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Become a part of our inaugural Recording Programs taught by award-winning producer and engineer Magic Moreno! This hands-on, technical course is designed to provide students with an overview of the recording studio environment, equipment, platforms, and software functionality in order to prepare them to be capable of producing their own music projects. 

New Affordable Audio Engineering Courses

Meet the Instructor

Magic Moreno is internationally known for his sonic expertise and over 35 year experience as a music producer, engineer, sound mixer, and performer.

Several of his music collaborations with artists have amassed Platinum- and Gold-record statuses and/or garnered Grammy-award nominations. He has worked in various music genres and with artists from different nationalities, as well as in film and television. He has recorded, performed, and produced with: Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Tina Turner, Barbra Streisand, Warner Bros., Paramount Studios, MGM, and Capitol Records.

A native Los Angelino, Moreno begun performing at age eight with the world-famous “Mitchell Singing Boys,” appearing in film, radio, and television. He also toured extensively as the lead writer and producer of the prominent 1990s rock-band, TREASON, whose highly successful album, Bite Me, received international and domestic acclaim.

His various involvements and achievements include: Chairman of the Board and CEO of Treason Publishing and Entertainment; a life-time member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild; a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy for over 25 years; and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science.


 Read What Previous Audio Engineering Students Have to Say: 

“I recommend having Magic as your teacher! He is a patient and very intelligent person in this field.” -Keana Peery, 18

“My favorite part of the recording class was being able to be hands on with mixing and recording other classmates & colleagues.” -David Ruiz, 23

“Estoy muy agradecido con el profesor Magic Moreno por su excelente trabajo, su paciencia y su manera tan clara de explicar. Ha sido una gran oportunidad de tener un profesor de este nivel. Gracias!” – Juan Macias, 22 


RECORDING ESSENTIALS 101

This class is for music enthusiast and techies of any level of expertise and interest. Students interested in setting up a home studio and putting on a producer hat are welcome. The skills gained in this course will also provide a solid foundation to move on to recording proficiency 201 or to LAMusArt’s pro recording engineering program.
This ten (10) week hands on program welcomes students ages 15+ and meets once a week for three hours on Tuesdays from 5:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. Tuition is set at $850 for the program and includes all labs and fees associated with recording.

Program Schedule

10-week program
Ages 15+
Tuition $850

Recording Essentials 101 will cover:

1) The essence of sound in digital recording
2) The studio’s configuration & signal flow
3) The theory of recording a sound and playing it back
4) Mic-ing instruments and voice
5) Using Microphone Pre Amplifiers
6) Using Equalizers & ear training
7) Intro to Garage Band, Protools, Cubase/Nuendo
8) Sequencing
9) Using Compressors
10) Using Reverberation
11) Knowing and trusting your monitor system
12) Creating a mix. Where to start, how to finish
13) The essentials of automation
14) How to output your mix to the world


AUDIO RECORDING PROFICIENCY 201

This hands-on, technical course is designed to provide students with a proficiency in the recording studio environment, its equipment, platforms, and software functionality in order to prepare them to be able to produce their own music projects and that of others from start to finish.

This class is for music and audio enthusiasts of varying levels of expertise and interest. It provides a proficiency and continuation of the basic knowledge acquired in the Essentials 101 course. Students that know the basic fundamentals and are interested in a command of the studio environment, or are setting up a home project studio and putting on their producer’s hat are welcome. The skills gained in this course will also provide a solid foundation to move on to LAMusArt’s pro recording engineering program, Mastery 8000.

Program  Schedule

10-week program
Ages 15+
Tuition $850

Recording Proficiency 201 will cover:
1) The impact of control room acoustics on your mix and how to compensate.
2) In depth continuation of studio and software configurations and signal routing for efficient recording of drums, vocals and guitars.
3) The creation and use of Group, Effects, and Sub Master Channels for navigating small and large mixes.
4) Hands on Mic placement for drums, guitars, brass and chamber ensembles, its history and why the masters did it this way.
5) In depth continuation of Microphone Pre Amplifier techniques, outboard compressors, digital delays and reverberation chambers.
6) In depth continuation of ear training for vocal tuning, equalization, compression setting, and reverberation space.
7) Hands on recording of drums, guitars, pianos, and brass.
8) In depth continuation of Midi Sequencing and editing, with live and virtual instruments.
9) Hands on in depth continuation of Compressor and Reverberation settings, tips, tricks and benefits.
10) Hands on producing of an artist. Tips, tricks, and professional insights to getting the best performance.
11) In depth continuation of Protools /Logic, Nuendo / Cubase, channels, edit screen, mix screen, aux sends, effects, groups, metering, key commands and software configuration.
12) Hands on in depth continuation of automation setup, modes, tips, and tricks and editing.
13) Hands on setup and completion of a mix with groups, effects, sub masters and automation.
14) In depth continuation of metering mix output formats for delivery to mastering, as internet media and for DVD authoring.


