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Why Major in Audio Engineering Technology?
Majoring in Audio Engineering Technology at Belmont prepares you for a wide range of career options. Customize your study with a related minor, intern in an area you wish to work and gain valuable insights into the audio technology industry while completing your degree.
Jobs in the audio industry are exciting and multi-faceted. AET graduates tour the world with major artists, work in post-production facilities, record and mix singles and albums and create new software for major audio manufacturers.
Within 5 years of completing their degree, graduates of the program should contribute to the art, science and practical application of audio engineering while pursuing careers in the application, installation, research, development, operation and maintenance of audio recording, reproduction, processing and reinforcement systems.
What You'll Learn
- The ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to solve audio engineering problems.
- The ability to design systems, components or processes meeting specified needs for audio engineering problems.
- The ability to apply written, oral and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- The ability to conduct standard tests, measurements and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
- The ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.
- Recording Studio Engineer
Recording engineers capture and help create musical performances through recording, editing and mixing.
- Live Sound Engineer
Live sound engineers design, maintain and operate sound reinforcement systems at many different types of events, including concerts, theater and sports.
- Audio For Video Engineer
Movies, television, videos, gaming – all require an audio engineer who can create or blend a wide variety of sounds that bring the images on a screen to life.
- Audio Equipment/Software Designer
Audio equipment and software require someone with a background in audio engineering to best develop products for that market.
- Audio Research
Audio is a fast-growing field with many facets, and research within audio companies and universities is an important element in the design, manufacture and use of audio technology.
Students in Belmont’s School of Music Celli Quartet collaborated with audio engineering technology students from the Curb College on a recording session at the end of the Spring 2022 semester. The session was one of the first immersive recordings in the University’s Ocean Way Studios.
Produced by Audio Engineering lecturer Alan Shacklock, the session was directed by assistant professor of cello Dr. Carmine Miranda, audio engineering instructor Kevin Boettger, and engineered by Belmont alumna Katelyn Prieboy.
The AET program is designed to study, investigate, and contribute to the art, science, and practical application of audio engineering. Graduates of the program are prepared to seek careers in the application, installation, manufacturing, operation, and maintenance of audio and music recording, reproduction, processing, and reinforcement systems. Students of the AET program complete the B.S. or B.A. degree with a major in audio engineering technology and a minor in a career-related discipline.
- BELL core requirements: 53 hours
- Major requirements: 50 hours
- Minor requirements: 18 hours
- General electives: 7 hours
Courses You'll Take
- MBU 1110. Survey of Music Business
This course is a general overview and a study of the major functional areas of the music business. Attention is given to the theoretical foundations and practical application of current business practices in the music industry including supporting organizations and the revenue flow from music consumer to creator.
- AET 1380 Survey of Audio Engineering Technology
This course provides an overview of the field of audio engineering technology. Attention is given to foundational concepts, terminology and the use of audio technology in art, entertainment, science and engineering.
- AET 1450 Critical Listening for Audio Production
The study and practice of ear training as it relates to the identification, manipulation and perception of sound. This course provides a concentrated in-depth study utilizing exercises designed to develop specific listening skills in audio production.
- AET 2050 Basic Training: Use of the DAW
An introduction to the study of digital audio through the use of Digital Audio Workstation. Study will include foundational concepts in digital theory, computer operating systems, file formats, file management and basic audio processing using both the Mac and PC platform.
- AET 2090 Audio Recording I
A study of recording technology including the technical and operational features of each component of a recording studio. Topics include signal flow and processing, microphone application, studio acoustics and session procedures. Emphasis is placed on developing logistical and auditory skills.
- AET 2370 DAW Music Production
This course is an introductory study of the role of the producer and the use of music production techniques required to create recordings of commercial songs using the digital audio workstation.
- AET 2410 Audio Processing Techniques
The study of systems used to process signals for creating audio effects. Temporal, spectral and dynamics effect are covered. This course provides a concentrated, in-depth study of the implementation and use of systems involved in audio production.
- AET 2560 Sound Reinforcement I
A study of equipment, systems concepts, design and acoustical problems involved in concert and live performance sound reinforcement. Practicum and live event hours required.
- AET 2600 Concert & Event Lighting Design
This course is a practicum-based study of the conceptual development and execution of concert and live event lighting design.
- AET 3000 Audio Engineering Internship
This formal career education assignment enables students to intern at business organizations related to audio engineering technology for a selected period of time. Departmental approval of their internship assignment is required prior to beginning the internship.
