October 25, 2020

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

All of our private programs have similar course descriptions, though differ in their respective degrees and intensity of audio engineering theory and application, and hands on time in our studios.  All students have frequent access to “solo” use of our Studio C (control room and studio) equipped with Pro Tools HD.

Course description:

This 100 hour option is our most sought after course 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 using the 8th edition David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook”, a “Pro Tools Official Courseware Manual” an audio interface, and a link to a free Pro Tools software download!

*This is an avocational, non-career based training program.

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 in Studio B.  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”.  This builds confidence and fluency with their command of engineering in the control room which is achieved effectively through repetitive implementation of their new skills.

NEW: (15) hours after the course where the student can practice “solo” in our professional Studio C (control room and studio) using Pro Tools HD, microphones, outboard gear, and instruments.

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

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

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.