Music Technology

The Music Technology course we offer here at CSS, is a complete and intensive course, designed to offer our students a combination of topics from both Audio Engineering and Music Production courses and are taught in one year.

Winter Term

1st Semester

The main focus of the first term, will be on music production.

Students will start from learning about the principles of Audio Production and the meaning of different Music Technology terms.

Will get familiar with the different types of Studio recording hardware.

Will learn in depth the Industry standard DAW (digital audio workstation), covering advanced audio and midi recording and editing techniques.

Then will learn how to use various software synthesizers and will be introduced to the different sound synthesis techniques, including sampling.

Spring Term

2nd Semester

Students will learn about the different types of different types of microphones and will put into practice various microphone recording techniques according to the characteristics of the different acoustic instruments and the acoustic properties of the recording environment.

Summer Term

Last Semester

During this term, students will study various mixing and mastering techniques and will also have the opportunity to use the Cyprus School of Sound studios to put these techniques in practice.

Finally to complete the course, the students will use the professional recording facilities that are available at CSS to record, edit, mix and master their final recording project to produce a professional music single.

Resources

The lessons will take place in the classroom, mixing / recording studios and the main recording studio as required. Students will have to their disposal the latest software, as well as a wide variety of hardware, including: wide choice of microphones, a variety of studio hardware, electric guitar / bass guitar amplifiers and instruments.

Support

Due to the fact that the classes are small in size, students will benefit from having more time to experiment with the equipment and also receive better individual support by the teacher.

In addition to the variety of equipment and the the latest technology that students can enjoy at Private Institute Cyprus School of Sound, specially trained and experienced in the field lecturer, will be there each step of the way to ensure that individual support and guidance is given to each student, in order to help nurture and develop his/her creative and technical abilities.

Is this course for me?

This course is designed for the students who want to learn about most aspects of the use of technology in music.

The first part is music production based for those interested in learning how to use the technology to compose music with a computer, where the second part is focused in audio engineering (learning how to record, edit, mix and master audio)

Students who complete this course, could work towards a career as a music producer, studio sound engineer, audio technician or mixing engineer. Also, most of the skills that will be acquired during the course, are applicable to live engineering too.

Course length

10 months
Two hour lesson twice per week

Enrolment periods

September
January

Student requirements

( Desirable but not necessary)

Basic Piano skills
2nd musical instrument
Basic music theory/harmony skills

Course Topics

Winter Term

Introduction to music technology
Introduction to Hardware equipment
Introduction to Audio Production Principles
Introduction to Audio Engineering Principles
Introduction to Acoustics
Use of DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)
Midi Programing
Midi Editing
Audio Recording
Audio Editing / Manipulation
Sampling
Introduction to Sound Synthesis
Use of Software Instruments
DAW Automation
Use of Dynamics
Equalization
Use of Effects
Introduction to Mixing
Introduction to Audio Mastering
Arrangement

Spring Term

Audio Recording Techniques
Microphone Techniques
Setting up the Recording environment

Summer Term

Mixing Techniques
Equalization Techniques
Use of Dynamics
Use of Effects
Mastering Techniques
Use of External Audio Hardware
Final Project