Choose between 4 Engineering programs

As a recording studio owner, I get all kinds of resumes from people graduating from such and such audio recording schools from all around the world. What I'm looking for when hiring, is someone who I know and can trust. I seek audio engineers who know their way around my particular control room and gear, and people who I know can run a successful recording session with any kind of client. Basically, I only accept the those who I've worked with, and most recording studios are the same. 

It's best for you to learn audio engineering from a recording studio that is active in the music scene because if your goal is to have a career in music production, you'll already be heading in the right direction by making music industry contacts right away. Sadly, there are hundreds of people that spend $40,000 on recording schools and then struggle trying to find a job in this tight knit industry. Don't be discouraged however. If you are confident in your talent and you are a hard worker, there is no reason why you can't make a music career for yourself, even in Calgary.

-Anthony Blaine, Musician/Producer


The AB Records Inc. Audio Engineering Course

 (*no prerequisite required)

This program was specifically designed not only to open your ears and challenge your brain, but to supply you with the tools you'll need to work as a professional audio engineer in any recording studio, even your own! Each 4 hour lesson includes a workbook, hands-on time and a quiz. There is also a final exam to ensure you are qualified and confident when entering the recording industry.

During your learning experience at the studio, you will undoubtedly have opportunities to meet and work with professional musicians within the industry, examine their work-flow, and get a feel for the average creative process in the control room.

Lesson 1 - Studio Roles and Industry Careers
Project Studio Set-Up, Professional Music Studio Set-Up, Live on-location Recording, Voice-overs
and Narrations, The Artist, Session Musicians, Producer, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Maintenance,
Management, Studio Marketing Techniques, Professionalism in the Studio Environment, The Recording
Process, Careers Within the Industry

Lesson 2 - Console Familiarization and Live Sound Set-up
Inserts, Channel Input, Mic/Line Input, Dynamic Section, Monitor Section, EQ Section, Phase Reverse,
Channel Assignment and Grouping, Aux Busses

Lesson 3 - Sound and Hearing
Sound-Pressure Waves, Waveform Characteristics, Reflection of Sound, Diffraction of Sound, Frequency
Response, Phase Polarity, Harmonic Content, Acoustic Envelope, Decibels, The Ear (threshold of
hearing, feeling, and pain), Auditory Perception, Perception of Direction and Space

Lesson 4 - Studio Acoustics and Design
Acoustic Isolation, Frequency Balance, Reverberation, Absorption, Reflection, Power Conditioning

Lesson 5 - Microphone Design and Characteristics
The Dynamic Microphone, The Ribbon Microphone, The Condenser Microphone, Directional Response,
Frequency Response, Transient Response, Output Characteristics

Lesson 6 - Microphone Application and Tracking
Stereo Miking Techniques, Recording Direct, Microphone Placement (Brass instruments, Guitar,
Keyboard, Percussion, Stringed Instruments, Woodwinds), Microphone Selection, Gain, Input and Output
Levels, Phantom Power, Multi-track Recording, Punching in/out, Metronome Setup and Application,
Talkback Mics

Lesson 7- Signal Processors (Spectrum and Time)

Fixed Frequency Equalizers, Graphic Equalizers, Parametric Equalizers, Paragraphic Equalizers, Peaking
Filters, Shelving Filters, High-pass and Low-pass filters, Band-pass and Notch Filters, Psycho-acoustic
Processors, Reverberation, Delay, Flanging, Phasing

Lesson 8 - Signal Processors (Amplitude and Multi-effects)
Broadband and Split-band Compressors, Limiters, De-essers, Expanders, Noise Gates, Pitch Shifters,
Noise Processors, Voice Processors, Multi-effects Signal Processors

Lesson 9 - Audio Software

Digital Audio Workstations, Drum Samplers, Guitar/Bass effects, Synthesizers, Signal Processors,
Microphone/Preamp/Amplifier Modelers

Lesson 10 - Editing
Copy, Cut and Paste Audio Files, Envelope Tool, Start and End Points, Looping, Crossfading, Automation

Lesson 11 - Mixing Music
Perspective, Signal Processing, Equalization Values, Guidelines/Tips and Tricks

Lesson 12 - Final Exam/Review

All audio recording knowledge you'll gain is versatile and interchangeable with most unfamiliar consoles and software. AB Records is fairly flexible when it comes to scheduling, so you could do a lesson per day, or per week, afternoons, evenings, etc., until completed. So far, graduates have had a high success rate finding jobs in audio after taking this course. 

Total Studio Time 48 Hours
Total Cost - $2,999.00 + GST

AB Records Internship Program

For those who enroll in the audio engineering course, it is recommended that you gain extra hands-on experience through the internship program. You’ll have the opportunity to put everything you’ve learned to use in a professional environment, plus you’ll pick up things that cannot be learned by textbook such as :