N-ASR05: Advanced Audio Recording Techniques

N-ASR05: Advanced Recording Techniques


This Advanced Audio Recording Techniques course builds on pre-existing fundamental recording principles, and deals with a variety of more specialized and innovative recording techniques.

During the course we cover more advanced elements of recording, including microphone selection and placement, preamps, binaural recording and how to get the best sound from a source for mono, stereo and 5.1 surround applications.


Existing knowledge and experience on any music DAW is required.

To enroll in the course, you are required to complete a prerequisite questionnaire and/or to submit a production portfolio to assess your current level of knowledge and ability in this regard.


   Existing Music Production / Recording experience in a home or professional studio environment.
   Existing Knowledge and experience of working on any music DAW
   English Language aptitude: speaking, reading, writing and comprehension.
   Basic Mathematical aptitude.


   A Passion for music.
   Diligence, punctuality and dedication
   An Inquisitive attitude


Students attend classes over 2 weeks, 4 days per week (Monday - Thursday), between 9:00 - 17:00.

Classes consist of theoretical and hands-on practical sessions in studio where you will use and discuss some of your existing studio projects.

Additional studio- and practical time can be scheduled for production work. Since your lectures are hands-on practical based where theoretical concepts are demonstrated and practiced, it is compulsory to attend all lectures.



The prescribed course textbooks are not included in the course fee. All other course notes and material are included.


The course is presented but (not limited) on the latest version of "Pro Tools" Digital Audio Workstation Software.

In order to work remotely as well, it is recommended that students obtain their own licenses of the primary software platforms.


Everything you need to successfully complete the course is provided for on Campus during your sessions.

All enrolled students can book and use the College's fully equipped studios and practice room to complete their practical projects during the course.

If you want to gain more experience in music technology, excel at the software used in the course and be able to complete assessment tasks remotely, it is strongly recommended that you have access to your own DAW setup.

Registered students qualify for up to 50% student discount on software and hardware.

WEEK One: Studio Orientation, Microphones & Drum Recording

Studio orientation
Microphone techniques
Stereo Miking Techniques
Recording drums with minimalist techniques

WEEK Two: Instrument Recording

Recording Bass Guitar
Recording Acoustic Guitar
Recording Electric Guitars
Re-amp DI recorded guitars
Recording Piano
Orchestral recording (Theoretical)
Recording Individual instruments
Ensemble recordings
Multichannel arrays
Single mic & multiple miking techniques

WEEK Three: Live Recording I

Live recording setup for a Jazz/blues band
Formulating miking strategies for a live room recording
Critically appraise effectiveness of mic placement
Set recording levels to favor the performance
Popular microphones typically encountered in a professional studio environment

WEEK For: Recording Drums II

Setting up a drum kit for recording
Tuning drums to suit the project
Miking kick, snare, toms & Cymbals
Placing Room Mics
Selecting the correct pre amps for each drum element

WEEK Five: Live Recording II

Live recording setup for a Rock band
Using multiple booths for extra separation of instruments
Miking strategies for a live room recording: part 2
Critically appraise effectiveness of mic placement: Part 2
Recording Levels II
Popular microphones encountered in a professional studio environment II

WEEK Six: Vocal Production

Audition different microphone to Identify the best mic for different singers
Professional microphone setup for recording vocals
Solve sonic problems that can be encountered while recording vocals
Techniques for recording backing vocals and harmonies

WEEK Seven: Studio Production I

Step into the role of a Producer for an artist/band
Working with a band on song arrangements and production
Record all the required instruments for a given song
Learn how to punch in an artist to fix mistakes in a recording
Utilize all the recording techniques learned and apply it where applicable in a recording situation

WEEK Eight: Studio Production II & Assessment

Practical Implimantation of all elements covered trhoughout the course
Final Assessment
Students will be required to produce/engineer two songs for a band

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