Course information

Entry requirements

Course Commencement

June 2021

Duration

12 Month full-time

Eligibility

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
Limited seats for undergraduate (10+2)

Course Highlights

Detailed individual reviews
In-depth study of musical systems
One on one mentoring for final project

Course overview

Admissions Open for 2021.

Sound engineering courses and colleges are cropping up dime a dozen but since its inception and through the years the AEMP course has developed into being one of the best sound engineering and music production courses in India. Rooted firmly in the principle of learning by practice SACAC is now counted as one of the best sound engineering colleges in India.

Over the course of the last decade, digital audio has steeped in the workflow in modern-day studios and audio production. Sound engineering in India, coupled with audio production has climbed up the ladder of acceptance as a critical and crucial cog. The music producers and sound engineers of today are neither restricted to a traditional workspace anymore nor are they battling deficiencies of being outside the studio.

Even the traditional boundaries of the various roles in the food chain of an audio production are dissolving into being more open. It is in the students best interest to be well versed with not just the bare bone sound engineering technology but also understands the artist’s take on the matters to be a well rounded audio engineer and music producer, which is clearly on its way to become the norm in the music and audio industry. The process of inspiration to execution can now be completed with tools that are available in Digital audio Work Stations (DAW) running on laptops. Even with such a tight integration, one thing remains common and that is the need for a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the craft.

Course Overview

The audio engineering and music production (AE & MP) course offered at SACAC is a full-time Diploma course and it aims to bring a curriculum that is designed for the music producer looking to carve a niche in the audio and music industry using the ever-expanding toolkit of digital audio. The course presents information in a systematic and detailed format from the basics of audio and sound to modules dealing with In-The-Box production covering aspects of DAW-based recording, mixing and music production. The studios at SACAC offer ample time and resources to students to practice the art of sound recording and music production on software such as Avid ProTools and Apple Logic Pro X. The students also get to work on the software of other developers such as Izotope and Slate Digital. SACAC aims to offer a sound engineering course that will train the students in the standard everyday practices of the recording and production and scale up their professionalism to meet the expectations of the audio and music industry.

Curriculum

Semester 01

  • Audio fundamentals, The nature of sound
  • Acoustics and the home studio, the behaviour of sound.
  • Digital Audio, introduction to DAW’s, Logic Pro X and ProTools
  • Audio editing and workflow in DAW’s
  • Gain Staging, Signal Processing, Dynamic and Modulation based effects
  • Basic Electronics, Cables and Connectors
  • Introduction to Microphones and recording techniques
  • Recording and mixing workshop(s)
  • Recording workflow and DAW templates
  • Mix Deconstructions
  • Introduction to western music theory

Semester 02

  • Introduction to MIDI and Sampling
  • Deconstruction of production and arrangement techniques
  • DAW workflow continued and advanced techniques of audio management and processing
  • Introduction to synthesis. Subtractive, Wavetable, Wave sync and FM synthesizers
  • Vocal production, time and pitch correction techniques in Logic Pro X, ProTools and Melodyne
  • Working with session musicians
  • Mix Deconstructions
  • Sound for film
  • Western Music theory continued
  • Hindustani classical music appreciation
  • Multiple recording and sampling projects

Semester 03

  • Synthesisers continued, physical modelling, sample based, granular and additive synthesis
  • Advanced MIDI functionality in Logic Pro X and ProTools
  • Live Sound
  • Multiple recording, production and composition projects
  • Sound Design for film
  • Music Business and Legal
  • Final recording and production project; done in tandem with multiple producers involving composition / arrangement and mix mentorship

Eligibility

Eligibility:
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent).
  • Limited seats for undergraduates (10+2). Selection strictly on merit.
 Attributes:
  • A creative and innovative bent of mind.
  • Interest in Music.
  • Knowledge of basic computer operation.
  • Orientation towards Audio Technology & Production.

Highlights

  • The review sessions for every project are one on one, detailed and focussed on identifying the line that connects the craft of production and engineering to the art of music and sound.
  • One of the only curriculums in the country that offers an in-depth look at the music systems of both western harmony and hindustani classical and the learning is augmented by projects conducted to better the understanding and application of the system
  • An intensive 2-month long “mentor” project closes the year of learning with one on one sessions with mentors for composition, arrangement, recording, production, mixing and mastering.

Student Experience

FAQ

Is the institute recognised?

We are an independent, non governmental, not for profit organization affiliated to Sri Aurobindo Society, headquartered from Puducherry

What kind of jobs are available after the course. Do we get placed?

A wide multitude of job opportunities exist for the skilled in this field.

How much does one earn after doing the course?

One cannot assign a minimum amount the same way that one cannot a maximum!

Do you have hostel facilities as I am an outstation student?

This is not a residential school. However, we would be happy to assist you with accomodation.

Don't you have a 3 year degree course?

Not at present.

Do you have part time Audio engineering course as i am working

Yes, we have a part time (weekend) course in Music Production. The course has Audio Engineering exposure as part of the course.

