Additional Information

See CSN Audio Recording Courses for full course descriptions and schedules!

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Audio Recording Digital Classroom


Enrollment for the 2021 Spring Semester is going on NOW!

The first day of the Spring Semester is Tuesday, January 19, 2021.



All our Audio Recording Class Sections are scheduled to be held as "In Person" (on Campus with you there) for our 2021 Spring Semester. Very stringent guidelines will be in place due to the Corona Covid-19 situation. All our technology-focused Classes will be in what is called "Hybrid" format. This means the following: We will be making expanded use of the Canvas educational web sites that have already been in use, for you to view items such as lectures and some demonstrations online at home, and your attendance time on Campus will be on a "staggered" schedule. "Staggered" means you will have a weekly schedule when to be on Campus and in Class, but you will not be in attendance for every Class day and time as it appears in the MyCSN system. (Your schedule will be set prior to the start of the Spring Semester and you will be notified with it). Since much more of the lecture component and some other items are being moved to our Canvas sites, time on Campus in all Classes will concentrate on doing the hands-on and practical training involved. We are also planning to have our Open Labs available for the 2021 Spring Semester for students to use on a regular basis.

PLEASE NOTE: As we all are aware, Covid-19 restrictions come and go. If the situation at the start of the 2021 Spring Semester is that the Governor and the CSN President order it, we will be doing our technology-focused Classes online ("Remote Learning") for any period that is affected by their policies.

Please email John Jacobson at  Contact Us  with any questions you may have concerning how we are complying health standards and arranging our Classes and facilities to be safe during the present situation.


The first comprehensive Audio Recording Courses to enroll in are:

MUS 231 “Recording Techniques I”   AND   MUS 239 “Virtual Studio Technology”.

MUS 239 is a required co-requisite for MUS 231.   MUS 160 "Computer Music Technology I" is also one of our recording technology first-level Courses.

These two courses complement each other. MUS 239 focuses entirely on Avid Pro Tools, the software program used in MUS 231. (MUS 231 covers mixboards, microphones, physics of sound and other topics as well). These courses are also required for CSN’s newly revised Certificate of Achievement in Music Business and Technology. MUS 160 “Computer Music Technology I” can also be taken, and is the prerequisite for three of the many Electives in our Certificate.

  • MUS 160 - "Computer Music Technology I" covers basic concepts of using software and computer-related hardware, and focuses on Ableton Live, Apple Logic, and a short overview of MakeMusic Finale.
  • MUS 231 - "Recording Techniques I" is an introduction to audio recording including theoretical concepts, terminology, microphones, consoles, and use of analog and digital equipment. Includes hands-on training and use of a separate "Drop-In" Lab.
  • MUS 239 - "Virtual Studio Technology" is our first-level course in Avid ProTools, and also covers computer system fundamentals. There is one computer-per-student, each with a MIDI keyboard. (Our Computer Music Classroom/Lab is shown at the top of this page).

Audio Recording Control Room and Trident Mixing Board

The CSN Recording Studio Facilities have two fully equipped Control Rooms, a Studio large enough to accommodate a 50-piece orchestra, and an Isolation Room. Classes held in this area utilize all these rooms, and have a lab-to-lecture ratio of at least 2-to-1 to ensure students receive hands-on training on industry-standard equipment the same or similar to those in commercial facilities. A separate 3 computer station Lab in the Recording Studio area is used during classes and also as a "Drop-In Lab".

Our "Room N119" Computer Music Classroom/Lab for 12 students is a dedicated space with one computer station per student. With new Macintosh computers, our many courses in this Lab instruct students on Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, and Apple Logic Pro X. Room N119 is also available for "Drop-In Lab" use.

In total, we have 19 Macs in the CSN Audio Recording Program. All software (including our HUGE number of plugins) in Room N119 are also installed on all the Macs in our Recording Studio area, so students can move their projects easily from one computer or area on campus to another.

Our faculty has many years of experience in the audio industry, covering all aspects of audio production and with many notable credits.

We offer Class Sections on different days and times, including evenings and weekends. For course information (including a list of days and times for all the recording classes at CSN) please see: CSN Audio Recording Courses.

Our Certificate of Achievement in Music Business and Technology has proven to be very popular both for students and for prospective employers. One-on-one Private Instruction is also available.

All recording classes and facilities are at the North Las Vegas ("Cheyenne") Campus of CSN. For Admissions and Registration, please use the links on the Admissions page or contact the Registrar’s Office at any CSN campus. (At the North Las Vegas Campus, the Registrar’s phone number is 702-651-4060).

For an overview and more details of what is available please click on the links directly below.