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Recording & Music Technology - Madison

Become a Skilled Music Producer or Recording Engineer

Hands-On Audio Production and Sound Engineering Training to Pursue an Exciting Career

Ever dreamed of being in the studio when a band lays down a new track? Interested in the way music affects the atmosphere of a movie? Or how sound effects enhance a video game?

If you answered "yes" – you owe it to yourself to explore a career in Audio Engineering.

Landing a career in the recording industry might seem like a pipe dream, but the Media Institute's Recording and Music Technology program can open doors to a rewarding career in recording technology.

Becoming a Skilled Recording Technician: The Program

Associate of Applied Science Degree

60 weeks

As a Recording & Music Technology student at the Media Institute Madison campus, you'll be taught by seasoned recording industry professionals and have access to the latest recording studio technology. You'll study sound design, audio mixing, electronics, audio engineering, studio recording, as well as the ins-and-outs of the music business. Plus you'll have the opportunity to obtain Pro Tools operator certification.

By graduation you'll be ready to create, engineer, mix and produce sound for musicians, TV shows, video games and more. Throughout the program you'll learn how to combine your knowledge of high-tech recording equipment with your artistic sensibility as you use technology to interpret the sound you record.

Hands-On Training in a Real Recording Studio

At the Media Institute, we know how important it is to learn the latest technology, while honoring the tried and true traditions of the past. That's why 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.

All of our labs feature Avid Pro Tools®, with one focusing on Pro Tools LE 002 and 003 systems and the other on Pro Tools HD systems. In addition to Pro Tools, our third lab also features Logic® and Reason®, and has an Axiom 49 M-Audio keyboard at each workstation.

Three recording control rooms surround our expansive live room and three isolation booths.

Employers and clients will be impressed with how comfortable you are in the studio and with your extensive audio production experience.

Click here to see more about the specific equipment you'll use in our professional recording studio.

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

As a professional in this field you may also work with self-employed music producers or artists.

Do You Have What it Takes for a Career in Recording & Music Technology?

If you're interested in learning more about your possible career opportunities as a Recording & Music Technology professional and exploring whether this is the right career field for you, complete and submit the "Request Information" form at the top of the page for a FREE Career Information Kit or call to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Media Institute Admissions Representative right away.

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Median Loan Debt


The median Title IV loan debt for Media Institute students for the Recording & Music Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is $12,000 for the 2011-2012 academic year. (The median private and institutional loan debt for this program is $0.) This figure represents all funds borrowed by students in this program during that academic year, including monies to support these students during their time as students. It is not limited to the cost of tuition and fees for this program.

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Sound Engineering Technicians

Student Works Video


I loved the hands on experience with the different studio consoles.

— Zue Vang

Recording & Music Technology Graduate

With the knowledge I gained at MMI, I'm confident I can succeed in the recording industry.

— Adam Knecht

Recording & Music Technology Graduate

Meet Our Staff

Madison's Recording & Music Technology Staff

Doug Olson
Program Chair

Doug has been involved in recording since the early eighties, getting his professional start working with Butch Vig at Madison's renowned Smart Studios. ( Read More... )

Biff Blumfumgagnge

Biff owns and operates Beeftone rehearsal studios as well as being an active contributor to Madison musicians, film screeners and music producers. Biff brings a wealth of live sound and music production credits to the school. ( Read More... )

Dan Harjung

Dan Harjung is a 27 year veteran of the recording industry and member of AES and NARAS. Dan has received numerous gold and platinum albums, as well as a Grammy for his work on Tingstad and Rumble's Acoustic Garden. ( Read More... )

Sean McMahon

Sean has worked as a recording engineer and producer for over three decades, and has several RIAA certified Gold and Platinum records to his credit, and has worked on four projects that were nominated for Grammy Awards. ( Read More... )

Jack Sayre

Jack is a professional sound designer with over 30 theatrical credits in numerous projects requiring integration of audio engineering, software expertise, and live sound reinforcement and has worked in the audio technology industry as a product specialist, clinician, and sound developer with such companies as Sonic Foundry, Sonorus, and Eventide. ( Read More... )

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. ( Read More... )

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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:

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

For Madison studio time contact:

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