LV Academy

Listen Vision Academy is the smart and affordable way to learn Audio Engineering, Music Production, Video Editing, DJ’ing and Beat Making. Why break the bank and spend years learning Digital Audio or Video, when you can take one-one-one, intensive and abbreviated classes with experienced professionals who are full-time engineers at Listen Vision Studios, DC’s largest and oldest recording studio.

Don’t get lost in the crowd! You’ll benefit from our private, hands-on approach to learning digital media, instruments and equipment. Interested in Video and Film Making? Learn shooting and editing in private, one-on-one sessions with Listen Vision’s Video Director. Our Instructors aren’t just technology geeks, they are industry professionals who have witnessed first-hand the benefits of catering our curriculum to the student and their level when they enter LV Academy. Our curriculum is Digidesign© Certified and based on the most essential knowledge you will need to be able to take and pass the Pro Tools Certification© test and obtain a career in the digital Audio/Video field.

Whether a high school student who is looking to explore their curiosity and a potential career, or an adult who has always had an interest or passion for music or video and is looking to pursue a new path or just a new hobby… Listen Vision Academy is the best of everything: Affordable, Abbreviated and One-on-One.


Pro Tools 101

The Introduction to Pro Tools course covers basic Pro Tools principles, giving you everything you need to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mixdown. This course focuses on Pro Tools 8 software and covers a multitude of new functions and feature enhancements. Whether your project involves recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, audio editing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.

Topics Include:
  • Getting to Know Pro Tools (record, edit, mix, process, and deliver audio)
  • Getting Inside Pro Tools
  • Creating Your First Session
  • Making Your First Audio Recording
  • Importing media and techniques, including setting levels
  • Making your first MIDI recording
  • Basic Editing Techniques
  • Introduction To Mixing
  • Finishing Your work.
Required Book:

Pro Tools 101 Official Courseware by Digidesign

Course Structure:

Total Course Time – est. 18 hrs

Tuition:

Intro to Beatmaking

The Intro to Beat Making course is designed for individuals who want to immediately get into hands-on Beat Making and lear how to use Beat Making hardware and software. Whether the Beat involves recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, audio editing, hardware sequencing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to create awesome, industry-standard Beats in the shortest time possible.

Topics Include:
  • Getting to Know Reason, Ableton, FL Studio and Re-Wire
  • Understanding Multi-tracking, Looping and Programming Sounds
  • Using different Hardware Controllers, i.e., Maschine, MPC, Keyboard
  • Understanding MIDI recording
  • Importing media and basic Mix Techniques, including setting Mix Level
  • Importing media and techniques, including setting levels
  • Making Your First Beat
  • Basic Editing Techniques
  • Introduction To Mixing
  • Finishing Your work: Mixing Down, Bouncing Down and Exporting
Required Book:

None

Course Structure:

Total Course Time – 8 hrs

Tuition:
Following Course:

Audio and Music Production


Audio and Music Production

The Introduction to Pro Tools course covers basic Pro Tools principles, giving you everything you need to complete a Pro Tools project, from initial set up to final mixdown. This course focuses on Pro Tools 8 software and covers a multitude of new functions and feature enhancements. Whether your project involves recording of live instruments, MIDI sequencing of software synthesizers, audio editing or region looping, this course will give you the basic skills to succeed.

Syllabus:

Section 1 — Understanding Sound Spectrum; Acoustics; Sound Proofing and Treating; Intro to Microphones; and Microphone Techniques
Section 2 — Equalization; Compression; Gating; Delays; Reverberation
Section 3 — Creating a Beat from Scratch Using Midi and Virtual Instruments
Section 4 — Recording Vocals and Live Instruments
Section 5 — Finalizing Your Mix

Course Structure:

Total Course Time – est. 30 hrs

Tuition:

Pro Tools 210

This course covers the core concepts and skills needed to operate Pro Tools in a professional studio environment. The course continues to build on the fundamental concepts and topics covered in the Pro Tools 100-series of courses.

Prerequisites:

Completion of Pro Tools 101 is required prior to beginning this course.

Objectives

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand Pro Tools|HD Family
  • Optimize your system
  • Configure and navigate sessions
  • Manage sessions using DigiBase browsers
  • Apply selection techniques
  • Edit using alternate tools and advanced nudging techniques
  • Utilize Advanced Mixing with Pro Tools
  • Finish the session by creating a final mixdown
  • Optimizing Host based DAW and computer for Protools
Course Structure:

Total Course Time – 24 hrs

Tuition:

Digital Video Editing

This course explores techniques that can be applied in a range of non-linear editing programs, including: Final Cut, iMovie, Sony Vegas, LiveType and Vision Lab Studio. Yet the main focus is not just on developing software skills—it’s on exploring the magic behind video editing. Challenging projects include editing a commercial, an interview, a narrative scene, a music video, a video diary, and a text title sequence.

Syllabus:

Section 1 — Intro To Video Editing

  • Getting Started with Final Cut and iMovie: The Editing Process, FCE Suit, Sony Vegas, The importance of planning, Adjusting preferences
  • Understanding the Interface: Overviews of Browser Window, Viewer, Canvas, Timeline, Tools and Audio Meters, Configuring the workspace; Editing samples

Section 2 — Importing and Organizing

  • Importing Your Footage: Importing from cameras, Importing audio files from CDs, Importing photos, Using iPhoto, Importing an iMovie project
  • Organizing Your Story: Going beyond, Selecting clips, Creating subclips, Using markers, Deleting clips, Storyboard editing, Making a three-point edit, Assembling a rough cut.

Section 3 — Precise Cuts and Intro To Audio Editing

  • Trimming Your Story: The trimming tools, Using multiple tracks to edit, The Trim Edit window, Dynamic JKL trimming, Keeping in sync while trimming
  • Editing Audio: Editing audio overview, Setting audio levels, Panning audio, Creating audio transitions, Narrating with the Voice-over tool, Essential audio filters

Section 4 — Transitions and Titles

  • Using Transitions: Creating a video transition, Editing a transition, Choosing good transitions, Saving custom transitions.
  • Adding Titles: Titling overview, Lower thirds, Adding credits, Boris text, LiveType overview.

Section 5 — Green Screen Compositing and Vector Animation

  • Using LiveType, Vision Lab Studio and iMovie: students will composite footage using Chroma Key plug-ins, Incorporate animated vector graphics in green screen footage, Blend special effects with raw footage using Vision Lab Studio.

Section 6 — Rendering Projects and Output Options

  • Rendering settings, Memory Management, Exporting for the web, Exporting for DVD, Exporting for an iPod, Conclusion, Where to go from here
Course Structure:

Total Course Time – est. 36 hrs

Tuition:

DJ’ing 101

*Taught One-on-One with the Top DJ’s in the DMV

This course covers the core concepts, skills, and principles of mixology as it pertains to using turntables as an instrument.

Topics Include:
  • Signal Flow, Setup & Gear
  • Song Selection
  • Mixing/Beat-Matching
  • Beat Juggling
  • Scratching
  • Live Events
  • On-Air Personality
  • Recording/Mixtapes
Course Structure:

Total Course Time – 16 hrs

Tuition:

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