This part-time course is designed to help you understand the basics of music production and sound engineering techniques, all concisely rounded into six months of study. A real-world introduction to the world of production, it’s an ideal choice for those interested in working as a music producer or sound engineer in any studio environment.

Suitable for complete beginners, as well as those already working in the industry and looking to round out their existing knowledge, this course aims to turn you into a comprehensive audio professional by the end of your time at ICMP. Whether you’ve had experience with older analogue equipment in a recording studio, have only ever used digital audio workflows in your bedroom, are a musician keen to take control of your own productions, or are new to the world of sound engineering, you’ll definitely find your niche on this flexible course.

These days, modern music production practitioners need a broad understanding across many different roles – from producer, arranger and engineer, to programmer and mix engineer – and this course spans them all. With a focus on developing your ‘studio craft’ and confidently knowing your way around a professional recording studio, you’ll get hands-on with technical elements such as studio signal routing, microphone placement and technique, the fundamentals of EQ and dynamics. You’ll also gain substantial experience in managing a mixing console.

The course also incorporates the official Avid Pro Tools 101 and Avid Pro Tools 110  programmes, with ICMP being the only educational facility in South East England to offer Avid-certified Pro Tools Training to ‘Expert’ level.


Fundamentals of Sound Theory and Audio Recording
Receive a good overview of how a studio works while exploring the principles of sound theory, Digital Audio Workstations and analogue music. You’ll get a solid understanding of what sound is, how it works, the way a studio is organised, and how music is recorded. You’ll also investigate the technology used in sound recordings from a historical perspective, exploring the journey from the wax cylinder and disc to the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) and beyond.

Studio Recording Basics
Move from the theory and history of sound recording in the previous module to get hands-on in the studio with cables, connections, set-ups and recording methods. Learn how studios are designed, what an XLR is, and a whole suite of practical sound recording techniques.

Mixing Console Operation, Signal Routing and Studio Monitoring
Explore how sound is sent around the mixing console and how it integrates with the digital audio workstation using our ultra-modern hybrid S6 desk set up. Learn the fundamentals of sound mixing consoles design, signal pathways, gain staging, signal monitoring, routing and more.

Microphone Techniques & Placement
Understand microphones from the ground up with this introduction to microphone design and theory. You’ll explore the science, physics and electronics behind how microphones work, such as coil and magnet arrangements, electron flows and electric currents. You’ll also cover the different types and models of a microphone from Dynamic mics to Condenser and Ribbon mics, and will learn about condensers, mic characteristics, dynamics, and essential mic placement techniques, plus how to mic up a drum kit for stereo recording.

The Fundamentals of Mixing – Balance, Space and Tone
Discover the principles of mixing and EQ, plus concepts including critical listening, dynamic control, audio effects, and balance, space and tone. You’ll explore first-hand how audio is processed and edited in a mix, which makes a good mix, and the tools used to create a cohesive and balanced mix.

Avid Pro Tools 101
Pro Tools 101: Pro Tools Fundamentals I
Ideal for both new and experienced Avid Pro Tools users, the Pro Tools 101 course helps you build a solid foundational understanding of the software as you complete a basic Pro Tools project – from initial set-up to final mixdown. 

Avid Pro Tools 110
Pro Tools 110: Pro Tools Fundamentals II
Designed for musicians, audio engineers and sound editors for film or television, the Pro Tools Fundamentals II course expands upon the principles learned in Pro Tools Fundamentals I. This module will equip you with the core concepts and techniques you need to competently run Avid Pro Tools in a mid-sized session.


Duration: Six months (three hours, two evenings a week).

Location: S6 studio and ICMP tech labs, Kilburn, London.

Day/time: Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm–10pm. 

Cost: £2,500 (includes supporting online course content).

Maximum course size: 15 people

Next start date: 9th November 2020


Key facts

  • Next start date: 9th November 2020
  • Convenient part-time six-month course.
  • Provides an excellent overview of the basics of sound engineering and music production.
  • Offers practical experience in studio recording techniques, mixing and sound design.
  • Incorporates official Avid Certified Pro Tools 101 and 110 courses.
  • Paves the way for further study in electronic music production or post-production.
  • Works to today’s professional industry standards.
  • Uses the latest cutting-edge hardware and software.
  • High-quality teaching by music industry practitioners in a creative and inspiring learning environment.
  • Connections with the wider London music industry enables you to build an impressive music production and sound engineering network.
  • The London location provides opportunities to showcase your production talents at top London events while immersing yourself in the global music scene.


Ability level:
This course is for both total beginners and those already working in the industry looking to further their career. You should be a competent computer user to take this course and know how to open, move, copy and save files.

You can extend your production skills by taking our Post-Production Sound for Film, Game and TV, or learn to create beats and music in Logic Pro and Ableton Live with our Electronic Music Production course.


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