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Audio Production – Sound Design

As the 21st century settles in and music technology becomes more powerful and efficient, we are leaning towards an age of audio technology and production and use of Midi Software in the music industry. This means that it is not only musicians who are seeking an education and a career within the industry, but also those people who are interested in music. They are finding that this new technical age provides them with the opportunity to use their creativity in an industry that was formally dominated by artists and performers.

London Music School’s Audio Production and Sound Engineering Courses are not taught in a classroom but in fully working professional recording setups . We use the Latest Pro Tools 10 HDX Systems along with analogue systems and a full working live room with full back-line. Because our audio courses are based within a music school, there is always an abundance of musicians from the school waiting to record.

Nationally Recognised Courses

We run a variety of audio courses from our one year BTEC National Award in Music Production, to our own LMS Audio Production and Sound Engineering Full Time Course. We also offer a variety of part-time courses, and an intensive two-week Summer Course. Our full time courses begin every year in April and October, with new part time courses starting each January, April, July and October. Enrolment is now open for our full time Diploma Courses commencing in April and October 2015. All of our courses are unique and flexible, placing emphasis on what each individual student needs in order to develop their technical ability and practical experience as a engineer. Our courses are practically oriented and among the most intensive in the country.

Our two senior tutors, one of whom is Martin Keating, famous sound engineer and owner of the London Music School, have over 60 years of recording experience between them. Our teachers are not just academics, but professional sound engineers with experience in making great music. We aim to enable students to leave the LMS as highly skilled and qualified technicians. Our course curriculums are designed and taught by professional music engineers who understand what is required for success in the recording industry.

The Right Course for You

Our audio technology and sound engineering courses are designed for anyone who has a genuine interest in music and who has a basic understanding of computer technology. The student may be an aspiring studio engineer, a musician, a future producer requiring a greater understanding of the latest software, or a musician who would like to learn song-writing and how to produce and record professionally, or even set up their own home studio. It may be that you simply find the subject interesting. Whatever your reason for joining the course, the school will ensure that you work towards your individual goal, at a pace that is right for you.

 


Full Time BTEC Level Three Diploma in Music Technology (Production)

BTEC Level Three Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (Production)

BTEC courses and certificates are recognized throughout the world. At the London Music School we teach BTEC National Level 3, a course recognised within the national university system that focuses on practical preparation for the world of music engineering. The course lasts for one year. It is comprised of six core modules, along with a number of extra classes designed by the School. The course lasts for one year and commences in October. It is comprised of six core modules, along with a number of extra classes designed by the School.

In contrast to BTEC courses in other schools, the London Music School has added to the course its own unique range of lessons and extras. BTEC students receive in-depth software, technical and live recording tuition in small groups (less than six students), as we believe intensive and practical teaching is essential to the development of skilled sound engineers. We also teach harmony and theory and sight-reading as additions to the BTEC standard curriculum, as we feel they are crucial in allowing our students to develop. As students of the London Music School, BTEC participants also gain access to the use of our school facilities and professional recording studios at no extra cost, and have the opportunity to work with professionals in the engineering of a live gig every month.

 Below is a brief breakdown of the course

1. Creating a Music Product
2. Planning a Music Recording
3. Sound Recording Techniques
4. Listening Skills for Musicians
5. Audio Engineering
6. Computer Music Systems

Plus

1. One-to-one class every week
2. Harmony and theory classes
3. Sight reading
4. Song-writing
5. Live gig every month
6. Recording sessions every week
7. Group workshops

The course covers all aspects needed to progress in to a working sound engineer. It covers full recording sessions, recording singers and bands, organising your own gigs, working with other musicians/engineers, designing your finished product as a producer, creating your own image as a sound engineer, writing your songs, designing your own website. Everything is covered from analogue to digital recording, using Pro Tools, mixing, mastering, effects and dynamic processors, microphone placement, keyboards, midi and much more.

Entry Requirements

Acceptance on this course is subject to an initial assessment or audition. As a guideline, you should have a good knowledge of computers and the audio process and have a basic understanding of music. Course requirements are guidelines only; you will be assessed on your musicality and ability to complete the course.

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Start Dates

BTEC Level Three Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing): Monday 16th October 2017

LMS Diploma in Audio Production and Sound Engineering (six-month/one-year)

The London Music School offers six-month or one-year full time courses which award the LMS Diploma in Audio Production and Sound Engineering. Enrolment is currently open for our LMS Diploma Courses starting in April and October 2017. LMS courses are distinctive for their breadth and scope, and are designed to increase your creative, technical and practical knowledge. LMS Diplomas in Audio Production and Sound Engineering cover subjects we believe are essential to a thorough and balanced education in music. Our students explore all elements of engineering and production in addition to song writing, harmony and theory, lyric writing, basic arranging and much more. Audio Courses at the LMS are unique, the School is attached to a professional recording studio which is open to students after hours. Students have access to the studio until 11 pm and over weekends at no extra cost, allowing a huge amount time for recordings, rehearsals and project work. Audio students are able to independently work on their skills and projects in a working studio of highest industry standard. One-to-one tuition on all of courses helps our teachers to work closely with students in the areas they most need it, and to offer support and guidance on individual project work.

