be allowed to undertake unpaid work placements. Upon successful application we can issue you with a letter of acceptance. You will need this letter to apply for your student visitor visa. You will also need to show that you have the money to cover your course fee and living expenses (£1000 for each calendar month of the course). Visit the UKBA's website for more information about Student Visitor visas.

251 Guided Learning Hours separated into:

  • 75 hours of lectures in classroom
  • 176 hours of individual, supervised practical time

 

What is Sound

  • • What is Sound? Pitch and Volume, Graphs, Fourier, Fundamentals and Harmonics, Phase
  • • dBs Signal to Noise Ratio, Dynamic Range, use of VU or Peak metering
  • • Frequency Response In human beings and equipment
  • • Electronics Electricity, Passive and Active Components and Circuits, Ohms Law
  • • Magnetism Electromagnetism, Induction
  • • Signal Flow Patchbays, Balanced & Unbalanced Interconnections, Mixing Consoles Layout and Design, Block & Circuit Diagrams
  • • The Studio Control Room, Live Room, Operating Levels

Mixing Consoles

  • • Basic Principles Passive & Active Mixers, Split & Inline Designs, Buses
  • • Mixdown Auxilliaries as Effects Buses, Insert Sends and Returns
  • • The Soundcraft 1624 Split Mixing Desk

Music Technology

  • • Understanding Computers PCs, Macs, CPU, Motherboard, RAM, ROM, Hard Disks, Formatting & Partitioning, USB & FireWire Devices
  • • Sound Cards and MIDI Interfaces
  • • MIDI Concepts Basic MIDI Messages (Notes), Channels, Velocity, Polyphony, Multi‐Timbral Modules, mainly for software set‐up
  • • The Sound Module Hardware but mostly Virtual • File Management Navigating File Structures, Saving Data • Pro Tools  101  Audio Editing

Microphones

  • • Principles of Operation Dynamic, Condenser, Valve etc.
  • • Polar & Frequency Responses Pressure, Velocity, Chart
  • • Powering Phantom, Valve, other mics
  • • Basic Techniques, Hints and Tips

Synthesis & Sampling

  • • Subtractive Synthesis Oscillators, Filters, Envelopes, LFOs, FX, Avid Pro Tools’ Vacuum synthesiser
  • • Sampling Recording and Shaping your own Samples, Editing, MIDI mapping of samples, Native Instruments’ Kontakt

Stereo Sound

  • • Human Perception, Localisation Perception & Localisation of stereo images IAD, ITD, HRTF, Haas Effect, Phantom Images
  • • 2 Speaker Stereo vs Headphones

Digital Audio

  • • Basic Concepts Sample Rate, Nyquist theorem, Bit Depth, Anti‐Aliasing Filters, Interpolation
  • • PCM vs DSD • Dither • Data Reduction mp3, AAC, AC3, Real Audio, Quicktime.

Music Theory, Composition & Arrangement

  • • Basics on notation Staff, Pitch and Timing, Rests, Tempo, Time Signature, Bars & Beats
  • • Scales Major, Minor
  • • Chords Triads, Arpeggios
  • • Arrangement

The Business of Music

  • • Who Does What? The role of Producers, Engineers, Assistants, Session Musicians, Studio Managers, A&R People, Record Company Executives…
  • • Assisting Session Procedure, Making Tea and Coffee (!), Recall Sheets, Track Sheets

Students who pass or gain a distinction will receive an official printed certifcate from Alchemea.  (Studio Sound Certificate).

 

Study Progression

Studio Sound Certificate graduates are eligible to start on part 2 of our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering and Music Production. You will also progress into our more highly spec'd studio facilities. Our Studio Sound Diploma has been extremely successful in placing students into the work-place and to date over 85% of distinction graduates have gone on to find work in the industry. Upon successful completion of Alchemea's Diploma module, student’s wishing to progress on to a degree course have the option to start on year 2 of a BSC (Hons) in Audio Engineering at the prestigious Anglia Ruskin University.

