HOFA Audio BASIC

The online course for the perfect start

AUDIO BASIC is the right choice for anyone who wants to discover the fantastic possibilities of professional music production while having a good time. This state-certified online course is the ideal entry point for successfully recording and mixing music.

Course duration: 3 months or flexible

Practice: 4 detailed analyses of your mixes and assignments

Time required: from 8 to 25 hours per week

Certificate: Audio Assistant

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That's what you'll learn with the BASIC course:

The BASIC course contains 2 of the 12 modules from the topic Recording. You will learn things like:

  • Miking of various instruments
  • Important microphones
  • Workflows
  • Microphone technology

The BASIC course contains 3 of the 16 modules from the topic Mixing. You will learn things like:

  • Mixing of various instruments and genres
  • Mix architecture
  • Levels and panning
  • EQing and frequencies
  • Compression and dynamics
  • Reverb and depth
  • Effects
  • Ear training

The BASIC course contains all modules from the topic Entering Guide: Digital Audio Production. You will learn about things like:

  • Workflow of modern audio productions
  • Overview of popular DAWs & plugins
  • MIDI basics

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 3 modules from the topic Editing. You will learn about things like:

  • Tools in the DAW
  • Fades and crossfades
  • Comping

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 4 modules from the topic Producing Electronic Music & Hip-Hop. You will learn about things like:

  • Arrangement
  • Sampling
  • Important production workflows

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 5 modules from the topic Studies on Instruments and Voices.

This module is about the voice.

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 4 modules from the topic Sound Design. You will learn about things like:

  • Sampling, synthesis, effects and recording for sound design
  • Creating own sounds
  • Working with modern synthesizers

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 5 modules from the topic Acoustics. You will learn about things like:

  • Oscillations and waves
  • Sound energy, sound pressure level and sound intensity
  • Standing waves and room modes
  • Absorption and diffusion
  • Acoustics in the studio

The BASIC course contains 1 of the 7 modules from the topic Technology in Sound Engineering. You will learn about things like:

  • Signal transmission
  • Electroacoustics and digital audio technology
  • Levels

With HOFA to a Bachelor's degree

Every HOFA online course brings you closer to the bachelor’s degree in audio engineering. During and after your BASIC course, you have the option of upgrading to the AUDIO DIPLOMA online course. After the DIPLOMA course, you can graduate with an internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering & Music Production in just one year.

How your online course works:

Learn audio engineering everywhere.

The HOFA Online Campus gives you access to all your learning content via your computer, tablet and smartphone at any time.

This way, you learn multimedia-based with video tutorials, studio workshops, texts, sound examples, complete studio productions & practical exercises – no matter if you are at home or on the road…

Didactic structure.

The online course AUDIO BASIC is made up of 3 progressive levels, giving you the fundamentals of the most important topics in audio engineering and music production.

A new level is unlocked for you every month.

An online course that adapts to you.

Choose a course duration of 3 or 6 months and set your own pace. If you happen to have more time, you can bring levels forward. For even more flexibility, you have the option of pausing your online course.

Your certified degree.

You will receive the Audio Assistant certificate at the end of the course. Besides, there will be certificates for all successfully completed topics.

With HOFA to a Bachelor’s degree.

Your Audio Assistant certificate can be fully taken into account for the following DIPLOMA course. With the DIPLOMA certificate, you qualify for the Bachelor’s program in Audio Engineering & Music Production.

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For free during the course:
All 47 plugins from HOFA

With the award-winning plugins from HOFA, you have the best tools for your online course and your productions. Of course, the HOFA online courses can also be done with plugins from other manufacturers.

Get started right away.

Start your online course at any time.

You can start your audio engineering online course whenever you want.

With registration, you also choose whether you want to start immediately or at a later date.

Work with the DAW of your choice.

You can complete the course with any DAW: Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Studio One, Reaper…

At the start of the course, we will give you Cubase LE and Ableton Live Intro as a gift.

Try it for 14 days.

After your registration you can try the course for two weeks.

During this time you will have the opportunity to cancel the online course immediately and get your money back.

