Audio Engineering & Acoustics (Tools)

Course Curriculum

The part time course of our Advanced Diploma is a two year programme which is taught across 24 months.  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 & Acoustics (Tools)

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.

You will be able to:

• Interpret live sound ‘riders’;
• ‘Spec’ small live sound events;
• Recall system ‘tuning’ and delay setting procedures;
• Recall fundamental concepts relating to stagecraft, e.g. backline, cabling, ‘miking’, etc.
• Assess monitor mixing strategies;
• Assess F.O.H. mixing strategies;
• Set equipment up for the recording of live concerts;
• Recognise the potential use of programming languages in music production;
• Recall basic objects of Max MSP;
• Create patches using Max MSP;
• Use Max MSP to process MIDI messages;
• Use Max MSP to process audio files;
• Time align recorded performances (including dialogue);
• Select appropriate pitch correction techniques for given tasks;
• Apply advanced pitch correction to recorded materials;
• Appraise the qualities of commercial remixes;
• Devise strategies for the remixing of commercial tracks;
• Remix commercial tracks;
• Devise strategies for the restoration of audio materials;
• De-clip, de-click and de-hum audio materials;
• Restore audio materials using spectral repair techniques;Appraise the quality of mastering applied to audio materials.;
• Recognise the tools used for the mastering of audio content;
• Utilise the tools commonly used for the mastering of audio content;

By day, you’re soaking in the knowledge of industry experts. By night, you practice what you’ve learnt in a playground of high-end studio equipment. What more could you possibly want?

Janice Wong, Amsterdam student 2018

Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.

Théo Dorey, Amsterdam Student 2016

When you come here, it’s all about being eager to learn, put in the time, and believe in what you do. Hard work pays off.

Emiliano Caballero, Lecturer

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

Tori Sunnucks, London 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.

Deborah Melliard, London Graduate 2016