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Diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering

THE PROGRAMME

Music Production and Audio Engineering is a programme that arms you with the necessary skills needed to navigate and excel in the music industry holistically. The extensive programme will train you in the art of production across various contemporary genres such as pop and rock music. Reviews are conducted regularly during the programme through a mix of projects and formative assessments. At the end of the programme, you will graduate with a broad portfolio of works that showcase a good range of your creative abilities.

Full-Time – 12 Months Coursework

Part-Time – 24 Months Coursework

THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE

is one that is diverse, covering both theory and practical, hands-on knowledge. You will learn from award-winning professionals and practitioners with many years of experience. The average teacher-to-student ratio is 1:12.

THE FINAL OUTCOME

are musicians who come away with advanced skills in recording and mixing and are more than adept at handling a variety of audio equipment in a wide range of events.

Modules

Digital Audio Workstation
Digital Live Sound Production
Harmony I
Principles of Audio

Digital Audio Workstation

Synopsis:

Digital Audio Workstations are critical parts of today's music production process. You will learn to use 2 of the major DAWs in the industry now, namely Logic Pro and Pro Tools. Explore how to set up projects, record and edit music and utilise plug-ins to create unique music.

Objectives:

This module aims to introduce students to the functions and operations of DAWs. Students will be able to perform basic recording and editing of music tracks in preparation for more advanced production work further on in their course.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
MIDI
Study in Popular Music
Songwriting
Musical Arrangements
Principles of Acoustics (Audio Engineering Elective)

MIDI

Synopsis:

Explore the major role MIDI plays in modern music composition, both in music composed solely through MIDI or tracks supplemented by MIDI elements. You will learn how to do sequencing and sampling using MIDI, and how you can apply sound editing techniques to create organic and realistic sounds.

Objectives:

This module equips students to operate a MIDI instrument and sequence MIDI in different styles.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Audio Post Production
Music Production in the Pop Music Genres
Music Production in the Rock Metal Alternative Music Genres
Video Production I (Music Production Elective)

Audio Post Production

Synopsis:

An immersive exploration of the art of audio post production with an emphasis on sound design for commercials and short films. You will be trained in soundtrack creation, automatic dialogue rerecording, sound FX and foley.

Objectives:

This module aims to equip students with the skills to produce the soundtrack to a TV commercial and movie clip. Students will be able to perform ADR, integrate suitable sound effects and contextual music.

12 Weeks
36 Hours
Music Business 101
Music Production in the Pop Music Genres
Music Production in the Rock Metal Alternative Music Genres
Video Production II (Music Production Elective)
Sound Design (Audio Engineering Elective)

Music Business 101

Synopsis:

This module looks at how the music industry has evolved in the face of sweeping changes as you explore the commercial and business aspects of the music industry. You will navigate key aspects such as copyright, publishing, artist development and creative concepts for music releases. Hone your skills through developing a comprehensive business development plan for yourself or a budding music talent you know.

Objectives:

The module will equip students to develop music business plans and creative concepts for artist development and music releases.

12 Weeks
36 Hours

Entry Requirements

For Singaporeans:

  1. Minimum 16 years of age.
  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.
  3. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2), a placement test is administered before an applicant can be enrolled into this course. Entry into the course is dependent on results of the placement test
  4. Higher NITEC or NITEC Applicants may be required to sit for an interview and an internal English placement test to assess the applicant’s suitability.

For International Students:

  1. Minimum 16 years of age.
  2. 3 GCE ‘O’ Level passes grade A to C or grade 1 to 6 in English and two other subjects.
  3. International applicants who have completed at least 10 years of education may be considered for application. Relevant supporting evidence of applicants’ achievements in the arts must be submitted with the application.
  4. Equivalent English qualifications include internet-based TOEFL (score of 75 and above), and IELTS (overall score of 5.0 and above).
  5. For applicants who do not meet requirement 2), a placement test is administered before an applicant can be enrolled into this course. Entry into the course is dependent on results of the placement test.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can look forward to the following jobs:

Audio Post-Production
Broadcast Engineer
Entertainer
Recording Executive
Studio Manager
Mastering Engineer
Musician
Music Industry Consultant
Music Producer

Orita Sinclair is proud of its graduates who go on to become highly successful professionals and practitioners.

Faculty

Meet our passionate educators who are all industry practitioners. They are seasoned designers and trend-setters in the creative field.

Rufus Varghese

Rufus Varghese

Deputy Programme Manager, Music Faculty

BA (Hons) in Audio Production, School of Audio Engineering

As an esteemed Audio Director, Rufus has been credited innumerably for having recorded and produced music for film, Mediacorp television & Radio, computer games, theatre, interactive media and various independent artistes. He has been featured in Channel News Asia and Sconicscoop, for his major involvement with Lion Studios. Mentored by the late British Engineer John Herbert in the art and science of Studio Production, Rufus is regarded for his teaching and supervisory abilities. He graduated with 1st Class Honors in Audio Production from the School of Audio Engineering and his research interests are in the areas of sound synthesis/analysis/control/simulation, spectral analysis, small/large environment control room acoustics, audio quality/degradation, multichannel recording/mixing and mastering.

Vinod Dass

Vinod Dass

Lecturer, Music Faculty

Bachelor Degree in Audio Engineering and Music Production, JMC Academy

Vinod has been an avid music performer since young, later branching out and specialising in audio engineering. He developed a keen interest in the recording arts and obtained his degree in Audio Engineering and Music Production from JMC Academy in Melbourne, Australia. His skills led him to work on the Sound Design and Mixing of a short film called “Fixed” which became the official selections of Film Festivals in Melbourne, Iran and Mexico. It was also accepted by the 18th Bicycle Film Festival in New York. Not only restricting himself to the recording aspect of music, his passion for performance and music brought him most recently to Brisbane, Australia to play at the Dead of Winter Festival 2019 as well as being able to open for Multi Major award winner HariHaran, when he came to Singapore mid 2019. Other international acts he has opened for include: Immolation (NYC), Venom Inc (UK), The Exploited (UK).

