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Audio Engineering

As a MI Audio Engineering student, you’ll learn how to function in today’s professional audio production environments – recording studios, venues, post production houses and/or film houses. Not only will you be taught by industry experienced instructors, you’ll gain practical experience on professional-level consoles and recording equipment. It’s in MI’s world class studios where you’ll be working with artists, mic’ing up session players, and doing final mixes. Altogether, you’ll be developing sophisticated technical and organizational skills that are vital to today’s successful engineers.

IN MI’S AUDIO ENGINEERING PROGRAM, STUDENTS:

  • Manage the entire audio production process from pre-production and tracking to mixing and mastering.
  • Take foundational classes in Critical Listening, Musicianship, and Mac Basics and Gear Set-up.
  • Learn fundamentals of the Music Business in The Business of Audio.
  • Learn ProTools from an Avid Certified Instructor, or Logic from a Logic Certified Instructor.
  • Have the ability to take the ProTools certification exams or Logic certification exam.
  • Have access to the extensive live sound curriculum with the ability to engineer in-house concerts.
  • Gain industry ready post-production skills such as field recording, film mixing, editing, and ADR.

THE AUDIO ENGINEERING PROGRAM INCLUDES:

World-Class Studio Facilities
Track, overdub and mix in one of MI’s professionally built recording studios or Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) labs.

  • Studio A – A SSL Duality SE 24-channel hybrid analog/digital console with ProTools HDX System
  • Studio B – Digital recording and 5.1 surround mixing techniques on a Pro Tools HD system
  • Studio C – An API 1608 32-channel analog console with ProTools HD system
  • Studio D – Rupert Neve Designs 16 channel analog console with ProTools HD system.
  • Studio E – World-class THX Certified dubbing stage, equipped with a 48-channel Digidesign ICON D-Control console and Pro Tools HD recording system
  • Studio F – State-of-the-art Avid Euphonix S5 Fusion 24 console with ProTools HDX System

Students can also learn on two independent digital consoles in our Live Sound Room, and work with cutting-edge industry software and gear in MI’s multiple DAW labs.

Hands-On Classes
Small (12 student’s maximum) core and elective classes let you apply your knowledge immediately to the recording process.

  • Real world electives such as Video Game Audio, Project Studio Design and Music Production
  • Recording, mixing and mastering final projects with extensive ear training taught in MI’s audio labs.

Faculty
Grammy, Emmy and multi-platinum album audio engineers, many of whom are working or have worked with today’s top artists.

  • Barry Rudolph (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, and Robbie Nevil)
  • Francis Buckley (2X Grammy awarded winner. Quincy Jones, Alanis Morrissett)
  • Dave Isaac (3x Grammy Award Winner. Prince, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin)
  • Mark Cross (Grammy-winning CARS soundtrack, Meet the Parents’ score and soundtrack, and ER)

Day & Night Schedules, 24-hour Lab Access
A choice of schedules and quarterly starts provide working students with maximum flexibility. Practice, study, experiment, and record your musical projects at any time of the day or night using the DAW labs.

ProTools and Logic Certification Courses
MI offers Pro Tools 200-level courses as an Avid Learning Partner (ALP). If you enroll in an Audio Engineering Certificate program, you will receive Avid training that prepares you for the Pro Tools User, Operator, Post and Live Sound exams. Those who pass will be officially certified to operate Pro Tools|HD® systems in a professional music and/or post-production environment.

MI is also an authorized Apple Training Center (ATC) for Logic audio software. Logic is one of the industry’s most popular programs for digital audio production, editing and sequencing, used by major production companies, post-production facilities, studios, arrangers and composers. When you complete classes in Logic as part of the Audio Engineering, Independent Artist, or Keyboard Program and pass a Logic certification exam you will receive a certificate from Apple and will be listed on Apple’s website as an authorized Logic expert.

Clinics and Masterclasses
Students have access to many audio clinics and masterclasses. Past guest speakers have included: Manny Marroquin (Pink, John Mayer), Dave Aron (Van Halen), Eddie Kramer (Stones, Hendrix, Beatles), Audio Technica microphones, Avid, Slate Audio, SSL, BAE, film screenings, and other concerts and clinics with top billed engineers and producers.

Recording Studio Internships
Gain practical professional experience as an intern in many of LA’s top recording studios, production houses, post houses or live venues.

To find out more about MI’s Audio Engineering programs, please contact MI’s Admissions Department.

As an Associates of Arts student in instrument performance programs (Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboard, Technology, Vocals) you may opt for a combined course of study which is a combination of a performance program and a music industry program (Audio Engineering, Film, Guitar Craft, Music Business, Independent Artist).

Enrollment in such programs is dependent upon admission approval and space availability.

Associate programs are vocational and do not include General Education requirements or specific preparation for study at the Baccalaureate level.

