Week 1: Basic Sound and Acoustics Theory
This session will explore the basics of sound theory and musical acoustics. We will understand what sound is and how it behaves.
•Frequency & Harmonics
•Types of Signals
Week 2: Microphones
This session focuses on various types of microphones, their uses and how they differ. We will also look at techniques pertaining to different instruments and how this affects recorded sound. We will learn about maintenance of microphones and leads, and the correct way to set up mics/stands.
•Placement and techniques
Week 3: Home vs Studio recording
This session is focused on the equipment central to a recording studio, how to use it and what you can use instead of it in your own home studio.
We will also delve into the multitude of formats that have existed since the development of recorded sound.
•The history of recording
•Digital Audio Tape
•DAWs and Standalone HD
Week 4: Basic Multitrack recording
Incorporating what we have learnt from earlier sessions about mic technique and sound theory, we will create our own recording. We’ll look at foldback and integrating audio with MIDI instruments.
•Recording drums, guitars & vocals
•Experimenting with mic techniques
•Recording in different environments
Week 5: Understanding the basics of Logic and Pro Tools
This session will allow participants to get familiar with Pro Tools and Logic recording software packages. We will discuss the advantages of each over other DAWs, and gain a basic understanding of how to use them. Woking with pre-recorded stems, students will get a chance to edit and balance a session.
•Building a Session
•Tools & Shortcuts
•Balancing & Panning
Week 6: Mixdown
The final session will allow us to perform a mix on what have recorded in the previous weeks. We will cover the basics of mixing and look at techniques of professional mix engineers. We will also touch on mastering and show students how to create a “rough master” for the purpose of demos or testing the mix in a club.
•The basic principles of mastering
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.
Introduction to Studio Recording and Engineering