AUDIO RECORDING MASTERY 301

This hands-on, technical course is designed to provide students with a proficiency in the recording studio environment, its equipment, platforms, and software functionality in order to prepare them to be able to produce their own music projects and that of others from start to finish.
This class is for music and audio enthusiasts with a reasonable foundation knowledge of audio, acoustics, microphone techniques and recording software. It is a natural continuation of the concepts and knowledge acquired and practiced in the Proficiency 201 course. Students who are familiar with the fundamentals and are interested in mastering their knowledge of mixing, tracking, creating beats, loops, slices, tuning, FX, and producing for their home project studio or professional career opportunity are welcome. The skills gained in this course will also provide a solid foundation to move on to LAMusArt’s pro recording engineering program, Mastery 8000.

Program Schedule

10-week program
Ages 15+
Tuition $850

Recording mastery 301 will cover:

1) In depth continuation and mastering of studio and software configurations and signal routing.
2) In depth continuation of Microphone Pre Amplifier and converter routing techniques. The mastery of minimal latency techniques, and freeze edits.
3) The expanded use of Groups, Effects, and Sub Master Channels for navigating small and large mixes.
4) In depth continuation of ear training for vocal tuning, and tuning software techniques.
5) Hands on recording of drums, guitars, pianos, and brass.
6) The in depth continuation of Midi Sequencing and editing, with live and virtual instruments including parameter techniques.
7) Creating beats, loops and slices.
8) Time compression and expansion.
9) Hands on in depth continuation of mastering Compression and Reverberation settings, tips, tricks and benefits.
10) Hands on producing of an artist. Tips, tricks, and professional insights to getting a best performance.
11) The mastery of software edit screens, mix screens, aux sends, effects, groups, metering, key commands and software configuration.
12) Hands on in depth continuation of automation setup, modes, tips, and tricks and editing.
13) Hands on setup and completion of a mix with groups, effects, sub masters and automation.
14) In depth continuation of metering mix output formats for delivery to mastering, for CD fabrication, internet media and DVD authoring.


AUDIO RECORDING MIXING AND EDITING 401

This class is for music and audio enthusiasts with a proficient foundation knowledge of audio, acoustics, microphone techniques and recording software. It is the natural continuation of the concepts and knowledge acquired and practiced in the Mastery 301 course.  Students who are comfortable with the fundamentals and are interested in mastering their knowledge of mixing, tracking, creating beats, loops, slices, tuning, FX, and producing for their home project studio or professional career opportunity are welcome. The skills gained in this course will also provide a solid foundation to move on to LAMusArt’s pro recording and post production audio engineering programs, Mastery 8000 & Film 9000.

Program Schedule

10-week program
Ages 15+
Tuition $850

Mixing & Editing 401 will cover:

1) In depth examination and user proficiency of studio and software configurations and signal routing.
2) In depth examination and mastery of Microphone Pre Amps and converter routing techniques. The practical use of minimal latency, and freeze edits.
3) The proficient use of Groups, Auxs, Effects, and Sub Master Channels for navigating large mixes on various software’s.
4) In depth ear training and vocal tuning techniques, tuning software tips and tricks for creating a natural and sensation driven effects.
5) Hands on recording of Guitars, Percussion and Brass.
6) The editing of Midi parameters, with live and virtual instruments including synthesizer programming techniques.
7)  Mastery of creating beats, loops and slices.
8) Practical hands on use of Time Compression and Expansion.
9) Examination and mastery of Compression and Reverberation, including parameter settings, tips, tricks and ambiance styles.
10) Hands on producing of an artist. Tips, tricks, and professional insights to inspiring the best performance from an artist.
11) The examination and proficiency of software wave form editing, vocal comping and bouncing.
12) A proficiency in mix automation setup, modes, tips, and tricks and editing.
13) Proficient setup and manipulation of a mix with groups, effect chains, insert and send effects, returns, sub masters and automation.
14) Proficient knowledge of mix metering, output formats and delivery expectations for mastering, CD fabrication, internet media and DVD authoring.
15) Proficiency in strategies for mixing various styles of music, commercials, and video presentations.
16) Individual instrument mixing techniques for blend, texture, and ambient considerations.
17) Mix depth and panorama techniques for headphones, speaker systems, and computer formats.
18) Vocal effects chains, vocal/track mix techniques, sibilance treatment, male/female reverberation considerations.
19) Layering and texture techniques for back ground vocals and choral tracking and mixing.
20) The execution of a state-of-the-art dynamic presence mix that will play correctly on systems from phones to stadiums.
21) Ultimate confidence in mic selection, room selection, equipment choices, listening parameters, pre-production strategies, tracking strategies, rhythm section ambiances/dynamics, mix construction, mix corrections, presentation, checking, rough mixes, and output delivery.


Registration and Fees

Registration applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. A maximum of 8 students will be enrolled in each session.
The cost can be paid in two ways:
1. In full at the time of registration. Cash, checks, money orders, and credit cards accepted. Cost with tuition is $850
2. Through our new payment plan outlined below.
$300 due at the time of Registration
$300 due on the 1st of the second month of class
$250 due on the 1st of the last month of class
*Initial $300 payment is a non-refundable registration & commitment fee.

Paperwork:

Audio Recording Application 101
Audio Recording Fact Sheet 101
Audio Recording Application 201
Audio Recording Fact Sheet 201
Audio Recording Application 301
Audio Recording Fact Sheet 301
Audio Recording Application 401
Audio Recording Fact Sheet 401

Completed applications must be turned in to our front office or emailed to Angie Sanon at ASanon@LAMusArt.org

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