Audio Engineering Courses


Hands-on Training • Learn by Doing • Beginners Welcome • Small Classes • Microphones

Consoles • Compressors • Equalizers • Effects processors • Speaker Technology • Digital Recording

Learn everything you need from our industry experts to become a successful recording engineer at a fraction of the cost and time elsewhere!


Many students arrive here because they do not want the added time and cost of unnecessary classes required in a university system.


At Bristol Studios, you will study under experienced engineers who are also trained educators. Statistically, our students excel because an accelerated and personalized course like ours coupled with an engineering internship, also available at Bristol Studios, rockets them up to the professional standards needed to get hired in the industry.


With over 25 years of industry experience, Bristol Studios has worked with some of most influential producers and artists in the business. Clients include: Jada (Universal/Motown), Dropkick Murphys (Warner), Yo Yo Ma (Sony), Meatloaf (Virgin), New Kids On The Block (Universal/Interscope), Rico Love (Usher, TLC, Natasha Bedingfield), Madd Scientist (Beyonce, Leona Lewis), Red One (NKOTB, Kat Deluna, Micheal Jackson), The Insomniax (JoJo, Bobby Valentino, Boyz II Men, B5), Jeff Corwin, David "Big Papi" Ortiz, and more.


Learn from working professionals who bring their real-world experience to the classroom. Senior Producer, Chris Billias, has spent the last 15 years creating literally thousands of music productions for Bristol's diverse clientele involving him in all aspects of the music and audio world. He has custom designed Bristol's Audio Engineering Program to create classes that bring the latest knowledge and technology to our students. By using our insight and experience in the industry, Bristol Courses prepare our students for a successful career in the music business. In keeping our classroom size small, our students get the opportunity to work in an actual studio setting where both the theory and practice of audio engineering is stressed. Students receive a true "hands on" education that will give them the skills they need to succeed in this industry.


Our curriculum includes a number of different courses, but there are six main courses that make up the foundation of our program: Engineering I, Engineering II, ProTools I, ProTools II, Production I and Production II.

Engineering I

Engineering 1 is designed specifically with the beginner/intermediate in mind. We keep our class sizes small with a limit of 6 students. This way, we are able to tailor the level and complexity of the course to give each student the attention and development they really need.


Learn a good balance of fundamental recording theory and skills by getting instruction in all of the basic concepts of recording as well as practical application. In these small hands-on classes you'll discover the basic technology of recording including microphones, mixing consoles, compressors, equalizers, effects processors, speakers, recording and mixing techniques.



Engineering II

Once you've got a good grasp of the fundamentals as taught in Engineering 1, we get into all of the latest electronic and computer based recording. Hard Disk Recording Basics, Sampling and MIDI are the basic areas covered. You'll dig even deeper as you get into editing, computer based effects, looping samples, and production concepts.

Engineering Courses I & II include training in our pro studios on digital consoles using ProTools, Digital Performer, Logic Pro, the latest plugins and a wide array of hardware including Tubetech, Digitech, Roland, Lexicon, Alesis, JBL, KRK, Nuemann, Sure, AKG, M-Audio, and Eventide gear.


Our courses let you explore the diverse world of music and audio production while learning to record, mix, engineer, and create music. You'll study hands-on how music and sound are used in film, television, records, games and new media.


Pro Tools I

ProTools is the state of the art hard disk recording system by the company Avidand is the program most industry professionals are now using. At Bristol Studios it is our mainstay system and we are experts on it, producing recordings for everyone from New Kids on the Block, Dropkick Murphys and Jada (Universal/Motown) to audio for major motion pictures, including Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia). Once you complete Engineering 1 & 2 you'll quickly grasp all of the concepts of Pro Tools and gain the confidence you need to succeed in this field.


ProTools II

For students already familiar with ProTools. Learn advanced tricks for mixing & editing, total recall automation and Mastering.


Logic Pro X

Logic Pro is a full-featured music and audio app you can use for every aspect of music creation: recording, arranging, mixing, and more–everything from sketching your initial ideas to producing polished final mixes. You can use Logic Pro for any type of project, from simply recording yourself singing or playing all the way to complex multi-track, multi-section compositions. ©Apple 2021 All rights reserved.

Now Available! Production Courses! Learn how the industries' top producers compose, arrange, record, edit and mix in the studio. The course also teaches you how to create complete commercially successful songs from smallest ideas and also how to bring an artist's total vision to fruition.


Production I

For those fluent in sound engineering concepts and techniques. Learn how to start and finish songs, tools of production, rules of production, composition, arrangement and some music theory.


Production II

Learn Advanced production techniques used by popular producers of today and yesterday. Also learn the modules of production. In addition both Production I and II cover essentials and advanced concepts of Logic Pro X, Pro Tools and Ableton as applied to music production.





    "The Audio Engineering I Course was very informative and engaging. Everything was explained in a very clear manner, usually accompanied by demonstration. My instructor was excellent. If anything was unclear he would make sure everyone understood. The subject matter was what I expected to cover, but the course was far more thorough than I would have imagined. I was very satisfied with the course and instructor." -J.H.


    "I had worked with ProTools before but always had difficulty dealing with aux sends and bussing. MIDI was also difficult for me to do. All of these problems were addressed in class and I feel very confident in my ability to do these things now. My instructor was extremely helpful, and forthcoming about the functionality and pros & cons of the software. The hands on approach allowed me to spend a great deal of time with the program." -C.S.


   "Having no experience in Reason, I was very pleased with this course. My instructor covered all the instruments and effects thoroughly, and gave us plenty of time to experiment. The hands-on approach was perfect and allowed me to work out concepts i was confused about. My instructor was always helpful and attentive, answering questions, and clarifying anything i was struggling with." -O.K.


   "It was fun/educational to do a group song, learn to work with others, and pick up on their little habits you might not learn otherwise. Reason is so huge and has so many possibilities that it’s impossible to get to them all, but even with my familiarity with Reason a lot of things clicked into place for me." -C.J.


  "I enjoyed the hands on approach to these courses. The projects were all very different, and provided a great introduction to hardware and software components of engineering. The single homework assignment was enormously helpful and my instructor did a terrific job going over them. I understand the purpose of hardware pieces I never “got” before. My understanding of compression and MIDI has also improved." -C.P."I felt the recording course I took at Bristol recording Studios was by far one of the best production courses I have ever taken. The teacher made a complex subject easy and explained things in a way that I could understand. I got exactly what I wanted out of the course and more. I had taken similar classes at [a very prestigious music college in Boston], and I would recommend the Bristol course over the intro to production class I took at [the other learning institution]. After taking the course at Bristol, I am now capable of walking into a studio and making a recording using the required equipment." -MK


"The staff at Bristol has given me that dream and opportunity to succeed in the music business. With their training I have boosted my ability as a musician and now as an engineer and producer." -BG


"The Bristol Engineering Course 1 that I attended on a weekly basis was amazing. When I first started, I didn't believe I could learn so many things in just a 10 week period. My instructor was very clear and precise about every single subject we covered. I would recommend this course to anyone that loves music and wants to know what goes behind it." -A.B.


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