Whether you are a beginner or a sound technician with experience, our 10-month Sound Engineering program has much to offer. We tailor our course based on where students are and their level of knowledge. So you can be someone who knows nothing about Sound Engineering or someone who has been working in the industry for a while, looking to improve your techniques and increase your skills before the festival circuit. Mileage is what makes a good sound technician, so you can go through our program several times and we will still give you more.
This course is an in-depth hands-on exploration of both Live Sound Engineering and Studio Engineering, with exposure to both analog and digital equipment. The year starts with the basics of live sound and works through a more advanced understanding of how a Public Address (PA) system works. Students will learn to set up a PA system, route outboard effects, and learn multiple mic-ing techniques. They will practice mixes through the PA using live tracks with individual channel control. They will learn how to EQ individual instruments, as well as overall mixes for different applications. Through this practice, they will come to understand the fundamentals of routing, groups, and outboard effects, and learn how to identify and correct feedback frequencies. Students will have opportunities to mix live bands in both controlled and live show environments.
In the Spring, the course bridges into Studio Engineering, with the learning environment including sessions in a recording studio, using QBase for recording and mixing. Students will discover the difference between live and studio mic-ing techniques, and learn the use of the live sound effects as applied to the studio. They will learn how to set up proper gain structure and stages for different applications, given multiple techniques to choose from. As a student develops a working knowledge, they will learn the subtle nuances to get certain sounds.
Course Times and Fees
The Sound Engineering program begins with orientation in August of each year, and concludes with several public performances in May and early June. Course sessions occur in 2-hour blocks weekly, primarily on Mondays or Tuesdays between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., from mid-September until mid-May, except for a Winter break in December.
When the bands enter the studio (January through April), times vary based on studio scheduling. Studio sessions are scheduled between 4:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. four or five days per week during those months in order to accommodate all of the bands in the studio. Depending on the rotation for the studio schedule, Sound Engineering students’ schedule may differ during those weeks.
Tuition for the year is $1,000 per student, payable in either a lump sum or split into 10 equal payments of $100, paid monthly during the first week of each month from August through May. New enrollees pay a one-time $25 application fee. Checks are to be made payable to “Immersed In Music.” Credit card payments can be made online through our website.
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