Audio Production Certificate

This 18-week accelerated program is for students who are serious about a career in the music business. Learn the in-demand skills that will make your services valuable.

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In this 18 week program, students will learn the art and science of audio production in our professional recording studios and digital audio workstation lab for six hours per day, five days a week. Students will also have access to the DAW lab and recording studios for practice and student driven productions after class every weekday evening and all day on Saturdays.

Students will be instructed in the major areas of audio engineering and production by our award winning and professionally active faculty. Our program has a student to faculty ratio of 8:1.


  • Train engineers, producers, and technicians in all things sound, including audio visual content
  • Record and produce music on a daily basis
  • Provide maximum access to the recording studios and DAW lab
  • Provide information about how to monetize skills and creative work to create sustainable careers
  • Provide a diverse set of skills to succeed in audio production


At the conclusion of the Audio Production Program, students will:

  • Have a deep proficiency in the use of digital audio workstations and recording studio techniques
  • Understand the business and legal rights that attach to their compositions and recordings through the operation of Federal copyright statutes and the best practices for managing and operating those businesses
  • Understand how to build and manage their own home studio
  • Understand how to develop their own LLCs and business and career plans

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TR101 - Audio Fundamentals

TR101 – Audio Fundamentals

This class focuses on acoustics, the physics of sound and audio terminology, including gain staging principles, signal flow and routing.

Course Objectives
  • Understanding the Physics of Sound: Sound as pressure and propagation, acoustics, treatment vs isolation, sound in a room, acoustical issues – room modes, flutter, live vs dead, sound as pressure
  • Basics of Sound as a Voltage: Mic level, line level, speaker level, balanced vs unbalanced, gain staging, impedance, signal flow
  • Microphone Operation and Technique: Transduction principles, design and applications, placement and choice, color and creativity; the microphone as a tool
  • Signal Flow: Understand signal flow as it interfaces both analog and digital components in a recording environment
  • Making a Simple Recording: Understand how to make a simple audio recording with proper gain staging, microphone technique, and signal routing
  • Connectors, Cables, and Devices: Define the types of connectors used to connect audio devices and the various attributes associated with each type
  • Creating a Good Listening Environment – Treating the room and selecting and placing monitors, locating the “sweet spot”

TR102 - Pro Tools

TR102 – Pro Tools

Pro Tools is the industry standard digital audio workstation (DAW) used in large format commercial studios, home studios, and laptop music production. In this course, students will learn to record, mix, and edit using this software.

Course Objectives
  • Introduction to the Software: Set up a Pro Tools session
  • Signal Flow: Understand the order of operations sound goes through in its different stages before hearing it through the speakers
  • Recording and Importing Audio Sources: Use Pro Tools to record sound or a performance
  • Introduction to MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface): Record virtual instruments
  • Non-Linear Editing: Perform non-destructive editing on audio source materials
  • Understanding Plugins: Define the specifics of plugin types, formats, and functions as they relate to editing and mixing
  • Introduction to Mixing in Pro Tools: Combine multiple tracks to create a finished stereo sound recording, using audio processing (equalization, compression, limiting, and effects)
  • Efficiency: Use keyboard shortcuts, troubleshooting, and editing techniques to maximize productivity

TR103 - Critical Listening

TR103 – Critical Listening

This course concerns how the ear works, hearing health, identification of sound sources, frequency analysis including frequency vs pitch, loudness vs timbre, frequency masking, properties of sound, and recognizing the sonic differences in use of various sound processing.

Course Objectives
  • How Does the Ear Work? Understand and appreciate the human perception of sound and hearing health issues
  • Properties of Sound: Frequency and pitch, loudness and timbre, frequency masking, pure tone identification, and the application of sound processing effects
  • Relating the Subjective to the Objective: Identifying the frequency spectrum of various musical instruments and the acoustical properties of a listening space
  • Critical Analysis: Analyze a recording to determine the production methods and techniques employed based on tonal identifiers and breakdown of a song’s arrangement
  • Problems in Recording: Recognize non-linear sonic anomalies and artifacts and develop efficient approaches to solve problems
  • Shaping the Sound with Harmonics and Overtones: Relationships of overtones and harmonics to the overall frequency spectrum and the role they play in a source’s timbre or tonal characteristics
  • Problems in the Room: Identify acoustic problems in physical spaces

TR104 - Business of Music

TR104 – Business of Music

The course is designed to provide the musician, songwriter, producer, engineer, and music industry professional with a basic introduction to the music business, including the legal and business consequences of creative work, the production, publication, marketing and distribution functions related to creative work, and the careers associated with each.