Here is a breakdown of what is covered every week on the course:

  • Two Pro Tools classes
  • One analogue class
  • One recording class with vocalists (as an engineer)
  • One full day recording school musicians (as an engineer)
  • One song writing class
  • One harmony and theory class
  • One sight-reading class
  • One arranging class (second six months only)
  • Half day of computer work (covering composition, song writing and editing, including Reason software)
  • One live performance a month at a live London venue (audio students acting as live engineers)

Audio Subjects covered

Pro Tools

Cubase

Reason

Digital recording

Analogue recording

Editing

Sampling

Microphone placement

Noise gates

Effects

Dynamic processors

Mixing desks (analogue and digital)

Processing

Compressors

Mixing

Mastering

Midi

Synchronisation

Full recording sessions

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Entrance Requirements

There are no formal entrance requirements for our LMS Diploma Courses, so they are open to those with more experience as well as those starting out in the world of engineering and production. Students will be asked to submit a brief personal statement outlining why they would like to take the course.

Course Start Dates

LMS Diploma in Audio Production and Sound Engineering (six month): Monday 24th April 2017 & Monday 16th October 2017

LMS Extended Diploma in Audio Production and Sound Engineering (one year): Monday 24th April 2017 & Monday 16th October 2017

Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Course

London Music School’s Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Course

Our Intense 2 Days a Week Music Performance Courses are designed for the student who either work or because of other commitments isn’t able to give up five days a week for education. The courses differ from our normal courses as they are subject specific, i.e. vocalists will be here for two full days a week (10am-6.30pm) just studying vocals and guitarists just guitar etc.  You will be working with all the other students and playing together as a band. You will still have full access to the school outside school hours and on the weekends. You can also bolt on some other subjects on other days, time permitting. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to participate in the school’s monthly gigs held at external London venues. 

 

Below is a breakdown of what is covered every week on the course

  • Two Sound Engineering classes
  • Two Computer classes
  • One editing Class
  • One Mixing Class
  • One recording Class
  • One live performance a month at a live London venue (audio students acting as live engineers)

 

Audio Subjects covered

Pro Tools

Cubase

Reason

Digital recording

Analogue recording

Editing

Sampling

Microphone placement

Noise gates

Effects

Dynamic processors

Mixing desks (analogue and digital)

Processing

Compressors

Mixing

Mastering

Midi

Synchronisation

Full recording sessions

 

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

 

 

Entry Requirements

Our Intense Full Time 2 Days a Week Courses have no formal entry requirements. The course is tailored to each individual student’s ability, so whether you are a beginner or advanced student our professional and experienced teachers will take you from your level upwards.

 

Course intake 2017 

The Intense 2 Days a Week Course is available as either a three-month course or a six-month course starting in January, April, July and October every year.

Part Time Audio Production and Sound Engineering Course

Part Time Evening Audio Production and Sound Engineering Course

Our Part Time Audio Production and Sound Engineering Course is a ten week course that takes place on weeknight evenings from 7 – 9 pm. Each group will have one class per week on a Monday or Tuesday evening. The courses are suitable for beginners, intermediate students, and those who just want to get back in to recording or learn how to make a better finished product. The course covers analogue and digital recording, Pro Tools and Reason softwares, editing, sampling and effects, microphone placement, mixing desks, processing and compressors, mixing and mastering, and midi, synchronisation and working full recording sessions. Groups are kept small, usually 3 to 4 students, so as to ensure each individual receives adequate attention. The course is held at our premises underneath the Hackney Empire on Mare Street, and all part time students are encouraged help out at our monthly live gig at an outside venue. The gig is a great opportunity for students to build on their confidence and gain live engineering experience alongside full time students and LMS graduates.

 Entrance requirements:

There are no entrance requirements for our Part Time Courses but you will need to inform the school of your knowledge of audio programs and computers so you can be assigned to the appropriate group.

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Start Dates

Every year we start new part time courses in January, April, July and October.

London Music School's Audio Technology and Sound Engineering Summer Course

Here is a breakdown of what is covered on the Summer Course:

  • Two Pro Tools classes a week
  • One analogue class a week
  • One recording class a week with vocalists (as an engineer)
  • One full day each week recording school musicians (as an engineer)
  • Three seminars by well-known musicians
  • Two live performances (as a live engineer)
  • One half day of computer work a week (covering composition, song writing and editing, including Cubase and Reason software)
  • One live performance a month at a live London venue (audio students acting as live engineers)
  • The School also remains open after hours for use of the recording studios, performance room and practice rooms for recordings, project work, practice and band rehearsals.

Audio Subjects covered

Pro Tools

Cubase

Reason

Digital recording

Analogue recording

Editing

Sampling

Microphone placement

Noise gates

Effects

Dynamic processors

Mixing desks (analogue and digital)

Processing

Compressors

Mixing

Mastering

Midi

Synchronisation

Full recording sessions

And much more…

If you would like a more comprehensive breakdown of the course please request a brochure on the contact page or call admissions.

Course Dates 2016

Summer Course: Monday 17th July 2017 –Friday 28th July 2017