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Diploma: Recording Engineer Course (Live Sound)

The Live Sound diploma program is specially designed to equip you with the necessary music technology skills and hands-on experience to begin or advance your career as a live sound engineer. This short-term program can be completed in as little as 12 months and features an intensive live sound curriculum designed for aspiring audio professionals who:

  • Want to devote their study solely on live sound to advance their career
  • Have some previous work experience, OR
  • Previously completed a degree in a field other than music

By completing a diploma in Live Sound, you’ll also be prepared to continue your studies in pursuit of an A.A.S. or bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering or Music Production.


45 Credits (41 major, 4 elective)

1st Semester 

  • REC 113R Recording Theory I (2)
  • REC 113C Consoles (1)
  • REC 113Mi Microphones (1)
  • REC 114RL Recording Lab I (2)
  • REC 116 MIDI Production Techniques (2)
  • REC 117 Sound Reinforcement I (2)
  • REC 122 Studio Maintenance I (1)
  • BUS 131 Tour Management (3)
  • NSC 200 Musical Acoustics (2)

Total Credits: 16


2nd Semester

  • REC 101 Systems and Operations (2)
  • REC 102 Systems and Operations Lab (1)
  • REC 103 Systems Maintenance I (2)
  • REC 123R Recording Theory II (1)
  • REC 123M Mix Theory I (1)
  • REC 124RL Recording Lab II (1.5)
  • REC 124ML Mix Lab I (1.5)
  • REC 207 Sound Design for Music Production (1)
  • REC 127 Sound Reinforcement II (2)
  • NSC 201 Room Acoustics (2)

Total Credits: 15


3rd Semester

  • REC 211 Systems Maintenance II (2)
  • REC 217 Sound Reinforcement III (2)
  • REC 223 Basic Rigging (2)
  • REC 224 Introduction to Stage Lighting (2)
  • REC 225 Sound System Design (2)
  • REC 280 Location Recording (2)
  • *** *** Electives from any area (2)

Total Credits: 14


Overall Credits: 45 – 43 major, 2 elective

Please be aware that there may be adjustments to the semester-by-semester course sequence based upon: start date, transfer credits, specific department requirements and advisor recommendations.

NSC 200 Musical Acoustics requires a college level understanding of Algebra. This requirement may be demonstrated by:

  • passing a college-level Algebra course with a C or better at a previous institution of higher education,
  • passing the Algebra Assessment Test administered at McNally SmithCollege of Music, or
  • Successful completion of MATH 101 College Math A: Algebra at McNally Smith College of Music.

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