Course Objectives
  • Structure of The Music Business: Make students aware of the Industry’s segments, the artist’s team, its economics, trends, and career opportunities
  • Copyright: It’s history, how it applies to the work of the student, understanding the statutes, the rights that apply to all forms of “creative work,” and their legal and business consequences
  • Publishing & PROs: Music publishers, recording companies, songwriting contracts, performance rights organizations, how they work, their revenue streams, and career opportunities
  • Contracts, Licenses, & Transfers: Monetize the rights of copyright law, transfer those rights – the deals, the terms, the consequences. How to protect your rights. The importance of “splits agreements” and “work for hire agreements” in the recording studio and music making
  • Group Deals & Touring: How to limit liability as a member of a group. How to organize a band as a business, including the business of touring and the multiple jobs available in the businesses of live performance
  • Merchandise & Distribution: Products, physical and intangible, how they are brought to the public. Distribution platforms, streaming services, how the money works
  • Film Music: Making it, acquiring it, the deals and contracts, “work for hire” and soundtracks.
  • Business Planning, Entities, Taxes, Insurance, & Team: The business of music, the artist’s team – who gets paid what for what, setting goals, staying legal, best business practices
  • Branding, Marketing, & Social Media: How to create awareness, how to connect, how to monetize connection. Acquiring and retaining customers. Best practices for the use of social media and creating content for it
  • Website, Social Media, & Analytics: How to apply specific creative skills more broadly to allow the engineer, producer, or artist to share their work, track their data, and understand how to use Internet tools to create awareness, fans, and customers

TR105 - Studio Recording I

TR105 – Studio Recording I

This course puts to use the concepts learned in Audio Fundamentals including signal flow, basic studio operations and procedures, microphones placement and usage, as well as integrating outboard gear with a large format console. This first level studio class will focus primarily on hands on setup and take-down of a variety of recording environments from a single source to large ensembles. Communication skills and studio etiquette are important to understanding the psychology of artists and musicians in a recording environment.

Course Objectives
  • Importance of Pre-Production: Plan and determine the structure and method of a genre specific session, including gear and instrument selection and microphone setups; splits and work for hire agreements
  • Signal Flow Concepts: Understand the order of operations a sound goes through in a multi-track recording environment
  • Console Design and Attributes: Recognize various console design topologies and how they interact with different signal processors for recording, editing, mixing, and mastering
  • Creative and Effective Microphone Techniques: Discuss the art and science of microphone selection and placement
  • Track and Overdub: Record, replace, and repair tracks and add additional instruments and sounds
  • Psychology in the Studio: Communicate effectively with artists, musicians, and other industry professionals to establish an environment for heightened creative expression.
  • Session Documentation: The importance of documentation and production notes in system recall and data archiving
  • Financial, Business, and Legal Considerations: Budgeting, rates, fees, musician releases, splits and work for hire agreements

TR106 - Ableton Live

TR106 – Ableton Live

This is an introductory course in MIDI (music instrument digital interface) production and Ableton Live, including how different MIDI controllers can be used to input data to create sounds, compositions, and live performances. Topics include synthesis, sound design, recording, sampling, effects processing and the art of arranging sounds into electronic compositions. Additional topics include the business and legal consequences of creating sound recordings and compositions.

