Christopher Jarman from Kamikaze Space Programme, teaching Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering at Catalyst Berlin on the SSL in studio K4. CAP

Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering

Become a sonic artisan and a creative audio visionary

The studio as your second home

Develop comprehensive knowledge of practical tools, technical and creative techniques, industry know how, critical analysis and the human attributes required to pursue a rewarding and successful career in the sound and audio industries. Our expert learning experiences cover sound engineering, music and audio production, mastering, sound design, and a wide range of other activities within the wider music, film, and media industries.

Learn to see the studio as your musical instrument. As a sound engineer you'll ‘play that instrument’ to craft and capture the purest essence of the original performance. As a producer you'll become the creative visionary and project manager who takes ideas from their birthplace in the imagination of the artist, band or composer, steadies the ship where needed and helps transform them into a sublime, tangible, sonic reality. As a contemporary studio based composer you'll take all of these roles and meld them into something unique. A kind of sonic alchemy and a growth area for the creative audio production world.

Undergraduate & Postgraduate Courses

Our flagship courses focus on 'hands on' reflective practice, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking.

Length: 1 Year
Start: September 2024

Our flagship Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering Certificate focuses on learning by doing. Using challenging real-life scenarios, you will develop industry standard tools, technical know how and the essential techniques required to record, mix, produce and master music for yourself or others whilst you build a sound engineer or music producer portfolio.

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Length: 3 Years
Start: September 2024

Our flagship Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering Bachelor Degree (BA Hons) is an innovative 3-year course that focuses on learning by doing. Using challenging real-life scenarios, you will develop all of the industry standard tools, technical know how and essential techniques required to record, mix, produce and master music whilst you build a sound engineer or music producer portfolio and your own unique profile.

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Length: 1 Year Full-time/ 2 Years Part-time
Start: September 2024

Celebrate, explore, develop, innovate and magnify your capabilities as a music producer, a sound engineer, a practising electronic music artist, a performer, a composer, a sonic artist or artistic practitioners from other fields whilst building and enhancing an artistic and creative industry profile.

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Summer Short Courses

Whether you’re deep into sound engineering, love watching and recording live musicians, curious about sound exploration and music technologies or obsessed with trying to achieve the perfectly balanced mix down, you’ll find fresh inspiration whilst developing a range of new skills in our intensive and specialised courses.

Level: Beginners
Course length: 4 weeks
Start: mid-June to mid-July 2024 (dates TBC)

This 4-week Studio Recording beginner's course has been designed for budding sound engineers eager to learn the fundamentals of recording and producing bands, soloists or electronic artists in a professional studio environment.

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The beauty in every sound

Be challenged with innovative, real life scenarios, impossible to answer questions and new ideas that stretch your mind and open up whole new worlds. Strengthen your craft and broaden your experience as you develop your approach to audio production and your own unique sound.

Build an original portfolio with opportunities to produce records for artists, bands and composers whilst working in historically vintage studios, writing and recording film scores, mixing for cutting edge electronic artists and much much more.

Bring out the best in others, find the beauty in every sound and channel your own creative voice in search of the next big thing in the world of audio production and sound engineering.

Catalyst Berlin Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering student Alonso Boniche recording a live Studio Session by electronica duo Otari
Learn by doing

You won’t find any “traditional” classrooms, homework, lectures or tests here. Instead, from day one, you’ll be put in a group with other motivated creatives just like you and tasked with producing electronic music under challenging creative, technical and logistical constraints. Make music, and make it your way. It’s harder than it sounds.

Brian Greene and his Creative Audio Production & Sound Engineering students | Catalyst Berlin
A bedrock of support

It might be harder than it sounds but don’t worry - we’re here for you. You’ll be supported by our staff of industry professional tutors running hands-on workshops on everything from mic technique to mix engineering to mastering and much more. You’ll also play, listen and critique your work and the work of others in our listening workshops.

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You should be interested in some or all of the following:-

  • Establishing your own distinct and creative approach to sound engineering and music production
  • Developing new and innovative audio production methodologies
  • Providing sound engineering expertise to support studio recordings
  • Developing finely honed listening skills
  • Providing well informed creative input to a track, song, album, composition for film etc
  • Enhancing recordings with high level mastering techniques
  • Building a comprehensive knowledge of industry standard tools and techniques
  • Building a career in the international music, film or gaming industries
  • Learning by doing and gaining hands-on experience applicable to real-life work
  • Joining a progressive learning community supported by a dedicated team of experienced facilitators
  • Living and working in Berlin, the most exciting city on the planet for music makers
  • Collaborating with a community of like minded people from 55 different countries
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However you measure it and whatever artistic realm you are working in, most creatives would like to achieve success with their creative endeavour. There are many types of success an individual may want to achieve. From successful completion of an artistic exploration all the way through to financial security and a global audience

There are many skills required to develop these dreams into real and practical futures. Our optional course in self-development and leadership is the ‘rocket fuel’ which will provide you with the frameworks, the focus and the drive to help realise your future.

Self development to better understand how to take decisive action, to communicate powerfully with others and take an honest look at how you limit yourself. Leadership to complete your creative project, to bring your work into the external world and to attract an audience to share, appreciate and follow your work. 


Our tutors

Our courses are designed with input from numerous experienced members of the British Music Industry. They are taught by an international team of permanent tutors and visiting music industry professionals.