Training in Audio and Music Production :

A.C.S in Recording and Sound Design (NNC.OS) – 16 Months

Program taught, in French or in English, exclusively by active industry professionals with a strong emphasis on practical training.
The program is divided into 4 sessions, spread over 16 months.

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SESSION 1:

THE AUDIO AND MUSIC INDUSTRY

You will learn to understand how the industry works and what you need to learn in order to make a living while doing what you love. You will need solid knowledge of the operation of each industry sector such as:

  • Industry, organizations and types of jobs
  • Copyright
  • The different areas related to audio
  • The various types of teams
  • The role of each job
  • The different types of productions
  • Professional ethics
Digital Audio Workstation
Acquiring the knowledge needed to set up, optimize and operate your digital audio workstation.
AUDIO RECORDING 101 & 201

You will learn how an audio studio works to record sound as well as how to choose the right microphone, use the consoles, speakers, recording systems and more:

  • Acoustics, microphones, speakers, consoles, recording systems, preamplifiers, equalizers, dynamic modifiers
  • Analysis of technological and logistical needs inherent to a project
  • How to connect the recording equipment
  • The different types of studio recordings

You will also apply the different concepts & techniques of sound recording according to the different contexts: multitrack recording, film sound recording, mobile and remote sound recording.

– Effects, consoles, recording systems, preamplifiers, equalizers, dynamic modifiers

  • Analysis of technological and logistical needs inherent to a project
  • Connecting the recording equipment
  • The multitrack recording
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER ASSISTED MUSIC

Learn the basics for computer-assisted music composition. From the creation of your own sounds using synthesis and sampling to the creation of musical sequences, you will use professional software such as: Ableton Live, Wavelab, Omnisphere, Kontakt, Serum…

  • Sound and its fundamental components
  • Sound synthesis
  • Sampling
  • The Sequencer

SESSION 2:

MUSIC CREATION 101

By building on the notions learned in the Session 1 course “Introduction to Computer-assisted Music composition”, learn the basics of music theory and musical performance techniques to create original music in a specific genre and format.

  • The use of sequencer software for music creation
  • The creation of a rhythmic sequence and understand the notion of “groove”
  • The understanding of musical theory: scales & chord progressions
MUSIC EDITING

Music projects need to be prepared before mixing. Learn how to correct the rhythm of a drum performance or a vocal that is off-pitch, create an artificial harmony or even eliminate background noise and other unwanted sounds that might be potentially captured in the sound recording.

  • How to repair a bad sound recording
  • Temporal and rhythmic repair
  • Pitch correction
  • The creation of harmonies
  • The selection and assembly of the best takes (comping)
  • Musical preparation before mixing
AUDIO MIXING 101

Learn to properly mix an entire song. A good mix can bring your song to another level and ensure an understanding and representation of the energy and emotion of the original performance. Whether you are submitting your work to a label or just to making music for yourself, a good mix is essential if you want to ensure that it is listened to as much as possible.

  • Studio equipment for mixing
  • Balancing sound levels
  • Equalization
  • Management of the dynamic range
  • The focus and impact on the audience
  • Positioning and movement of the sound elements
  • Ways to recreate the acoustic reality
  • Mixing adapted to the various musical styles
AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION

Learn how to create a soundscape for a television or cinematographic production from the musical composition to the audio treatment of the dialogue while applying and meeting the various industry standards.

  • The tracking session
  • Editing and sound design
  • The synchronization of audio and visual images
  • The stereo mix

SESSION 3:

AUDIO FOR VIDEO GAMES

Learn how to create the different sound elements of a video game and integrate them using Audiokinetic’s audio engine WWISE (used for audio integration in some AAA licences like Overwatch, Assassin’s Creed, The Witcher 3…).

  • The peculiarities of gaming platforms
  • Sound design for video games
  • Dynamic integration of sounds in the game using Wwise.
  • Setting the 3D dynamic sound environment
  • Optimizing sound quality for limited disk space
  • Testing and assurance of sound integration efficiency
MUSIC CREATION 201

Building on the concepts learned in Music Creation 101, learn the techniques of music making to create an original production in a specific genre and format.
Learn how to create a melodic and rhythmic structure and arrange it to create an original production.

  • Establish the aesthetic codes related to a musical style,
  • Create a melodic and rhythmic structure,
  • Establish the arrangement of a song,
  • Archiving the work session.
AUDIO MIXING 201

Take your music mixing to the next level using advanced techniques. Learn how to use the various sound mixing equipment and techniques for different contexts such as radio or live concerts.

  • The use of musical references as a guide
  • Sound mixing of a musical recording project
  • Tools used in broadcast
  • The tools used during concerts
  • Sound equipment for indoor live events
  • Level indicators
CAREER MANAGEMENT

Discover the concepts necessary to perform good career management. Students have access to recording studios and computer stations to develop a project that will demonstrate their expertise. This career project can also take the form of an internship.

  • Analysis of the job market,
  • Entrepreneurship,
  • Accounting operations,
  • The positioning of your business or services on the web,
  • The organization and promotion of your services on the web,
  • Management of a project demonstrating the quality of your services,
  • Project management tools.

SESSION 4:

POST-PRODUCTION PROJECT

You will be responsible for making a soundtrack and soundscape for an audiovisual project:

  • Determine the needs of an audiovisual project
  • Planning your workflow
  • Creation and management of a budget
  • The creation of a list of sounds essential to the project
  • Search for sounds in various sound backs
  • Recording and edit sounds
  • A Foley recording session
  • Sound mixing for television broadcasting
  • A 3D surround sound mix
MUSIC PRODUCTION PROJECT

Apply all the steps of music production to create a radio hit.

  • The job of a producer
  • Creation and management of a recording budget
  • The pre-production stage of a musical work
  • Recording the music
  • Editing the recorded material
  • Mix the music
CRITICAL LISTENING

In this course you will develop your capacity to listen critically. You will learn the concepts necessary to improve and maintain your listening ability for the long run. You will also learn how to approach music mastering and optimize a mix according to the industry standards of traditional broadcast and digital distribution.

  • Critical listening using a technical analysis grid
  • The role of psychoacoustics
  • Frequency bands and their sonic peculiarities
  • The different types of circuits in a compressor
  • The different steps of audio mastering
  • Sound optimization according to broadcast and distribution standards
CAREER MANAGEMENT: INTERNSHIP OR FINAL PROJECT

This course will prepare you for the reality of the job market and the management of your career. You will create a portfolio, a resume and a website to help you get started. In this course you will have to choose to make an end of the year project or an internship.

  • An analysis of the job market
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Basic accounting operations (invoicing, taxes, tax deductions)
  • The positioning of the company or services on the web
  • The organization of a project demonstrating the quality of its services
  • Project management tools

How To Apply

Local Students

As an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education, the level of eligibility is that of Secondary 5 or Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS).

If Secondary 5 was obtained by equivalence (TENS, adult education courses), the student can register directly.

If Secondary 5 has been obtained at the secondary level, the student must wait 2 sessions before being able to register.

This measure applies only to Quebec students. Students from other provinces can register directly after obtaining secondary 5 (or equivalence).

Note: If you do not meet these criteria, please contact us to present your background in order for us to evaluate your eligibility.

Contact our admissions team for answers to your questions or any additional information.

Prior to registration you can submit an admission request via our online form to verify your admissibility.

To register, you’ll need to complete our application form and attach the following documents:

  • Copy of your passport identification pages,
  • Copy of your birth certificate,
  • Copy of your most recent degree,
  • Copy of the most recent transcript,
  • Payment of registration fees (250 CAD non-refundable).

You will only be asked to pay admission fees if your documents are in order and accepted.
The admission fee includes 50$ related to the Eligibility fee and 200$ related to the Registration fee.

You are eligible for the Quebec Loans & Bursaries Program if :
  • you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, refugee or protected person under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act,
  • you live in Quebec,
  • you have been admitted to an educational institution recognized by the Ministry of Education of Quebec, Recreation and Sports or the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, Sciences and Technology for the award of financial assistance and you are enrolled full-time in recognized studies where you are considered to be taking full-time studies there,
  • you do not have sufficient financial resources to pursue studies.

For more information about financial aid, you can contact our loans and grants advisor: Alanna Quiros
(+1) 514 521-2060 Extension 206

International Students

Pre-requisites

Secondary 5 diploma or equivalent:

  • France | Belgium: Level 1 or BAC
  • United States: High school
  • United Kingdom: G.C.E. Advanced Levels
  • India: Higher Secondry School Certificate / All India Senior School Certificate (SSC) / Indian School Certificate (ISC)
  • Mexico: Bachillerato General
  • Brazil: Certificado de Ensino Médio
  • Colombia: Bachillerato.

Have a fluent level in French or English.
To be admitted to a French or English program, you must have sufficient language skills to be comfortable and to make the most of it.
Required english proficiency score: IELTS Band 6 minimum | Duolingo English Test (115 minimum)

Have an interest to learn and a passion for Audio and Music production techniques.

Professional experience is not required.
Our program is designed to train beginners as well as to allow people with some background to go further and enhance their audio-related career. 

Contact our admission advisors for additional information.

You may apply for free to assess your eligibility.

To apply, please include a scanned copy of the following documents:

  • Identification page of your passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Most recent degree
  • Most recent transcript

Payment of registration fees (250 CAD non-refundable).

Admission fees payment will be required only if you are eligible. 

Admission fees include CDN$50 for the eligibility fees and CDN$200 for the registration fees.

Once you have received your acceptance letter, you will be able to start your immigration process.

In order to come and study in Québec as an international student, you will need to obtain:

  •  The C.A.Q. (Québec Acceptance Certificate)

This document is required in order to enter the province of Quebec. You can obtain information on the application and processing times on the “Immigration Québec” website.

  • Study Permit

This document is required to study in Canada. More information on the application process and processing times can be found on the Immigration Canada site.

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