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Sound engineer student in a music producer studio working on a big audio engineering mixer

National N Diploma Popular Music: Studio Work

Method: Online Theory + On-campus practical workshops + Virtual Mentor Sessions
Duration: Two years study, One year work experience

Minimum entry requirement: Grade 12
Intakes: February and July
Accreditation: QCTO, DHET

* Sound Engineer, Audio Producer, Music Producer, Sound Technician.

R2,700.00 p/m for 12 months*

Course Objectives

This program aims to equip students with a comprehensive understanding and practical skills in audio production and popular music studio work. It prepares them for fundamental positions in the sound engineering and music production industry.

 

Course Duration

3 Years (2 Years of Theoretical Coursework and Practical Training + 12 Months of Workplace Learning)

 

Course Format 

Full-Time

Curriculum Overview

 

Quarter 1: Foundations and Introduction to Audio Production

  • Acquainting with the PASMA Learning Process

  • Understanding Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows OS

  • Utilizing Google Drive and Documents for collaborative work

  • Learning the basics of Sound Theory and Digital Audio Foundations

  • Understanding Signal Path and operating Mixers

  • Getting hands-on with Soundation DAW Software

  • Operational Pass: Recording studio

  • Exploring the Music Business (N4 level) and basics of Sound Engineering (N4 level)

  • Introducing Electronic Music and Keyboard Techniques (N4 level)

  • Learning the essentials of Arranging and Production (N4 level)

Quarter 2: Audio Recording Techniques and Equipment

  • Delving into Song Arrangement and Audio Recording Techniques

  • Learning Music Theory for Songwriters: The Fundamentals

  • Understanding Microphones, Cables, and Connectors in-depth

Quarter 3: Foundations and Introduction to Audio Production

  • Advancing to N5 level in Sound Engineering, Electronic Music, Keyboard Techniques, Arranging, and Production

  • Participating in Assisted Studio Setup & Recording Session

  • Exploring The MIDI Language, comparison of 7 DAWs, and getting introduced to Ableton: Live 11

  • Learning Audio Foundations: EQ & Filters, Compression & Dynamics Processing, Delay, Modulation, and Reverb

  • Understanding Analog Hardware Processor Connection & Setup

  • Engaging in Track Production I

Quarter 4: Advanced DAWs, Mixing, and Career Guidance

  • Learning Avid: Pro Tools, understanding a Mix Engineer's Glossary of Terms

  • Receiving Entrepreneurship & Career Guidance

  • Using Syntorial and Splice for music production and collaboration

Quarter 5: Advanced Music Business and Production Techniques

  • Advancing to Music Business (N6 level), learning Acoustics and Cockos: Reaper, and Scaler 2

  • Participating in an Audio Mixing Bootcamp

  • Learning to produce Radio Ads: Writing, Producing, Editing & Mixing

  • Understanding Digital Mixers I: Allen & Heath Qu 32

  • Deepening knowledge in Music Production: Techniques & Concepts

Quarter 6: Audio Systems and Equipment

  • Learning about Speakers and Amplifier Systems, DMX Lighting - DASLight

  • Exploring Music Production: Techniques & Concepts - Part 1

  • Understanding Digital Mixers II: Mackie 32 DLR and Digital Audio Connections

Quarter 7: Advanced Sound Engineering and Live Sound

  • Learning about Speakers and Amplifier Systems, DMX Lighting - DASLight

  • Exploring Music Production: Techniques & Concepts - Part 1

  • Understanding Digital Mixers II: Mackie 32 DLR and Digital Audio Connections

Quarter 8: Network Audio, Sound Design, and Final Production

  • Understanding Network Audio and Sound Design

  • Engaging in Foley Recording

  • Participating in Final Production Event Production, Recording, Mixing & Mastering

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