AUDIO ENGINEERING & MUSIC PRODUCTION

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Over the course of the last decade and a half the audio and music industry has taken a sharp turn and the roles of the personnel in the production chain, though varied, find their paths being crossed a lot of times within expectation, ones own and that of a client, for a skill set that meets an expected professional standard. The process of inspiration to execution can now be completed with tools that are available in Digital audio Work Stations (DAW) running on laptops. However much the workspace shrinks, from big commercial studios to now bedroom production houses, however much technology aids in eliminating the boundaries between the roles, of a recording to a mix engineer to an artist/producer; one thing remains common and that is the need for a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the craft.
Overview

The audio engineering and music production course offered at SACAC aims to bring a curriculum that is designed for the modern day producer who might find the need to don the many hats of the different personnel in the production chain. The course presents information in a systematic and detailed format from the basics of audio and sound to modules dealing with In-The-Box production covering aspects of DAW based recording and mixing and music production with virtual instruments.

The newly designed studios at SACAC offer ample time and resources to students to practice the art of recording and production on industry grade software of Avid ProTools and Apple Logic Pro X.

SACAC aims to offer a programme that will train the students in the standard everyday practices of the profession and scale up their professionalism to meet the expectations of the industry.

Curriculum

The course is broken into three semesters. The topics that will be covered in the one- year program are:

  • Introduction to Sound
  • Basic Electronics
  • Concepts of Studio and Acoustic Design
  • Music Theory and Appreciation
  • Digital Audio Concepts
  • Studio Environment and DAWs (ProTools and Logic)
  • Microphones and Recording Technique
  • Dynamic Signal Processing
  • MIDI Technology and Concepts
  • Music Production
  • Sound Design for Video
  • Live Sound Reinforcement
  • Broadcast Audio
  • Music Business and Legal

Audio/ Music Mixing and Mastering Under Fundamentals Of Music, the following topics will be covered:

  • Musical Alphabet
  • Music Notation
  • Understanding Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Key Signatures
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Chord Progressions
  • Basic Piano
  • Ear Training
Eligibility
Eligibility:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  • Limited seats for undergraduates (10+2). Selection strictly on merit.
 Attributes:
  • A creative and innovative bent of mind.
  • Interest in Music.
  • Knowledge of basic computer operation.
  • Orientation towards Audio Technology & Production.
Prospects

In recent times, this ever-evolving industry has changed rapidly and the studio environment has extremes from a high-end production facility to a well-equipped laptop in the form of a digital audio workstation. It has become extremely important for aspiring practitioners in this field to take on the many roles in the production chain today and at the same time keep themselves ahead of the changing trends of technology. Today in the Indian market, the demand is ever increasing for the various cogs in the audio and music production wheel. The course is thus designed keeping in mind that the students will be exposed to the requisite skills needed for the industry and will also be pushed to do independent research and projects that will ultimately set them on the path of bettering their skills.

The course provides its students with:

  • Hands on experience in a professional studio geared for audio recording and music production
  • Personal and individual attention/ guidance from experienced faculty
  • Workshops by visiting professionals
  • Exposure to live projects including multi-track recording, sound design for video and live concert set-ups.
  • Music appreciation workshops; interaction with producers from the industry; participation in industry seminars.

The well-equipped, on-campus studio facility gives each student the ideal on-the-floor edge needed to make a mark in this highly specialized profession.

FAQ's
What are the subjects taught in the Diploma in Audio Engineering & Music Production course?
The audio engineering and music production course at Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, Delhi covers all aspects of sound and music recording, mixing and mastering, understanding the science of sound, music and ear training, fundamentals and working with latest technologies to create world-class audio projects. Apart from the academic curriculum, we also try to give students of the music production course maximum exposure to experiential learning, through live projects, workshops as well as an annual study tour. For a detailed breakup of the audio engineering course curriculum, please visit the Curriculum section.
What kind of faculty teaches at the sound engineering school at SACAC?
We firmly believe that consistent and correct guidance are key to a student’s path to excellence and success. We have been fortunate to attract, as our faculty, a diverse group of experts, who are musicians, engineers, inventors, producers and all round music & sound enthusiasts. Our faculty members put life into the classroom with their vast industry experience, technical knowledge and creative enthusiasm. To know more about them, please visit the Faculty page.
What kind of facility and equipment do you have?
SACAC has two, newly designed, and appropriately equipped recording studios. All equipment and machines at the institute are of industry standard. We welcome you to freely visit the studios and enquire about the equipment and software.
I have a part-time job. Can I continue to work while I pursue this course?
The Audio Engineering & Music Production course is physically and mentally rigorous and demanding. There is a weekly scheduling of classes and a lot of time is dedicated to practical and studio work. Attempting to work alongside takes away from the depth and diligence this course requires. Therefore, it is not permitted. Moreover, 70% attendance is mandatory to be allowed to appear for exams.
Am I expected to have some equipment or gadgets of my own?
Students of the audio engineering course at SACAC are expected to have a personal HDD of 1 TB (minimum) and professional headphones for the coursework. The sound engineering school has mac machines that can be used for the course work. However, we recommend that students purchase their own laptops and install requisite software so that they can work on assignments after class hours and on their own time.
What kind of a career can I have after passing out from the Audio Engineering & Music Production course?
Media & Entertainment is one of the fastest growing industries in India and Sound and Music are some of its most versatile and under-explored segments, due to a severe lack of trained professionals. Now that Indian media is being watched around the world, broadcast standards have escalated and so has the demand for properly trained technicians and producers from audio engineering colleges. To get an idea of the multiple career opportunities that can be explored after completing the sound engineering course, please visit Course Prospects.
What are the fees for this course?
The tuition fee for the year 2016-17 for the Diploma in Audio Engineering & Music Production is Rs. 2,20,000/-. However, there may be additional costs through the duration of the course. To get a more detailed understanding of expected expenditures, please visit Tuition Fee section.
What is the admission and selection procedure?
Admission to the audio engineering course is a multi-step process, which can be viewed in detail in the Admissions section. The qualification requirements for the course are in the Eligibility section. Broadly speaking, we use the admission process to screen and find students who are not only academically suitable for the field, but can demonstrate maturity and creativity in their thought process and attitude. Application forms for the audio engineering and music production course can be accessed on the Application Forms page
What is the assessment and grading structure?
The assessment structure for the Audio Engineering & Music Production includes grading for both written and practical examinations.
Does a University or a government body like the AICTE recognize a SACAC Diploma?
The Diploma conferred at the completion of the audio engineering course is not recognized by any university but is well recognized by the industry. The diploma is an acknowledgement of the skills and knowledge that you acquire during the course, in sync with what the industry expects of sound engineering and music production professional.

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Admission Process
The admission process for Audio Engineering & Music Production Diploma programme is a simple 4-step procedure:
  • Submit duly filled Application Form with all the relevant documents.
  • Appear for Entrance Exam at the institute.
  • Appear for First Round of Interview.
  • Appear for Final Round of Interview.

    NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be intimated via phone and email.
    To access the application form and know more about the application process, please visit the Application Form section.
    Additional requirements for Audio Engineering & Music Production as below:
    Essays
  • What matters the most to you and why? (word limit: 200)
  • What has been your biggest achievement so far and why do you consider it to be so? (word limit: 200)
  • Why do you choose Audio Engineering & Music Production as a profession? What made you choose the course at SACAC? (word limit: 500)
  • Select a song (Indian/Western, Film/Non Film) of your choice and try to identify the different instruments used in the recording. If possible, also try and explain the recording technique(s) used. (word limit: 500), (Note: For rare/uncommon tracks, please provide web link or details.)
Application Process
The procedure for accessing and submitting the application form Diploma programme is as follows:
  1. Click on the link below to download the Application Form in PDF format
  2. Complete all sections of the form accurately, sign the declaration and submit. Please submit a printed copy at the SACAC office, either in person or through mail.
  3. A Processing Fee of Rs.2000/- is applicable with each submitted application form. You can pay this amount by cash at the SACAC office or by sending a DD in favour of “Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication” payable at New Delhi.
NOTE: We cannot process application forms that are incomplete or without submission of the Processing Fee.  
CHECKLIST FOR ENCLOSURE
  1. Crossed DD for Rs. 2000/- in favour of “Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication”, payable at New Delhi.
  2. Two photographs of size 3cm X 4cm.
  3. Self attested photocopy of mark sheets of graduation and other relevant academic certificates. Admit card/examination ticket, if you are appearing for your final graduation examination.
  4. Attach your CV with the form at the time of submission.
  5. Course specific essays as stated under Admission Process.
  6. Portfolio/CD/DVD in safe folders/pouches, as specified under Admission Process.
 
TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. An application form once sold/issued in the name of a candidate cannot be returned and/or transferred.
  2. SACAC reserves the right to call applicants for interview.
  3. An application form should be complete in all respects.
  4. Rights to admission are reserved with SACAC.
  5. Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
  6. All disputes are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi courts.
 
Tuition Fee
Tuition Fee
Audio Engineering & Music Production12 MonthsRs. 2,48,000/-

 

NOTE:

  • Applicable Service Tax extra
  • Students need to pay an additional refundable caution deposit of Rs. 10,000/-
Payment Structure
The payment of course fees has been broken into three installments for convenience during the course.
At the time of admission1st Installment1/3rd of the total fee
After completion of 2 months2nd Installment1/3rd of the total fee
After completion of 4 months3rd Installment1/3rd of the total fee
Terms & Conditions
Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferable.
A fine of Rs. 50/- per day will be charged for the first 30 days, post which the student may be barred from attending classes.
Students who will have to appear for re-examination due to failure to secure mandatory marks, will have to pay Rs. 1000/- as re-examination fee for each paper they have to re-write.
Students failing to clear their dues will not be allowed to appear for the final examinations and participate in diploma projects.
Audio Engineering & Music Production students need to have a laptop, pair of professional headphones and HDD of 1 TB (minimum).
The course require the students to go on study tours, film festivals, exhibitions, etc. The students are expected to bear the expenses of necessary transport, lodging and boarding.
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