Sound Engineering Course


Audio Engineering DegreeOur Sound Engineering course is for learners who want to master the recording side of sound engineering in their home studio setup, and get as close to master-quality results with what equipment they have available. The entire Sound Engineering course takes place in our custom Neve 8078 control room and specially built live area, undoubtedly one of the best non-orchestral commercial recording studios in the country. Jam-packed with sound engineering tips and recording techniques shared with you by the very same engineers who work in the studio daily on projects including Mark Ronson, Katy B, Noel Gallagher, Burial, Alice Gold, Tinchy Stryder and Jamie Woon to name but a few. The last three days are actual recording sessions with a view to get the master drums down with guides for everything else in session one, the next day, overdubs covering all of the other instruments plus instruments not in the band but in our course, followed by vocals and finishing up on your final day of recording. Total Sound Engineering course cost is £499.

Check out the dates at the bottom of this page and to enrol, call or send us an email telling us which course you would like to do, when it runs and we will organise the rest!

Day 1 – The Beast

  • Mic amps & EQ – why the Neve 8078 sounds so much better than newer Neves, and is arguably the best sounding console ever made
  • Signal path
  • Routing
  • Console modes
  • Sends and Returns
  • Digital and analogue –  getting the most out of the digital domain and why we sometimes use tape

Console principles are are the same whether you’re on a custom Neve 8078 or something less glamourous! This is a course first, but it’s an experience too.

Day 2 – Microphones

  • Different mic designs – what to use on what and why!
  • Using the right polar patterns
  • Mic placement
  • Stereo mikingRecording Room Treatment
  • Phasing
  • Orchestral techniques
  • Getting ready for your session
  • ‘Make a mic’ workshop

Day 3 – Band Recording Session

  • Setting up foldback tips for musicians
  • Kit positioning
  • All about gates in the record process
  • EQing drums to ‘tape’
  • Which mics to compress to ‘tape’ and why
  • Producer hat – what to record first, guides and setting up the record
  • Thinking about the final mix already – what we do and why we do it

Day 4 – Overdub SessionMixing Audio Desk

  • Acoustic, electric and bass guitar
  • Acoustic and electric piano
  • Synths – it’s not just about plugging them in and recording flat!
  • Percussion

Day 5 – Vocal Session

  • EQ and dynamics to ‘tape’
  • Tracking tips
  • BV shortcuts and editing
  • Melodyne and Autotune
  • Vocal arranging
  • Pre production processing
  • Preparing for the mix and what the mix engineer expects



Vintage Custom Neve 8078 console:Neve 8078
40 x 31105 mic pre-amplifiers / EQ’s
Uptown System 2000 automation
+ 24 dedicated FX returns
• 40 input
• 24 buss
• 32 monitor


Outboard and monitoring:
10 x Shep compressor/limiter/gates
Yamaha NS10M Studio monitors Tannoy ML-10 Manley – (Doug Sax, mastering lab crossovers)
EMT 240 gold foil plate reverb
SSL X-Logic G Series stereo compressor
Manley Vari-Mu stereo valve compressor/limiter
2 x DBX 160 compressor/limiterLearn music production
Yamaha SPX 90 II Delay
Yamaha REV-7 digital reverb
UREI 1178 stereo compressor/limiter
GML 8200 Stereo Equaliser
Vintage Neve 33609 compressor/limiter
Alan Smart Deluxe DI System
2 x Groove Tubes DI
URSA Major Station SST-228

Sessions times are 11pm – 18pm with one hour for lunch, and the dates are as follows:

Course 1) January 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13.

Course 2) January 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27.

Course 3) February 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24.

Course 4) April 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Course 5) April 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Course 6) September 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

Course 7) November 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

Check the Sound Engineering course availability

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