Course Objectives
  • Introduction to MIDI: Create music “in-the-box” using audio and MIDI sequencing and the basic terminology associated with MIDI setups and configurations
  • MIDI Sequencing, Recording, & Editing: Perform all the major functions necessary to record, edit, playback, and convert audio to MIDI and MIDI to audio in live and recorded performances
  • Synthesis & Sound Design: Create original sounds and sound designs using a variety of synthesis and recording techniques
  • Balancing & Mixing: Develop mixing techniques for sound design and electronic music production and export the finished mix from Ableton Live
  • Introduction to Visual Electronic Music Production: Use Ableton Live to create soundscapes and compositions for visual productions
  • Sampling Methods: How to use samplers in recording, editing, and managing samples for digital production in multi-timbral setups
  • MIDI Controllers & Push Workflows: Use Push to program drums and instrument samples, program effect parameters, and input automation
  • Making Music: Introduction to music theory, song structure, and compositional techniques

TR107 - Home Studio

TR107 – Home Studio

This course is designed to provide the audio entrepreneur with the technological and business information necessary to build, develop, and equip a home recording studio.

Course Objectives
  • Defining Business Plan & Purpose: Develop goals, mission statement, and business plan for a home studio
  • Determining Services & Products: What can be accomplished in a home studio; physical limitations and personal preferences
  • Equipment Acquisition: What gear do you really need and what will it cost?
  • Digital Audio Workstation: Evaluate individual DAWs; specific attributes and limitations
  • Interfacing Equipment: Signal flow and proper connections for home studios
  • Room Treatment and Acoustics: Physics, acoustics, placement, selection, construction
  • Delivery & Archiving: File formats, storage, and sharing
  • Marketing & Social Media Strategies: The acquisition and retention of customers
  • Business & Legal Consequences: Documents, releases, entities, scaling, insurance, and employees; running a small business

TR108 - Mixing

TR108 – Mixing

Audio mixing is the process of combining recorded tracks into one or more channels using volume, panning, EQ, dynamics, and effects processors. In this process a source’s frequency response and dimensional placement are manipulated and enhanced using DAWs, plug-ins, analog consoles, and outboard gear. Various models of analog gear will be analyzed and compared to their digital counterparts.

Course Objectives
  • Developing a workflow: Session setup, groups, organization, routing, preparing for the mix; templates, comparison of various mixing approaches
  • Applying signal processing: Use EQ and compression, parallel processing, and add depth and space with reverb, delay, and sound modulation
  • Using Automation: Program multiple tasks to create a dynamic mix with movement and excitement
  • Digital vs. Analog: Mixing in the box, on the console; digital and analog sources
  • Deliverables: Prepare files for mastering, labels, and clients; print stems, TV and instrumental mixes, and sound beds for live performance; archiving files for long-term storage and protection

TR109 - Composition and Sound Design

TR109 – Composition and Sound Design

This course involves using synthesis and the musical skills of composition to create soundscapes to enhance visual images through the use of sample-based instruments, field recordings, and virtual synthesizers. Advanced concepts include additive, subtractive, granular, and wavetable synthesis and sound design techniques such as time stretching, convolution, distortion, and filtering.

Course Objectives
  • Sound Design Concepts: Manipulate the functions of virtual synthesizers and samplers within Ableton, Reason, Luna, and Pro Tools, and apply sound design techniques including time stretching, convolution, distortion, filtering, and the use of various concepts of synthesis
  • Compositional Techniques: Apply music theory, instrumentation, orchestration, and arranging to create scores, original music, and soundscapes
  • Orchestrations with Synthetic Samples: Use samples of orchestral sounds in Pro Tools, Reason, Luna, and Ableton to create full and realistic orchestrations
  • Using Foley in Sound Design: Record in the field and in the studio, using everyday sounds to simulate sounds evoked by visual images
  • Scoring, Source Music, and Pre-Existing Recordings: Mix and assemble the soundscape for a visual work

TR110 - Audio Electronics

TR110 – Audio Electronics

Understanding electronics is a valuable skill set for the audio engineer. The signal flow in audio production has its basis in electronics from microphone to recording to speakers. In this course we will explore basic electronics theory, component identification, maintenance, troubleshooting, and safety. In addition, students will gain hands on experience building projects for use in the audio world.

