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Duration : 12 Months

Next start: 20th February 2017

Loan funding available

Advanced Music Production & Audio Engineering Course

Take your production, mixdown and engineering to the next level

Course Introduction

Are you already producing music to a good standard? Do you want to push yourself and see how far your skills can go? Starting with sound design, this course goes deep with sound design using NI Komplete, from Reaktor to Massive. The art of mixdown follows: learn to make your productions sound big, bright and crisp. 

The Audio Engineering will help turn your advanced production skills to other commercial avenues. 

You’ll work on real-life scenarios that studio engineers and film and TV producers frequently come across. Live recording bands, advanced mastering, and commercial sound design. We also look at syncing music to radio, games, film and TV. 

Midischool industry partners
  • Producer? Go Pro!

    Raise your sound design and mixdown game to put you into another league. Start competing with the pros.

  • Record, record, record!

    Our pro live room has the latest SSL, Midas, Rednet, UAD and iZotope technology. Record it it as much as possible to build your portfolio! 

  • Work Experience Placements

    We have a strong network of music industry opportunities. As your skills develop, this will help you make the jump from studying to working. 

LECTURES

 

Music Production and Audio Engineering: 1x6hr daytime or 2 evening lectures per week (12 months). Music Composition: 7pm-10pm Mon or Wed (3 months).

DEDICATED STUDIO TIME

 

You’ll gain 2 x 4hr studio slots per week, flexible to your schedule. Tech support staff will use these sessions to give you extra mentoring when you need it.

UNLIMITED ACCESS

 

We’re open from 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends for you to use the studios, and offer more practical time than any other UK equivalent.

Course Overview

  • Sound design

    NI Komplete sound design
    Genre production skills
    Using hardware synths
    Sampling / layering skills

  • real-world briefs

    Live sound
    Music to video
    Creating sample packs
    Mixd with hardware / UAD

  • MIX and master

    Advanced mixdown skills
    UAD / iZotope plugins
    mixdown case studies
    Mastering processes

  • Music composition

    Writing chords and melodies
    Arranging your music
    Creating beats, groove and swing
    Learn what makes a great track

  • studio skills

    Pro Tools workflow
    SSL & Midas desks
    Using microphones
    Multi track recording

  • overview

    Create sounds from scratch
    Produce professional tracks
    Complete real world briefs
    Produce other musicians

Modules Included

Advanced Music Production

Duration: 6 months

The advanced music production module is an ideal progression for those who have completed the Introduction to Music Production module. This module is for those who already have a working knowledge of music production using a DAW.

It is not DAW specific, and focusses instead on transferrable music production techniques relevant for any platform. Are you already producing, but often feel that something is lacking from your music? Then this is also the module for you.

Over 6 months you’ll study different types of synthesis (subtractive, wavetable, frequency modulation, granular, additive) and sampling techniques allowing you to confidently recreate the sound you’re looking for from your favourite track – or to create something unique to you: no more presets! We’ll break down a range of different tracks to see why they work allowing you to incorporate these proven techniques into your own productions.

Finally, you’ll learn in depth mixdown and mastering techniques using a range of high-end processors and effects from manufacturers like Native Instruments, UAD and iZotope. Give you music clarity, punch and depth, and make it stand out in a crowded marketplace. You’ll be learning in a creative environment, from industry active producers who have a string of releases and remixes to their names. Manchester MIDI School is a Native Instruments Education Partner.

Sound Design with Native Instruments Komplete

Sound theory, advanced Massive synthesis, FM8, Absynth, introduction to Reaktor/blocks, advanced sampling using Battery, effective layering of sounds, creative audio editing, recording, editing and processing vocals, vocoding.

Music Production Skills

Further critical/analytical listening skills, advanced production techniques, advanced synthesis/sound design, case studies: how to structure music of different styles/genres.

Advanced Mixdown

Gain structure, effective metering (dBFS, dBVU), balance, panning, EQ (vintage analogue and digital), noise gates, compression types (VCA, FET, Opto, Vari MU), creative modulation effects, reverb and delay families, case studies: mixing different types of music and instrumentation, further mastering techniques.

Audio Engineering

Duration: 6 months

The Audio Engineering module is an ideal progression for those who have completed the Introduction to Music Production, or Advanced Music Production modules. This module is for those who already have a working knowledge of music production using a DAW. It’s suitable for those wanting to expand on the opportunities that their music production skills can give them.

Delivered on the industry standard Pro Tools platform across a range of high-end studios using the latest SSL, Midas, RedNet, UAD and iZotope technology, you’ll learn a wide range of practical skills required for employment in many different areas of the audio industry. Whether you’re a music producer looking to broaden your skill-set and scope of your own work, or you’re looking for a viable way to earn a living and carve a career in the industry you love, this is the module for you.

