Why study sound engineering at Spirit Studios?

Lydia Wood

Live sound engineering at concert

If you love technology, music and sound, our industry-led courses will equip you with the essential skills and experience you need to stand out against the crowd.

There’s no better place than Manchester to study sound engineering. Home to some of the UK’s greatest live venues and an ever-growing empire of media production and tech companies, our city offers endless opportunities for you to launch your journey into the industry – no matter your specific interests. 

Our studios are based in the epicentre of this creative activity and by utilising our networks, we’ll encourage you to get your foot in the door of the industry as soon as you join us. Through work-based learning modules and year-round access to our impressive selection of studios, edit suites and live venue, your learning is hands-on, ensuring you’re properly prepared for life after your studies.

If you love technology, music and sound, our industry-led courses will equip you with the essential skills and experience you need to stand out against the crowd. You’ll learn how to record and deliver the highest quality audio for a range of different platforms and experiences.

What is sound engineering?

As the world of digital listening experiences expands – and with so many artists heading back on tour – the importance of sound engineers in our day-to-day lives is paramount. From game audio, TV, film, music and radio, to live events, festivals and gigs; sound engineers shape the world we live in. 

They’re the technology experts behind your favourite songs, shows and performances. By using dynamic processing and equalisation tools, as well as reproduction and mixing skills, sound engineers are able to balance and adjust various sound sources to create a complete audio experience.

As a sound engineer you’ll be less involved in the creative and compositional processes. Instead you’ll be responsible for recording and editing audio to the highest standards by operating mixing desks, software, recording tools and live equipment. This requires acute attention to detail, technical expertise and knowledge of how to make raw audio fit for an audience. 

A career in sound engineering could see you running studio recording sessions, touring with bands or designing the sound for your favourite TV show. Whatever your dream job, we’ll provide both the technical and soft skills needed to get there.

Soundscape installation

Why choose Spirit Studios?

Whichever sound engineering course you choose, you can expect to be provided with the tools and equipment you need to become an expert in the field. Take a tour; our facilities speak for themselves. 

As we still operate as a professional studio, there’s opportunities throughout the year for our students to get involved in ‘real-life’ recording sessions and live rehearsals. This will provide you with unrivalled experience and an extensive portfolio for when you enter the world of work. 

As a student on any one of our courses, you’ll also benefit from one-to-one mentorship from our expert tutors. This really allows you to focus on your own ambitions and tailor your learning. You’ll get feedback on work, create a career plan and design a portfolio that will truly demonstrate your capability.

Our courses

BSc (Hons) Live Audio engineering and Music Production. Whether it’s recording up-and-coming talent in the studio, working front-of-house at your favourite venues, or planning tours and living on the road that makes you excited to be a part of this industry, this course will help you develop the sound engineering and people skills needed to excel.

Sound for Visual Media Industry Course. Working with a series of disciplines, this course will give you the opportunity to learn audio post-production skills and creatively develop your approach to crafting sound. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to push your creative boundaries and break out of the box. We’ll encourage you to step outside of the studio environment and navigate the spaces around you, bringing together traditional, location and Foley recording techniques.

Studio Production and Mastering Industry Course. With recording, editing, mixing and mastering at the core, this evening-based course will give you the opportunity to further develop your critical ear, learn how to produce work to the highest commercial standards and achieve your goals as a professional mixing or mastering engineer.