Recording and Live Sound

Recording and Live Sound Diploma Program


Your favorite song might only last three minutes, but do you know how much time and effort went into producing it? From news anchors reporting the weather to live bands performing at the local park, our society is inundated with sound. Recording and live sound technicians are needed to capture and edit these sounds for both preservation and production. If you want to be a part of this important process, then joining our recording and live sound diploma program might be for you.

Top ten reasons to study recording and live sound at Madison Media Institute:

  1. Hands-on learning.
    You can learn a lot from a textbook, but you will not become an expert until you actually start recording. Our program gives you plenty of opportunities to learn by doing.  
  2. Learn from the experts.
    Madison Media Institute's recording and live sound instructors have received numerous gold and platinum albums, as well as multiple Grammys, for their work. They are well-versed in this industry, both domestic and international, and are ready to share their wisdom with you.   
  3. Work with the latest technology.
    We offer industry-current software and equipment so you can master in-studio and in-field sound recording, audio mixing, audio engineering, and video production. Our digital and analog recording tools are the same ones used by professional recording studios.   
  4. Many branches in this field.
    With this diploma, you could become an audio engineer, studio technician, sound designer, live sound engineer, music producer, record producer, and more. 
  5. Exciting work environments.
    Diploma holders could find employment with recording studios, sound companies, professional audio equipment companies, music technology companies, music software companies, performing arts centers, media production companies, theaters and concert venues, and houses of worship. 
  6. Study in our exclusive recording studio.
    MMI's recording studio includes an expansive live room and three isolation booths.
  7. Record speeches.
    Not all recording and live sound technicians capture music. You might find employment recording speeches from politicians, corporate event speakers, and more. Meet interesting people or learn something new along the way.
  8. Become trained on many popular programs.
    We will teach you the ins and outs of Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Adobe Premier Pro, Classic Analog Solid State Logic 4000e, Trident 80c mixing console, and a wide variety of plug-ins.
  9. Be a freelancer or salaried professional.
    You could control your schedule by working from one paid event to another or finding a career with an established studio. Whether you want to work five hours or fifty per week, there are plenty of options.  
  10. Experience the power of sound every day.
    Sound is perhaps the most powerful medium. Meaning, emotion, and energy can be conveyed in a single note or word. Earn your diploma now so you can further explore this medium and be passionate about your career!

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

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