Diploma in Audio & Music Technology


Faculty: Audio
Duration: 1 Year Part Time
Delivery: Online
Level: Diploma
Start Date: October 2021
Course Director: Tony Perrey
Fees: €2,250
Certification: Pulse Diploma


The team from Windmill Lane Recording Studios has designed a new programme aimed at aspiring producers. This exciting new course provides great flexibility:

  • Blended learning offering live online classes that are also recorded so that you can catch up and review when it suits you.
  • Choose to learn on Ableton or Logic. Users of other platforms welcome.
  • Practical classes are delivered from Windmill Lane Studios. You can attend – or attend virtually as they are streamed live!
  • Four music production modules take you from introductory level to advanced level.
  • Includes an intensive 6 day Windmill Lane Cert in Recording and Mixing.
  • Windmill Lane Certificate awarded after completing each module.
  • Windmill Lane Diploma attained upon completion of all levels.


Module 1

Music Production Level 1

Music Production 1 (8 Classes)
Music Production 1 (8 Classes)
  • Introduction to Logic / Ableton (you will choose which DAW in advance of commencement)
  • Recording & editing midi and audio
  • Introduction to software synths
  • Creating beats using Drum Machines, loops and samplers
  • Intro to music basics – chords, melody and rhythm, building a song from scratch
  • Intro to mics and microphone techniques (In Windmill Lane Studios)
  • Introduction to audio fx plug – ins (compressors, E.Q., Reverb and delay)
  • Using the mixer

Module 2

Music Production Level 2

Music Production 2 (8 Classes)
Music Production 2 (8 Classes)
  • Using software instruments:
  • Drum machines
  • Synthesizers
  • Samplers
  • Editing pitch and time
  • Using audio processors effectively
  • An introduction to mixing – premixing, monitoring, masking (In Windmill Lane Studios)
  • Live performance using Ableton and Mainstage
  • Importing a Movie

Module 3

Windmill Lane Cert in Recording, Mixing and Mastering
6 Day intensive, Windmill Lane Studio 1 & 2

Day 1

Introduction to Studio 1 & 2
Microphone Techniques for Drums and Bass

Day 2

Recording and Microphone Techniques for overdubbed instruments:
Percussion, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keys and Strings

Day 3

Recording Vocals
Preparing for the mix- Editing, Beat detective, tips and tricks

Day 4

Mixing Masterclass

Day 5

Mixing Workshop
Preparation for Mastering

Day 6

The Art and Science of Mastering (Mastering Workshop)

Module 4

Advanced Production Techniques

Advanced Production Techniques (8 Classes)
Advanced Production Techniques (8 Classes)
  • Workflows for Movies – Spotting Scenes, Beat Mapping and Tempo Tracks
  • Synchronisation between 2 DAWS
  • Control of external MIDI devices
  • Creating Orchestral Mock – ups
  • Advanced Automation
  • Mixing Large Ensembles and Orchestral works
  • 5.1 Surround mixing (In Windmill Lane Studios)

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This course is a direct application course. Applications are currently taken through the Application Form below. Upon receiving your application form our Admissions Team will be in contact to discuss our payment options in securing your course place. General

Course Requirements

A proven interest in audio and/or music technology, and to display some interest in related creative media arts
Basic knowledge of computers (Mac/PC, and audio software): helpful but not essential

Educational Requirements

The programme is designed for all ages and skill levels, whether you are new to the industry, looking to up-skill, or wanting to learn new skills and enhance your career options within the Audio industry. No industry experience is required and applicants may be accepted without formal academic qualifications.

Interview Process

There is no interview application for this course but we would be delighted to invite you in for a private tour of our campus; to meet our course lecturers and gain further insight into what our course has to offer.

Deciding to study sound engineering at Pulse College turned out to be the most important decision I made in my whole life. The quality of the course content combined with the support on offer provided me with all the tools I needed to go on and become a successful engineer and producer. In the music business you really need to learn to walk before you can run, and there is no better place in the country to do that!


Audio & Music Technology Diploma


Irish / EU (Residing in Ireland)

Total cost: €2,250

Deposit (payable to secure your place): €400

Enrolment fee (payable in October): €800

Balance: 3 instalments of €350 (Nov, Dec, Jan)

 *If you choose Logic as your DAW then you must purchase this book.



International / EU (living outside of Ireland)

This course is not recognised on the ILEP and therefore not available for international student application.