WAM provides rigorous, immersive training in professional audio and the recording arts with award-winning women and gender-diverse instructors. Sign-up to build your skills and take the next step in your audio journey!

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Podcasting 101

Are you interested in creating a podcast but not sure where to start? Do you have an amazing podcast idea but little professional experience in radio/audio production? You will leave this class with a short TRAILER (30 seconds to 3 min) for the podcast you want to create. Class will cover:

  1. Envisioning your podcast: format, structure, voices/guests, hosts/cohosts, frequency, crafting a STORY, edited vs interview style, and eventually name/ logo.
  2. Home & field recording tips: how to create professional sounding audio without a booth.
  3. Interviewing / Guest booking
  4. Pro Tools/editing tips
  5. Writing/scripting for radio
  6. Voicing/Delivery
  7. Listening party & sharing Industry resources!

Classes will take place on 7 Tuesdays from February 15 – March 29, 2022

5:30-7:30pm PT each day


Location: Online via Zoom


WAM Level 1: Intro to Recording & Audio Production

Consists of 8 sessions and covers the following outline:

  1. Science of Sound
  2. Signal flow and the Recording Chain
  3. Microphones
  4. Digital Audio and recording with Digital Audio Workstations
  5. Basic Audio Connection and Soldering

Classes will take place on the following 8 Mondays:

2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28

6:30pm-9:00pm PT each day


Location: Online via Zoom

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:

  1. Recording in a Professional Studio
  2. Microphone Placement Techniques
  3. Mixing and Signal Processing

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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.

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Pro Tools Basics – Beginner/Intermediate Level

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. 

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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:


November is Live Sound Month

November 2021

It’s Live Sound month with WAM! One ticket gets you access to all panels & workshops!   As live music events begin to come back to life and tours kick off in early 2022, WAM is focusing on Live Sound for the whole month of November! With one ticket you’ll get: Setting up a PA … Read more

WAMCon Virtual LA – July 23 & 24

July 23-24, 2021

                              Friday July 23rd – 5-7pm PDT Saturday, July 24th – 11am-4pm PDT WAMCon virtual is back July 23 & 24! We are ‘headed’ to LA bringing you a focus on sound for film, music editing and composition, and game audio … Read more

WAMCon Virtual Nashville – April 24, 2021

April 24, 2021 | 11am PST

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