The Diploma in Sound Technology is the flagship program at Cape Audio College. This three-year program offers a depth and specialization of knowledge, together with practical skills and competence, enabling students to enter a number of career paths within the sound industry in South Africa and internationally.

Cape Audio College Diploma students start by covering all the fundamentals of sound production, including the principles of audio technology, both analogue and digital. The equipment used in sound production is then introduced and after just 4 weeks the students are working on radio productions applying what they have learned in class practically. 

While working in the studios and gaining confidence on the gear students then go into depth, learning vital concepts like, signal flow, gain structure and recording techniques. Pro-Tools training forms an integral part of the curriculum and students are taught the necessary skills to be highly proficient on this industry standard digital audio platform.

Over and above technical skills, students are taught the more creative aspects of the craft, like sound design, mixing and the art of capturing a sonic or musical moment of brilliance as a good quality recording. Human relations and professionalism is another skill we place a lot of emphasis on, and it is often this area that can make the difference between an average and a great sound engineer.

WITHIN 4 WEEKS STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO INDIVIDUAL STUDIO TIME
WHERE THEY WILL APPLY PRACTICALLY WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED IN CLASS. FACILITATORS ARE AT HAND TO ASSIST CREATING A ONE ON ONE LEARNING EXPERIENCE.

As part of the practical assessment, students are required to record and produce radio commercials ready for air play, learn the art of sound design and post production by producing the soundtrack for film clips and documentaries, perform PA setup and live mixing and record and mix bands in the studio utilizing the latest computer and digital editing recording equipment available. Students also learn the value of a good analogue front end to the recording chain, which can make the difference between a commercial recording and a demo.

 Our lecturers are highly qualified industry professionals who, apart from giving you the best training around, will make sure that you enjoy every lecture. Classes and industry workshops are held in a relaxed environment and numbers are kept small. Students will book practical time in the studios and apply what they have learned in class.

Students will be mentored through the program by staff and industry professionals ensuring that once qualified graduates will be able to go out there and get the job done professionally.

We offer as much assistance as possible when it comes to getting into the career you wish to pursue. We can also put you in touch with relevant people in the industry who can offer more help and sometimes employ you directly.  Leading recording studios, radio stations and audio-visual production companies have endorsed the Cape Audio College by employing successful graduates. Cape Audio College emphasizes hands-on training. All students attending our college have individual practical studio time. The College is equipped with professional multi-track recording studios. In order to perform professionally and work in studios or broadcasting facilities today, one needs a solid grounding based on both practical and theoretical knowledge, all of which can be obtained at the Cape Audio College.

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In the first year of study students start by being introduced to the fundamentals of audio theory and what being an sound engineer is all about. Students learn about the hardware equipment used in modern day audio production studios and they integrate this equipment with computer based production software to complete a number of projects that enable students to develop a firm grounding and develop their skills in the various facets of the sound production industry.

Audio Technology Fundamentals

  • Audio Technology Fundamentals.

  • The human ear and the perception of sound.

  • Sound principles and electrical representation of sound.

  • Sound measurement dB.

  • Audio circuits and block diagrams.

  • Cabling and connectors.

  • Soldering techniques.

  • Introduction to digital. Mac OS X and the DAW (Pro Tools)

Radio Production 1

  • The recording studio.

  • Pro Tools techniques.

  • The stages of radio production.

  • The makeup of a basic radio commercial.

  • Creative considerations.

  • Voice over recording techniques.

  • Mix down

  • Mastering for radio broadcast.

Music Production 1
  • Microphone technology and application.
  • The audio signal chain and recording equipment.
  • Recording production techniques.
  • Music theory and application.
  • MIDI theory and sequencing techniques.
  • Music mixing.

Audio Post Production 1

  • Pro Tools in post environment.
  • Creative sound design principles.
  • Sound effects.
  • Audio post mixing.

Live Sound 1

  • The basic Public Address (PA)
  • Venue considerations.
  • Set up and breakdown protocols.
  • Trouble shooting.
  • Sound check
  • The monitors and feedback
  • Designing for intelligibility.

Diploma in Audio Engineering second year students start off by getting stuck into advanced recording techniques starting with an in depth analysis and appreciation of various instruments including drum tuning, instrument timbre, microphone placements, pre amps and acoustical considerations. Students are then given a thorough understanding of the workings of digital audio systems and how to implement this technology into modern production environments.

With this knowledge firmly in place second year students then embark on an in depth study of the Pro Tools environment including technical and operational skills of this industry standard DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)

Audio visual production then takes precedence and students are taught all aspects of putting a sound track together from music and effects to dialogue, location recording to final mix.

Audio Technology Fundamentals 2

  • Understanding and interpreting specifications.

  • Electrical interfacing of the audio chain.

  • Principles of digital audio.

