2 Weeks / Noncredit

Sound Engineering & Audio Production

Sat. June 30 & Sun. July 1 mandatory move-in & orientation 

Class runs July 2 – July 13, 2018 

In this exciting summer program for high school students, you’ll learn the fundamentals of sound engineering and audio production in a recording studio environment. Topics, among others, include microphone technique, tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. These techniques are applicable to music, film, animation, gaming, and more.

Sound is in all types of media. If you watch movies, television, play games, or listen to music, you’re listening to sound that has been recorded and then carefully prepared for the media being consumed. This course introduces you to the tools and practices of audio production in a recording studio and mixing studio environment. From microphone technique to mastering, you’ll experience the full production process.

This course is hands-on. Every day we’ll investigate different techniques of sound production. You’ll see and hear for yourself how these techniques influence the material we record, and ultimately affect your audience. The world of recorded sound is a vast and fascinating place. This is a great course to get you started, or to refine your techniques if you already work with sound.

It is not a requirement to bring in your own equipment, audio programs, or projects as we have well-equipped workstations that will keep us busy. If you do have the means though, feel free to bring your projects, ideas, and equipment. The course runs on your creativity. Bring your videos, films, animations, songs, musical instruments, and game projects. Bring anything you want to make noise with, and we’ll show you how to record it and what to do with your recordings. I’m happy to consult with you before you come to Syracuse if you’re not sure what to bring.

This course is currently limited to 14 students.

To learn more about SU’s Transmedia Department, visit http://vpa.syr.edu/art-design/transmedia.

You may also be interested in Filmmaking and Interpretation of Film

Program Costs:

Please visit our program costs page for more detailed information.

*Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.

*Students must be 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date.

Faculty Bio:

Michael Ahearn is a well-rounded sound engineer, specializing in live sound, recording, mixing, and mastering. Michael was previously a Teaching Assistant for this course for four summers in a row, and will now be taking lead as the Professor. He has also taught multiple semesters of the intro and advanced courses of ‘Audio Production and Recording’ at Syracuse University, through the Computer Art and Animation program in VPA’s Department of Transmedia. He is currently the live sound engineer of the Turquoise Tiger night club at Turning Stone Resort Casino. He enjoys writing his own music, such as electronic music, soundscapes, and even indie pop rock. Along with coding his own instruments and effects in Max, an audio/visual programming language, he has also been known for turning his Xbox 360 controller into a MIDI effects controller for live performance.