October 20, 2017

Audio Engineering (Introduction and Advanced Programs, Group Class – 100 Hours) Enrollment Now Open For September class

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Course Dates / Times: Please call for weekly class dates and times: 703 532 9033

Outline:  Choose either “Introduction to Audio Engineering” or “Advance Audio Engineering”. These programs are comprehensive with basic or advanced elements.  Students attend lecture classes in the studio and then learn “hands on” in small groups with the instructor in the control room.  The programs focus on recording studio audio engineering and studio techniques.  Program enrollment includes a new Avid Pro Tools hardware interface and software that easily installs on many computers; the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook”; a question and answer workbook, and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.

These are SCHEV (State Council for Higher Education in Virginia) approved programs, authorized to award “Certificates of Completion” to the graduated student.

Program time allotment for “Introduction to Audio Engineering” – (55 hours):

- (40) hours of comprehensive lecture 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”, where the student participates in the sessions to both learn and implement these critical phases of audio production.

- (10) 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”, “B” or The Red Room where the student commands the helm of the “driver’s seat”.  Building confidence and fluency of their new knowledge of engineering in the control room is achieved most effectively through repetitive implementation of these 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
  • Pro Tools Software theory and application and general DAW logic
  • 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 or course administrator.

Upon successful completion of the 55 hour program, Cue Studios’ Center for Audio Engineering awards a “Certificate of Completion” to the graduated student.

After the course the student is encouraged to schedule an internship at Cue where he or she will observe and render tasks, participate in real recording sessions, and gain 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.

Fee:  $2,350

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.

Program time allotment for “Advanced Audio Engineering” – (100 hours):

- (75) hours of comprehensive lecture 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”, where the student participates in the sessions to both learn and implement these critical phases of audio production.

- (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”, “B” or The Red Room where the student commands the helm of the “driver’s seat”. Building confidence and fluency of their new knowledge of engineering in the control room is achieved most effectively through repetitive implementation of these 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
  • Pro Tools Software theory and application and general DAW logic
  • 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 or course administrator.

Upon successful completion of the 100 hour program, Cue Studios’ Center for Audio Engineering awards a “Certificate of Completion” to the graduated student.

After the course the student is encouraged to schedule an internship at Cue where he or she will observe and render tasks, participate in real recording sessions, and gain 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.

Fee: $3,750

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.

One of Cue’s many teaching studios:

“One on One” Audio Engineering (100 Hour Private Program):

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All of our private programs have similar course descriptions, though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application.

Course description:

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 Avid Pro Tools software and an Avid recording system interface, 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.

Fee:  $7,750

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.

“One on One” 30 Hour Private Program:

"One on one" 30 hour private program

All of our private programs have similar course descriptions though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application.

Course description:

This 30 hour option is our entry level 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 the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.

Program time allotment:

- (20) hours of intensive “one on one” instruction with the engineer/instructor in both Cue’s control rooms and studios.

- (5) 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 solo “mixdown” time where you are at the console in a professional studio commanding the equipment.

Topics typically 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 30 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.

Fee:  $1,900

Enroll with this link

Become a Music Producer (80 hours)

A typical Cue control room / classroom

Taught by Gold & Platinum awarded producer Jim Ebert (clients include Butch Walker / Marvelous 3, SR-71, Toni Braxton, Honor By August, Madonna, HR of The Bad Brains, and hundreds of other national and local artists) in Cue’s legendary Red Room Studio and Studio “B”. Learn production skills and techniques from a real pro, record and produce a real band, and experience first hand how to “produce” great recordings during (65) hours in the studio and control room recording and then mixing the band you recorded. During and at the end of the program the student will use (15) hours of Lab Time practicing their Pro Tools and computer skills.

Cost is $7,750 for our “One on One” private course OR $3,750 for a Group Class course.  You’ll learn effectively with extensive “Hands-On” training using instruments, amps, recording software, and state-of-the-art recording gear while you produce the area’s finest studio musicians performing as a session band. Call Dusty at 703/532-9033 for more info.

View the Course Outline below.

Course options are days, nights and weekends.  Call for current group class dates, or to schedule convenient “one on one” dates.

From mastering world class audio gear to understanding “the song” and “the artist”, this program is essential for anyone interested in becoming a professional music producer, or just taking their music career to the next level.

Watch the below course video for a course demonstration.

Learn various types of production techniques used in alternative, rock, crossover country and many other musical styles. Upon successful completion of the (80) 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 Jim. You’ll meet in the studio and observe first-hand the environment and equipment used in your program.

Click the below links to sign up for either course using our online Paypal or credit card payment option, or contact our business office at 703 532 9033 to pay in person or by telephone.

