Audio Engineering Program

Our audio engineering course is a 20-week certificate program and the recording arts built on a real-world, hands-on, full-immersion approach to learning.

Every aspect of this program is aimed at one goal: to prepare you for a successful career in audio engineering and music production. In this comprehensive program, we do not waste a minute of time. We concentrate on the essential elements and core concepts of what you really need to know. You’ll be trained on professional gear that is currently being used to create chart-topping records. You will learn how to set up complex recording sessions and record in a variety of settings, use instead of your consuls, mics, and outboard gear.

Areas of Focus

  • Full band recording, editing, mixing, and mastering
  • Microphones and placement techniques
  • Signal routing and patching
  • Compression, EQ, and digital effects
  • Fundamentals of digital audio
  • Using industry-standard software – Pro Tools HD
  • Software plugins including Melodyne, Elastic Audio, and Beat Detective
  • Setting up tracking sessions
  • Advanced editing techniques
  • Working with MIDI, loops, and beats
  • Analog tape machines
  • Basic live sound techniques
  • Soldering and studio repairs
  • Advanced editing techniques
  • Intro to sound for film and post-production
  • The role of the audio engineer and studio etiquette
  • Starting your own business, becoming an independent contractor
  • Life skills

Is a Career in Audio Engineering Right for You? Find Out!

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

On the first day of class, you’ll be working in one of Dark Horse Institute’s four professional recording studios. We don’t make you spend weeks reading textbooks before we let you get your hands on the gear. Classes at Dark Horse Institute are very small—never more than 13 students. That means you will learn by doing, not just watching.

Our instructors have decades of experience recording the “who’s who” of recording artists from all genres of music. They’ve worked on countless Gold, Platinum, and Grammy®-nominated albums and will be sharing their tips, tricks, and tools of the trade with you firsthand.

Our Audio Engineering Program is a 20-week, 500-hour program divided into eight courses, including two real-world recording projects during which you’ll record, mix and master 6-song EPs with professional working bands.

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