Is there a minimum age to apply?

18

No science in school/ music background can I still do the course. I love music

Yes.

What are the chances to get in, is the entrance & interview tough?

No. The admission process is designed to purely check fitment.

What comes in the entrance examination? I don't have prior knowledge!

The entrance exam is a subjective paper. Prior knowledge is not required.

What is the medium of teaching?

English.

What is the fee, cant find it on website?

You can check @ tuition-fee

Do we need to pay fee in one go or in installment?

You may pay in installments.

Do you offer scholarship?

We are unable to offer scholarship at present, being a non governmental, not for profit organization.

Will I get student loan for the course?

Being an independent, non governmental, not for profit organization makes the process difficult.

What are the modes of payment?

Cheque/Demand Draft/Netbanking

Is there any other expenditure excluding fee?

Study tour expense will be additional

Is buying a MAC compulsory? I have a windows laptop.

No, windows laptop is acceptable.

Would I need to invest in equipment or technology to do the course?

Only a professional headphone

What are the class timings? Are classes held on all days?

The average class duration is of 2.5 hour. Classes rarely start before 9:30am and these usually end before 4:00pm. Classroom sessions are almost surely between Monday and Saturday but studio and lab work take place through the week.

Faculty

Admission Process

The admission process for Audio Engineering & Music Production Diploma programme is a simple 4-step procedure:

  • Submit duly filled Application Form with all the relevant documents.
  • Appear for Entrance Exam.
  • Appear for First Round of Interview.
  • Appear for Final Round of Interview.

NOTE: Shortlisted candidates will be intimated via phone and email.

Application Process

The procedure for accessing and submitting the application form Diploma programme is as follows:
  1. Click on the link  to download the Application Form in PDF format
  2. Complete all sections of the form accurately, sign the declaration and submit. Please submit a printed copy at the SACAC office, either in person or through mail.
  3. A Processing Fee of Rs.2000/- is applicable with each submitted application form. You can pay this amount by cheque or online.
  4. Click here to apply online

NOTE: We cannot process application forms that are incomplete or without submission of the Processing Fee.

CHECKLIST FOR ENCLOSURE
  1. Photographs of size: 3 x 4 cm each
  2. Self attested photocopy of mark sheets of 10th, 12th and graduation. Admit Card / Examination Ticket, if you are appearing for your final year graduation examination.
  3. Updated copy of your resume that should include work experience (if any), languages known, softwares and extra curricular activities.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
  1. An application form once sold / issued in the name of candidate cannot be returned and/ or transferred.
  2.  The application form should be complete in all respects.
  3. SACAC reserves the right to call applicants for interview.
  4.  Fees, once paid, are non- refundable and non- transferrable.
  5. Rights to admission are reserved with SACAC.
  6. All disputes are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of Delhi Courts.

Tuition Fee

Tuition Fee
Audio Engineering & Music Production12 MonthsRs. 3,25,000/-

NOTE:

  • Applicable GST  additional
  • Students need to pay an additional refundable caution deposit of Rs. 10,000/-
Payment Structure
The payment of course fees has been broken into three installments for convenience during the course.
At the time of admission1st Installment50%
60 days from date of commencement of the programmme2nd Installment25%
120 days from date of commencement of the programmme3rd Installment25%

 

Terms & Conditions
Fees, once paid, are non-refundable and non-transferable.
A fine of Rs. 50/- per day will be charged for the first 30 days, post which the student may be barred from attending classes.
Students who will have to appear for re-examination due to failure to secure mandatory marks, will have to pay Rs. 1000/- as re-examination fee for each paper they have to re-write.
Students failing to clear their dues will not be allowed to appear for the final examinations and participate in diploma projects.
Audio Engineering & Music Production students need to have a laptop, pair of professional headphones and HDD of 1 TB (minimum).
The course require the students to go on study tours, film festivals, exhibitions, etc. The students are expected to bear the expenses of necessary transport, lodging and boarding.

Prospects

In recent times, this ever-evolving industry has changed rapidly and the studio environment has extremes from a high-end production facility to a well-equipped laptop in the form of a digital audio workstation. It has become extremely important for aspiring practitioners in this field to take on the many roles in the production chain today and at the same time keep themselves ahead of the changing trends of technology. Today in the Indian market, the demand is ever increasing for the various cogs in the audio and music production wheel. The course is thus designed keeping in mind that the students will be exposed to the requisite skills needed for the industry and will also be pushed to do independent research and projects that will ultimately set them on the path of bettering their skills.

The course provides its students with:

  • Hands on experience in a professional studio geared for audio recording and music production
  • Personal and individual attention/ guidance from experienced faculty
  • Workshops by visiting professionals
  • Exposure to live projects including multi-track recording, sound design for video and live concert set-ups.
  • Music appreciation workshops; interaction with producers from the industry; participation in industry seminars.

The well-equipped, on-campus studio facility gives each student the ideal on-the-floor edge needed to make a mark in this highly specialized profession.