Audio Engineering & Acoustics (DAW)

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 (DAW)

These are the learning outcomes for this subject area.You will be able to:

  • Set ProTools up for a recording session;
  • Select the most appropriate mode for specific recording purposes;
  • Edit recorded material using Pro Tools’ Beat Detective;
  • Edit recorded material using Pro Tools’ Elastic Audio;
  • Recall and use advanced Pro Tools ‘tips and tricks’;
  • Set Logic Pro up for a recording session;
  • Select the most appropriate mode for specific recording purposes;
  • Edit recorded material using Logic Pro’s Flex Time;
  • Edit (tune) vocals using Logic Pro;
  • Recall and use advanced Logic Pro ‘tips and tricks’;
  • Create and administer Ableton Live sessions;
  • Use the Browser window to search, examine and import audio files;
  • Identify the different types of tracks used in Ableton Live;
  • Create MIDI tracks using Ableton Live;
  • Set up and use Ableton Live for audio recording purposes;
  • Use Ableton Live’s Devices;
  • Convert MIDI files onto audio tracks and vice-versa;
  • Edit MIDI tracks (including using the ‘slice’ function);
  • Use Ableton Live’s instruments;
  • Use Ableton Live’s automation;
  • Resample audio content using Ableton Live;
  • Bounce Ableton Live projects.

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