8 Week Music Business Workshop & Audio Engineering School

Located in Lake Forest California

California Sound Studios proudly offers an 8-Week Course (4 hours per week 1-on-1 Training along with 8 hours per week Assisting on Real Working Sessions) learn how to record at a professional level and make a career in the music industry.

We provide Training Courses with Protools Ultimate, Logic ProX and Abelton-10 Audio Software. The course is specifically designed for you, as we will customize our curriculum for your level of experience and recording career goals. You will learn not only the recording process but how to make a hit song and how to protect your intellectual property in order to be successful in today’s music industry. This fast paced, very hands on course will give you the experience needed to produce top quality music while getting the recognition you deserve. The following is the curriculum sequence our trainers use to help get your career to the next level. Our goal is for each student to be able to work along side the leading industry professionals and start effectively producing tomorrows top Artists.

Sound Engineering

8 Week Course Break Down

Week 1-2

Engineering Topics Covered

Understanding the principles of sound, how it is captured, stored and manipulated is the focus of our first lesson. We will simplify the mysteries of acoustics and the tools used in audio engineering as we dive into the recording process:

Acoustic Spaces, Principles of Microphones, Cables and studio maintenance, Monitors and Speakers, Getting Set Up, Computer Fundamentals, Computer Maintenance, Audio Interfaces, Processor Theory, Sound Waves, Getting a Good Signal, Audio Suite, Importing Files, WAV, AIFF, MP3, Formats, OMF, Universal Compatibility.

Business Topics Covered

This section is specially designed to help open your mind and start discussing how to capitalize on the information you are learning in class by developing your professional business skills.

This section will give you the step by step process for success as a professional in the music industry:

Goal setting, Skill Development, Communication Skills, Sales Presentation, 5 Common Traps, 4 Secrets to Success, Getting Organized, Following-up with leads, Networking, Building a winning team, Managers, Promoters, Lawyers, Booking Agents, Publicist.

Week 3-4

Engineering Topics Covered

The wonderful world of plug-ins is explored and explained in this lesson. We begin to examine frequencies and how to hear minute differences in sound while understanding effective procedures in assigning plug-ins and for what purposes. We also learn principles of different forms of media and how to utilize the internet for long-distance projects.

Plug-Ins and Theory, EQ’s and Listening for Frequency, Compressors and Limiters, Delays and Reverbs, Modulators, Pitch Correction, Bussing and Aux Tracks, Balancing Frequency Pockets, Bouncing Files, Emailing Large Sound Files.

Business Topics Covered

Making sure your intellectual property is protected and legally represented so everybody can get paid is the foundation to any career in the Entertainment Industry. In this section you will learn how to properly secure your products and the legalities of contracts; probably one of the most important sections of the entire workshop:

Legalities, Copyright, Attorneys, Registering P.R.O.’s, Contracts, Musicians union, Publishing, Nelson Sound Scan, SoundExchange, Capitalizing on new technologies, Intellectual Property.

Week 5-6

Engineering Topics Covered

Utilizing the proper applications, this in-depth section will explore MIDI and learn how to use a sequencer efficiently. We will also train our ears yet further in hearing differences in sound quality as we transfer audio in different formats:

Pro-Tools Ultimate 2019, MIDI Theory, MIDI Parameters, Using SMPTE Time-cod, Utilizing Samples in MIDI, Sequencing Proceduren, Processor and Buffer Efficiency, Tracking and Multi-tracking, Importing and Aligning, Audio Compression Differences.

Business Topics Covered

Now that we are making hit songs we need to learn how to create an Image that tells your story to your fans. Creating an awareness of your brand is key to any successful career in the entertainment industry. In this section we will break down innovative promotional tactics that get major results:

Promotional Branding, Developing an Awareness, Advertisements, Flyers & Banners, Logo Design, CD Covers, Biography, Press Kit Pictures, Social Media Authentic Engagement.

Week 7-8

Engineering Topics Covered

Creating a final product takes time and skill, so the final 2 week will focus on the entire recording process. We will learn how to prepare, record, mix, edit and master a final product. On your way home you will be listening to your very own music production!

Setting Up Outboard Gear, Setting Up Full Band Session, Proper Microphone Placement, Testing Signals/Setting Levels, Group Recording, Editing Procedures, Exploring Plug-ins, Automation, Mastering.

Business Topics Covered

Publishing & Performing are the most lucrative revenue streams for music these days, especially for artist. Exposing your music to large audiences via film/ TV placements and performing as much as possible will promote and sell more music & merchandise. You are going to want to know how to efficiently capitalize on these area and maximize exposure. Only then will Music Industry titans like The Grammy Academy & Billboard recognize your talents:

Radio Plays, Digital & Physical Distribution, B.D.S. & Sound Exchange Radio Reporting, Opening vs Headlining, Grammy Academy, Fairs & Festivals, Sync Licensing, Movie Scoring, Endorsements, Sponsorships.

California Sound Studios

After you have completed this 8 Week Training Course, you will understand the true process of “ARTIST DEVELOPMENT”. This course will give you the step by step game plan of creating and selling music!!! The Industry moves very quickly, understanding the legalities of intellectual property and how to create music competitively will help you establish a solid foundation to get paid for the services you provide. A skillful Music Industry Professional is highly pursued and valued in today’s market. Doors open wide for those who master this craft. This no-nonsense course will give you the tools and confidence needed to achieve greatness in the fields of the Entertainment Industry.

For those who want to get into the recording side of the music industry, it all starts with music engineering lessons. California Sound Studios offers audio engineering lessons that give students a hands-on opportunity to mix, edit and remix music.

Our courses are beneficial for students who are interested in music production and enjoy making their own music. All lessons are taught by highly qualified instructors who are background checked and graduates of Juilliard Performing Arts or Music Conservator. The quality of our instructors and access to innovative sound equipment put students in the fast lane to success.

How is a Music Engineer Different from a Music Producer?

A music engineer is a bit different from a music producer. Producers are responsible for guiding the artist’s vision, such as by arranging a song, deciding how it should sound and influencing its composition.

Music engineers are responsible for executing the song. They need to be experienced in the technical and mechanical side of music, such as choosing the right equipment, making sure the equipment is setup properly and ensuring that the recording studio is being fully utilized.

Some of the things students learn by taking sound engineering lessons are how to:

  • Record, mix and reproduce songs
  • Track issues with audio equipment
  • Piece together parts of a song
  • Work with tools like SoundCloud
  • Explore music and production techniques
  • Learn how to edit, auto-tune and mix vocals
  • Select and place microphones

Learn from Highly Trained Industry Experts

At California Sound Studios, students are taught by industry experts and have access to the latest software and equipment. Some colleges and universities offer specific training in sound engineering, though this is not necessary to work in the music industry. Instead, the best experience comes from hands-on training and on-the-job experience, which is what you will receive at our studio.

Our instructors are well-versed in music engineering, preparing students for a number of avenues. Examples of subfields of sound engineering are:

  • Monitor sound engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Studio sound engineers
  • Research and development audio engineers
  • Wireless microphone engineers

Positive, Motivating Environment

All lessons are delivered in a positive and upbeat environment where students have fun learning about the technical and mechanical aspects of music. To ensure that our students get the best instruction possible, all music engineering lessons are held in our professional recording studio. With the knowledge and experience students develop in class, it’s possible to double as a music producer, too!

If you’re ready to build relationships with people in the music industry, make music that you enjoy and have access to innovative audio recording software, California Sound Studios is where success can happen. Contact us today to schedule your first lesson.

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