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 principles of DAW controller operation
• Understand the working principles of microphones
• Understand stereo microphone recording theory
• Understand the working principles of loudspeakers
• Understand the working principles of amplifiers
• Select different efficient automation modes using DAW controllers
• Mix a multitrack project using a DAW controller
• Argue the importance of microphone directionality in music production
• Interpret microphone measurements and specification sheets
• Appraise the suitability of microphone preamplifiers
• Select microphones for specific applications based on practical criteria, e.g. sound source radiation pattern, SPL and placement
• Make informed microphone placement decisions when recording simple acoustic sources
• Select and use standard stereo microphone techniques with varying transducer types, spacing and angles
• Select stereo microphone techniques based on the principles supporting Mike Williams’ stereophonic Zoom concept
• Discuss the principles of transduction of different loudspeaker drivers
• Appraise the key features and placement of loudspeakers
• Interpret loudspeaker specifications
• Interpret amplifier operation-related measurements
• Categorise different types of audio amplifiers
• Interpret amplifier specification sheets

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Andrew Glen, 2017 Graduate

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

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Ian Ramage, Lecturer

There is surely no better place to be when you are studying music production and sound engineering!

Tori Sunnucks, Graduate 2016

On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.

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