How to Make a Hit Record and Other Production Secrets


6 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


If you've ever recorded before, and not got the result that you wanted or you're about to embark on your first recording, this workshop is made for you. Take the chance to ask challenging questions about the process, budget, rates and the business of making your record. By the end of the session, you will be armed with the knowledge you need to make smart decisions about how and when you should commence recording, and how much you should invest in it.

Course content

  • Setting goals
  • Questions to ask your producer
  • The difference between booking a studio yourself vs. working with a producer, and how it affects your sound
  • Real-world examples of, and comparisons of cost, performance and sound between:
  • Low, mid high budget productions
  • home, project commercial studios
  • Pro sessions players vs. 'mates'
  • Pre-production - What should be covered, approach, how you should feel when pre-production is 'done', how much should you spend on production
  • What to do next?
  • Timetable

    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

    More details


    Students must be 18 years or older, and writing, performing or producing music.

    Materials supplied

    Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. Students will receive a framework for record production that can be used independently, or with a producer.

    Materials to bring

    Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

    Suited to

    This course is targeted toward musicians bands that are considering recording, or who have previously recorded and yielded an underwhelming result and want to know why, and how to get a better result next time.


    Gain a solid understanding of the following:

  • What really goes into making a commercial sounding record.
  • The sonic outcome of compromises in production quality, eg. recording at home, using cheap studios.
  • How to approach recording production to get an exciting result that sounds the way you want it to.
  • The real difference between prosumer” recording gear/DIY high end/professional gear.
  • How much to spend on production to avoid wasting money.
  • How to have a conversation with a prospective producer to gauge their ability experience.

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