October 18, 2019

“One on One” Audio Engineering (100 Hour Private Program):

All of our private programs have similar course descriptions, though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application.

Course description:

This 100 hour option is our most sought after program where the student works privately with the instructor and focuses on various areas of audio engineering.  During discussions and an interview with the student, we custom tailor a program that addresses their individual desires, taking into account their current level of audio engineering skills and education, in preparation for entry into the professional audio industry or running their own studio. Program enrollment includes Avid Pro Tools software and an Avid recording system interface, with the 7th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual”.

Program time allotment:

– (75) hours of intensive “one on one” instruction with the engineer/instructor in both Cue’s control rooms and studios.  Included in this time is the recording and mixing of a “real recording artist”.

– (20) hours of Learning Lab time where the student practices and hones his or her new audio engineering skills.  Assignments are given along with general experimentation of various audio processing, recording and mixing software.

– (5) hours of unassisted “mixdown” time in Studio “A” or “B” where the student is in the “driver’s seat”.  Building confidence and fluency with their command of engineering in the control room is achieved most effectively through repetitive implementation of their new skills.

Topics covered include:

  • Studio setup application and theory
  • Microphone selection and placement
  • Audio signal processors :  Mic preamps, equalizers, compressors, limiters, and multi-effects generators – with an emphasis on both analog rack mount units and software “plug-ins”
  • Analog and digital recording systems
  • Recording, editing and mixing
  • Analog and digital mixing consoles
  • Studio monitors and the critical listening environment
  • Acoustics and waveforms
  • Studio psychology and managing client expectations

Additionally we facilitate discussions pertaining to industry related “job and career” requirements, peripheral knowledge and skills that accentuate the applicants credentials, and a mock-up job interview with the school’s director and studio owner, Jeff Jeffrey.

Upon successful completion of the 100 hour program, Cue Studios’ Center for Audio Engineering awards a “Certificate of Completion” to the graduated student.

During and after the course, the student is encouraged to participate in Cue’s internship program to observe and render tasks while gaining first hand knowledge of the inner workings of a successful recording studio business.

Schedule a free interview

If you’re serious about your audio education, call our course administrator at 703 532 9033 to schedule a meeting with an instructor.  You’ll meet in the studio/classroom and observe first-hand the environment and equipment used in your program.

Fee:  $7,750

If you would like to enroll in this program, click here for our online shopping cart.


  1. John Holsinger says:

    Ken’s patience was wonderful – especially for someone like me who has to ask a question 3 times in order to understand something! The-one-on-one classes let me learn at my own pace, which is perfect for a hands-on experience like this. Not only is Ken very knowledgeable about the technical aspects of recording, he also gives great advice about the production and business aspects as well. This class is one of the best introductions to audio engineering in the area and a solid foundation on which a person can base a career on if they put in the effort. The certification put me on the map of several employers in my area. Definitely worth it – I’m glad I did it.

    • Thanks John! We’re glad you enjoyed the program and found such value in our “one on one” audio engineering course. Let us know how we can help in the future with your career path.