Audio Engineering Certificate
The two-quarter/30 credit-unit Certificate in Audio Engineering provides an intensive, hands-on curriculum designed to prepare aspiring engineers for the demands of the recording studio. Completion of all program requirements qualifies you to earn the Certificate in Audio Engineering.

2 quarter / 30 credits /6 months

Audio Engineering / Live Sound or Post-Production Certificate

This course of study combines the comprehensive audio engineering training with an emphasis in either Live Sound or Post-Production audio.

3 quarters / 45 Credits / 9 months

*Note: For the most recent version of the Audio Engineering Program Table and Course descriptions, please download the Course Catalog PDF here: http://www.mi.edu/musicians-institute-course-catalog/. To find out more about MI’s Audio Engineering programs, you may also contact MI’s Admissions Department.

Q1 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Recording Techniques
Course focuses on recording drums, bass, different types of guitars, vocals, piano, etc. Students will be able to overdub single instruments and build a complete, multi-track arrangement and production using the API 1608 Console and Avid Pro Tools® HD. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Console Operation 1: Neve
In this course, students will be shown signal flow as it applies directly to high-end professional consoles while working on a Rupert Neve Designs 5088. Upon completion, students will understand how to route signals for tracking, overdubbing, and mixing. One lecture hour and two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Pro Tools 101 & 110
This course focuses on the basic concepts and theory involved in using a digital audio workstation. Students will be able to set-up an Avid ProTools® session for recording, importing audio, editing, recording MIDI, backing-up data, working with fire wire drives, and more. Completion of the course prepares students to take the Avid ProTools Certified User Exam. Four lecture hours per week for one quarter.

The Business of Audio
In this course, students gain a comprehensive overview of operating a business as an audio engineer or producer. Topics include music budgets, invoicing, finances, and basic accounting methods to legally setting up their own business. Students also discuss the challenges of the new business model as well as industry definitions and roles. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Critical Listening
In this course, students are exposed to various musical content and production styles. Identifying frequencies and key instruments will be an integral part of this class, along with the equipment and processes involved in producing commercial recordings. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Musicianship for Audio Engineers
Note: successful completion of this course or equivalency exam is a prerequisite for all electives. This course introduces students to music theory knowledge and helps them build an understanding of song structure and score notation. Students are introduced to musical terminology used by musicians, engineers and producers as well as the information necessary to bridge the gap separating these three different roles. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Mac Basics and Gear Set-Up
This class demonstrates how to setup and operate a basic project studio workstation. Vital file management techniques for content creators and a thorough study of the Mac Operating System and its built-in applications will be covered. Upon completion, students will be able to install, wire and configure audio interfaces, basic analog mixers and all the necessary audio components such as monitors, headphones, midi controllers and microphones. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Recording Theory
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of analog recording theory and practice, including an overview of studio components. EQ and filters, dynamic processors, microphones, auxiliary routing and effects processors will be covered. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Console Operation I: API
In this course, students will be shown signal flow as it applies directly to high-end professional consoles while working on an API 1608 analog console. Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate how to route signals for tracking, overdubbing, and mixing. One lecture hour and two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Q2 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Console Operation 2: SSL Duality
Pre-Requisites: Console Operation 1: Neve. In this course, students will be shown signal flow as it applies directly to high-end professional consoles while working on an SSL Duality console. Upon completion, students will be expected to route signals for tracking, overdubbing, and mixing. One lecture hour and two lab hours per week for one quarter.

ProTools 201 & 210M
Pre-Requisites: Pro Tools 101 & 110. This course explores powerful Avid Pro Tools® editing and processing functions, including plug-ins, automation, synchronization, quantization, mastering and more. Completion of the course prepares students for the Avid Pro Tools Certified Operator exam which once passed adds them to Avid’s official listing. Two lecture hours and two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Mixing and Mastering
Pre-Requisites: Practical Recording. Course focuses on professional mixing and mastering techniques. Topics include fader balance and automation, lifting instruments with EQ and corrective EQ blueprints, editing and gating techniques, compressor and limiter settings, imaging, and time-based processors. During a weekly Project Advisor meeting, students discuss progress and receive advice and critique on their mandatory Final Recording Project. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Intro to Live Sound
In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of live sound engineering. FOH (“front of house”) mixing, monitor mixing, and set-up/tear down procedures will be covered in a working, 500 person concert hall environment or medium-sized venue. World-class musicians in a variety of styles provide the music. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Intro to Post
In this course, students are exposed to the fundamentals of audio post-production concepts and techniques, including sound effects editing, dialogue editing, Foley, and 5.1 surround mixing for film and television. Weekly hands-on projects culminate in a final project. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

