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CORE WAM COURSES
WAM Level 1: Intro to Recording & Audio Production
Consists of 8 sessions and covers the following outline:
- Science of Sound
- Signal flow and the Recording Chain
- Digital Audio and recording with Digital Audio Workstations
- Basic Audio Connection and Soldering
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Introduction to Electronic Music Production in Ableton
July 14, 21, 28 – Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm PDT
Learn the basics of how to produce music in Ableton Live 11 including recording clips, the difference between midi and analog, how to load sounds, understanding arrangement views, and more.
August 4, 11, 18 – Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8:30pm PDT
Take your Ableton knowledge to the next level in this class on production techniques! We will cover comping, sampling, creative arrangement and editing, automation, midi mapping.
Note: This course focuses on using Ableton in a digital audio recording and production environment. Attendees should have intermediate computer skills. Classes include a combination of lecture and hands-on learning. We recommend taking Level 1 as a prerequisite to all other WAM classes.
WAM Level 2 – Intermediate Level
Consists of 6 sessions. Learn to use the gear and systems in WAM’s professional recording studio, from large format consoles to patch bays, headphone systems, microphone selection and techniques, and signal processors (EQ, dynamic and time-based processing). Level 2 covers the following outline:
- Recording in a Professional Studio
- Microphone Placement Techniques
- Mixing and Signal Processing
Wednesdays May 5, 13, 19, 26, June 2, 9, 2021
Two class times are offered:
Class A: 12pm – 2pm PDT
Class B: 6pm – 8pm PDT
Introduction to Live Sound – Beginner/Intermediate Level
Learn the basics of live sound with an industry veteran at a professional music venue. Spend the day focusing on live sound techniques while working with a live band. Join WAM instructor and live sound specialist Heidi Trefethen for a 2-day class on how to set-up live sound in a 500-person venue, the historic Berkeley club Freight & Salvage. On day 1, students will learn the basics including signal flow, speakers, monitors, microphone placement. Day 2, students will set-up live sound for a full, in-house band.
Pro Tools is the industry standard for audio engineers. Students will learn the fundamentals of Pro Tools, common workflows, and essential tools for recording, editing and mixing. Participants must have a version of Pro Tools to work from, and all classes will be held virtually over zoom. Both session 1 and 2 will offer the same content, just at different times:
Additional Master Classes – Advanced Level
We strongly recommend looking at class prerequisites before enrolling in Master courses.
Not all courses are offered each year. Examples of past Master Classes below:
- Introduction to Ableton Live and Electronic Music Production, etc.
- Intro to Mastering
- ProTools 101
- Intro to Acoustics
- Classical Recording Techniques: Music and Meaning in Audio Recording
- Intermediate Ableton
- Intro to Max
- Synth Building
WAMCon Virtual LA – July 23 & 24
WAMCon virtual is back July 23 & 24! We are ‘headed’ to LA bringing you a focus on sound for film, music editing and composition – bringing you top-notch presenters from LA. Workshops include composing for film, location sound, music editing, … Read more
WAMCon Virtual Nashville – April 24, 2021
Tickets on sale now, grab your spot! WAM’s interactive recording conference series for women and gender diverse individuals is back! Get ready for a virtual jam-packed event on April 24, 2021 featuring Nashville producers, engineers, and artists: Gena Johnson, Academy of Country Music audio engineer of the year nominee (Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, Lady Gaga) … Read more
WAM ROCKS! – A Virtual Event & Fundraiser
You’re invited to celebrate Women’s Audio Mission and women and gender expansive folks who ROCK! Join us on December 17th at 6pm PT for a virtual celebration unlike any other! We are so excited to bring the WAM community together and we are even more eager to share the impactful programs we’ve led … Read more