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Recording & Music Technology - Madison

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.

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.

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.

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!

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*Graduates who are furthering their education, active in the military, international students, incarcerated, or have a medical condition that prevents them from gaining employment are not counted when calculating placement rates.

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The median Title IV loan debt for Madison Media Institute students for the Recording & Music Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is $12,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year. (The median private loan debt for this program is $9,700 and the median institutional loan debt for this program is $0 ) These figures represent 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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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... )

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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