The module provides a series of real-life scenarios in which those working in the audio industry may well come across, giving the students opportunity to apply their learning in a practical way. For example, students will learn to follow briefs, in order to create radio adverts and music to film – all elements which can be compiled to create a strong showreel for their future careers. Learn from industry active producers and engineers who have achieved a huge range of releases and credits to their name.

Studio Skills

Pro Tools workflow, digital and analogue desk connectivity, functionality and workflow, patch bays, studio outboard, cables and connectors, studio monitoring procedure, foldback and studio maintenance/etiquette.

Recording, Editing and Mixing

Microphone architecture, selection and placement, multitrack recording, editing/comping/correcting audio, UAD mixing vs hardware compressors, EQ and effects, recording a range of different instrumentation, mixing techniques and methodologies.

Real-world Case Studies

Create a sample pack, record and produce a full band, setup and execute a gig in a live environment, create music for film and radio, ADR (dialogue replacement) for film.

Electronic Music Composition

Duration: 3 months

Why is the Electronic Music Composition Module automatically added to all courses?

Unless students have a background in musical theory or have played an instrument, they commonly ask:

How do I start and finish a track? How do I make a groove & arrange beats? How can I create a track, with a sample as a starting point? What is a chord structure? How do I know if this vocal is in key? How do I make a bigger drop? How do I make a better breakdown? How do I write a hook? How do I finish my arrangement? How can I get creative when I open Ableton Live?

This module will answer and teach you all these techniques, and more.

It will guarantee to give you the edge and help you to be a successful, creative music producer or audio engineer. It will give you a solid grounding in musical theory: a key area of your musical skill set which will allow you to create ideas quickly with confidence, and improve your musical ear. It will help you put your ideas in to an arrangement ready for mixdown.

You may be able to produce music to a high level but it won’t be enough if it doesn’t sound musical. Once you are on your way as a producer, remixer or sound engineer, having an understanding of music composition will be indispensable as you will be able to effectively communicate with vocalists, artists and musicians around you in a language they understand.

If you feel that you already have a good grounding in Electronic Music Composition and this module’s valuable content, you are welcome to discuss the options with a course advisor who may suggest that you opt out of this module after registration.

They may require that you supply examples of your understanding of the subject.

Some examples of content

The keyboard, bars & beats, tempo, analysing music, music theory, keys & scales, basic chords, extended chords, inversions, remixing, acapellas, treating stems, sourcing sounds, automation, linking sounds and ideas, structure, creating hooks, song sections, arrangement, analysing songs, song templates, audio sampling, working out key, MIDI from audio, transposition, chord progressions, dynamic chords, arpeggiators, gated chords, writing melodies, harmony, groove and bass lines, idea generation.

Is this course for me?

Your tracks don’t quite hit the spot, and the mix doesn’t quite deliver. Are you ready to take your music production to the next level? 

You’ll work ‘outside the box’ with hardware. You’ll also work with other artists, mics, making foley sounds, sample packs and sound-to-vision projects.

Get feedback on your music from our experienced industry active tutors throughout. Work experience placements are also on offer in the school, so get involved!

  • Entry Requirements

    A strong working knowledge of music production software (DAW) is required. Before enrolment, applicants must attend an informal interview. Contact us to arrange this. Add the Intro to Music Production to meet the requirements.

  • Course Outcome

    You’ll finish producing at a very high level on Ableton Live and Pro Tools. You will have the skillset of a studio engineer, and a strong supporting portfolio.

Time to go pro. Step up your music and step into the big wide world of audio engineering!

Enrol on course

  • Course Fees

    Option One: Reg fee (£300) + advance payment of £4495.
    Payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4795.

    Option Two: Reg fee (£300) + 4 10 week instalments x £1155.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £4920.

    Option Three: Reg fee (£300) + 13 x £365 monthly instalments.
    First payment due 1 calendar month before start date. Total £5045.

    Option Four: A single payment including the registration fee
    offering a further saving.  Total £4695.

    Funding options available.

    Add more modules to gain a better price per module.

  • Start dates

    February 20th 2017
    6 months advanced music production : Mondays 11am-6pm
    6 months audio engineering : flexible

    May 18th 2017
    6 months advanced music production : Thursdays 11am-6pm
    6 months audio engineering : flexible

    August 26th 2017

    6 months advanced music production : Saturdays 11am-6pm
    6 months audio engineering : flexible

    Music Composition module
    3 months Monday or Wednesday

    Any questions: Please contact a course adviser 
    (+44) 0161 833 4722

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Course FAQS

What is my timetable for the course?

