This course will explore sound engineering, moving step by step through the process of recording acoustic music. Once the theoretical basics and elementary terminology are covered, we will tackle hardware set up and essential cabling technique. We will then move to general principles of signal flow — how sound moves from input to output. We will look at basic signal treatment, elements of monitoring and recording reference. Finally we will have a general look at digital audio workstation systems (DAWs), sound editors and microphones.
Aimed at musicians and music producers with little or no experience in sound engineering, this course is designed to approach the fundamental ideas involved in this process. Students will acquire the language and terminology used by professionals — they will be able to communicate more effectively and accurately within their own studio and with engineers in live situations. Clearly understanding the process will make studio time more efficient and creative.