Great sound made easy – online course


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Course Description

The Sound Kitchen is a sound engineering course aimed at anyone who is passionate about sound and wants to learn the how-to’s of great sound. The course uses lots of music and it is both inspirational and technical; but make no mistake, you will have more than your money’s worth of technical insight and input.

The instruction is music based. Therefore there are always audio examples (there is also a lesson that will help you develop your hearing skills with audio clips you can download). We use a Digital Audio Workstation so that you can immediately put into practice the concepts expressed in some of the lessons, ending up making music (better) rather than just hearing someone talk about it. Furthermore, if you wanted to, you will be able to use the DAW (within the licensed time period) to exercise some sound engineering routines by yourself independently from the course.

The course is very practical and the terminology is not overly technical (again do not assume that this is a shortfall, as often seasoned engineers have learned a great deal from the course approach and teachings).

At the end of the course you will be able to plan a sound production, choose well suited equipment, set up a PA, and with practice, mix a production / song (live or in your home studio).

Ears before gear“: is a sentence I coined to embody the idea that the most important piece of equipment to achieve great sound is the engineer. Ultimately great gear will sound poorly if the engineer cannot use it well. The opposite is also true that average gear in the right hands will sound great. This mindset is thematic across the entire course.

The numbers

  • At total of almost 14 hours of video tuition
  • 60 video clips
  • 9 sections
  • 9 section-overview audio notes
  • 9 quizzes (to help you review each section)
  • 89 audio clips (to download) used for hearing training
  • 2 DAW program available (PC and MAC) each with a tailor-made session
  • Multi-track songs performed by top South African musicians, recorded in a high-end studio in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Plenty of brain-stretching and ear-developing DAW exercises

I am confident that you will learn a great deal and will enjoy doing so. I look forward to seeing you among my new students. Ciao. Tim

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What are the requirements?

  • Great passion for music and sound (that is the first and main requirement)
  • A DAW program is required, however a demo software is provided
  • Preferably a decent pair of headphones
  • Some basic understanding of math
  • Optional (a small mixer for the mixer session)

What are you going to get from this course?

  • Over 74 lectures and 14 hours of content!
  • Be inspired like never before to pursuit great sound
  • Understand sound better in a musical, scientific and philosophical sense
  • Connect the language of music to the technical language of sound
  • Form the mindset of the greats behind sound production (for both live and recording)
  • Learn to select and use / position the right microphone for a given source
  • Understand and practise electronic matching
  • Learn to select and use / position the right microphone for a given source
  • Use the equalizer with in-depth understanding
  • Use the mixer correctly and in its intended splendour and
  • Learn to choose and use the correct PA for a given room
  • Control feedback
  • Build a mix
  • Bring balance and beauty to a song

What is the target audience?

  • The course is suitable for people with different knowledge and skill levels, ranging from people with no knowledge to people that work in this field.
  • Musicians who want to understand sound engineering better
  • Sound engineers
  • Sound volunteers in churches/school
  • People with some background knowledge that want to expand their understanding of sound engineering

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Paddy Mallon – Dublin, Ireland
I am a long time amateur/semi-pro/hobbyist musician and for me the course was a really good “map” of the territory to be covered – concepts, equipment, and techniques. I completed it in about 3 weeks – too fast to assimilate all the great content. The course has given me a really good understanding of the work that I now need to do to bring all of the sound skills required up to a competent level.

Although I will use this knowledge mainly in a home project studio environment, it has also given me a much better understanding of the requirements in a live sound situation. I will incorporate this learning into my practice and may repeat the course or parts of it in more detail at some time in the future.

Thanks again for your effort in providing a great course and the materials.

William Frederick – USA

Hugo Stark – South Africa
Clear starting point. Wonderful pearls of wisdom to “meditate” on. Excellent!

Charles Arnold Gibbs – Windhoek, Namibia

 The Material is made easy to understand, speaking two languages already is difficult enough, but having to translate from a musical to a scientific language can be a challenging one, thanks to Tim’s wide experience he is able to convey what the meaning of each term is and how to best describe it between one language and the other. The only other thing I could ask is that there maybe be a downloadable video section as not all of us have that great of an internet speed, and thus making them downloadable we will be able to learn as there would be no glitchy and sticky video to contend with as the servers and pc’s try and pre fetch data.

Jaques de Bruyn – South Africa
Everything makes a lot of sense. For someone with zero knowledge of sound engineering this really starts at the basics of sound. Love it, can recommend to anyone interested in learning about sound and sound-engineering.

Rome, Italy
Great value for money. A must take course for anyone that wants to work in the industry.

Emile Conrad  – George, South Africa
This course is a must not just for Sound Engineers but Musicians as well. Well done Tim! This is very informative and easy to understand.