Recording and Live Sound

Recording and Live Sound Diploma Program

Sound is one of the most powerful mediums we have to convey meaning, emotion and energy. From recording the music of a band, to the voice of a documentarian, to the speech of a politician, the variety of live sound recordings is endless. This program could prepare students for entry-level work as a sound or recording technician.

Program length –10 months

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Industry professionals with years of real-world industry experience teach the Recording and Live Sound diploma program at the Media Institute. Students work with industry current software and equipment to learn in-studio and in-field sound recording, audio mixing, audio engineering and video production.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Operate digital and analog technology in both recording studio and live environments
  • Capture, edit, manipulate and deliver audio and associated media such as video
  • Evaluate audio and associated media from a technical and aesthetic standpoint
  • Identify audio components, configure audio systems and problem solve
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate in a professional manner
  • Identify common media business issues that arise around contracts, intellectual property rights, permissions, liability, copyright and fair use.

Program Resources:
Students learn using the tools the pros use, including the latest digital recording technology and the proven analog technology. In addition to the soft and hardware listed below, recording studio includes an expansive live room and three isolation booths. Students also have the opportunity to obtain a Pro Tools® Operator certification.

Student training includes operation of digital audio workstations, knowledge of analog audio signal flow, operation of analog and digital consoles.

By graduation you could be ready to record, edit and mix audio for music, video and film productions, television and theatre, commercials, live sound, video games and more. Throughout the program you could learn how to employ high-tech recording equipment to deliver great sounding audio for your clients.

Individuals with live recording and sound training may work in recording engineering, pro audio, music technology, and music production fields. 
Professionals in this field can hold a variety of titles, including:

  • Audio Engineer
  • Studio Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Music Producer
  • Record Producer

Music Technology Professionals work in exciting environments, such as:

  • Recording Studios
  • Sound Companies
  • Pro Audio Equipment Companies
  • Music Technology Companies
  • Music Software Companies
  • Media Production Companies

Madison, WI

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