Audio Production Fundamentals

This course will teach you what you need to start making great recordings today.
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

The secret to making professional sounding recordings isn't much of a secret. It's all about understanding the fundamentals of sound and recording. This course is designed to teach beginners about audio production using a combination of video, written text, and slides. This course is also a great review for advanced students.

Throughout this course you will learn about the basic principles of sound. We will cover the proper terminologies that professional engineers use in a recording session. You will learn about the different types of microphones in a studio plus basic and more advanced miking techniques. There is also a portion of this course dedicated to setting up sessions using Pro Tools.

When you complete this course you will be able to use these fundamentals in your day to day recording projects, whether you are recording in your home or in a professional studio. You will feel more confident using effects such as equalizers, compressors, and delays, and you will have a better understanding of Pro Tools which is the industry standard DAW.

What are the requirements?

  • There is no perquisite to this course
  • No software is needed but we will give a link to get Pro Tools First for practice

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn the fundamentals of sound and audio production
  • Understand comb filtering and phasing when setting up microphones
  • Stereo miking techniques to better capture drums and guitars
  • Techniques on how to mic singers, acoustic guitars,,electric guitars and drums
  • Using effects such as eq, compression reverbs and delays
  • Types of microphones
  • Understanding your interface
  • Using preamps
  • Types of Cables
  • Setting up a basic session and working in Protools

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to get into audio production
  • This course is setup for beginners to grasp the fundamentals of audio production
  • This is a great review for advanced engineers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome
Section 2: The basics of sound
1 page

This lesson is a written discription about some important facts about sound.


Propagation is about how sound travels through a medium like the air around us. Knowing how sound works in a space will open up creative ways of setting up microphones.


In this lecture we are going to discuss frequency. What is it? how do we measure it and how does it apply to recording music.


In this lecture we talk about amplitude and the way we measure it in decibels.

9 pages

In this presentation we will go over the different cables you will use in a typical recording studio. We will also go over balanced and unbalanced cables.

Basics of sound
6 questions
Section 3: Microphones and miking techniques

Microphones are the work horse in a recording studio. After this lecture you will understand better how a microphone works and the different kinds you may use.


No matter where and how you record comb filtering will happen. This lesson we will discuss what it is and why it happens.

What is microphone "phasing"

There are certain things you want to keep in mind when recording vocals. In this lecture we will go over common mistakes to avoid.


There are many different types of amplifiers. In this lesson we will show you different microphone placements to get really good recordings.

Miking drums
Spaced pair microphone placement (ab miking)
Coincident methods and XY miking
Simple Miking techniques
3 questions
Section 4: Signal Flow, the journey of your audio
Understanding your signal flow
2 pages
what does the ADDA converter do?
2 pages
What is Midi
1 page
Gain stages and pre amps
Signal Flow
3 questions
Section 5: Working with audio Effects
Effects overview
1 page
EQ and more EQ
15 pages

This slide show will go over different types of dynamic controllers. Compressors are very useful and important when it comes to mixing.

Using Compressors and Limiters
Expanders and gates

Delays are an important and fun effect we use. We can use short delays to enhance a stereo image or long delays to make an echo effect. In this module we will go over the different perimeters of a delay effect.

Modulated Effects
2 pages
Recording Effects
5 questions
Section 6: Pro Tools and your DAW
Protools Basics #1 The windows and grid
Pro Tools Basics #2 The smart tool
Types of channels to work with
Recording in Pro Tools
Effects sends and Submixes
Pro Tools basics
6 questions

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Instructor Biography

Nick Iden, Audio Engineer

Nick Iden is an award winning music producer and entrepreneur based out of Kitchener Ontario. During his 15 years of audio production, he has been fortunate to work with artists both major and independent. In 2008 he founded the music school Brixton Music which focuses on the teaching of audio production and music theory.

Nick started as a session guitar player in 2000 doing work in famous studios such as Metalworks, Phase One and Voodoo records. It was during this time he fell in love with the production side of music. Nick studied audio production and songwriting from Berklee College of music. In 2008 Nick established Brixton Music, a recording studio/production company that focused on the development of new artists. Nick has had the honour or working with artists such as Juno winners Choclair, Blue Rodeo, Rob Szabo, The Happy Mondays, Beady eyes and Ani DiFranco.

In 2012 Brixton Music switched gears and started to focus on audio production education. Since then Nick has worked with over 200 students and mentors up and coming engineers all around the world.

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