Learn audio recording and production in a professional studio.

Whether your interest is in launching a career in the audio industry or you want to maximize your home, school, or professional recording studio, you will gain the knowledge you need with this program. The Sound Recording Digital Badge program builds your knowledge and expertise in the fundamentals of sound recording and acoustics as well as studio recording technologies and techniques. Gain hands-on experience working with a professional recording engineer in a professional environment. Learn techniques in music recording, post-production, audio for video, voice over, and more. All courses are taught at Maxim Entertainment Group in Hoffman Estates. Register for each class individually. 

The Sound Recording Digital Badge Program requires the completion of just three courses:

Sound Recording I: Introduction to Sound Recording: Learn the basic principles of sound recording and apply them in your own projects. Topics include: an overview of recording technology, session procedures, types of recording studios, plus a general study of acoustics. Whether you are a musician wanting to record or you are beginning to prepare for a career in the recording industry this is your starting point. 

Sound Recording II: Recording Techniques: Gain experience in recording live and electronic music, and take your knowledge of sound recording to a higher level. Through hands-on instruction and in-class recording sessions, you will learn about multi-track recording sessions and techniques for recording different styles of music. You will explore microphone techniques in detail, as well as signal processing, including compression and equalization. Prerequisite: Sound Recording I or equivalent.

Sound Recording III: Mixing and Editing Techniques: After the recording sessions are complete, the last step is to create the final track. In this class you will work with previously recorded material, often the material you recorded in Level II. Learn some of the fundamental principles of good mixing while you get hands-on experience processing the sound on a multi-track recorder, blending and balancing the final mix. You will also discuss effects processors including reverbs, delays and chorusing. Prerequisite: Sound Recording II.