Sound Recording

Sound Recording StudioLearn audio recording and production in a professional studio.

Whether your interest is in launching a career in the audio industry or you want to maximize your home, school, or professional recording studio, you will gain the knowledge you need with this program.  

The Sound Recording Digital Badge program builds your knowledge and expertise in the fundamentals of sound recording and acoustics as well as studio recording technologies and techniques. Gain hands-on experience working with a professional recording engineer in a professional environment. Learn techniques in music recording, post-production, audio for video, voice over, and more.   

All courses are taught at Maxim Entertainment Group in Hoffman Estates. Register for each class individually. The text, Modern Recording Technique (Eighth Edition) by Huber and Runstein is required and available at the Harper College Bookstore.

Sound Recording Digital Badge Program Requirements

  • Sound Recording I: Introduction to Sound Recording, LMU 0358 

    Learn the basic principles of sound recording and apply them in your own projects. Topics include: an overview of recording technology, session procedures, types of recording studios, plus a general study of acoustics. Whether you are a musician wanting to record or you are beginning to prepare for a career in the recording industry this is your starting point. You may take this as a stand-alone class to learn the principles or as the first class in our three-level Sound Recording Digital Badge program.  

  • Sound Recording II: Recording Techniques, LMU 0362

    Gain experience in recording live and electronic music, and take your knowledge of sound recording to a higher level in Level II of the Sound Recording Digital Badge program. Through hands-on instruction and in-class recording sessions, you will learn about multi-track recording sessions and techniques for recording different styles of music. You will explore microphone techniques in detail, as well as signal processing, including compression and equalization. Prerequisite: Sound Recording I: Introduction to Sound Recording or equivalent 

  • Sound Recording III: Mixing and Editing Techniques, LMU 0360 (Sound Recoding III)

    After the recording sessions are complete, the last step is to create the final track. In this class you will work with previously recorded material, often the material you recorded in Level II. Learn some of the fundamental principles of good mixing while you get hands-on experience processing the sound on a multi-track recorder, blending and balancing the final mix. You will also discuss effects processors including reverbs, delays and chorusing. This is the third and final class in the sequence to complete the Sound Recording Digital Badge program. Prerequisite: Sound Recording II: Recording Techniques.