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.
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.
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;
It’s been a life-changing experience really. I came with the willingness and hunger to learn and I left with the awareness of being not only a better producer and engineer, but a better person/human being. Once you’ve learnt all the techy stuff, you realise how much more essential it is to learn the emotional and psychological part of the game and how to deal with artists. And that only comes with passion, hunger and dedication.
It’s insane how inspiring it is to put fifteen musicians of all genres and backgrounds in one class and work on your skills together. I mean, Abbey Road brought me a lot of knowledge, a great network and practical skills – that’s what I signed up for. But it also gave me a bloody great time, tons of fun and sort of a second family.
I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for this course, not only for the invaluable education but also for the good people at Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam, and everyone I’ve met along the year.
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?
Abbey Road Institute is not a school, it is a high end production studio with a control room full of learners.
“Every day spent here felt like I was better than the day before. It is beautiful to think in colours, mix with flavours and develop a unique way to listen and understand music. Abbey Road is all about perspective and attitude, things which are taught so well between the magical walls of the institute“
From the moment I entered Abbey Road Institute Amsterdam it took me a total of 5 minutes to realise that I came to the right place. It has been one of the best experiences, meeting new friends for life from all over the world. You learn so, so much in just 1 year in an incredible environment, which has to be felt to understand.