Sample into Sound – Summer Course

Tom Aston

Producing, Mixing and Recording

Our 5-day music production summer course is for emerging musicians, artists, producers and engineers who are looking to discover their skills in music, get to grips with the fundamentals of music production and live audio engineering, and enjoy a hands-on experience within our professional studios.

Over the course of the week, you will learn from industry professionals, music producers and musicians, including Joe Cross; record label owner, producer of 7 top ten albums and Courteeners‘ bassist.

With a blend of music production, live audio engineering and music business, you will explore the range of roles in and outside of the studio, collaborate with other creatives and build upon your growing knowledge.

Designed to introduce you to the different disciplines within the music industry, our music production summer course will give you the opportunity to sample different areas of music production, begin to build up your creative toolset and discover a discipline within music that compliments you and your skillset the most.

This short introductory course is the perfect stepping stone, from which you can progress onto a number of courses with us, including our degree courses and our 12-month evening-based industry courses.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about our Sample into Sound music production summer course or if you would like more information on how to apply, please contact our admissions team on 0161 276 2100 or

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to see our music studios and facilities, meet our tutors and get a feel for what life as a Spirit Studios student is like.

Course Content

Day 1 - Introduction to Music Production

From Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and Virtual Studio Technologies (VST’s), you will be introduced to the basics of music production, the different technical processes involved, as well as various creative approaches to making music.

Day 2 - Studio Production & Recording

During day 2, you will have the opportunity to learn your way around the desk, discover how to mic up and record a full drum kit within a studio environment and put your skills into practice using one of our Audient ASP8024|HE console desks.

Day 3 - Introduction to Live Sound

On day 3, you will move out of the studio and into our very own on-site live venue to learn the basics of live audio engineering. Throughout the day, you will work together to set up the stage ready for a soundcheck, get hands on with a Soundcraft VI1 live digital console and learn about the various roles involved within live sound.

Day 4 - Introduction to Mixing

Throughout day 4, you will have the opportunity to step foot into our flagship studio, Spirit Studio, and get up close with our 48-channel NEVE AMS desk for a mixing session. You will also have the opportunity to have a go at mixing a multi-track in one of our other facilities.

Day 5 - Getting into the industry w/ Joe Cross

On the final day, you will have the chance to work alongside Joe Cross - record label owner, producer of 7 top ten albums and Courteeners’ bassist - to learn about sync, income streams, self releasing and more.