Radio Production 2

  • Types of radio production and presentation.
  • Key people within the radio production industry.
  • Pitch presentation.
  • Voice over artists fees and usage.
  • Jingle composition and arrangement.
  • Music rights usage and royalties.
  • Advertising campaigns.
Music Production 2
  • Advanced drum recording and mixing techniques.
  • Advanced Guitar re-amping techniques.
  • Song Tempo structure and progression.
  • Advanced MIDI, sequencing and electronic music production.
  • Advanced routing and mixing techniques.
  • Advanced Dynamic control.
  • Gain structure and manipulation through Equalization.
  • Advanced mastering.

Audio Post Production 2

  • Cue lists
  • Foley production techniques.
  • Advanced sound design.
  • Field recording.
  • Recording voice over's.
  • Sound track composition.
  • 5.1 Surround sound mixing.
  • Mastering for broadcast.

Live Sound 2

  • Acoustic considerations.
  • Troubleshooting
  • Front of house sound system design and operation.
  • Monitor engineering.
  • Advanced live sound technologies.
  • Advanced live mixing techniques.
  • Recording the live event.

 


 

In the third year of study students specialize in the three main facets of modern sound production, namely; Music production, Sound to Picture and Live Sound.  Students work closely with clients, industry role players and professionals in a real world situation and are expected to:

Liaise with a band producer/manager or artist and coordinate the recording mixing and mastering of an album to a standard acceptable for commercial release.

Provide the sound track for a full length feature film or documentary including location recording, music composition, and dialogue recording and editing. The sound track must be mixed in stereo and surround sound and be compatible with television and cinema standards. Acoustics are then studied in depth and students have to design a recording studio complex from the ground up in the form of a detailed acoustic design proposal.

Conceptualize and coordinate a live sound event at a real world venue and be responsible for ; putting together a bill of performers, securing a venue and promoting the event, identifying the sound requirements, Install, troubleshoot and operate the Front of House and Monitor Sound Systems during the event.

Acoustic Principles and Studio Design 1
  • Sound Transmission and sound proofing techniques
  • Construction, specification and design of sound transmission barriers.
  • Acoustic principles, diffusion, reflection and absorption.
  • Modal frequency distribution and identification of standing wave frequencies.
  • Treatment of standing wave frequencies.
  • Earthing and wiring techniques used in audio installation.
  • Identification and application of sound transmission. reduction within HVAC designs and installations.
  • Profiling and presentation of equipment installations and layouts.
  • Design considerations.
  • Auxiliary services.

Music Business Principles 1

  • The Structure of the music and entertainment industry.
  • Small business management.
  • Contracts for the entertainment industry.
  • Intellectual property and copyright law.
  • Marketing and branding strategies.
  • Career planning and management.
Music Production 3
  • Liaise with producer and artist in preparation of Album production.
  • Evaluate and assess song arrangements and production planning for commercial viability.
  • Record, mix and master EP for commercial release for radio and retail distribution.
  • Organize recording schedule and work to budget constraints.
  • Prepare press release pack for marketing purposes.

Audio Post Production 3

  • Client Brief.
  • Music and sound design.
  • Production audio
  • Dialogue recordings / lip-sync and ADR (Automatic dialogue replacement)
  • Final mix and master preparations

Live Sound 3

  • Securing a venue for a live sound event.
  • Venue contracts.
  • Organizing a list of bands / performers to perform at an event.
  • Performers contractual arrangements.
  • Event promotion.
  • Sound system requirements for an event.
  • Sound system for front of house and monitor system.
  • Sound check and mixing sound for all performers.

Course Duration: 

3 Years starting January, ending December. 

Each week, the students will attend two theory lectures and book individual studio sessions for the remainder of the week. 

Lectures:
 

Lectures take the form of interactive "workshops", covering a curriculum composed of both audio theory, and procedural exercises. The lectures run from 09:30 - 13:00 on either Mon, Tues, Wed or Thurs.

Studio Time:

Practical studio time is booked in 3 hour sessions between 09:00 and 18:00 Mondays to Fridays. Lecturers and practical trainers are present to assist and guide students' progress.

Access to the Course

The qualification is open to any candidate that meets any of the following requirements.

Successful completion of  South African grade 12 or equivalent. (Senior Certificate) Or:

Successful completion of the equivalent academic learning of an NQF 4 Qualification    or higher.

Successful completion of a Higher Certificate in a cognate field. (Audio industry)

RPL from other educational institutes. 

Applicants, who have not completed the South African grade 12 or equivalent, but, who have previous experience will  be assessed individually according to the Recognition of Prior Learning.

Applications will only be considered if the applicant has a command of the English language.


Course Structure: 

The course Comprises an in-depth theory section and a wide variety of practical assignments. A year mark is established from theory examinations as well as practical assignments in a continuous assessment program.

 

 



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