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In this quarter, you will learn the fundamental technical and theoretical skills necessary to work in the audio industry. You will study the basics of music theory, microphones and basic recording, as well as DAW functionality in industry standard software’s Pro Tools and Ableton Live. This knowledge will become the basis for the remainder of the program.
In your second quarter, you will continue to learn intermediate microphone and recording techniques, by conducting your own recording sessions under supervision from your instructors. You will explore practical audio editing skills that are used for performance correction and enhancement, as well as advancing your ability to create simple song arrangements and productions. This quarter also branches out in the world of synthetic sound design and track creation.
In your third quarter, you will develop your understanding of the professional skills, work habits, and attitudes expected by the commercial recording industry. This will include client interaction, working in teams, and delivering high quality work on a tight deadline. Live sound reinforcement is introduced with practical setup and teardown of complete sound systems. The quarter rounds out with a focus on song arrangement and song writing within a DAW, including analysis of popular songs and song writing trends.
In your fourth quarter, you will use various techniques learned in your previous quarters and apply them to more advanced recording sessions, as well as analog and digital mixing. Building upon your music theory and song writing skills from previous quarters, you will learn the process of writing music for TV and Film, as well as the basics of creating audio for the video game industry. This quarter also includes career management and music industry classes that help students understand the business side of making and marketing music.
In quarter five, you will learn the practical skills related to the roles involved in film and TV post-production audio, including ADR, foley, sound design, as well as 5.1 mixing. Students will also learn about on set location audio, and working with film crews and actors. Studio construction and design will also be a focus of this quarter, with students creating and planning their own recording space, taking into consideration proper acoustics.
In the final quarter, students use all of the skills learned thus far to produce recordings for local artists and fine tune their ability to work in a team to create a final product. Advanced recording and mixing classes will help the students to craft radio ready productions, and work towards building a sonic palette unique to themselves.
Meet the Instructors
Chris Holmes started his career working alongside The Matrix, a production and songwriting team based in Los Angeles. Over the course of 4+ years, he sharpened his engineering and production skills while working on numerous A-List artists, including Katy Perry, Ricky Martin, Korn, Vanessa Carlton, Mandy Moore, Ashley Tisdale, and many more. After relocating to Vancouver, Chris took over the position of Chief Engineer at Greenhouse Studios, where he worked with dozens of independent and major label artists. With over 15+ years’ experience, Chris is now an independent engineer and producer, dividing his time between Vancouver and Kelowna. Chris is excited to bring his knowledge and experience to the audio students at the Centre for Arts and Technology.
To learn more about the Audio Engineering Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Chris on our Soundcloud Stream.
Taylin Simmonds became interested in the art of Electronic Music Production from a young age. This passion led him to take online music workshops while still in high school and eventually become a graduate of the Electronic Music Production Program here at CAT. Upon graduation, Taylin signed his first record deal with independent record label Blue Label Records. While at Blue Labe Records, Taylin released multiple tracks that charted in the I-Tunes top 100 Dance Charts, co-produced/ co-wrote songs for independent artists, and assisted artists in preparing DJ performances for headlining festival slots. After working with Blue Label Records and major PR Agencies such as Music Promo Today and Dotted Music, Taylin decided to take his career into his own hands by becoming an independent artist. Taylin is now the instructor for the Electronic Music Production Program and is excited to bring his expertise and industry insights to the Centre for Arts and Technology team.
A classically trained performer, Lora is embedded in the local music scene. Lora started her formal education with a diploma in Music Performance and another in Music Composition from Selkirk College. Her additional accreditation includes being a licensed Kindermusik instructor, a certificate in Advanced Theory RCM, and a Licentiate in Music Education. LRSL from Rockschool. In addition to being a freelance pianist and solo performing artist, Lora has been a private music instructor at the Wentworth Music Education Center for the last nineteen years. Lora brings a wealth of knowledge to the Centre and a passion for music to match.
Adam Wittke has been active in the music industry for as long as he can remember. He is an engineer/producer and studio owner with a diverse career that has spanned over 13 years. A graduate of “The Center for Arts and Technology Recording Arts Masters Program”, he has refined his skills and knowledge of the craft. Working at ZMS Music Inc. alongside producer Danny McBride, he gained valuable experience and skill.
Adam now owns and operates Arc House Studios, a commercial recording studio in the heart of Kelowna. Arch House has attracted many influential names in the music industry and has been featured in Global News, CBC radio, and other media.