 

Alchemea College refers exclusively to industry standards (see Employer Involvement) as the benchmark for Pass/Distinction, where Pass is suitable for work that would be acceptable in the industry, and Distinction is suitable for work that would be acceptable in the industry and shows flair and creativity beyond the basic requirements of the assignment brief. By ensuring that the course directly meets the requirements of employers, the course meets National Occupational Standards, as laid out by Creative and Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Agency responsible for music.

 
Christian Huant College Principal
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Jon Olliffe Head of Studio Sound
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Alex Burak Tech Manager & Lecturer
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Thom Ntinas Studio Sound Course Co-odinator & Lecturer
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Marcel Van Limbeek Freelance Live & Studio Sound Tutor
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Gary Bromham Freelance Apple & Pro Tools Tutor
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Tony English Freelance Audio Tutor & Studio Designer
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Soundcraft Control Room


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This venue for this course it at our Windsor Centre facility in Islington.

Alchemea, The Windsor Centre, Windsor Street, London, N1 8QG
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You will find the pre-requisites for this course over on the overview tab of this course page.
For short courses you can now apply & pay course fees online via the Dates/Apply tab above. Alternatively you can call 020 7359 3986 or email info@alchemea.com to begin the enrolment process.
 
After researching for Sound Engineering Courses in London I came across Alchemea’s website and felt it was undoubtedly the best place to study. I was also attracted to the fact they were the Europe’s leading Pro Tools Training Centre (Avid Pro School) and my training would be delivered by leading industry professionals.

I therefore signed up to take the “Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering” integrating the Pro Tools music, post and ICON certification modules. The course was very intensive and required a great deal of hard work, commitment and time, but it was definitely worth the effort. Getting my hands on amazing equipment, learning from experienced professionals and making new friends from many cultural backgrounds were among my best experiences at the college.

Once I finished all the courses in Dec 2010, I decided to take my Pro Tools knowledge to the highest level by signing up for the 310M & 310P (Expert) modules. It was incredibly tough but I passed and am very grateful for I received in helping me to succeed and achieve my goals.

Overall, I would strongly recommend Alchemea and would like to say a big thank you the staff for giving me the real world knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in pro-audio. The experience will be cherished for the rest of my life. Vinit Gala: India , 2010/11
I'm DONE. What an amazing 9 months on Alchemea's Studio Sound Diploma course. Huge shout out to all Alchemea staff for making it so great. Met so many wonderful people. Feeling very lucky to have been a part of this school! Simon D Pratt, SSD 2012
Had such a great last 9 months on the Studio Sound Diploma, learnt loads of awesome things, got to play with some amazing tools, was taught by fabulous lecturers & met some fantastic people. It's been an absolute pleasure! Joe Standen, SSD 2012
"Alchemea College is the perfect place to learn everything from recording, to mixing and mastering, as well as Post Production. Of course it requires a lot of effort, committement and time, but it's definetely worth it. The skills i gained at the college were crucial for me to find work after the course completition, especially the Pro Tools lectures. The Software is well taught by industry professionals and is present in every workstation and computer in the college, and this makes the learning process much easier." Paulo G, Studio Sound Diploma 2009
Great course, awesome lecturers, anyone who has any interest in recording or live sound should check it out! I was a total novice coming into this, not even half way through and have already learned so much - Alchemea = awesome!!! Russell Nie, Studio Sound Diploma: 2010

Student’s who graduate from this course can start on part 2 of our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering & Music Production which has been extremely successful in placing students into work in the industry. To date over 85% of distinction graduates have gone on to find work in the industry. This course also provides a Degree pathway on successful completion of the SSC and the following Diploma module, student’s wishing to progress on to a degree course may be eligible to progress to year 2 of a BSc Audio and Music Technology at the prestigious Anglia Ruskin University.


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