SOUNDSCAPE SCHOOL FOR THE RECORDING ARTS

Royal Oak, MI

Learn to record, mix, and master like a pro

The Soundscape School for the Recording & Mixing Arts was founded by lead instructor and chief engineer Tim Smith in 2008 and has since then expanded to become one of the most highly respected institutions for audio education in the Midwest. With over thirty years of working professionally in the music industry, Tim laid out the foundation for each of our offered programs. His audio background knowledge spans from analogue to digital recording as well as live sound engineering.

Throughout his career as a performing and recording artist, Tim independently released nine albums worldwide, handled a Michigan based music distribution company (with over 160 Midwest accounts), toured the United States four times as a performing musician, and lastly founded one of the city’s most rapidly growing recording-mixing training facilities to date.

More recently, recording, mixing engineer Tim Smith developed a unique training system for molding and shaping a new breed of sound balance engineers! Needless to say, each of our State Licensed Programs are privately taught by one of our talented instructors, handpicked and personally trained by Tim Smith, on-site at the Soundscape Recording Studio in Royal Oak Michigan.

We offer flexible course schedules catering to the needs of each of our students. There are no prerequisites, previous education, or training required for any of our offered programs. In Addition, students may also take advantage of (unpaid) work experience internship opportunities immediately following successful program completion. Ask about our new Sound Balance Engineer Finance Option!

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WHY Study at Soundscape?

  • One On One State Licensed Training
  • Knowledgeable & Experienced Award-Winning Program Instructors
  • All Text Books & Learning Materials Included In The Tuition Cost
  • Hands-On Training In A State Of The Art Facility Where National & Local Clients Make Records Twelve Months Out Of The Year
  • A Guaranteed Post Grad Work Experience Opportunity Following The Successful Completion Of The Selected Enrolled Program
  • Flexible Course Scheduling
  • No Crowded Classrooms
  • A Comfortable, Creative & Professional Learning Environment
OUR COURSES
COMPLETE STUDIO ENGINEERING
16 Weeks / 144 Clock Hours – $6,500
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This powerful package was designed for the serious aspiring sound engineer! With both “The Creative Studio Recording” and “The Advanced Master Mixing” classroom training combined, the student takes advantage of an additional “Intro To Music Mastering Study” as well as over $1,000.00 in savings versus taking the two classes separately!

IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Record and capture sound like a pro!
  • Create an exciting competitive mix!
  • Master your songs so they sound great on every system!
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  • DAW & Outboard Gear Routing
  • A Comprehensive Study Of Studio Lingo & Terminology
  • Anatomy Of Dynamic, Condenser & Ribbon Microphones
  • Microphone Choice & Placement Techniques
  • Understanding Frequency Response
  • Understanding Gain Structure & Signal Path
  • Using Direct Boxes In Conjunction With Microphone Recording
  • Recording The Drum Kit
  • Recording The Electric & Upright Bass
  • Recording The Electric & Acoustic Guitar
  • Vocal Recording Techniques
  • Piano Recording Techniques
  • Full Band Single Room Multi-Track Recording
  • Full Band Isolated Multi-Track Recording
  • Recording With Compressors, Limiters & EQ’s
  • General Navigation Of The Recording Studio
  • Fletcher Munsen Equal Loudness Contour Curves
  • Analyzing Commercial Mixes & Breaking Down Traditional Mixing Styles
  • Creating Your “Stereo Image” With Three Dimensional Mixing Strategies
  • Using Reference Mixes For Instrument Balance & Tone
  • Logical Mix Prep Steps
  • Understanding “Inserts, Sends & Returns”
  • Taking Advantage Of Good Gain Structure Throughout The Mixing Process
  • EQ (How To Use It & What Not To Do)
  • Effectively Creating Space With Reverbs, Delays & Gates
  • “Cracking The Compressor” (An In Depth Formula For Success)
  • Various Multing, Comping & Parallel Compression Techniques For Creating Fatter Mixes
  • Compressing Your Master Mix Bus
  • Preparing The Final Reference Mixes For Your Client
  • Preparing The Final High Resolution Mixes For The Mastering Engineer
  • Analyzing Your Mixes
  • Understanding RMS & Peak Values
  • Creating Loud Competitive Reference Mixes
ADVANCED MASTER MIXING
8 Weeks / 72 Clock Hours – $3,760
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In the Advanced Master Mixing class, past and present-day audio mixing styles and traditions are thoroughly explored. Students are taught general navigation of dynamic as well as creative techniques for delivering competitive commercial branded mixes.

IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Build radio ready mixes!
  • Work with industry standard hardware, software and plugins!
  • Prep your final mix for professional mastering!
VIEW COURSE OUTLINE
  • Fletcher Munsen Equal Loudness Contour Curves
  • Analyzing Commercial Mixes & Breaking Down Traditional Mixing Styles
  • Creating Your “Stereo Image” With Three Dimensional Mixing Strategies
  • Using Reference Mixes For Instrument Balance & Tone
  • Logical Mix Prep Steps
  • Understanding “Inserts, Sends & Returns”
  • Taking Advantage Of Good Gain Structure Throughout The Mixing Process
  • EQ (How To Use It & What Not To Do)
  • Effectively Creating Space With Reverbs, Delays & Gates
  • “Cracking The Compressor” (An In Depth Formula For Success)
  • Various Multing, Comping & Parallel Compression Techniques For Creating Fatter Mixes
  • Compressing Your Master Mix Bus
  • Preparing The Final Reference Mixes For Your Client
  • Preparing The Final High Resolution Mixes For The Mastering Engineer
CREATIVE STUDIO RECORDING
8 Weeks / 72 Clock Hours – $3,760
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In our first offered program, the Creative Studio Recording course, students work with multiple musicians in various exercises learning the fine art of microphone placement and professional recording techniques while gaining much needed experience for assistant entry level positions out in the field.

IN THIS COURSE YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Understand your acoustical environment!
  • Choosing the right mic for the job!
  • Record and capture sound like a pro!
VIEW COURSE OUTLINE
  • DAW & Outboard Gear Routing
  • A Comprehensive Study Of Studio Lingo & Terminology
  • Anatomy Of Dynamic, Condenser & Ribbon Microphones
  • Microphone Choice & Placement Techniques
  • Understanding Frequency Response
  • Understanding Gain Structure & Signal Path
  • Using Direct Boxes In Conjunction With Microphone Recording
  • Recording The Drum Kit
  • Recording The Electric & Upright Bass
  • Recording The Electric & Acoustic Guitar
  • Vocal Recording Techniques
  • Piano Recording Techniques
  • Full Band Single Room Multi-Track Recording
  • Full Band Isolated Multi-Track Recording
  • Recording With Compressors, Limiters & EQ’s
  • General Navigation Of The Recording Studio
Class Start Dates Include: January, May & September.

Registration for any of our three offered classes is recommended at least two to four months in advance. Registration begins with the “full or half” tuition purchase of a recording arts program. We offer two choices for getting started:

1. Online, which can be done quickly & easily from the comfort of your own home. Shortly after you have made your tuition purchase, A Soundscape Representative will contact you to create a starting date & course schedule.

2. On site, here at The Soundscape. We ask that you first make an appointment. To do so, you may either fill out the “Schedule A Classroom Tour” form located on this page or give us a call directly at: 248.439.0499

PAYMENTS
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & Pay Pal. Please note a 4% processing fee will be added to your final purchase at checkout.

ABOUT OUR STATE LICENSE:
The Soundscape Recording Studio & School For The Recording Arts operates under license by The Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Opportunity (LEO). Each of our offered programs is state-approved.

STUDENT REVIEWS

Rated 5 out of 5

“…My experience was great and I loved working with Tim. It was challenging for sure however I have learned so much that it’s hard to believe we fit all of this into 16 weeks. I’m thankful to have taken this class and would highly recommend this to anyone thinking of getting into audio arts. ”

Chace Makennen Foster
Rated 5 out of 5

“…I had high expectations when taking this course and it still exceeded them. I’ve been mixing on my own for five years and I thought I would be learning a few techniques to enhance what I already knew. But now, I don’t even like to listen to anything I mixed prior to taking this class! I’ve been getting a lot of compliments on my latest mixes and people are always shocked when they discover that I do this all at my house by myself. what I love most about this course is that it sets you up with the knowledge to think for yourself under any circumstance. Essentially I was taught the science behind it all. I honestly recommend this course to anyone serious about learning the ins and outs of recording & mixing. ”

Dallas Michael McLennon
Rated 5 out of 5

…This course is great for anyone interested in recording and or mixing at a professional level. I had some prior knowledge coming into the class however I learned a ton! It was great to experience learning in a real recording studio with industry standard gear. Definitely recommend this program!

Aaron Andersen
Rated 5 out of 5

…My overall experience at The Soundscape was very positive. Without this class I probably would have spent years searching to find the information taught or perhaps spent years wasting time at an expensive university. The most difficult part of the class, for me, was learning, understanding and applying the terms. Aside from that I learned a lot about recording and mixing organic sounds (live instruments). Honestly I genuinely wish the program was longer, I learned so much and have already told others about my time here training.

Michael Miller