All of our private programs have similar course descriptions, though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application.
This 100 hour option is our most sought after program where the student works privately with the instructor and focuses on various areas of audio engineering. During discussions and an interview with the student, we custom tailor a program that addresses their individual desires, taking into account their current level of audio engineering skills and education, in preparation for entry into the professional audio industry or running their own studio. Program enrollment includes a Digidesign Pro Tools MBox recording system, with the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.
Program time allotment:
- (75) hours of intensive “one on one” instruction with the engineer/instructor in both Cue’s control rooms and studios. Included in this time is the recording and mixing of a “real recording artist”.
- (20) hours of Learning Lab time where the student practices and hones his or her new audio engineering skills. Assignments are given along with general experimentation of various audio processing, recording and mixing software.
- (5) hours of unassisted “mixdown” time in Studio “A” or “B” where the student is in the “driver’s seat”. Building confidence and fluency with their command of engineering in the control room is achieved most effectively through repetitive implementation of their new skills.
Topics covered include:
- Studio setup application and theory
- Microphone selection and placement
- Audio signal processors : Mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, limiters, and multi-effects generators – with an emphasis on both analog rack mount units and software “plug-ins”
- Analog and digital recording systems
- Recording, editing and mixing
- Analog and digital mixing consoles
- Studio monitors and the critical listening environment
- Acoustics and waveforms
- Studio psychology and managing client expectations
Additionally we facilitate discussions pertaining to industry related “job and career” requirements, peripheral knowledge and skills that accentuate the applicants credentials, and a mock-up job interview with the school’s director and studio owner, Jeff Jeffrey.
Upon successful completion of the 100 hour program, Cue Studios’ Center for Audio Engineering awards a “Certificate of Completion” to the graduated student.
During and after the course, the student is encouraged to participate in Cue’s internship program to observe and render tasks while gaining first hand knowledge of the inner workings of a successful recording studio business.
Schedule a free interview
If you’re serious about your audio education, call our course administrator at 703 532 9033 to schedule a meeting with an instructor. You’ll meet in the studio/classroom and observe first-hand the environment and equipment used in your program.