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    February 13th, 2016

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    Madison Media Institute

    2702 Agriculture Drive Madison, WI 53718

    April 9th, 2016

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Learn the Art of Recording Become a Skilled Recording Engineer

Hands-On Audio Production and Sound Engineering Training with gear that's used by the pros. Taught by our award-winning faculty and staff, who have worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Sound motivates, inspires, paints a picture, it can be the anchor to a great memory. Become a blacksmith of sound at Madison Media Institute. Shape what you hear, in the studio as a band lays down a new track, behind-the-scenes in film and television or enhance a video game.

Madison Media Institute's Recording & Music Technology program will prepare you for a career in sound and music production.

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Becoming a Skilled Recording Technician: The Program

Associate of Applied Science Degree

60 weeks

As a Recording & Music Technology student at Madison Media Institute, you'll be taught by industry professionals who have been cast from years of real world experience. You'll study audio engineering, digital audio workstations, sound design, studio recording, audio mixing and electronics. You'll work with professional audio software like Pro Tools®, Ableton Live®, Reason® and Logic®, along with classic analog equipment like our Solid State Logic 4000e and Trident 80c mixing consoles. Plus you'll have the opportunity to obtain Pro Tools® Operator certification.

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

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Hands-On Education in a Real Recording Studio

The world of sound is vast and your education will reflect that, better preparing you for a successful career. The Recording & Music Technology program provides training in both the latest digital recording technology and the proven analog technology used by recording studios around the world.

Three recording control rooms equipped with 2 Solid State Logic (SSL) and Trident large format consoles surround our expansive live room and three isolation booths. All of our labs feature Avid Pro Tools®, with one focusing on Pro Tools® native systems and the other on Pro Tools® HD systems. In addition to Pro Tools®, our third lab features Ableton Live®, Logic® and Reason®.

Knowing your way around the gear and having an established level of experience creates a steady hand in the studio that employers and clients will notice.

Get hands on training in the Recording and Music Technology degree program

Career Path

Individuals with Recording & Music Technology 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

Do you hear the call? Harness your potential and hammer it into something beautiful on the anvil of sound with a degree in Recording & Music Technology…Sign up today!

Bands Wanted

Our Media Institute campuses house some of the largest recording and music production facilities in the area, but we are a college, as opposed to a commercial recording studio. We provide studio time to musicians who wish to participate in recording labs with our students. We are looking for anyone interested, whether you're a solo artist just starting or a seasoned touring pro. We provide a number of different options, from a simple session resulting in a rough demo, to a full-on album project. We have 24 track analog and digital recording in our studios.

Anyone interested please contact us now with the following info:

  • Group or artist name
  • Group lineup (members & instruments)
  • Musical style
  • Band history including performance experience, plus upcoming show dates and locations, if applicable
  • Contact information

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Meet Our Featured Instructors

Doug Olson

Program Chair

Doug has been the Program Chair of the Recording and Music Technology Department since 2007. He has a Bachelor's of Science in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a certified Pro Tools Expert. Doug has been involved in recording since the early eighties, getting his professional start working with Butch Vig at Madison's renowned Smart Studios in 1987.

Doug's production and artist credits include Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Remy Zero, Cheap Trick, Blues Traveler, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Overwhelming Colorfast, The Watchmen, Paw, Paris Texas and Walt Mink, and mix engineer for three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series Reverb, which featured artists such as Green Day, Beck, Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, Rage Against the Machine and Linkin Park.

Doug's international experience has included engineering, mixing or producing recordings in England, Italy, Australia, Hungary, Canada and across the United States.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Doug Olson


Dan Harjung

Dan Harjung is a 27 year veteran of the recording industry and member of AES and NARAS. He started his career in Los Angeles, studying music recording, music production and record mastering. Dan started his career as an assistant engineer at Royal Recorders in Lake Geneva, and eventually became the studio owner. During this time Dan had the opportunity to engineer recordings for many well known artists, including Robert Plant, Live, Queensrÿche, Crash test Dummies and Enuff Z'Nuff, and work with legendary producers such as Roy Thomas Baker, Peter Collins, Jerry Harrison, Michael Wagener and Dave Jerden.

In 1994, Dan took on the role of A&R representative and mastering engineer for the Narada label group, a subsidiary of EMI Records based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dan was responsible for signing Ramsey Lewis, among others, to the label. He also mastered hundreds of records while at Narada.

Dan has received numerous gold and platinum albums, as well as a Grammy for his work on Tingstad and Rumble's Acoustic Garden.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Dan Harjung


Chris Vrenna

Chris Vrenna is best known as the former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, from the eras of Pretty Hate Machine through Downward Spiral. He was also the keyboardist and drummer of Marilyn Manson from 2004 until 2011. Chris has an impeccable reputation as a solo artist, talented producer, and remixer.

Chris first appeared on the Chicago industrial music scene in the mid- to late-'80's as a member of Die Warzau. Before long, he hooked up with Trent Reznor, who was then in the process of recording his debut album, Pretty Hate Machine. This was the beginning of a six-year partnership, during which time Chris remained the only permanent member of Reznor's band. In 1994, Chris Vrenna was awarded a Grammy for his live performance with Nine Inch Nails at Woodstock, for the song "Happiness in Slavery". He then joined Stabbing Westword for a time, while also working with Reznor on Marilyn Manson's first three albums, "Portrait of an American Family", "Smells Like Children", and "Antichrist Superstar". He most recently produced Manson's latest album, "Born Villain". He has also toured behind the kit for industry heavyweights KMFDM and Gnarls Barkley.

By 1996, Chris found himself a popular producer-for-hire, working with established acts such as Rob Zombie and Skinny Puppy. His skills as a programmer have been utilized by Hole and Guns N' Roses. He has also worked with Pigface, Killing Joke, Jack off Jill, Josh Wink, Megadeth, Metallica, 16volt and Scar the Martyr. Chris continues to be a highly sought-after remixer, being tapped by acts such as U2, David Bowie, Slipknot, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Lords of Acid, Butthole Surfers, and countless other top shelf acts.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Chris Vrenna


Sean McMahon

Sean holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Industry Management from Middle Tennessee State University at Murphreesboro, TN. Sean has also worked as a recording engineer and producer for over three decades, and has spent a decade teaching at Madison Media Institute in Madison, WI. Sean has several RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records to his credit, and has worked on four projects that were nominated for Grammy Awards. He has worked with artists such as Michael Bolton, The Judds, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Stone Sour, and The Murder dolls. He has served as Program Chair of Madison Media Institute's Entertainment and Media Business baccalaureate program and acted as the Lead Instructor for the Recording and Music Technology Program.

Madison Media Institute featured instructor Sean McMahon


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