Your timetable can be tailored to suit your needs. Modules can studied one after the other, or at the same time. Please speak with a course advisor to plan your training. See below for examples:

November start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Thursdays 11am – 6 pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Thursdays 11am – 6 pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

February start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Saturdays 11am – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Saturdays 11am – 6pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

April start dates

Intro to MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 11am – 6pm

Advanced MP – 6 months – Wednesdays 11am – 6pm

Music Composition – 3 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Audio Engineering – 6 months – flexible

Music Business –  3 months – Saturdays 3pm – 6pm

DJing – 4 months – Mon or Wed 7pm – 10pm

Do I get practical time in the studios as well as lectures?

Yes, MMS guarantees more practical time than any other UK equivalent.

Practical time is allocated to you (flexible to your schedule) which goes alongside your lectures.

You can also take an unlimited number of any free studio slots

We’re open from 10am – 10pm Monday – Friday, and 12 – 9pm on weekends for you to use the studios.

Full time technicians are on hand for these sessions to give you mentoring if you need it.

Can I get funding for the course?

Self-funding : Payment plans for the course

The Midi School has a range of payment options for the diploma courses, in either advanced, termly or monthly plans. In some instances at the school’s discretion, an extended monthly payment plan can be arranged if there is a guarantor. Please contact us about this if you need more advice.

Loan Funding

We cannot currently accept Student Finance or Advanced Learning Loans to fund this course.

Many students at the Midi School can however fund their course through a Professional and Career Development Loan.

A Professional and Career Development Loan (PCDL) is a bank loan to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work. You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000. Loans are usually offered at a reduced interest rate and the government pays interest while you’re studying. You start repaying the loan (plus interest at a reduced rate) 1 month after leaving your course. To apply, you must be 18 or over, and have been living in the UK for at least 3 years before your course starts.

To apply for a PCDL, we recommend the following:

I work full-time. Is it possible for me to take this course?

Yes, many students successfully study this course whilst working full-time hours.  

Your study is broken up into 6hrs of weekly lectures (fixed time every week), individual studio time (flexible to your schedule) and additional unlimited access. So, as long as the lecture time doesn’t clash with your other commitments, it is totally possible.

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722.

Do I need equipment for the course?

You do not need to own equipment to do a course with us

Other than a pair of studio headphones (which are recommended but not essential. If you need advice on what headphones to purchase, please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722.

Every student has access to their own iMac workstation which contains all the software, samples and plugins that you will use throughout the course.

Do you take term breaks?

Yes we do take term breaks. 

Winter Break – Closed from 23rd December 2016 – Open 7th January 2017

Easter Break – Closed from 10th April – Open 24th April 2017

Term Break – Closed from 29th May – Open 5th June 2017.

Summer Break – Closed from 7th August – Open 21st August 2017.

Winter Break – Closed 22nd December 2017 – Open 6th January 2018.

I am an international student. Can I apply?

Students from within the European Union, or who have joint nationality with the UK can enrol via the normal way, by clicking ‘Enrol Now’ on their chosen course.

However, if you are an international student from outside the EU…

We cannot provide you with a Tier 4 Licence. Do please contact us so we can notify you when this is in place.

You can however apply for a Short Term Study Visa to enable you to study for up to 6 months with us in the UK.

And, if you are here on a short trip, you can study one of our shorter courses.

See international students page for more information.

Do you provide student accommodation?

Student accommodation is not provided with the course.

Please see our accommodation page which has detailed information on both student halls, and private renting in and around Manchester.

It is advised that if you are moving to Manchester from abroad or a different city, the atmosphere of student halls might be better for you.

We can help you with other aspects of re-locating, such as advising you on the best transport links to find us, and where some of the best musical venues around Manchester are.

See accommodation page for more information.

Do you hold open days?

We do indeed hold Open Days!  Yes see the next date.

There’ll be free music production and DJ workshops, a range of industry seminars, and a chance to get lots of career advice. All are welcome.

However, if you’re keen to get started quicker than when the Open Day comes around, particularly if you’re looking to study this course, we advise booking in for an informal personal tour of the school.

Please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722 to make an appointment for either a tour or the Open Day.

When should I enrol?

Unlike most training centres MMS has a limit on lecturer to student ratio and keeps its class sizes small. We therefore have limited availability and courses fill up well in advance. We recommend registering as soon as you are ready to secure your place to avoid disappointment.

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722,  who will be happy to help!

I still need advice!

If you have any questions please contact a Course Advisor on + 44 (0) 161 8334722, who will be happy to help!

If you’d like to view our facilities and chat to a course advisor, please contact us below.

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