Course Objectives
  • Electrical Quantities: Voltage, current, resistance, and impedance
  • Components: Testing and identifying how they work and how they fail
  • Soldering: Circuit boards, cables and connectors
  • Schematics: Reading and interpreting schematic symbols and signal flow
  • Electronics Test Equipment: Multimeters and oscilloscopes
  • Electronic Circuits: Theory and mathematics of series and parallel circuits
  • Ohm’s Law: The relationship of voltage, current, and resistance
  • Electrical Power Sources: AC and DC, batteries, and power supplies
  • Analog vs Digital: Understand the differences in electronic circuits in respect of system operation
  • Tape Machine: Component terminology, calibration, cleaning and demagnetizing. Input/output and playback alignment

TR111 - Studio Recording II

TR111 – Studio Recording II

This is a project-based course in which students will apply what they have learned to produce and engineer professional recording sessions in multiple genres in both the analog and digital domain.

Course Objectives
  • Pre-Production: Selection of songs, musicians, technicians, and service providers; dealing with releases, licenses, contracts, union forms, budgets, and schedules
  • Roles in the Studio: Awareness of specific jobs and responsibilities of participants and how they may overlap
  • Gear Choices: Determine and select appropriate equipment for the specific recording, including signal processors, microphones, and instruments
  • Session Setup: Recording platform, signal flow, and setting up the live room
  • Getting Sounds: Work with individual musicians to achieve accuracy and clarity in the reproduction of the sound of their instrument, as consistent with the genre of the music
  • Multi-Track Analog Recording: Workflow and sonic differences between analog and digital domains
  • Making Educated Decisions Quickly: Diagnose and solve technical problems quickly and efficiently
  • Tracking: Record multiple sources and instruments simultaneously to provide the greatest flexibility for repair and placement while encouraging the highest level of musical interaction
  • Overdubbing: Repair, replace, and additional tracking
  • Mixing: Create depth, height, and width in a soundscape using signal processing, panning, and volume control
  • Alternative Recording Services: Record speech and integrate audio visual productions; remote recording
  • Psychology: Understand how to get the best work out of artists and musicians by establishing a comfortable, respectful, and creative environment

TR112 - Mastering

TR112 – Mastering

Audio mastering is the final step in the production process, following recording and mixing. It is the art of preparing a final master recording for replication, manufacturing, and online distribution. Mastering creates a broadcast-ready recorded performance with its own sonic identity as well as consistency among multiple tracks, whether it be for LP, CD, or streaming. Topics to be discussed include ISRC codes and metadata, album sequencing, manual gain adjustments, noise reduction, dither, and final signal processing.

Course Objectives
  • Mastering Techniques: Develop signal processing techniques when dealing with pre-mastered mixes and recordings in stereo formats, such as gain adjustments, noise reduction, using signal processing software and gear as it defines the finished master for a specific genre; sequencing, cross-fading
  • Signal Processing: Compare the differences between analog and digital mastering, including the use of Izotope’s Ozone and other standard processing gear and techniques, such as dither, compression, EQ, and limiting
  • Loudness: Apply industry standard volume levels for finished, mastered products for music productions, film/video, broadcast, online music platforms, and physical product
  • Data: Understand the metadata usually encoded during the final stages of the mastering process for distribution and record keeping

TR113 - Life Skills

TR113 – Life Skills

This course concerns not just how to function and operate as an audio professional but also as a tax paying, budget-following, organized adult. In this course students will learn about budgeting, saving, borrowing money, compound interest, insurance of various types, taxes, basic business entities, credit scores and reports, wills, buying and selling property, and the structure of local government.

Course Objectives
  • Debt, Budgets, & Saving: Computing interest, financial projections, dangers of credit card debt, and budgets and saving plans
  • Business Entities: Sole proprietorships, partnerships, LLCs, etc
  • Taxes & Insurance: Withholding, quarterly tax payments for the entrepreneur, health insurance options, liability insurance for home studios, foreign income/tax credits
  • Buying & Selling: Transferring real, personal and intangible property; registration with governmental agencies
  • Local Government: Licensure, public records and the structure of local and state government

TR114 - Experiential Learning

TR114 – Experiential Learning

The course aims to provide a professional application of a student’s skills and to gauge interest and preparedness by providing in-house recording sessions over three weeks. Students will work with artists and bands to record music.

Students who are falling behind or otherwise not achieving at the Distinguished or Proficient levels necessary for graduation may use some time during the Experiential Learning weeks for remedial purposes and may work in the DAW lab to this end.