Fee:  $7,750 – Call to enroll, or click to sign up online (“One on One” – Private Instruction – Dates scheduled upon enrollment)
Fee:  $3,750 – Call to enroll or click to sign up online  (Group Class) Please call for current schedule

 

“Become a Music Producer” Course Outline:

Group Classes adhere primarily to the below syllabus, and “One on One” private classes can be tailored to specific needs in accordance with individual strengths and weaknesses of the student.

Getting to know your Artist

• Musical Genre
• Targeting Textures and Treatments for the Artists Sound
• Focusing Song and Artist Vision
• Understanding the Artist’s Audience
• Listening and Analyzing Comparable Artists

Song treatment

• Every Song is its Own Entity
• Explaining and developing Verse and chorus elements
• The beauty of repetitive themes
• The need for a Bridge if necessary
• Developing melody
• Setting up the Chorus
• Setting up the song to be a Journey
• The Breakdown
• The Climactic Ending

Instrumental Treatment

• Focusing Feel of the Song
• Percussion- Developing drum feel for the song
• Keeping it simple
• Leaving space for the song to develop-Everyone does not need to play All The Time
• Developing Hook lines Instrumentally
• Looking at your Artist ‘s peers Instrumentally

Vocal Performance

• Figuring out the best way to work with your Artist
• Choosing Microphones for your Artist.
• Setting up an Environment for your Artist Sonically and physically.
• Making sure you understand the Lyrics and meaning of the song and your input  into the performance.
• Vocal Production Techniques
doubling, layering, time based effects, compression, tuning

Technical Subjects:

Studio Microphones & Pre-Amps

• Microphones:  styles, types, sounds and applications
• Microphone pre-amps:  the hidden magic
• Microphone placement

Equalizers

• How not to overuse
• Frequencies and ear training
• Understanding frequency placement for song arrangement
• Compression:
• What it is and when to use it
• Using it as a weapon

Studio Software – Understanding Pro Tools, Logic, etc…

• Digital audio
• I/0 and d/a
• Plug ins and uses
• Timing correction
• Tuning possibilities
• Recording and mixing “in the box”

Mixing

• What is it?
• Instruments and frequency ranges
• Levels, panning and spacing
• Using EQ, compression and time based effects to create the atmosphere
for your song.
• Learning the rules then breaking them.

“One on One” 55 Hour Private Program:

"One on one" private 55 hour program

All of our private programs have similar course descriptions though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application.

Course description:

This 55 hour option is our mid-level program length 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 Avid Pro Tools software and an Avid recording system interface, the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.

Program time allotment:

- (45) 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”.

- (5) 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 typically 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 55 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.

Fee:  $4,275

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.

Introduction to Audio Engineering, (Small Class, 55 Hours)

Introduction to Audio Engineering

All of our audio engineering programs have similar course descriptions, though differ in their relative degrees and intensity of theory and application.

Course description:

This 55 hour option is our entry level program where the students work in small groups with the instructor and focus on various areas of audio engineering.  Program enrollment includes Avid Pro Tools software and an Avid recording system interface, the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.

Program time allotment:

- (45) 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”.

- (5) 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”, “B” or The Red Room where the student commands the helm of the “driver’s seat”.  Building confidence and fluency with their knowledge of engineering in the control room is achieved most effectively through repetitive implementation of their new skills.

Topics typically 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 or course administrator.

Upon successful completion of the 55 hour program, Cue Studios’ Center for Audio Engineering awards a “Certificate of Completion” to the graduated student.

After the course, the student is encouraged to schedule an internship at Cue where he or she will 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 adminstrator 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.

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.

“One on One” 10 Hour Audio-Primer Course:

"One on one" 10 hour audio-primer course.

Course description:

This course provides a seldom found opportunity to sit side by side with an accomplished recording engineer in a multi-platinum awarded recording facility.  This “audio-primer” is custom tailored to meet the needs of your personal audio pursuits and desired education.  The course will encompass the use of audio equipment and software, proper recording techniques and “tricks”, as well as industry employment requirements.  This valuable knowledge is gained thorough the use and explanation of our world class studio equipment and a question / answer process with an acclaimed recording engineer / instructor.

Whether you’re interested in learning your way around Pro Tools, how to pitch correct voices with specialized “plug-ins”, or just how to properly record drums and guitars, it’s our desire to provide the perfect learning environment to assist in meeting your needs.

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.

Fee:   $950

If you would like to enroll in this course, click here for our online shopping cart.  Next, proceed to contact our course administrator at 703 532 9033 to arrange your private class.

* This is a non-certificate awarding course.  For “Certificates of Successful Completion”, please consider our longer programs by clicking here.