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The emergence of digital recording technology has made it easier for musicians and enthusiasts in the Caribbean to enter the field of Sound Recording and Music Production. While some have obtained formal training, many have learnt by trial and error and therefore require knowledge of the relevant theory to complement their practice. In addition, many are desirous of improving their current technique, while others are interested in becoming certified in the field. The Producing the Record Programme provides fundamental training for both aspiring and experienced music producers. It provides thorough coverage of all of the concepts you will need to know as a music producer and provides opportunities for practical and one on one training.

At the end of this course, students will:

  • Explain the theory underpinning the operation of various audio technologies, without assistance.
  • Select appropriate equipment for Music Production tasks, with minimal assistance.
  • Co-operate with peers on various audio projects, with supervision.
  • Create music productions at a level judged satisfactory by the instructor.
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Course Content:

  • Fundamentals of Acoustics
  • Connectors and Cables Design
  • Microphone Theory and Techniques
  • Mixing Console Design and Operation
  • Audio Processing Tools and Techniques
  • Composing with MIDI
  • Fundamentals of Digital Audio
  • Recording Caribbean Music
  • Editing and Mixing Digital Audio
  • Introduction to Live Sound
  • Creative Enterprise Management
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Each student that completes our training and assignments receive a Certificate of Completion from our institution. In addition to this, students may opt to pursue the Level 2 Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) in Music Production by completing a portfolio and assessment process. The CVQ is an award by CARICOM and is recognized throughout the region. 

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Next Start Date: Feb 1st 2021 (6 weeks long)

Meeting Times: Mondayss 5:30-8:00PM. You will also have asynchronous work to do in our online classroom!

Cost: $1850

Hardware Requirements: All participants MUST have their own laptop computers (PC or Mac) for classroom use, as well as access to a reliable internet service for private study.

Software Requirements: Participants should also have their own DAW software installed. Software can be from any manufacturer that the participant is comfortable using and must have sequencing and music making capabilities.  Reason Essentials is a good option for those wishing to purchase an affordable solution with the minimum features required for the class.

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At DianJen we provide industry standard hardware and software for our students . Our facility is equipped with an acoustically treated recording studio with full Live Room for live recording demonstrations. We also have an assortment of microphones, mixing consoles and audio interfaces for demonstrations and classroom use. Our Arouca facility includes a state of the art, inline analog console.

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Farley J. Joseph
Farley J. JosephInstructor, Sound Recording & Music Production
Mr Farley J. Joseph possesses significant experience in the fields of Music Management, Production and Music Education. He has worked as a Recording, Mixing and Mastering engineer on numerous projects in Trinidad and Tobago and New York since 2009.

Academically, Mr Joseph won the Newman Alexander Prize for the Best Music Major, when he graduated at the top of his class at the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine Campus (UWI); with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Musical Arts and a minor in Cultural Studies with First Class Honours. He was then awarded a scholarship by the Trinidad and Tobago Government and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Business with a concentration in Music Technology at New York University (NYU). In New York Mr. Joseph also worked as a Teaching and Production Assistant at the prominent, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music where he had the opportunity to work with numerous bands and student groups . Mr Joseph is also the holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Instructional Design from the UWI, and a Level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the Association of Business Executives (ABE) and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) in New York.

Christopher Morris
Christopher MorrisTutor, Music Production
Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Chris launched his music production studio – Future Sounds Productions, in 2003, and has worked with local artists like Destra Garcia, Crazy, Explainer, Chris Garcia and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe.

Chris enjoyed creative writing while at Secondary School and took this passion with him into adulthood. He is a skilled composer as evidenced by his Copyright Organisation of Trinidad & Tobago (COTT) Award for the Best Groovy Soca Composer in 2007 for his composition of “Cold Sweat” which was sung by Crazy.

Walking in his steelpan-playing father’s footsteps, Chris has mastered the art of playing several instruments including, the steelpan, guitar, keyboard, piano and drums. He pursued qualifications in music and has attained Level 6 in Music Theory.