Alexandre Talhinhas

Alexandre Talhinhas

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Bachelor Degree in English/French Translation, Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração (ISLA)

Alex (DJ Alx) is a Music Producer, Musician and Sound Engineer who hails from Portugal and is currently based in Singapore. He graduated from Instituto Superior de Línguas e Administração with a Bachelor's Degree in English/French Translation and has spent the last 20 years honing his music craft. He is, we are proud to say, also a recent graduate of Orita Sinclair's Diploma in Music Production and Audio Engineering. Alex recently had his collaboration with Masia One featured on Netflix Altered Carbon Season 2 OST and also composed the Ti Tou Tao (Mediacorp Channel 5 series) theme song alongside Masia One. He is the music curator for Suka Suka Sundays, and resident DJ in Sub City, Lion City Bass, Kampong Boogie and Ginga! where he invites DJ’s from Singapore and abroad to share the booth with him at White Label Records. As a musician, Alex was part of Macaco do Chinês (guitarist/singer/producer), a band that were pioneers in crossing Hip-Hop, Dubstep and Grime with Portuguese traditional music. He released two critically acclaimed albums and a mixtape. Macacos do Chinês toured both nationally and internationally, playing in headline festivals like Rock In Rio and starred in MTV’s Brand New TV concerts. As a DnB producer he has been working closely and producing for Skalator Music, one of the most refreshing labels coming out of Portugal. His debut single at the end of last year, Babylon Man, got 4/5 in DJ MAG UK.

Damien Ng

Damien Ng

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

BA (Hons) in Recording Arts, Middlesex University

Having almost two decades of industry experience, Damien specializes in Location Sound Recording, Mixing Audio for Post Production, Sound Design, Music Composition, and Audio Restoration. He's a passionate guitarist and is well-versed with Waves Sound Design Suite Plugins and Positive Grid Bias Desktop Guitar Amp Emulation. His recent works include recording audio on set, mixing audio and producing sound design for video for Dramas and TVC corporate videos.

Reuben Sim

Reuben Sim

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

BA (Hons) Music, Lasalle College of the Arts

Specialising in music production, Reuben has produced various acts over the past 3 years, including The Reckless Skies, a pop-punk band in which he is also on vocals and guitar. He is proficient in audio engineering and recording techniques while also well-versed in composing and arranging. Since 2016, his passion for music has led him to being both an assistant music producer at homegrown production house United Records and a music director in his church.

Cedric Chew

Cedric Chew

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Bachelor of Creative Technology, JMC Academy

Cedric Chew graduated from JMC Academy, Melbourne in 2008 with Bachelor of Creative Technology, majoring in Audio Engineering & Sound Production. As the owner of Inversion Studios, he has over 10 years of experience as a mixing & recording engineer, music producer, and performer with some of the country's top alternative, rock and heavy metal acts, including Wormrot (Earache Records, UK) and A Vacant Affair (UMG).

Chong Yu Lun

Chong Yu Lun

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

Diploma in Film, Sound and Video, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Chong Yu Lun and Rachel Toh co-founded Butterworks, a production house, and have acquired more than 10 filmmaking awards through their filmmaking journey. Their short film "Dao Sha Pia" was shared by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Most notably, they built a renowned Youtube channel, Butterworks which has gathered over 270,000 subscribers and over 35 million views.The duo, director and executive producer, are often known for producing heartfelt, tear-jerking video content that connects, relates and touches hearts. Their knowledge for creating compelling content has even brought viral success to the branding videos they produced for notable corporate clients such as SMRT, hauling over 900,000 views.

Rachel Toh

Rachel Toh

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

BA in Mass Communication, Curtin University of Technology

Chong Yu Lun and Rachel Toh co-founded Butterworks, a production house, and have acquired more than 10 filmmaking awards through their filmmaking journey. Their short film "Dao Sha Pia" was shared by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Most notably, they built a renowned Youtube channel, Butterworks which has gathered over 270,000 subscribers and over 35 million views.The duo, director and executive producer, are often known for producing heartfelt, tear-jerking video content that connects, relates and touches hearts. Their knowledge for creating compelling content has even brought viral success to the branding videos they produced for notable corporate clients such as SMRT, hauling over 900,000 views.

Cravis Chang

Cravis Chang

Adjunct Lecturer, Music Faculty

BA (Hons) Music, Lasalle College of the Arts

Singaporean producer Cravism has always been immersed in Hip-hop culture. Besides being a professional b-boy, Cravism began playing the piano and trumpet in the early 2000s, which progressed into recording and producing his own music. His music has been featured in Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Paris, and Seoul for the Adidas Originals Flagship Store has been used by many documentary videos such as The Cuppa Depresso, Elevate the Streets, Dead was the Body and many more. Cravism has also performed around Singapore and the United Kingdom, opening shows for big names such as Slum Village, Cosmo Midnight and others.

How to apply

All prospective students are encouraged to contact our Recruitment Executive or authorised recruitment agents for a pre-course counseling session if they would like to enrol for a course with Orita Sinclair School of Design & Music. The purpose of this session is for us to address the needs of students as an individual, professional and as a student of our institute.

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Application Date

Local Students

17th Sep 2021

International Students

6th Aug 2021