This program combines both the creative and technical aspects of becoming a professional music producer and sound engineer. Our focus is placed on ensuring you receive hands-on experience in an environment that thrives on both one-on-one and integrative learning approaches.
You will benefit from learning professional techniques from a selection of the most suitable instructors from our roster of experienced engineers and producers proudly listed here, not only for their knowledge and experience, but also for their motivation and inspiration.
As the industry standard studio engineer and producer’s DAW, we have chosen Pro Tools 11 for our Sound Engineer & Music Producer diploma. The only third party software vital for this course is Sonalksis, which is available to you for purchase with a 50% discount as a GMP student. Sessions are split between our facility and a selection of high-end commercial recording studios at our creative partners Miloco, so you get the real deal surrounded by people doing the work you want to get into, not a classroom with a console and some acoustic treatment and, of course, you never know who you may bump into!
Capacity – 9 students , and an iMac loaded with all the software needed is provided and its use in session time is included in the course fee.
Welcome to Pro Tools and Digital Audio
You will be introduced to Pro Tools by familiarising yourself with the interface, layout, signal flow and functions. You will also dive deep into the principles of digital audio, get an in-depth look at the editing window and learn editing techniques that professionals use. Next, you will be introduced to basic mixing techniques, and how to set up your mixer in the way professional engineers operate.
The Science of Recording
It’s more important to have well recorded source material than cutting corners and thinking you’ll fix it in the mix. You will gain in-depth knowledge of microphones, from designs, makes, polar patterns and the science of placement. Then it’s straight into your practical session recording drums, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals and keyboards the most common instruments used in today’s music. All practical sessions take place in our partner studios, Miloco.
Even if you’re not a musician, it’s important that music producers and even sound engineers have a reasonable knowledge of musicality. From structure of contemporary music to chords and keys. In this module you’ll be shown what sounds good together and how to talk to musicians in tracking sessions. From programming ‘live’ percussion if you don’t have a percussionist in the house, to adding an extra harmony in the background vocals arrangement without singing a note, this module has it covered.
You will learn the skill set and day to day operations of a Live Sound Engineer. From setting up small rooms and local venues, to large concert halls and theatres. This course will get you ready to work in one of the busiest fields in the music industry.
The Art of Mixing & Mastering
If recording is a science, then mixing is an art! Mixing and mastering are regarded as the most important phases of music production and the engineer’s journey usually goes from recording to mix engineer. First, we step out of what you would learn as a professional engineer by covering acoustics and how to correctly set up your home studio environment. Then it’s on to the fun stuff: in-depth EQ, filling the frequency spectrum, dynamic controllers, mixing vocals, and how to make a few elements sound huge.
Advanced Pro Tools, Synthesis & Advanced Business
Advanced functions like Beat Detective and TCE amongst others in Pro Tools will be covered here along with deeper MIDI programming for those who gain more insight into electronic sound design and cover subtractive, additive, wavetable and FM synthesis along with advanced beat making techniques and generally producing sound not played live.
You will have an understanding of record labels, publishing, licensing, management, types of deals and a basic knowledge of contracts which is integral to your success. You’ll also explore marketing, branding, deals, negotiation, social media, how to effectively use kickstarter and investors for artists.
Most producers learned their art from their peers and legendary mentors in recording studios over the course of many years. As those opportunities have become greatly reduced, how do today’s music producers learn this art and develop their production skills? We have the answer! We focus on concepts such as creating emotion through sound and performance, visualising and defining the direction of the production, and achieving your production goal by understanding the essential concepts of music production.
Academic Year – three ten-week semesters | Mondays and Wednesdays | £3499
September 22, 2014 to July 17, 2015 – 2.30pm to 6.30pm
September 22, 2014 to July 17, 2015 – 7pm to 11pm
Twenty four-week condensed evenings | Tuesdays and Thursdays | £2999
July 1, 2014 to December 18, 2014 – 7pm to 11pm
January 1, 2015 to June 18, 2015 - 10am to 2pm