Audio Fundamentals & Engineering


101 // 110 // 201


Watching Steve Heithecker mic up a complete drum set and record was mind blowing. Without doing much EQ wise or Mixing, just his micing techniques alone made it sound better then anything else I worked on.
— Max Savage (Alumni: Engineer / Producer Cathedrals)



Audio Fundamentals & Engineering 101/110

Students explore the concept of what sound really is, both scientifically and musically. Sound engineering is dissected as both an art and a science: in depth and hands on analysis of signal flow from the live room and into the studio, microphone selection to placement and technique, headphone cue mixing, analog to digital conversion, compression, gating and recording live instruments are all part of these classes.

Students record many common instruments and will process those recordings with the WAVES A tools as a preparation for the WAVES Certification exam.  

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Sound
  • Role of the engineer vs. producer
  • Studio etiquette
  • The project studio vs. major recording complex
  • Microphones types and uses
  • Mic techniques
  • Digital signal processing (DSP) vs. analog outboard gear
  • Fundamental mixing techniques

Audio Fundamentals & Engineering 201

This 16-week class is a hands on study in recording engineering and studio recording. Working in Pyramind's Studio A students learn proper studio etiquette and process as they work as sound engineers with live musicians and bands recording completed songs. These recordings are then used to hone their post-production techniques to tighten and clean up the recordings with editing, tuning and processing with the latest DSP tools and plug ins to create finished pro sounding mixes.

Topics include:

  • Drum Mic Techniques
  • Microphone selection For Different Instruments
  • Isolation vs. Live Recording
  • Setting Up Cue Mixes (Headphones)
  • Vocal Recording
  • Compression and Gating
  • Vocal Tuning
  • Pro Mixing