November 29, 2020

“One on One” Home Studio Avocational Audio Engineering (45 Hour Private Course):

Course description:

This 45 hour mini-course offers the student private lessons with the instructor and focuses on various areas of artistic audio engineering. Included with this course is a home studio recording handbook.

*This is an avocational, non-career based course.

Program time allotment:

– (35) hours of “one on one” instruction with the engineer/instructor in both Cue’s control rooms and studios.  The student will record and mix a band or solo musician.

– (5) hours of Studio C time where the student can practice their new audio engineering skills.

– (5) hours of unassisted “mixdown” time in Studio “B”

Topics covered include:

  • Instrument setup and preparation
  • Selecting the best microphone for your instrument or voice
  • Audio signal processors and use in the home studio
  • Analog and digital?
  • Recording, editing and mixing
  • Mixing boards and personal software controllers
  • Which speakers and why?
  • Home acoustics and budget design.

Schedule a free interview

Call our studio manager 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 course.

Fee:  $3,250

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

“One on One” Home Studio Avocational Audio Engineering (75 Hour Private Course):

Our two private artistic audio engineering courses have similar descriptions, though differ in length.  All students have access to “solo” use of our Studio C (control room and studio) equipped with Pro Tools HD.

Instructor Ken Schubert working one-on-one with an engineering student

Instructor Ken Schubert working one-on-one with in Studio “A”.

Course description:

This 75 hour option is our most sought after course where the student works privately with the instructor and focuses on various areas of hobby audio engineering.  During discussions and an interview with the student, we semi-custom tailor a course that addresses their individual desires, taking into account their current level of home audio engineering skills using the David Miles Huber “Recording Studio Handbook” and a “Pro Tools Courseware Manual”.

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

Program time allotment:

– (65) hours of “one on one” instruction with the engineer/instructor in both Cue’s control rooms and studios.  The student will record and mix a band or solo musician.

– (5) hours of Studio C time where the student can practice their new audio engineering skills.

– (5) hours of unassisted “mixdown” time in Studio “B”

– Free use after the course where the student can practice “solo” in our Studio C (control room and studio) using Pro Tools HD, microphones, outboard gear, and instruments.

Topics covered include:

  • Instrument setup and preparation
  • Selecting the best microphone for your instrument or voice
  • Audio signal processors and use in the home studio
  • Analog and digital?
  • Recording, editing and mixing
  • Mixing boards and personal software controllers
  • Which speakers and why?
  • Home acoustics and budget design.

Schedule a free interview

Call our studio manager 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:  $5,950

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

Cue Studios Audio Engineering School in the NEWS

Article from the “Falls Church City Newpress:

For anyone who has ever wanted to learn to record music, or just want to know how recordings are made, Cue Recording Studios in downtown Falls Church has a school that offers classes in audio engineering and music production.

Cue Recording Studios opened 30 years ago and has been at its current Falls Church location for 25 years. During this time, they’ve worked with artists and personalities ranging from Michael Jackson to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. They began offering classes 10 years ago as the Cue Studios Center for Audio Engineering.

“We get a lot of interns here from other schools around the country, and a lot of them don’t really have the skills that we would like them to have. So what I noticed about 10 years ago was this need,” said Cue Studios President Jeff Jeffrey. “Having an opportunity to let students benefit from our years of experience here and all our equipment, and for us to give them a head start in trying to get a job in a lot of the markets around here, locally and nationally, it seemed like a neat thing to do for the community as well as for us as a business.”

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) certified school has four instructors: Jim Ebert, Ken Schubert, John Krauss and Blaine Misner. All are trained audio engineers, and Ebert is a music producer.

The school focuses on two areas: audio engineering and music production. Audio engineering teaches the nuts and bolts of recording in terms of microphone placement and how to use the instruments and equipment to achieve the desired sound. Music production involves working with the artist to record the song by recruiting the right people to help out, working with the music and song itself, and post-production mixing.

“Jim can take that song and he can say, ‘Well, I think that if we add a different chorus, bridge, whatever, change the vocal arrangement a little bit, do this instead of that, maybe it will tingle your spine instead of just sound good,'” Jeffrey said. “A producer will help take an OK song and make it something that people will go and buy at the store.”

There are a variety of courses offered with a range of depth and intensity, from a five-hour course to a 100-hour course. Some courses offer a state certificate of completion at the end, which allows students to use this degree when job hunting. All the classes are less than $10,000, and most under $5,000, making them less expensive than a four-year program for audio engineering.

