What is sound engineering?
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.
Why study sound engineering at Spirit Studios?
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.
What is the importance of the sound engineer?
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.
What careers will a sound engineering course prepare me for?
- ADR Mixer
- Audio Director
- Audio Editor
- Audio-Visual Technician
- Boom Operator
- Dubbing Mixer
- Foley Artist
- Game Audio Engineer
- Instrument/Backline Technician
- Live Sound Engineer
- Mastering Engineer
- Mixing Engineer
- Music Editor
- Music Therapist
- Recording Engineer
- Recording Studio Manager
- Sound Artist
- Sound Designer
- Sound Editor
- Sound Engineer
- Sound Technician
- Studio Engineer
- Tour Manager
Features and Benefits
Our facilities speak for themselves
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.
Build your portfolio ready to enter the world of work
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.
You'll benefit from one-to-one mentorship from our expert calibre of tutors. This really allows you to focus on your own ambitions and tailor your learning.
A collaborative attitude
We prioritise a collaborative approach to your learning. This helps to contextualise your practice, inspire ideas, amplify your sound and get you ready for the real world.
Our Sound Engineering courses
We offer a range of music production courses to suit your study preferences, including degrees, evening-based industry courses and short courses. You can filter by course level below:
3 years full-time or 5 years part-time
Sound-checking, monitoring, mixing and mastering
Session management, system customization and expanded parameter control
What to expect
As you progress through one of our sound engineering courses, you can expect to move to a state of independence that is essential when forging your own career path. Our courses are designed to give you hands-on experience to ensure you leave us industry-ready.
Whether you want to record in the studio, work front of house (FOH) in your favourite live venues, or design sound for TV, our range of courses give you the freedom to explore these areas of interest. With a variety of specialist modules, each course covers the core skills needed to succeed as a sound engineer and bring your ideas to life.
You'll cover topics such as
- Studio mixing and mastering
- FOH and monitor mixing
- Fundamental DAW skills
Paul is an audio engineer who has toured the world with various artists. As well as teaching at Spirit Studios, Paul is also the technical manager at the O2 Ritz here in Manchester.
Paul has previously worked with
- Neneh Cherry
- The Streets
- The Charlatans
- The Zutons
- New Order
Mark is producer and sound engineer who has worked on UK number one and Mercury nominated singles. He joined Spirit as a student and has returned as a tutor after a successful commercial career.
He has worked with:
- Sylvia Massy
- Plan B
- James Arthur
- 5 Seconds Of Summer
Liam is a soundtrack composer who has worked on creating music for film, television, games and animation.
He has previously worked with:
- Orb Soundwerx
- The BBC
Catherine is an experienced live audio professional who has worked in a number of touring tech teams.
Catherine has previously worked at:
- Love Supreme
- Rock Werchter
Jon is a producer, label manager, DJ and promoter who has over a decade of experience within the industry and has released five albums under the alias Diesler.
Paul Maunder is a sound engineer who primarily works in making audio for visual media such as corporate videos and TV programmes.
Brandon is a music producer with many talents such as DJing, graphic design and occasional filmmaking.
Stuart is a studio/mastering engineer who is heavily involved in the Manchester scene. As an experienced producer, promoter and events organiser, he's been a key player in the city's cultural output.
Stuart has worked with:
- Badly Drawn Boy
- KiD BRiTiSH
- The Irrepressibles
Josh is a producer and musician who has toured extensively and produced audio for some high profile clients.
Josh has previously worked with:
- Ray Lewis
- Dom Major
Al is a producer and sound engineer who teaches a wide variety of modules here at Spirit, allowing him to share his expertise with his students.
As a Spirit Studios veteran, Lewis has taught on a number of our courses and outreach programmes. As a professional sound engineer and producer, his career has seen him travel the world.
Lewis has previously worked with:
- Angy Gangadeen
Steve is a professional recording engineer, producer, arranger and classically trained musician with over 4 decades of industry experience.
Our creative partnerships benefit our students by providing work placements, field trips, guest lectures, educational discounts and, of course, job opportunities
Why study with Spirit Studios?
Our facilities are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s music industry, ensuring you feel confident in every studio or live venue you encounter.
You’ll have a range of exciting creative and collaborative opportunities, including hands-on work experience at legendary venues in Manchester and beyond.
Our career focused attitude means that from day one, everything we do is designed with your future in mind.
We prepare students for a bright future through our Spirit+ programme of extracurricular masterclasses and workshops from leading industry figures.
Our tutors have not only had years of experience in the creative industries, but share a commitment to helping you on your journey as well.
We're a supportive community that takes pride in our small size. We'll get to know you as an individual and tailor mentorship to your personal development.
Interested in studying with us?
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