Passionate about all aspects of music and being proficient in many Studio Recording programmes, Chris was a lecturer in Sound Engineering and Music Production with the National Energy Skills Centre (NESC) for 9 years. At NESC his teaching vision entailed the creation of a band with every cluster of students for the purpose of providing in-house entertainment for the institutions’ events.

Chris is very family oriented and is married with one daughter.

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A Closer Look at What You Will Learn

At the end of this unit, participants will: explain how sound waves are generated, discuss the concepts of frequency, period and wavelength, evaluate sound absorption and reflection concepts, examine the acoustic properties of different surfaces and materials, explain units of sound measurement; e.g. decibels, hertz, operate sound measurement equipment and conduct signal analysis.

At the end of this unit, participants will: explain the uses of the various audio cables, use Direct Injection Boxes, assess the significance of impedance and how it relates to balanced and unbalanced cables, demonstrate safe practices in using soldering iron: observing temperature, make balanced and unbalanced cables- XLRF-XLRM, TRS-XLR, TS-TS etc.

At the end of this unit, participants will: understand the various types of microphones- Dynamic, Condenser and Ribbon, explain the directional and frequency characteristics of each type of microphone- Polar Patterns- Cardiod, Figure Eight and Omnidirectional, apply phantom power to relevant microphones, examine the proximity effect, apply different miking techniques.

At the end of this unit, participants will: evaluate the features and operating procedures of different types of Mixing Consoles- Analog, Digital and Powered, explain signal flow and each control on the channel strip, follow the proper procedures to connect and power on/off the Mixing Console.
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Examine the function and operation of EQ and various filters.
  • Apply dynamic processing tools to recorded music- Compressors, Limiters, Noise Gates, and Expanders.
  • Use Reverb, Delay and Echo on Musical Productions.
  • Interface external effects units with the Mixing Console.
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Discuss the software and hardware required for sequencing music.
  • Examine chosen genres and styles and their musical forms.
  • Create drum tracks using Step-Time and Real-Time programming techniques.
  • Listen critically to own compositions and the work of others to inform and expand personal technique.
  • Create musical productions using MIDI tools.
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Justify the need for Digital Audio Systems.
  • Assess the characteristics of Digital Audio- Sampling Rate, Quantization, Aliasing, and Dithering.
  • A-D/ D-A Conversion
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Select and Set-up Microphones for recording the studio rhythm section and brass instruments.
  • Use software to create multitrack recordings of bands and vocals.
  • Use standalone (hardware) recorders to capture live sound.
At the end of this unit, participants will:

  • Edit vocal and instrumental recordings
  • Apply signal processing techniques to enhance recorded audio.
  • Evaluate the domains of mixing. Domains- Frequency, Level, Time, Stereo and Depth.
  • Examine the objectives- Mood, Balance, Definition and Interest.
  • Use software to craft a mix
  • Preparation of Mix for Mastering.
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This course is software agnostic- not focused on teaching any one application. We focus on teaching music production concepts and view software as a tool. You can therefore use any DAW with sequencing and music making capabilities.

Yes! All participants completing the programme and coursework assignments receive a Certificate of Completion from DianJen. Participants desirous of certification that is recognized throughout the Caribbean have the option of pursuing the Caribbean Vocational Qualification which is awarded by the National Training Agency.

Yes! You receive a $25 discount for full payment at registration. However, you can choose to make 3 monthly payments for of $625 per month. (See Tuition Fees & Payment Plan section)

The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is a CARICOM approved award that represents achievement of a set of competencies which define core work practices in the fields of Sound Recording and Music Production. To earn an award, candidates must demonstrate competence in reaching CARICOM-approved occupational standards by completing a portfolio and undergoing an assessment process.

The CVQ is recognized & portable qualification in CARICOM / Rest of the World. It has parallel standing with academic qualifications at the same level and provides evidence that you have met minimum regional standards in Sound Recording and Music Production. Your past work experience and skills also count towards the CVQ.
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Tuition Fees & Payment Plans

Full Tuition & CVQ Certification

$1800Full Payment
  • Full Course Tuition
  • DianJen Certificate of Completion
  • CVQ- Level 2, Music Production