Our 17-week recording course is hands on from day 1, one of the best programs in audio engineering schools
Audio Engineering Program

When we say “hands-on” we mean “HANDS-ON

Everything we do at Dark Horse Institute is aimed at one goal: to prepare you for a career in the entertainment industry. Here’s a brief list of some of the things you’ll learn in our Audio Engineering program:


The Audio Engineering course is a certificate program in the Recording Arts aimed strongly at a hands-on, real-world approach over 17 weeks:

  • 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

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 textbook 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.

The Audio Engineering Program is a 20-week, 500-hour program divided into 8 courses, including 2 real-world recording projects during which you’ll record, mix and master 6-song EPs with professional working bands.