Audio Production with Pro Tools

Overview

  • Adults (Part-time)

Details

This course runs on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-9pm.
The course fee is £180.


Course Content

An extension to our Introductory Studio Recording course, this programme takes students through the process of studio editing, mixing and mastering in greater detail and allows much more time for practice. After getting a grounding in digital audio, each week focuses on a different aspect and students can get to grips with the topic with prepared audio examples. Finally, using amateur- and professionally-recorded audio stems, students will use Pro Tools or Logic Pro to produce a full mix and get feedback on the execution of their new skills.

You do not need to have completed Introduction to Home and Studio Recording to join this course, but you should have some familiarity with the way sound is recorded and any experience with DAW software would be advantageous.

 

Week 1: Digital audio in-depth

- D-A conversion

- Sample rates, Nyquist and aliasing

- Bit depth and quantisation error

- Resolving these problems, dither

- A-D conversion

- Compression and formats

 

Week 2: Compression

- How it works

- Types of compressor, software vs hardware

- Typical settings and uses

- Extended use

- Mix practice

 

Week 3: EQ

- How it works

- Types of EQ, software vs hardware

- Common problems and solutions

- Theory and techniques

- Mix practice

 

Week 4: Production techniques

- Sample triggering

- Double-tracking
- Reverb

- Effects

- Mix practice

 

Week 5: Mastering

- Multiband compression

- Linear phase EQ

- Limiting
- Mix practice

Week 6: Full mix

Students are given a recorded, unmixed project to mix in the session, with feedback at the end.

Matti Gardner studied Music Technology at Huddersfield and York Universities, collaborating and  creating interactive A/V installations, and exploring new methods of computer composition. He worked for three years as Studio Manager at the Purcell School for young musicians in Bushey and currently teaches at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Greenwich.

For further information please email shortcourses@cwc.ac.uk or call 020 7258 7253

Entry Requirements

Suitable for beginners, no previous experience is expected.