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Saturday 23 March 12PM-4PM
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This brand new summer school will give you an insight into how your favourite song or track was created. Over the course of the week you’ll be introduced to the inner workings of the recording studio, build your skills as an sound engineer and music producer, all under the guidance of one of our expert tutors.
Each day you’ll get hands on with our Audient ASP8024|HE desk, recording a variety of different instruments including acoustic and electric guitar, drums, and vocals. You’ll learn how to use industry standard microphones, which ones to select for different types of recording and placement techniques. You’ll also be introduced to a range of creative music production techniques such as EQ and dynamic controllers, and how to apply them to the mix.
Throughout the week you’ll also gain an insight into session planning and management, communicating with artists and musicians during recordings, and the role of engineer and producer in the studio.
The main feature of any recording studio is the mixing desk. On your first day you’ll be introduced to the desk, learing about the audio signal flow (capturing sound from an instrument sending it to the desk and DAW, and listening back), and get hands-on recording an acoustic guitar.
Building on your knowledge from day 1, you’ll mic up a full drum kit, learning about the various types of microphones and their properties. You’ll also look at recording levels and routing, and foldback and communication with your artisits/musicians during the recording session. Finally you’ll be introduced to overdubbing with bass guitar.
On day 3 you’ll continue with recording overdubs for guitar, keyboards and vocals. Once again thinking about the various microphone types and positioning and how that effects the audio captured. You’ll also listen thorugh what’s been recorded, and delve into sound refinement using the desk.
On day 4 you’ll be introduced to various techniques in audio editing and pre-production. Learning about editing and quantising, as well as adding compression and effects to your track.
On the final day you’ll bring everything you’ve learnt together and create a final track. You’ll learn basic mixing techniques such as EQ, compression, FX and adjusting balance, and finally how to bounce the mix.
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 studio recording.
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.
Early bird fees are available for applications received by 30 April.
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