- AET 3190 Audio Recording II
A study utilizing the multi-studio complex including analog-digital hybrid systems, advanced microphone and signal processing techniques, gain structure, automated mixing operations, session procedures and the roles of the lead and assistant recording engineer. The application of auditory skills is emphasized.
- AET 3220 Computer Programming for Audio Engineering
An introduction to computer programming, algorithm development and digital signal processing for audio engineering.
- AET 3260 Audio Electronics and Maintenance I
This course is an introduction to basic electronic circuitry as related to the function, troubleshooting, maintenance and repair of electronic components. (Lab hours required).
- AET 3370 Master Production
This course is an advanced study of the role of the producer and the use of music production techniques required to create a master recording. Lab hours required.
- AET 3560 Sound Reinforcement II
An advanced study of sound reinforcement as applied to live sound engineering performed in multiple venues. Emphasis is placed on knowledge and application of theory, tools and techniques used to manage sound in professional concert situations. Practicum and live event hours are required.
- AET 3570 Tour Production
A practicum based study of tour-support personnel and their responsibilities including pre-production planning, technical coordination, transportation logistics and the associated contracts and organizational paperwork. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the “Production” and “Tour” manager. Lab hours required.
- AET 3790 Recording Workshop
This course is an intensive study of microphone design and recording techniques used in the studio environment. Course of study includes a research project in microphone technology and application. Lab hours required.
- AET 4015 AET Senior Capstone
This course is a culminating experience in the major, which also addresses the goals for the Senior Capstone as defined in the course description for BEL 4015. These goals include reflection on the students’ whole educational experiences and on their transition from the university setting to post-graduation.
- AET 4120 Audio Mastering
The study and practice of audio processing related to the replication and distribution of audio-based product(s) such as audio / video disk manufacturing and digital file transfers. This course provides concentrated in-depth study and practice designed to develop skills utilized in the final stage of audio preparation before mass distribution.
- AET 4210 Restoration and Forensic Audio
This course provides an exploration of audio analysis, enhancement, restoration and retrieval for archival purposes and services rendered to law enforcement agencies.
- AET 4220 Audio Software Development
A study of the design of audio software using various programming languages. This course provides an overview of developing software as stand-alone applications, DAW plug-ins (VST/AU) and mobile apps (iOS/Android). Students will design software for audio effects processors or virtual instruments.
- AET 4230 Auditory Perception and Hearing Science
This course is a study of auditory perception, psychoacoustics and hearing science as it relates to audio engineering, sound recording and music production.
- AET 4260 Audio Electronics and Maintenance II
An analysis of advanced troubleshooting, repair and modification of recording studio components related areas of electronic circuitry. A continuation of AET 3260. (Lab hours required)
- AET 4380 Business & Audio
A study of the various roles of the contemporary audio engineer. Topics include business and personal tax laws, facility operations, professional organizations, responsibilities in client relationships and opportunities in developing audio-related fields.
- AET 4400 Sound Design for Picture
This course is an introductory study of the use of sound for picture and the application of audio and studio technology and the study and application of network audio in audio post-production facilities. Post-production techniques of dialogue replacement, music editing, Foley, sound effects spotting and surround mixing are used. Practicum and project sessions hours are required.
- AET 4480 Master Mixing Techniques
This course explores the practical application of master mixing techniques used in modern production.
- AET 4500 Sound Systems Engineering
A theory and practicum-based study of live sound systems engineering. Students receive lecture and hands-on based experience with tools used by professional system techs to design, implement, test and optimize small and large format sound systems.
- AET 4510 RF Theory & Applications
Theory and practical application of Radio Frequency systems including wireless microphones and In-Ear Monitor systems. Coursework will cover setup, frequency coordination and antenna distribution and combining systems.
- AET 4580 Location Recording for Live Performance
This course is an investigation of “on-location” recording employing practices commonly associated with capturing live music performances of classical, jazz and orchestral ensembles.
Students benefit the greatest by including extra-curricular activities along with their coursework. Be sure to investigate student organizations including the Belmont Student section of the International Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Belmont Student Chapter of Audio Loudspeaker and Technologies International (ALTI) and the Belmont Showcase Series.
Belmont’s Study Abroad and Belmont USA programs provide the opportunity to studio audio while spending a semester in New York or Los Angeles, or while on a summer Study Abroad trip.