Course Objectives
  • Application: Apply knowledge and skills in a real world situation
  • Employment: Provide the student with touchpoints of experience to prepare them to start a new business or search for a job
  • Professionalism: How to conduct oneself in a professional environment, developing communication skills, people skills, and the ability to work in teams
  • Networking: Make formal and informal connections in multiple areas of the music industry
  • Provide Choices: Experiment with various areas of interest and multiple employment possibilities

TR115 - Optional Audio Production Externship

TR115 – Optional Audio Production Externship

Students who have achieved a level of Distinguished or Proficient in the Audio Production Program are eligible to receive continuing education credits for an Audio Production Externship. To receive these credits, a student should pursue and complete an externship with a recording studio, production company, music venue, or related business for a minimum of 100 hours of work. This externship must be preapproved by the course instructor and must begin within 6 months of graduation from the Audio Production Certificate program.

Course Objectives
  • Apply knowledge and skills obtained in the Audio Production Certificate program in a real world situation
  • Provide the student with additional experience in conducting themself in a professional environment, while developing communication, people, and teamworking skills
  • Provide the student with experiences that prepare them to start a business or search for and obtain a job
  • Provide the student with an opportunity to make connections in multiple areas of the music industry

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Nate Nelson

Nate Nelson

Recording Instructor

Charlie Chastain

Charlie Chastain

Audio Production Instructor

Andrew Ratcliffe

Andrew Ratcliffe

CEO/Recording Instructor

Hank Sullivant

Hank Sullivant

Business of Music & Life Skills Instructor

Kayla Dover

Kayla Dover

Associate Instructor/Student Outreach Coordinator

Schedule & Tuition


Spring 2024

Enrollment Deadline: January 15

Class Begins: January 29

Easter: March 29 & April 1

Memorial Day: May 27

Class Ends: May 31

Fall 2024

Enrollment Deadline: July 29

Class Begins: August 12

Labor Day: September 2

Thanksgiving: November 28 & 29

Class Ends: December 13


Tuition for the 2024 Audio Production Certificate program is $12,000, which includes a $200 seat reservation fee and all supplies and materials needed for the program. Tuition may be paid in full upfront or in two installments (50% at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of the semester and 50% at week 9 of the program). Payments may be made by check or by card.

For more information regarding tuition and paying for our program, please contact Melissa Bateman


I’m considering other audio production programs. What are some advantages to Tweed’s Audio Production Certificate program?

  • Students are learning and working in the studios by the end of week 1.
  • Our collection of gear gives students an opportunity to learn both vintage and new, common and uncommon gear so they’re able to work comfortably in a commercial recording studio.
  • Our program incorporates the business and legal issues that musicians, engineers, and producers face as they start and navigate their careers.
  • Our students spend a minimum of 3 full weeks and several class dates during the program recording between 10 and 15 bands and artists. Our students graduate with credits for this work that can be included on their resumes and websites.

I work full time. Can I enroll in your Audio Production Certificate program?

Students are in class from 10am until 5pm during the week and are required to work after hours as part of the curriculum. They must also periodically work late hours in recording sessions. For this reason, it is incredibly difficult for a student to successfully complete our program while working full-time.

How will my certificate from Tweed help me get a job after graduation?

Dedicated students who graduate from our program will have a strong foundation in audio production and engineering, beginning with the basic physics of sound through the mixing and mastering of songs. Students will have an understanding of the business and legal issues of the music industry and will have encountered numerous engineers, artists, and producers in the Athens and Atlanta area. After working in multiple recording sessions, students will graduate with credits that they can include on their resumes and websites. Our instructors and staff will help connect and advise students as best they can, taking into account the student’s career and personal goals, as well as production and engineering skill sets.

What Our Students Are Saying

My favorite part has been just coming into this experience and just being with and meeting new people that are into music like me, that have the same passion, and working with them.

– Luis

I had a wonderful experience with your staff and faculty, y’all truly care and seem to have a vested, true interest in our well being in and outside of the facility. In fact, I am quite stunned at the degree to which I was helped with my problems. That’s something I am very grateful for, and also something that educational institutions typically lack.

– Grant

Universal Audio
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