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 / 160 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 / 80 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 / 80 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

…I have learned far more than what I had expected. I did not take this course to become an engineer, but hoped to further educate myself as an artist, writer and producer. With the knowledge I now have, I am ten times more creative with the recording process – and a better writer because of it. Tim is highly educated with both recording and mixing in all genres and will cater to what suits you best! I would recommend this course to anyone who wishes to pursue the music business.

Sean Earle
Rated 5 out of 5

…It was the most valuable course I have taken in the recording arts. It was not easy but the information was provided in a clear, organized manner. I was given the opportunities to practice and master the techniques that we studied throughout the program with some amazing gear in a very comfortable environment. I would highly recommend this class to any aspiring engineer that really wants to learn, grow and eventually work in the field

Bobby Magyarosi
Rated 5 out of 5

…I’m really excited that I took this course, due to the one on one style of instruction I was able to learn a lot. The program was quite a bit more in depth than other programs I have taken in the past. I would definitely recommend this class to anyone pursuing a career in the music industry

Marshall McDonnell
Rated 5 out of 5

…I make a lot of beats at home with my computer. My goal is to be a hip hop producer. I took the class to increase my knowledge of mixing. I really had not realized how little I really knew about the subject. Since taking the class my mixes have changed dramatically. Even my friends and family have told how much bigger my mixes are sounding. I learned a lot about creating dynamics in a mix to pull the listener into the song. In my opinion I would recommend taking this class if you are serious about working in the music business.

Sonam Bass