Sound Production – Opening the DAW


30 hours


Live delivery





Next Intake

To be determined


Keen to get started in Sound Production? Learn the fundamentals of the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) environment. Gain an understanding of ProTools functions and basic sound capture with a microphone, focusing on the basics of managing sound. You will also learn signal flow theory and its importance with both digital and analogue audio systems.

Course content

  • Introduction to Mac Software functions and data management
  • Introduction to Pro Tools- Virtual Mixer Environment
  • Fundamentals of the EDIT Window
  • Routing of Signal from Audio Track to Busses and Sends
  • Basic Effects: Spatial (Reverb) and Time-based (Delay,Chorus etc)
  • Fundamentals of Equalisation (EQ) and Dynamics (Compression and Limiting)
  • Recognition of Time, Meter and Tempo
  • Introduction to Logic X - Create a simple MIDI piece of music using Logic X instruments
  • Capturing a single channel microphone signal
  • Basic editing using fundamental EDIT and MIXER functions


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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You should have an interest in music production. You must be computer literate and be familiar with the MAC operating system. You can learn about a MAC via

Materials supplied

All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. All relevant course materials including software and microphones are included.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.



  • Headphones with both a standard headphone jack (Stereo) and a mini Jack (Computer output)
  • USB stick or portable storage device (must be Mac compatible).

    Suited to

    This course is an ideal introduction for Creatives, Performers and Students interested in pursuing further study in Sound Production.


    This course will be delivered utilising Digital Audio Workstations, Pro Tools and all necessary hardware. During this practical course students will gain an understanding of the basics of sound capture and be introduced to editing and mixing functions. 

    Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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    Facilitator: Mark Kelson

    Mark Kelson is best known as the front man for Melbourne based outfit The Eternal. Over their more than a decade-long career, The Eternal have released five full-length efforts, three DVD's and a live album to worldwide critical acclaim. Mark is now an established Sound Engineer, Mixer, Producer and increasingly teaching and supervising within the Diploma of Music Industry (Sound Production) at RMIT University.

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    Acknowledgement of country

    RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer