Music Production & Sound Engineering


808 State set up on stage in our Live Venue
Tracking or monitoring, mixing or mastering, sound checking or sound designing.

No matter where you see yourself working as an engineer, Spirit Studios will give you the freedom to explore a range of technical areas, and gain professional skills in audio engineering throughout our Music Production & Sound Engineering course.

We have designed this course to be flexible and to suit your personal goals. Made up of 5 individual modules, each one lasting for 6 months of practical sessions:

We have developed these modules in stages to provide you with a clear progression route during your study. However, depending on your experience in the subject area, it is possible to begin your study at different stages.

For more information on what is covered during each module, you can read a brief overview in the table below, or for more detailed information, you can download PDF course handbooks here:

Main Image Credit: Graham Massey, 808 State in our Charlie Jones Live Venue

Course Content

Introduction to Music Production

Designed to teach you the fundamentals of music production, and engineering in the studio, this module will cover everything from sound wave theory and microphone techniques right through to multi-tracking, editing and professional mixing techniques in both Pro Tools and Logic Pro X.

Whether you have no experience in the studio, or you’ve done some studio recording in the past, this course is the perfect way to build up your skills, improve your knowledge and take your first steps as a professional engineer.

Some of the topics covered in this module include:

Patch bays and mixing consoles,
Signal routing and studio monitoring,
Full band recording and session procedures,
Frequencies and equalisers, compressors and gates,
And Pro Tools 101.

Applied Sound Engineering

Taking your production skills to the next level, you will have access to a range of more advanced studios, and really get a feel for the various different aspects of sound engineering.

Opening you up to the range of career paths that are available to you, this module will introduce you to live sound engineering and audio post production, allowing you to gain practical experience working with both analogue and digital mixing consoles, while building on your overall production skills and achieving your Pro Tools 110 certification.

Some of the topics covered in this module include:

Advanced microphone techniques,
Control surfaces and automation,
Vocal tuning and effects,
Melodyne, Beat Detective and Sound Replacer,
Sampling and synthesis principles,
Front of house and stage monitoring engineering,
And sound effects and Foley recording.

Studio Production & Mastering

This is where you can put your critical ear to the test, and challenge yourself as an engineer in our most advanced studios. Working to more challenging briefs, you will be able to perfect your recording and mixing techniques while developing new skills in mastering.

Through this module you will learn to produce work to the highest commercial standard, across a range of genres, while gaining insights into life in the industry, and advice on how to achieve your goals as a professional engineer.

Some of the topics covered in this module include:

Acoustics and psychoacoustics,
Signal flow in advances analogue and digital consoles,
Analogue tape recording,
Advanced compression techniques and multiband compression,
Active and passive EQ’s,
Preparing masters and mastering techniques,
DDP and Redbook standards,
Entrepreneurial skills and online publishing,
And copyright, marketing, and PRS.

Sound for Film, Games & TV

Building on the knowledge you gained in audio post production, while studying Applied Sound Engineering, this module will challenge you with mixing soundscapes, recording voice-overs and designing sound effects, working to industry standards at all times in our purpose build sound-design studios.

Giving you the freedom to apply these skills to a variety of different media, you will have the opportunity here to gain professional skills in post-production, while also gaining an industry-recognized certification in Pro Tools 210P.

Some of the topics covered in this module include:

Psychoacoustics and spatial perception,
Foley recording and editing,
Location sound,
ADR and voice-over recording,
Dialogue recording and editing,
5.1 surround sound mixing,
Transfers and formats, tracklay and stems,
And broadcast mixing.

Live Sound Engineering

Working in our on-site live venue, throughout this module you will gain a much deeper understanding, and extensive practical experience in a number of different areas within live sound engineering.

From PA design and mains distribution, to live recording, processing and effects, with expert guidance you will build on your previous experience in live sound, and develop your skills to a professional standard. And with the variety of events requiring live sound engineers, you will learn how to apply these skills to everything from small underground venues as well as larger scale events, while gaining a British Safety Council Health & Safety Level 2 qualification and learning how to take your next steps as a freelance engineer.

Some of the topics covered in this module include:

Microphones and mic placement,
Venue acoustics,
PA system design, prediction software and spectrum analysis,
Live mixing consoles and front of house mixing,
Stage monitoring and stage management,
Sound level monitoring at live events,
And festival preparation.