Audio Engineering Tools

Course Curriculum

The Advanced Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive one year programme which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.

Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.

The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.

Subject Areas

Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.

Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of modules for each term.

Audio Engineering Tools

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.

You will be able to:

• Understand the function of standard audio equipment in music production
• Understand the operating principles of computer-based signal processing devices
• Understand the importance of evaluating signal processing objectively
• List and contrast the different standard types of audio signals
• Analyse cabling strategies used in analogue and digital audio signal chains
• Categorise different types of mixing consoles and their components
• Itemise and differentiate signal processing devices
• Describe the role of patch bays and the ‘normalling’ of connections
• Select and use different types of equaliser plugins
• Select and use different types of dynamic range processing plugins
• Select and use different types of effects processing plugins
• Appraise equalisation from a musical, i.e. not solely technical, perspective, correlating bandwidth, slope and cut-off or centre frequency to pitch
• Assess the effect of dynamic range processing (time constants) on the envelope of audio material

The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, Graduate 2019

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

I had an incredible experience. The staff have so much to offer and cover so many different areas of music.

Luke Glazewski, Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, Graduate 2019

It’s a unique experience in so many ways, the location, the calibre of guest lecturers and access to Abbey Road Studios for classes is pretty amazing. There aren't many places you get to record a full orchestra!

Jason O’Bryan, Lecturer

Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.

Ian Ramage, Lecturer