Signal Processing
Course focuses on how to operate professional signal processing gear, including traditional in-line processors (compressor, gate, EQ), effects processors (reverb, delay, chorus, pitch shift), and both Avid Pro Tools® and third party plug-ins. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Music Production
Pre-Requisites: Musicianship for Audio Engineers or passing placement exam. Course exposes students to the “ins and outs” of both the business and creative sides of album production. Classes are hands-on, intensive, and real-world, covering concepts such as budgeting, choosing studios and musicians, working with engineers and management, and finessing the best performance out of artists. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Logic 1
Pre-Requisites: Musicianship for Audio Engineers or passing placement exam. This course introduces songwriters, composers, producers and sound engineers to the primary features and basic user interface of Logic Pro X. Upon completion, students will be exposed to the process of creating an actual song. Preproduction using Apple Loops, recording/editing audio, arranging of tracks and produce drum beats with a virtual drummer will be touched on. This course covers the requirements needed (Part 1 of 2) to take the Apple Certified Pro Level One exam in Logic Pro X. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Logic 2
Pre-Requisites: Logic 1. This course is a continuation of the Logic Pro X user interface for songwriters, composers, producers and sound engineers. Upon completion, students will be expected to demonstrate how to use Logic Pro’s comprehensive array of software instruments, arranging of MIDI sequences, as well as editing with Flex Time & Pitch, digital effects processing, mixing, automation, trouble-shooting. This course covers the requirements needed (Part 2 of 2) to take the Apple Certified Pro Level One exam in Logic Pro X. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Reason 1
Pre-Requisites: Musicianship for Audio Engineers or passing placement exam. Propellerhead’s Reason software has long been used for traditional beat making and sequencing for MIDI. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to navigate through the software, including the various windows (main mixer, rack, and sequencer), route audio signal and MIDI, and create basic tracks. Integration of audio loops will also be touched upon as well as a basic understanding of computer set-ups and Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Reason 2
Pre-Requisites: Reason 1. This course is a continuation on Reason and focuses on taking advantage of the software’s capabilities. Upon completion, students will be able to “morph” their style by using the various modules (ReDrum, Dr. Octo Rex, Thor, etc.), advanced audio editing techniques, as well as taking advantage of the main mixer’s capabilities. They will also be involved in advanced routing of signal (analog/MIDI) as well as the implementation of other Digital Audio Workstations (DAW’s) using ReWire. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Ableton Live 1
A practical application of digital recording techniques using Ableton Live, this course provides and overview for songwriters and artists on the fundamentals of the recording process, including file and session setup, tracking, arranging, editing, and mixing. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to compose, record, and produce music using Ableton Live. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Ableton Live 2
Prerequisite: Ableton Live 1. Building on Ableton Live 1, this course provides a more in-depth practical application of digital recording techniques using Ableton Live, including effects, timing, pitch correction, automation, mastering, and sound for picture. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to produce a project from beginning to end. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Audio Internship
Pre-Requisites: The Business of Audio, 3.5 minimum GPA, and “mock” interview. Students gain practical professional experience in working recording studios, production houses, mastering labs, or live sound venues as engineering assistants. Hours and schedules vary according to the specific position obtained; minimum of five hours per week for one quarter.

Electronics
Pre-Requisites: Recording Theory. Course builds a firm understanding of soldering techniques, DC and AC circuits, and various technical components used in studios. Upon completion, students will create their own instrument and mic cables using traditional soldering and wiring techniques. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Project Studio Design
Pre-Requisites: Critical Listening. This course covers the process of planning, designing, equipping, and setting up a project/home studio capable of professional recording studio results. Acoustic theory and design genesis, budget priorities,
ergonomic/workflow layout, recording gear, monitoring systems, headphone choices, various types of corrective acoustical treatments and their use, studio AC power considerations, sound proofing, acoustic construction materials and techniques, electronic room correction, décor, lighting, studio furniture, heating ventilation and air conditioning will be covered.

Track Programming
Pre-Requisites: Pro Tools 101 & 110. This course introduces students to the art of sequencing tracks using MIDI, samplers, loops, and the latest computer software. This elective is ideal for students interested in producing beats for popular music styles such as hip-hop, R & B, pop/rock, dance, electronica, etc. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Video Game Audio
Pre-Requisites: Pro Tools 101 & 110. This course is designed to teach core elements, workflow and concepts involved in creating audio for video games or multimedia. Topics such as sound design and ambience for video games are covered. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