Affordable & flexible:
one-time payment

With one-time payment, you will get a discount and access to all the content at the start of the course. This allows you to organize your time individually.

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A wide range of practical exercises help you reach your goal.

1. Exercises straight from the studio.

You can submit 4 practical assignments in the AUDIO BASIC course: mixes and a producing task.

In our online courses, we use productions of various genres from the HOFA studios and other top studios, but also sessions from home recordings. This gives you access to a wide range of tracks, recordings and musical styles – including titles by well-known and successful artists.

2. Everything can be done at home.

Work on these exercises at home with the equipment you are familiar with and in the DAW of your choice. Afterwards, simply upload the result to the HOFA Online Campus.

We are always there for you to answer any questions you may have about the exercises and assignments.

3. Mix feedback from studio pros.

Your submissions will be heard and analyzed by experienced sound engineers and producers in the HOFA studios.

We provide detailed and individual analyses of your mixes and works and give you valuable feedback on the strengths and weaknesses with specific examples and screenshots.

We are there for you.

Personal support

Throughout the course, a team of professional audio engineers will be there to answer all your questions – by phone, chat & email.

If you have any questions on an audio topic, if there is something you don’t understand, or if you just need help, please feel free to contact us at any time! 

Forum & community

In the exclusive HOFA Forum, you can contact tutors and build a network with other students to exchange ideas on a wide range of topics.

Discounts on software & hardware

You can use your Student ID to buy hardware and software from various manufacturers such as Ableton, Adam Audio, Adobe, Avid, Apple, Steinberg, Waves, HOFA-Plugins, HOFA-Akustik, etc. Almost all DAWs and plugins can be purchased with up to 50% educational discount.

Signed and sealed.

Your Audio Assistant certificate.

When you complete the online course AUDIO BASIC, you will receive the Audio Assistant certificate.

State-certified online courses.

All HOFA online courses are evaluated and certified by the German State Central Office for Distance Learning “ZFU”. With this, a meaningful didactic approach, a pedagogically structured programme and fair terms of contract are certified.

Due to the state certification, all training costs might be tax-deductible (depending on your location).

Live from the HOFA-Studios

As a HOFA-College student you can also attend fascinating online workshops on audio engineering held in the HOFA studios. Recordings of the live streams can be found in the Online Campus afterwards.

In addition to the experienced tutors from our studios, many experts from the music business hold workshops as well.

FAQ

No, you can take this online course without a specific school degree or grading (NC).

You should plan on 8 to 25 hours per week, depending on previous training and the chosen course duration. Many of our students complete their HOFA online courses part-time and alongside their jobs.

Due to the short duration of the course, it is not possible to cancel AUDIO BASIC. However, you can revoke your registration within the first 14 days.

You can also pause the course at any time.

To receive your Audio Assistant certificate, you need to submit one practical exam and complete the multiple-choice tests in the topics. 

There are no fixed exam dates or deadlines. All exams, assignments and tests can be completed at your own pace and from home.

If you pass the relevant exams, you will receive the following certificates:

  • Audio Assistant
  • Digital Audio Production

Technical requirements

For your online course you will need a computer with audio software, a pair of speakers/headphones and of course a fondness for music. A smartphone or tablet is not necessary, but makes learning more flexible. Just contact us if you have any questions.

Recommended software and hardware

Ableton Live | Apple Logic | Avid Pro Tools | Cockos Reaper | Image Line FL Studio | Magix Samplitude | PreSonus Studio One | Propellerhead Reason | Steinberg Cubase | or similar.

An average computer (Mac or PC) is fine. 

An audio interface is an option, but not necessary.

The online course for the perfect start

AUDIO BASIC is the right choice for anyone who wants to discover the fantastic possibilities of professional music production while having a good time. This state-certified online course is the ideal entry point for successfully recording and mixing music.

Course duration: 3 months or flexible

Practice: 4 detailed analyses of your mixes and assignments

Time required: from 8 to 25 hours per week

Certificate: Audio Assistant

From $134/mo.
was $148.89

or save 20% with one-time payment:

only $669.34
was $836.67

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