What can I expect to learn in the recording classes?
You will learn basic recording techniques, how to use both digital and analog equipment in recording, and how to track, mix, edit, and master your music.
Will I learn only music recording techniques?
Yes, at this time we are offering only studio music recording training, no voiceover, post audio, location, sound-to-picture, or live recording is included in the program.
How long will it take me to learn to record my own music?
The core program is designed to teach students the skills needed to record at home in approximately 6 months.
What is the course design?
To maximize the learning experience we designed the course to be conducted in 2 weekly classes of 2 hours each, held during 6 consecutive months, or approximately 100 classroom hours of training.
Do you offer a weekend program?
With sufficient demand we can customize a weekend “bootcamp” program of full day (8-hour) classes whereby the student can complete training in about 6 weeks.
How much does the program cost?
The total cost of the program is about $3,000 for the full 6 months. Tuition is billed and paid monthly at $480 ($30 per classroom hour) per student. The cost of our recording training program is about the same amount musicians pay to have a 6-song EP mixed ($500 per song). With the skills we train each student, you will never need to pay audio engineer’s fees again!
Are there any other charges for taking the recording training program?
We have a one-time registration fee of $25 and 1-2 required textbooks which cost about $100 total. It is highly recommended, though not required, that each student have a laptop computer downloaded with Pro Tools (version 9 or higher), audio interface such as an M-box, and small midi board. The studio will provide these to each student but in order to most effectively complete homework assignments, it is recommended the students have their own equipment at home. Total cost of the Pro Tools recording software, interface, and midi board is approximately $400-$600.
What type of music is best suited to the recording training program?
The program is suitable for all genres (types) of music and applicable for electronic compositions or live performer-oriented recordings.
Is there a minimum age to enroll in the program?
Yes, students must be ages 14 through adult.
Can I start in a class that has already begun?
Classes are designed to be cumulative learning experiences, meaning they build upon previous classes conducted, so it may prove challenging to begin a class that has already started.
What is the class format?
Initially, all classes will be taught from The Track Studio, however some pure lecture segments may ultimately be moved to other locations. All classes will be conducted in groups of 6-10 persons.
Once I’ve completed the recording training classes where can I record my music?
Our program is catered towards the do-it-youself (“DIY”) musician who is inclined to record much of his project work at home, thus we will interchangeably refer to our program as “home recording training”. Some aspects of the recording process lend well to working from a home studio, examples include:
- Voice tuning
- Digital Audio/MIDI
Additionally, other recording components such as guitars and vocals could be recorded from the home with sufficient equipment and proper room treatment.
Won’t I still need to use a professional studio for some parts of my recording project?
Depending upon the types of instruments being used, as well as the desire to record in a “live” performance format, some parts of your project may be better suited to using a commercial recording studio. Drums may require numerous microphones and produce sound pressure levels not well suited to record at your home studio. Grand piano, choir performance, acoustic piano, and subtle string or vocal arrangements where a very low noise floor exists may be best performed in an acoustically tuned large tracking room. The good news is that you can rent studio space without the need for an audio engineer, thus saving as much as 50% on your room rental rate.