The Blackbird Academy’s Studio Engineering classes are taught over 24 weeks, hands-on, in studios you’ve heard on countless records. Classes meet five days a week, 30 – 40 hours per week.
Half of the program takes place inside Blackbird Studio, where groups of five students focus on pre-production, recording live musicians, overdubbing, and mixing. The other half takes place in our classroom/learning lab, which is also a working recording studio featuring an API console, two isolation booths, and 30 individual Pro Tools stations. Each student has a workstation including a Universal Audio Apollo interface featuring an extensive collection of plugins.
Students also have access to audio labs and equipment outside of regular hours, to work on assignments and to practice recording and mixing. Students also benefit from learning directly from a host of working industry professionals in the classroom and on-site visits to other studios, mastering houses, venues, equipment factories, or other audio-related businesses.
LIVE SOUND ENGINEERING
The Blackbird Academy’s Live Sound Engineering Program is based on the same model as our Studio Engineering Program: experiential learning from real-life scenarios a live sound professional would come across every day. Our program has been developed in collaboration with Clair Global, the premier live sound company. Students learn on gear that touring professionals use every day from the massive Clair warehouses in Nashville, TN.
Clair Global professionals are also part of the guest teaching staff, guiding students through the skills it takes to work in this challenging and growing industry.