WAM Level 1 – Intro to Audio Production and Recording, Winter 2020

Learn audio production and basic recording techniques used in recording everything from podcasts to music. Register here!

In this 8-class series you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the physics and science behind sound
  • Learn basic recording techniques, and about signal flow and the recording chain
  • Learn how microphones work and basic microphone selection and placement
  • Learn the basics of digital audio and recording with digital audio workstations like Pro Tools
  • Learn how to solder and make your own cables!

This is a foundational level course to help launch you into the fields of recording arts, music production, and digital technologies. Classes include a combination of lecture and hands-on learning and a free 3-month subscription to WAM’s award-winning online training eTextbook at SoundChannel. We recommend taking Level 1 as a prerequisite to all other WAM classes. 

Cost: $275 for WAM members. $375 for non-members. WAM Membership for 1 year is $40 ($30 for students). Join HERE.


Women’s Audio Mission courses focus on increasing the gender balance in audio production and technology sectors since less than 5% of the population employed in these sectors are women and gender non-conforming individuals. There are limited spots available in our classes and they often sell out, so we ask that if you are not woman-identified (cisgender or transgender), nonbinary or gender non-conforming, that you reconsider enrolling in the class. We will not turn anyone away, but please be mindful that if you take up a seat in class, that is one less woman or nonbinary-identified individual that we can serve. We thank you for your understanding in advance and for joining us in our mission to advance women and girls in music production and the recording arts.

About the Instructor:

Heidi Trefethen is a sound engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer with over 25 years of experience in the industry. As a live sound engineer, she has worked with Shawn Colvin, Joan Baez, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Odetta, Dar Williams, Jonatha Brooke, Peter and Paul of Peter, Paul and Mary, Don McLean, Joan Armatrading, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Holly Near, and Jane Siberry.

She teaches Music Production, Mixing, Mastering and Recording, Film Scoring, and Audio For Visual Media at the SFJAZZ Digital Lab.

Heidi is also a professional French Hornist who has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Il Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, in Rome, Italy; the JazzUp Festival in Viterbo, Italy; and the SFJAZZ Monday Night Band, the Sacramento Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet, Silicon Valley Symphony, North State Symphony, and Santa Rosa Symphony in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed and given master classes in Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Israel, Turkey, and Guatemala.