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About Recording and Music Production Production

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Where is it held?

The course is held at Mark Knopfler's, British Grove Studios in West London.

Not only are the studios comfortable and spacious, but are one of the most highly equipped studios in the UK.

Not only can you experience the very latest technology, but there is a vast array of working analogue equipment and multi-track recorders, that are once again a major part of todays recording scene.

The studios were designed by Dave Harries, ex manager and designer of Sir George Martin's Air Studios and Decca Studios.

Dave will play a major part in the delivery of this course with Dave Ward, Gateway Founder and Director.

Who is it for?

This course is designed to acquaint all Creative Industries staff with the technology and terminology used in recording studios and the record production process.

You might be in accounts, admin, sales or manufacturing

As technology converges it is vital that we all know a little about what our colleagues do. This helps with communication and eliminates a lot of unintentional mistakes that are costly and time consuming.

This course then, is an investment rather than a cost.

This course is designed to give people a wider understanding of recording studio operations and record production practices.

There will be a second version of this course which is much more orienated to Technical participants.


How will it benefit Me?

You will be able to communicate more effectively with recording studio administration and operational staff have a greater knowledge of record production processes.

You will know what information to provide and what is expected when booking studio sessions.
You will be be more effective and of increased value to your organisation.


The course will include


Terminology and jargon used in Recording Studios; The principles of multi- track recording and the functions of mixing consoles; Record and playback systems and synchronisation including the differences between analogue and digital recording; what are DAWs?

Studio booking procedures, rates and the need to budget for consumable materials, hire equipment etc. The cost effective advantages of booking quality studios, who invest in proper maintenance to ensure the quality of sound, media storage issues.

Pre-production, programming, recording, mixing and re-mixing; Monitoring and studio acoustics; Mono, stereo, surround sound and immersive audio.


We emphasis on the importance of identifying the formats and equipment required for rewarding and trouble-free sessions; Audio and new media and technologies

Effects and processors, reverb, equalisation and compression; Roles of producer and engineer, assistant engineer, mastering engineer and musicians

Meta-data, rights issues, watermarking etc. Session management, documentation and archiving. Format terminology