This introductory level Sound Production course guides students through the fundamentals of recording theory and industry best practices in online group classes and individual 1-1 lessons, all with experienced industry professionals.

Please note: You can only participate on one short course at a time

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Delivered: Online or In-Person

The Course

Hone your production skills and learn more about the craft of sound production from one of our highly experienced tutors through instructor-led lessons and assessments.

At the end of the course, you will have gained knowledge and experience to put you closer to a career in recording studio engineering, music production, or live sound and audio post-production.

We cater to both Mac and Windows users, as we teach courses with Logic Pro X (Mac) and Reaper (Windows).

What are you waiting for? As this is a FREE course, spaces are very limited, so don’t wait around and miss out.

Equipment Needed

  • Notepad and pen
  • Wired headphones
  • 1/4 inch jack adapter (for in person)

Downloads needed for Online

You will need to download either Logic Pro X or Reaper to participate in these classes.

Logic Pro X will only operate on Apple-based iMac or Macbook machines for you to participate. You can download a trial for 90 days via Download Logic Pro X Trial

Please also ensure you check the minimum system requirements in order to run this software via Minimum System Requirements

Reaper can be downloaded on both Windows and Apple-based iMacs or Macbooks machines. You can download an evaluation of Reaper via Download Reaper Trial

Reaper is lauded as a DAW that can run on a variety of systems including bare-bones machines and thus do not display any minimum system requirements.

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Course FAQ's

All of our free short courses are accessible to those currently residing in Scotland and available to those aged fourteen and above. 

We often get this question but honestly, there’s no catch. One of the main reasons we can deliver a variety of free courses is through our partnership with Fife College which we are very honored to be working alongside.

Our free short-course delivery is now over six years long and we have issued qualifications to over two thousand students!

Your Scottish Candidate Number (SCN) is displayed directly under your name on any formal certification you’ve been given after your exams in High School or if you’ve achieved qualifications from a HE or FE college or university.
If you cannot find your SCN number you can reach out to the SQA for assistance

If you are studying at home you must provide all of the equipment in order to facilitate your studies. If you are studying at one of our centres in person we recommend looking at the equipment specifications list so you can start day one prepared and ready!

You are more than welcome to participate in our short courses even if you are undergoing full-time studies elsewhere. We do recommend that you check the dates of the course so they do not conflict with your other studies and that you make sure you aren’t overloading yourself with too much work.

All modules are delivered in partnership with the SQA. You can find full descriptions of these modules online via the SQA website.

  • F58H12 Sound Engineering and Production
  • F5DV12 Music: MIDI Sequencing
  • FT2D12 Intellectual Property
  • SPRDEV Personal Development
  • SPDEVP Personal Development Planning

As this is an academic course in partnership with Fife College and the SQA our courses do have paperwork and assignments to complete, this helps us determine your level of understanding so we can help you develop and deepen your knowledge

All courses are different; your course tutor can provide further detail for additional information.

Participating in courses that you may already be familiar with can be a great way of continuing your own CPD (continual personal development)

Although you may be experienced, adding additional qualifications can be a great way of showing other institutions or employers that you take your own development seriously.

Furthermore, you have the potential to meet like-minded individuals who all share the same passion as you. Ultimately, it’s up to you!

It’s always best to attend as much as you can however we do understand that opportunities or sometimes life gets in the way. All we do is recommend that we ask you to contact us as soon as possible so we can notify the tutor and support staff.

This is so that we can make sure tutors have a plan or are aware so they can help you catch up with any lessons you’ve missed.

We love chatting to potential students, if you’d like to contact us you are welcome to email [email protected]

Course dates

Online Weekend Classes

  • Dates: Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th April
  • Duration: Every Saturday & Sunday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 10:00 – 13:00
  • Software: Reaper
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Online Weekend Classes

  • Dates: Saturday 25th March to Sunday 29th April
  • Duration: Every Saturday & Sunday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 14:00 – 17:00
  • Software: Logic Pro X
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Online Weekday Evening Classes

  • Dates: Tuesday 4th April to Thursday 11th May
  • Duration: Every Tuesday & Thursday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 18:00 – 21:00
  • Software: Logic Pro X
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Online Weekday Friday Classes

  • Dates: Friday 21st April to Friday 26th May
  • Duration: Every Friday for 6 weeks
  • Time: 10:00 – 16:00
  • Software: Logic Pro X
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What People Say


Inspiring tutors really opened my eyes as to what’s possible in Logic Pro X. I picked up a lot of skills in a short period thanks to AMS!


I went from knowing very little about mixing to feeling confident in my ability to improve going forward.


Really enjoyed this course, already had some experience with Logic but this filled the gaps in my knowledge, and then some!


The staff was extremely approachable and the course was a great insight into what I can do with my own home recording studio. Would seriously recommend.

Common Questions About AMS

AMS is an independent music academy specialising in post-16 music performance and production education. We prepare students for a career in the modern music industry with recognised qualifications, with options to study in-centre or online.

We have a variety! You can view all of our active short-courses here –

Of course! We always recommend checking the events page as you can sign up for one of our Open Events that give you a comprehensive taster of what it’s like being a student at AMS however, if you’d like to know right away you are welcome to contact our Glasgow office on [email protected]

You are more than welcome to drop by and visit the centre any time however so we can ensure that all of our attention is on you (it can get really busy from time to time!) if you could call in advance, a member of our team will book time for your visit.

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