Audio Engineering & Music Production
Course 3: Digital Audio Production

Digital recording has changed the way we record and listen to music and how we film and watch our movies, TV, and videos. In this course, you’ll learn how audio signals are essentially turned into a bunch of ones and zeros, chopped into minuscule slices, and reassembled so that computers and other gear can edit or manipulate the soundwaves.

As the sound is brought into your digital audio workstation (DAW) through a mic (analog), you’re able to make the changes you want and then send those signals back out for playback. The equipment is basically taking that digital sound and turning it back into an analog sound so it can be heard through speakers.

You’ll learn about the different recorders (stereo and multitrack) used throughout the years and how technological advances allow audio engineers and music producers to create sounds that are clearer and clearer. You’ll also learn about memory, storage, and secondary gear that will give you more power when it comes to manipulating the soundwaves.

The course ends with information about different digital formats and how to save your music for different purposes, such as compact discs, mp3s, WAV files, and more. And you’ll learn which formats work best for radio, film, TV, the internet, and all of the other different ways to listen to music.

The course ends with normal section reviews, a blog post, a quiz, and additional time for you to work in the studio on extra assignments if you’re not needed by your mentor.


  • How it Works
  • Digital Recorders
  • Memory and Storage
  • Beyond Recording
  • Digital Audio Formats
  • Chapter Quiz
  • Blog Entry