POST COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ADR, Voice Over, and Dialogue Forensics
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 201 & 210M and Intro to Post. Course focuses on industry standard techniques used in the recording, editing and mixing of ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) and Voice Over for various Media (Film, Television, Animation, Videogame, Commercials etc.). ADR programming, ADR and voice over Stage practices, and protocols will be covered as well as hands-on experience with editing, track clean up (de-noising etc.), and final mixing techniques. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Background Editing
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 201 & 210M and Intro to Post. Students are exposed to the aesthetics and practical skills to build a compelling background soundscape and mood for visuals. Topics covered include how to edit, layer and synchronize background sound effects using professional, industry standard sound libraries. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Foley Editing
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 2 and Intro to Post. This class demonstrates the recording and editing techniques for footsteps, props and all other movement-specific sounds in a movie. Programming Foley cues, preparation and editing will be covered as well as understanding the different roles within a Foley team. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Field Recording
Prerequisites: Intro to Post. In this course, students gain a comprehensive overview of the theory and practical use of microphones, field recorders, and mixers in order to capture audio in outdoor and TV/movie set environments. This course also focuses on the organization and editing of field recorder media inside Avid Pro Tools®. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Mixing for Film and Television
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 2 and Intro to Post. Course studies the complex and creative process of mixing sound and music in surround sound using the Avid Icon in MI’s THX-certified stage. This course introduces critical elements of dubbing session preparation, organization, and conforming to reflect changes in the picture editing process. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Music Editing
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 2, and Intro to Post. Course focuses on the fundamental music editing techniques used to solve some of the musical demands when working on a film, or television show. Topics include music aesthetics, music resources, editing techniques and elements of film scoring as well as hands-on experience working with songs and composed scores, temp tracks and on-camera performed music. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Post Essentials
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 201 & 210M and Intro to Post. This course focuses on the major disciplines of Film and Television Post-Production, including all the essential concepts, equipment, formats, workflow and scheduling of a post-production facility and project. Upon completion, students will be eligible to test for the Avid ProTools® 210P certification. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Dialogue Editing
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 2, and Intro to Post. Class focuses on hand-sync dialog, ADR, and auto-assemble production sound dailies to video using the picture editor-supplied CMX edit decision list (EDL) output from both Avid and Final Cut Pro picture editing systems. Students will be able to prepare dialog for dubbing, back-filling with ambiance for ADR, and time compression and expansion of ADR using Avid Pro Tools®. Topics include time code formats, frame rates, time-base references, and proper track layout for both dialog and ADR edit sessions in preparation for the dub stage. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Sound Effects Editing
Prerequisites: Pro Tools 201 & 210M and Intro to Post. Using professional sound libraries and movie scene analysis, students will understand how to edit, layer and synchronize sound effects to visual, while emphasizing the delivery requirements for the dubbing stage. This will all be done using the Pro Tools® Editing system, which is the entertainment industry standard. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

Console Op 3: Euphonix & Icon
Prerequisites: Console Operation 2. This course covers the Avid Euphonix System 5 Fusion console as well as the Avid Icon D-Control. Students will study Euphonix specific hardware such as the ML530 mic pre, the MC524 monitor controller, and the SC264, the brains of the console, in pursuit of mastering the configurations for mixing and tracking inside the E-Mix software. Two lab hours per week for one quarter.

LIVE SOUND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Monitor Setup
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. As proper monitoring is essential to a successful live music performance, this course covers the fundamentals and practical applications of stage monitoring, including contemporary in-ear monitoring systems. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Console Op 3: Venue & Yamaha
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound and Pro Tools 101 & 110. Students will gain hands-on experience operating the Yamaha M7CL console as well as Avid’s state-of-the-art Venue live sound production system. Setup and configuration to mixing tips and tricks, including automation/snapshot capabilities and Avid Pro Tools® integration for live recording, will be covered. This course prepares students for the official Avid 110 VENUE certification exam. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Live Recording & Mixing
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. Using the industry standard ProTools® editing system, students will be able to set up, record, and mix live music with a focus on advanced concepts (fader balance, automation, EQ, compression and limiting, editing and gating, basic mastering, etc.) as they apply to live event recording and mixing. Four lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Sound Reinforcement Essentials
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. This course offers a comprehensive overview of all the essential concepts, equipment, formats, workflow and scheduling of live music productions. Topics include installation, acoustics, microphones and microphone placement, power amplifiers, loudspeakers, cabling, and standard nomenclature and practices of the live sound profession. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Stage & Tour Management
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. Course focuses on live concert and event management, including an overview of contract riders, backline, scheduling, logistics, media and accounting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Live Sound Applications
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. In this hands-on class, students are exposed to the daily duties of sound reinforcement engineers, including assembling sound systems, stage setup and tear-down, sound checks, and troubleshooting. Two lecture hours per week for one quarter.

Event Production Contracts
Pre-Requisites: Intro to Live Sound. This course examines the individual elements that make-up an “Event”, and how venue production requirements and client needs can be communicated in both written form (the contract) and verbally (the verbal advance). Industry success and survival tools such as forging vendor relationships, and communication and organizational skills are also examined. One lecture hour per week for one quarter.

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