• 75 hours of lectures in classroom
• 176 hours of individual, supervised practical time
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.
Our Studio Sound Certificate Course Includes
- Avid Pro Tools 101 “An Introduction to Pro Tools”
- Apple Logic 101 “An Introduction to Logic Pro”
- A copy of Avid Pro Tools 10 (list price £550)
- £500 course credit which can be used for any Alchemea short audio course!
Summer School graduates are eligible to start on part 2 of our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering. You will also progress into our more highly spec'ed 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.
This introductory module aims to introduce a beginner to the world of professional audio, including basic concepts, terminology, standard practices, workflow and equipment. This includes basic physics of sound, basic 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.
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.
- This course covers the fundamental principles of audio engineering and production therefore we welcome student’s with no previous audio knowledge. We do however expect that you have achieved a grade C in English and Maths at GCSE level (or equivalent).
- The minimum age requirement is 18.
- This course is subject to interview.
- We expect that student’s are computer literate.
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.
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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
• Basic Principles Passive & Active Mixers, Split & Inline Designs, Buses
• Mixdown Auxilliaries as Effects Buses, Insert Sends and Returns
• The Soundcraft 1624 Split Mixing Desk
• 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
• 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
• Human Perception, Localisation Perception & Localisation of stereo images IAD, ITD, HRTF, Haas Effect, Phantom Images
• 2 Speaker Stereo vs Headphones
• 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).
Summer School graduates are eligible to start on part 2 of our "Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering". You will also progress into our more highly speced 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 Alcehema'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.
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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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
Student’s who graduate from this course can start on part 2 of our Diploma in Studio Sound Engineering Course 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.