Recording Studios

5609 Fishers Lane Rockville MD 20852 • (301) 230-9100 • Fax: (301) 230-9103 • (800) 93-OMEGA

268 Hours: 9 months (daytime) / 13.5 months (evening)

The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program consists of four technical courses and the Career Development course, for a total of 69 meetings including separately scheduled labs and individual studio instruction. This program is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for Veterans’ Educational Benefits.

Vocational Objective
The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program is designed to give the student a thorough grounding in the theory, techniques and practices of professional multi-track music recording, via classroom instruction, in-studio demonstration/hands-on experience and labs. At set points during the program, each student will work in actual studio situations, with live performers, in both small-group and individual settings.

The student will become conversant with the layout and operation of various types of consoles, tape machines, signal processors, machine alignment, audio/video interlock, electronic keyboards, noise reduction theory, linear/non-linear recording/editing (ProTools) and more. Through a practical, studio-oriented format, the student will perform the day-to-day duties required of an assistant/ second engineer—the entry-level position for all media and recording-related positions.

The Recording Engineering and Studio Techniques Program will actively involve the student in situations where specialized knowledge can substantially enhance his/her prospects for employment. The student will receive training not only in technical and operational theory, but also in many of the actual duties heretofore attainable only through extensive on-the-job-training.

The successful graduate is prepared for an entry-level position as a second/assistant engineer in a recording studio or a similar audio production environment; assisting in the setup/breakdown phases of sessions, including, but not limited to, patching, microphone/session setup, preparation of the studio before and after sessions, maintaining session documentation, machine operator duties, tape copy/editing and production.

Course #1: Basic Practical Recording Engineering
Course #1 offers 58 hours of instruction consisting of 27 hours of classroom instruction, 24 hours of small-group studio instruction, 6 hours of lab activities and 1 hour of individual studio instruction. Classes are taught one evening per week for 14.5 weeks or two days per week for 7.25 weeks. Lab sections are held outside of class times.

Course #1 includes the following topics and activities: