Audio Production & Engineering
AP&E’s goal is to provide a comprehensive education in sound engineering and music production to high school students interested in pursuing careers in the audio industry. We aim to foster a deep understanding of the technical and creative aspects of audio production, and to equip our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in this field. We strive to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment that encourages experimentation, collaboration, and innovation, and prepares our students to be leaders and innovators in the rapidly evolving world of audio technology.
Studio Production primarily focuses on sound engineering. Students will cover the essential methods used for recording live material in the studio, and polishing the sound within the workstation. They will also focus on microphone placement, instrument arrangement, tracking order, studio etiquette and a host of other engineering concepts as they tackle live recording and create professional mixes. In addition to working on musical material students will also learn how to use Pro-Tools as a powerful sound design and editing program to create soundscapes for collaborative projects.
MIDI Production focuses on music production and takes students from the introduction to the advanced functions of the MIDI music making process. Working with MIDI gives individuals the freedom to take control of their entire project, controlling instruments and arrangements, right down to the individual notes. MIDI or Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a music industry standard computer language that communicates the information contained in a musical performance.
Live Sound Mixing is the technique of balancing and blending sound sources at a live musical, or theatrical event through a mixing console. Using microphones, DI boxes and acoustics onstage, students will learn the fundamental principles used in live sound mixing.
Click on the picture below or on the link in the upper right of the page entitled "AP&E Sound Cloud" to listen to original tracks created by the Audio Production and Engineering students at Oakland School for the Arts.