How does distance learning with Audio Masterclass work?
You will study at home following whatever schedule you like. We recommend at least six hours of study, including practical work, for each module. Your enrollment is valid for two years so there is plenty of time to complete.
Your course will start with an introduction that tells you how to follow the course in the way that will help you make the fastest progress. The introduction also tells you all you need to know as a new Audio Masterclass student.
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course (our most popular course), for example, has twelve modules, all delivered to you online. (You can save/print/download all material as you wish.) A physically-shipped, hard copy version of this course is also available, at extra cost.
Each time you start a new module of The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course you should read the main module text. This is clearly written, with diagrams and photographs. We know it's clear and easy-to-understand because whenever a student reports any difficulty with the text, we improve the text to make that part easier.
When you have absorbed the main module text of The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, you should answer the 'check questions' at the end. These will help you make sure that you understand the main module text thoroughly. We also provide model answers to the check questions so that you can assess your own work.
But the course is not all about reading, it is about listening and doing.
Each module of The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course comes with a set of audio example files that demonstrate the points that are made in the main module text. The audio example files have detailed notes so that you can fully understand what you are meant to be listening for. There are more than 1000 audio example files in the whole course.
There is also a practical assignment project in each module of all of our courses. In this, we will ask you to carry out a basic element of audio skill. The practical assignment project will tell you exactly what to do - some of these projects are quite challenging. When you have completed the project, you will be able to listen to audio examples showing how the project should sound, and also examples showing how things can go wrong. There are detailed notes on the audio example files for the practical assignment projects so you can be absolutely clear when you have reached a professional standard in your work.
In all of our courses, you can send in your practical assignment work to be assessed by us. We will listen to your work carefully and send you detailed notes by e-mail, together with your grading. At the end of your course when all of your practical assignment projects have been completed successfully, we will send you your certificate by mail.
What are the course fees for Audio Masterclass courses?
You can find the course fees listed on the enrollment page of the Audio Masterclass website.
What equipment do I need for my Audio Masterclass course?
We don't have any strict requirements regarding equipment. You should ensure that you are able to make recordings that are clean, crisp and clear; free from noise and distortion. You should also be able to make finely-detailed edits, and of course mix. Computer-based digital audio workstations are most suitable, but we have many students who use standalone workstations.
You should be able to listen to the audio examples through a monitoring system of good quality, or on headphones.
Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?
Yes, when you have completed the course successfully.
We will listen to your practical assignment projects and give you helpful assessments and advice on how you can improve your work even further. When you have completed all of your practical assignment projects successfully, we will send you your Audio Masterclass certificate for the course that you have followed.
We have to tell you something about certificates though...
Traditionally the audio industry hasn't been very interested in certificates. They are only interested in what you can do. Audio Masterclass courses lead to something that is very much better than any certificate. At the end of the course you will create a 'showreel'. (This is compulsory in The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, optional in all of our other courses.)
Let us explain what a showreel is...
You can't get work from a potential client or employer unless you can demonstrate to them what you can do. The best way of doing this is by showing them your industry credits. That would be, for example, "Engineered by ..." in a CD booklet. Or a resume of other clients or employers you have worked for.
Alternatively, you can simply hand over your showreel. Your showreel will be a compilation on DVD or CD of extracts from your best work. Module 12 of The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course will demonstrate exactly what a showreel should be like, and how you can set about making one.
So whether or not you choose the assessment and certification option, you will finish up the course by making a professional showreel. With the assessment and certification option, you will receive an Audio Masterclass certificate too.
I don't speak English very well. Will the course help?
Currently the course is only available in English. However, we have students all over the world and the course is written very clearly so that it is as easy as possible to understand. The audio examples, more than 1000 files, are understandable in any language.
We are confident that even if English is not your first language you will be able to benefit massively and improve the quality of your work to professional standards.
I am interested in live sound. Will the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course course help me?
We don't have a course that is specifically about live sound. However, much of the equipment and many of the techniques are very similar in studio and live sound. For instance, the basics of sound, microphones, preamplifiers, EQ, compressors and mixing are identical. The audio examples on studio-related topics will help 'tune in' your ears to the kinds of things you should be considering in live sound.
You would have to be totally in control of sound in a comfortable environment like the studio before you unleash your skills on an audience of hundreds, maybe thousands.
In summary, we think you would have a great deal to gain on The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course. There is a full-refund guarantee in case the course does not prove suitable for your needs.
I don't have any experience at all. Can the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course help me? OR I already have quite a lot of experience, Can the course help me?
You don't need any experience to enroll on The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course. You should be able to operate the basic functions of your recording system. As long as you can do that, the course will help you with everything else.
On the other hand, some students come to Audio Masterclass with quite a lot of experience, sometimes professional.
Very often we come across people who have achieved a certain degree of success in sound engineering or music recording, but they feel that they lack a firm foundation of technical knowledge. There is always the doubt that they don't know everything they should and that other people perhaps do. Part of the problem is that music recording magazines are so full of information that is far beyond the knowledge of a typical working sound engineer. The difficulty is knowing exactly what you are supposed to know.
The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course covers the foundation knowledge and skills that any music producer or sound engineer should possess. When you have completed the course, you can be sure that all of the groundwork of professionalism has been fully covered.
Can I enroll on just some of the modules?
We have designed this course, with the benefit of more than two decades of experience in audio training, to be a complete preparation for making recordings to a professional level of quality. Unfortunately it is not possible to extract individual modules from the course because each module builds on the knowledge and skills gained in the module before.
If you are in doubt about any aspect of Music Production and Sound Engineering, it is very likely that you need the full grounding in the foundation knowledge and skills that the course will provide.
How can I pay for the course?
When enrollment is open, you can make your course fee payment here. Payment is through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account.
Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer or Western Union.
Can I pay by installments?
Unfortunately, payment by installments imposes a considerable burden of administration on us. There are more payments to process, we have to check that payments have been made, and we have to request payments that have fallen into arrears.
Accordingly, we can only offer the course for payment in full.
We would say however that our courses are extremely good value. You could pay very much more elsewhere for a course that is nowhere near as packed full with top-quality material.
How do I know that Audio Masterclass is genuine?
Your course fee payment will be processed by PayPal, Worldpay or the National Westminster Bank. If Audio Masterclass did not offer a genuine service, none of these financial institutions would work with us.
Do you provide individual support to students?
Yes, in the assessments we provide for your practical assignment project work. If you have a question concerning the topic of any particular module, you can submit it with your project.
I am a former student of Audio Masterclass. Is there any special help you can offer to me?
At the present time we do not have any special offers for former students. We do intend to offer course extensions for students whose enrollment expired in 2009 or later. When this facility is available, we will amend this answer and put a link to the special re-enrollment page here.
Do you offer scholarships, loans or any other kind of financial help? Can you accept payment from a third party?
We offer the best courses we can for a level of fees that allows us to work to the high professional standards expected by the professional music and sound industries. Accordingly we ask all students to pay the advertised fees for their courses. We can accept payment by third parties, but only through the normal payment channels.
Can you explain the 30-day full-refund guarantee?
We want you to be absolutely delighted with your decision to enroll on an Audio Masterclass course. After enrollment, you may examine Module 1 of the course, and send in your practical assignment work if you purchased the assessment and certification option. If within 30 days you decide that you are not yet in a position to benefit from the course, we will make a full refund. Accessing course materials beyond Module 1 indicates your acceptance of the course.
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