The Practical Audio Recording Course - 8 week Outline
The Practical Audio Recording Course
Enroll For Fall - Starts Thurs. Jan 23rd
Learn Pro Recording Techniques in the Studio
Got The Learning Curve Blues? ...
You’ll Enjoy Our Proven Step By Step Method
Join our successful graduates - 595 Alumni since ‘85
Learn How to Record Vocals, Drums and Guitars with Ease!
Pro Tools HD, SonarX1, Logic, Reason, Samplitude, Waves
“Hands-On Training” Learn By Doing. Get Valuable Experience
Weekly 3 Hr Classes - 8 weeks.
Bands! Produce Demos In Class.
Our Students Say..
Sound and Hearing
Learning to use an equalizer
(tone controls) may seem
complicated until you learn the
basic parameters and realize
the similarities all Eqs share.
Here we explore these studio
signal processors and get you
using them in class.
One of the least understood
pieces of studio equipment is
the compressor/limiter. With
the right info getting started
can be easy and fun. You’ll
experience analog as well as
digital plug-in compressors
limiters, gates and more.
Signal Processing Pt 2
Mixing Console / DAW
Studio Session Procedures
Time: 1 - 3 hour class per week for 8 weeks, 24 classroom hours total.
Note: Allow for a possible 1-week recess during your class
Text Book: David Huber's Modern Recording Techniques (7th edition) $50.
Tuition: $600 Tuition - 24 Hours of In Studio Instruction - (payment plan available)
...more about our Recording Program - P.A.R.C.
This 8-week program is a series of 8 classes featuring “hands-on” workshops focusing on today’s studio recording techniques, procedures,
terminology and equipment. Designed primarily for musicians, artists and future sound engineers, PARC has also been popular with
audiophiles, DJs and just about anyone interested in sound production and recording.
This course is taught by owner/engineer Ken Fordyce at Mirror Sound Studio’s in Shoreline First offered in Seattle in 1998, this course
uniquely features a small class size (limited to 5 students per class), giving each student the maximum benefit of “Hands-On Training” time
and individual attention. It’s our belief that using the equipment yourself and learning to make audio judgments with your own ears is the best
experience you get when you’re starting out.
Students are encouraged to submit for recording a (band or artist) demo to be recorded during class. A certificate is awarded to each student
upon completion of the course.
Midi changed recording forever
with it’s amazing powers. We’ll
explore the gamut of today’s Midi.
Writing and arranging music has
never been easier if you enjoy
using Midi sequencing and
samplers. We’ll use Sonar X1 to
get you started.
The mix is where all of the
studios’ resources are pulled
together to arrive at a final sound
for the song. You’ll see how the
pros do it in a studio and you’ll
see how you can do it on your
computer as well.
As we wrap up, we’ll discuss how
to optimize work flow in any
recording environment. How to
equip a home studio, for various
purposes and we’ll be mixing and
mastering our student projects.
We get started with basic concepts
of audio like frequency response
and dynamic range. We’ll also
discuss audio terminology, student
projects and get familiar with the all
of the equipment in the studio
we’ll be using.
Reverb, Echo, Delays, Chorus and
Flange effects are sometime the
icing on the cake and other time
the whole cake itself. Learn how
and why they work and various
ways to use them. We start with
the basic parameters and then
work into using effects in a mix.
“You and your staff are fantastic, I
wish I had learned from you all a
long time ago. You made things
fun, understandable and removed
any elements of fear that may
have been lingering. I look forward
to keeping in touch and possibly
taking an advance class at some
All the best! - Kent Guzey
“The staff have years of recording
experience and the course saved
me tons of time that I would have
spent learning on my own.. Great
- Kevin Spollen
“Let Mirror Sound Reflect Your Ideas”
Small Class Size - More Individual Attention Register Today!
Being your primary tool of
recording, let’s learn all we can
about using mikes: Dynamics,
Condensers, Ribbons, PZMs, Polar
Patterns, Brands and models. We
see and hear the differences and
discuss how to choose the right mic
for any situation.