301 Academy 2024

Studios 301 Academy

A one-of-a-kind practical experience
direct from Australia’s leading recording studio
and engineering team.

brought to you in partnership by Abbey Road Institute Sydney


The 301 Academy is a one-of-a-kind practical experience. Hosted by the 301 engineering team, this 3 month program provides a part-time hands-on education covering: pre-production, vocal production, track production, mixing, and mastering.

Entry Requirements:

  • Music Production experience
  • Proficiency in Pro Tools recommended (not essential)

Includes: 1x complimentary session in Studio 2 incl. access to equipment and a behind-the-scenes video package of the experience (valued at AU$1,000)


studio sessions in Studio 1, Studio 2, Studio 3 and Mastering Suites


hours of in-studio session time


engineers per project

Applications now open!

AU$7,000 + GST

Overview – Producing a single for a pop rock band with knowledge and practical competency training along the way.

Session Schedule: 6 Feb. – 4 May 2024

Week 1.1 – Pre-production and Induction – Evening – 3 hours (6 Feb. 2024)

  • Studios 301 Tour
  • Round table – Introductions
  • Introduction to studio etiquette, studio hierarchy & traditional in-studio roles
  • Studio security & emergency procedures
  • Pizza and beers
  • Go through the Pre-production process
  • Highlighting choosing the song, changes in song structure, tempo, instrumentation etc.

Week 1.2 – Practical – Cable Rolling and Basic Recording Chain – Evening – 2 hours (10 Feb. 2024)

  • Show all the attendees how to roll mic cables properly
  • Show them a basic recording chain: (using simple all in one interface like Arrow but drawing parallels to studio and talking about how it’s the same each component is now it’s own part – eg. Pro Tools Mix Window vs Neve Console, Pro Tools Edit Window vs Tape) 
  • Mic, Console (preamp, EQ, DYN, Sends vs Inserts, Trim, Fader Levels, Inline vs Split, A to D, Recording Medium, Rec Path vs Monitor Path) Introductory – feeds into next session
  • Do a basic recording

Week 1

  • Pre-production & Induction
  • Practical – Cable rolling, basic recording chain

Week 2

  • Knowledge – Signal Flow at 301 (Basic Patchbay), 301 Consoles, outboard & tape
  • Recording Weekend (2 days)

Week 3

  • Knowledge – Advanced Microphones (Capsules, Topology etc.)
  • Recording

Week 4

  • Practical – Producer Setup
  • Production

Week 5

  • Vocal Recording with Simon Cohen
  • Practical – Vocal Comping, Editing & Tuning

Week 6

  • Practical – Recording Competency
  • Production

Week 7

  • Practical – Editing
  • Mix Prep

Week 8


Week 9

  • Mixing 1

Week 10

  • Student Mix Feedback
  • Practical – Automation (Soundflow) & RX
  • Mixing 2

Week 11

  • Knowledge – Dolby Atmos
  • Practical – Client briefs, timelines, budget & deliverables

Week 12

  • File Delivery & Backups, Pro Tools Redundancy, Protocols (Saving & Harddrives)

Week 13

  • Mastering
    1. Press release, label services & social media
    2. Legal, copyright & accounting
    3. Certificates & individual studio photoshoot

301 Academy Alumni

  • Being a part of the 301 Academy really inspired me to take my career to the next level and it helped me learn a lot of aspects about production, vocal production and mixing that you can’t just learn on the Internet. The team are all so good at what they do and they really do care about each and every student that comes through the doors. Every question I had was answered in depth and that new level of understanding has really helped me come out of the experience a better musician.

    MansusMansusMusic Producer & 301 Academy Alumni
  • The 301 Academy opened my eyes to aspects of being a producer that you simply can’t learn unless you’re actually in the room. The opportunity to go through a record's creation to release taught me so many important aspects of working in the industry aside from writing a great record. It would be an understatement to say the 301 Academy made me a better producer, engineer & artist.

    LukaeLukaeMusic Producer & 301 Academy Alumni
  • “The Studios 301 Academy was a real industry experience I recommend anyone looking to grasp or get a feel for how the music recording industry works, regardless of their background. The Academy has validated, and further improved the recording practices and techniques I've used up to this point in my career.  I must say that Stefan and Jack were "open books" when sharing their knowledge and experience as well as being supportive as a collective knowledge within the engineers.”

    Jorge Van Den BrandeJorge Van Den BrandeStudios 301 Academy 2019
  • “The Academy Project opened my eyes to industry level production. To learn from engineers who have worked with some of my musical heroes was a great honour. I now have access to first class recording, mixing and mastering techniques. Because of the academy, my clientele in Melbourne and overseas has grown and there’s a confidence in my voice when I go to events and network with musicians, artists and other producers. The fire in me burns brighter and stronger. A massive thank you to Ron and the whole team at Studios 301.”

    Jaime FuentesJaime FuentesStudios 301 Academy 2019

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