Upon completion of this diploma program, graduates should be able to develop and demonstrate a knowledge or understanding of the following:
- Successfully 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.
Learn to Record Live Sound and Bring Media to Life
Sound is one of the most powerful mediums we have to convey meaning, emotion and energy. From recording the music of a band, to the voice of a documentarian, to the speech of a politician, the variety of live sound recordings is endless. This program could prepare students for entry-level work as a sound or recording technician.
Become a Recording and Sound Technician
On-Ground Diploma program Offered at both Madison and Minneapolis campuses
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.
Hands-On Education in a Real Recording Studio
Students learn using the tools the pros use including the latest digital recording technology and the proven analog technology used by recording studios around the world. In addition to the soft and hardware listed below, the 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:
- Pro Tools®
- Ableton Live®
- Classic analog Solid State Logic 4000e
- Trident 80c mixing console
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.
Career Opportunities for Recording and Live Sound Technicians
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
Meet Our Featured Instructors
Doug has been the Program Chair of the Recording and Music Technology Department since 2007. He has a Bachelor's of Science in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a certified Pro Tools Expert. Doug has been involved in recording since the early eighties, getting his professional start working with Butch Vig at Madison's renowned Smart Studios in 1987.
Doug's production and artist credits include Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, L7, Remy Zero, Cheap Trick, Blues Traveler, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Overwhelming Colorfast, The Watchmen, Paw, Paris Texas and Walt Mink, and mix engineer for three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series Reverb, which featured artists such as Green Day, Beck, Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, Rage Against the Machine and Linkin Park.
Doug's international experience has included engineering, mixing or producing recordings in England, Italy, Australia, Hungary, Canada and across the United States.
Dan Harjung is a 27 year veteran of the recording industry and member of AES and NARAS. He started his career in Los Angeles, studying music recording, music production and record mastering. Dan started his career as an assistant engineer at Royal Recorders in Lake Geneva, and eventually became the studio owner. During this time Dan had the opportunity to engineer recordings for many well known artists, including Robert Plant, Live, Queensrÿche, Crash test Dummies and Enuff Z'Nuff, and work with legendary producers such as Roy Thomas Baker, Peter Collins, Jerry Harrison, Michael Wagener and Dave Jerden.
In 1994, Dan took on the role of A&R representative and mastering engineer for the Narada label group, a subsidiary of EMI Records based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dan was responsible for signing Ramsey Lewis, among others, to the label. He also mastered hundreds of records while at Narada.
Dan has received numerous gold and platinum albums, as well as a Grammy for his work on Tingstad and Rumble's Acoustic Garden.
Paul has over 25 years in the music industry and has been making records for major labels since 1983, when he was a member of multi–platinum group "The Time." He also was the lead singer for Prince's group "The Family" and had a successful solo career on MCA and Atlantic Records. His professional performance career includes acts such as The Steve Miller Band, David Sanborn, Boz Scaggs and Kenny Loggins. Also, as a composer and producer, his numerous credits range from The Corrs, to Paula Abdul, and has written many songs for film and TV, including Girl 6, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, VH–1 and HBO.
Chris Vrenna is best known as the former drummer for Nine Inch Nails, from the eras of Pretty Hate Machine through Downward Spiral. He was also the keyboardist and drummer of Marilyn Manson from 2004 until 2011. Chris has an impeccable reputation as a solo artist, talented producer, and remixer.