Sample into Sound.

Our introductory summer school 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.

Summer School students getting to grips with our Charlie Jones Live Venue


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 summer schools, degree courses, and industry courses.

Key info

  • Qualification: Short Course Certificate
  • Duration: 5 days (non residential)
  • Hours of study: 5 hours a day
  • Start date: 5 August 2024
  • Fees: Early bird fees before 30 April: £179. Normal fees: £199.00
  • Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications required. Find out more

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If you have any questions about this course, your application or if you'd like to arrange a tour of Spirit Studios, please get in touch on:

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Sample into Sound course details

All of our courses are constantly evolving to ensure teaching and learning remain relevant and up to date. Here is the latest example of the curriculum for Sample into Sound:

Your course

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in a variety of formats including informal, hands-on workshops and interactive demonstrations. Our aim throughout is to encourage your creative exploration and hone your technical skills, introducing you to all things music production and sound engineering.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be at least 15 years of age, have good spoken/written English and basic IT skills. If you’re aged between 15 and 18, we may need to contact you before we can confirm your place on the course.

Fees and funding

  • £179 Early bird fee*
  • £199 Normal fee

Early bird fees are available for applications received by 30 April.

How to apply

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