In addition to the certificate-seeking students, there are also students with no previous knowledge of the audio world and no intention of pursuing it as a career. Ebert offers a five-hour introductory class once a month where he teaches a brief overview of the production process, from setting up microphones to working with artists.

“It’s not just for musicians or aspiring audiophiles, a lot of people who come into that class are just people who are like ‘how does this happen, how does music happen when it’s recorded,” Ebert said.

The instructors place an emphasis on hands-on learning, which students in larger programs often do not receive.

“I get people coming in and saying, ‘Well, I’m going to college for audio engineering, and they won’t let us touch anything until my junior year.’ I say that’s crazy because you’re not going to learn,” said Ebert. “Here, you’re driving the car the first day.”

Both one-person classes and small group classes are offered, with an emphasis on one-on-one learning.

“With the one-on-one courses, we can really cater to that person. If they come to me and say ‘I really want to learn to work with artists,’ or ‘I’d really like to mix,’ I can tailor the course to what they want,” Ebert said.

Although they focus on hands-on learning, students still receive the required basic technical background and most of the courses use a textbook.

For those who are looking for a career, the audio industry is rapidly expanding and in demand. Although recording albums may be the first thing that comes to mind, there is a diverse range of uses for Pro Audio, the software program Cue Recording Studios and many others use, including music for video games, narration recordings, and audio post-production for film and television.

“There’s a big market for this kind of thing,” said Jeffrey. “It’s growing all the time with all the new media companies, all the cable programming, and with all the downloadable songs. It’s bigger than it ever has been.”

The Center for Audio Engineering can teach the skills required for all fields of audio production.

“We get all kinds of students. One wants to be a music producer, one wants to be an audio engineer at Discovery Channel and record dolphins making noises, you know? And whatever it is that you want to learn, because we’ve been doing it our entire lives, we can teach you how to do it,” said Jeffrey. “We prepare them to go out and do what we do so they can get a job in these fields and implement their skills competently for their new boss.”

Even with all the offered classes, Cue Recording Studios remains a fully functioning recording studio. It has 10 gold and platinum awards and is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and the Society of Professional Audio Recording Services (SPARS). Students have the opportunity to work with artists using the studios as they take their classes and watch other professionals at work.

“When you come here, it’s cool as a student because you get to hang out with platinum-winning producers, engineers, artists, and up-and-coming local talent who are cutting their new records while you’re here learning,” Jeffrey said.

These experts create a strong support system for students.

“We encourage all of our students to come up and spend time either interning or coming through and talking to the different staffers here and asking the questions that they may not have had the opportunity to ask in class,” said Jeffrey.

The Cue staff is happy to talk to anyone interested in attending the Center for Audio Engineering.

“We encourage all of our potential students to come in and have a free meeting with Jim or one of our other instructors,” Jeffrey said.

More information about the Cue Studios Center for Audio Engineering can be found on its website, centerforaudioengineering.com, or by calling the office at 703-532-9033. The studios are located at 109 Park Ave., Falls Church.

Education Week Highlights Hands-on Learning

A new study from Purdue University has shed some light on how to most effectively engage students in technology and engineering at a young age. Research shows that students have “a deeper understanding” of concepts learned in a hands-on environment than what can be digested through more traditional lecture-based lessons.
This is especially true in students for whom English is not the first language. Check out this and more in a very interesting article at Education Week.

“One on One” 10 Hour Audio-Primer Course:

Course description:

This course provides a seldom found opportunity to sit side by side with an accomplished recording engineer in a multi-platinum awarded recording facility.  This “audio-primer” is custom tailored to meet the needs of your personal audio pursuits and desired education.  The course will encompass the use of audio equipment and software, proper recording techniques and “tricks”, as well as industry employment requirements.  This valuable knowledge is gained thorough the use and explanation of our world class studio equipment and a question / answer process with an acclaimed recording engineer / instructor.

Whether you’re interested in learning your way around Pro Tools, how to pitch correct voices with specialized “plug-ins”, or just how to properly record drums and guitars, it’s our desire to provide the perfect learning environment to assist in meeting your needs.

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:   $950

If you would like to enroll in this course, click here for our online shopping cart.  Next, proceed to contact our course administrator at 703 532 9033 to arrange your private class.

* This is a non-certificate awarding course.  For “Certificates of Successful Completion”, please consider our longer programs by clicking here.

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