AEP 002 – Sound Theory (44 Clock Hours)

Course Curriculum

The Diploma in Music Production and Sound Engineering is an intensive one year program which is taught across 48 weeks. The course is then divided into three terms, with each term building on the knowledge and skills you learnt in the previous term.

Using our progressive continuous learning method each module will cover historical and theoretical content alongside practical and technical skills so you develop a rounded knowledge and skill set within each area.

The breadth of the course means that alongside learning what equipment, techniques and microphones to use you also learn why you use them. This will help you develop your own expertise and understanding of how to create different sounds and effects.

Subject Areas

Within the diploma we cover all of the following subject areas: Acoustics, Computer, Copyright and Legal issues, Digital Audio Technology, Electronics and Analogue Equipment, General Business (Publishing & Marketing), Management Skills, Mastering, Microphones, Mixing and Critical Listening, Music Theory and Production, Production, Recording, Sound Theory, Studio Equipment and Signal Processing, Studio Etiquette and Musicianship.

Below you can browse through the three terms and see the breakdown of the courses for each term.

AEP 002 – Sound Theory (44 Clock Hours)

Sound Theory teaches students to describe sound as a physical and as a psychoacoustic phenomenon; categorize acoustic-related concepts, including reflection, absorption, diffusion and refraction; recall fundamental wave theory-related concepts; recognize the relevance of Equal Loudness Contours in music production; appraise the relevance of human hearing localization mechanisms; identify the anatomical components of the human hearing system; recognize the dangers of excessive exposure to loud sound; describe the rationale for the use of decibels in sound engineering; express sound-related changes using a decibel scale (referenced or not); recall the different standards for audio operating levels; recall the different standards for audio signal metering; interpret simple audio meter readings; describe the basic principles of transduction; list the analogue devices that are commonly found in music production studios’ signal chains; identify digital audio devices that are commonly used in music production; describe the process of analogue to digital conversion in broad terms; recall the elements that affect digital audio quality; describe the basic principles of digital signal processing; recognize the different types of digital audio files; and discuss the basic principles of digital audio data compression.

My goal is for aspiring producers, engineers and artists to learn by direct experience. To be thrown in the middle of actual professional recording sessions and learn by doing, is the most effective, honest and responsible way of acquiring the skills needed for a career in music. I aim to guide, educate and inspire the future generations of music professionals while staying fully involved and engaged in my work as a music producer for the most important and upcoming artists of the industry.

Julio Reyes Copello, Managing Director

You will never get a better opportunity to not only study in a beautiful studio but to be in a real scenario surrounded by the best in the music business. Get ready for what is coming for you, it will change your life.

Nicolás Ramírez, Lecturer

There is some real visionary foresight in Abbey Road Institute being established to preserve the cultural legacy of Abbey Road.

Youth (Paul McCartney, The Verve, Killing Joke)

The curriculum is fantastic, extremely comprehensive, contemporary and relevant to today’s industry.

Andrea Mastroiacovo, London Graduate 2018

Applying for the diploma was the best thing I could have done for my career. I'm really amazed at how much I learnt in one year.

Lizzie Arnold, London Graduate 2019

The course taught me what it means to be a producer and engineer in the industry, I learned things I couldn’t have learned anywhere else.

Marta Di Nozzi, London Graduate 2019