Saffron For Sound courses are good starting points for aspiring producers, engineers, or broadcasters. All abilities are welcome – whether you’re a complete beginner looking for a new hobby, or an artist wanting to broaden and take more control of your career by gaining greater technological understanding. Under the wing of our tutors, you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of your subject and have the opportunity to make connections and explore your creativity in safe and encouraging spaces for women, non-binary and trans people.
Our two sound engineering courses are great for aspiring audio engineers or artists who would like to gain more control over their sound. The live sound course teaches participants about various sound setups that support live bands and DJs, along with the basics of how to use a live mixing desk. The studio sound course is focused on capturing and reproducing audio in studio settings and covers recording and mixing using a mixing desk. Both courses give insight into the roles of a sound engineer and walk you through practical use of the equipment.
Our beginners music production courses are designed for anyone who has very little or no production experience and/or no experience using the DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Ableton Live. In 6 weeks you will learn the fundamentals of producing a track using Ableton Live 11 and finish the course having developed a project of your own. You will be given an introduction to the software and its features and cover, drum programming, creative production, bass line and chords, arrangement and the basics of audio mixing.
Taught and mentored by Daisy Moon and Tilly, this unique course in Bristol is our newest offering, presented in partnership with Bristol independent radio station Noods Radio, and their community arm, Noods Levels. You’ll get an introductory guide to creating and hosting radio shows, from show planning, recording and editing, to marketing, presenting and interview techniques. The course culminates with a takeover day on Noods, where you’ll have the opportunity to showcase your own one-hour show live on the radio.
There are 6 – 10 places available on each course (course/city dependent)
Courses usually run for 2-hours in the evening once a week for 6 weeks.
Enrolment on courses is done by application, rather than first-come first-served. This is to ensure we can put together a balanced group who will equally complement and challenge each other.
Courses are suitable for beginners, but it certainly helps if you already have some musical knowledge
Courses cost £100 – £195, but free places and payment plans are available for those that need
You must be aged 16 or over and identify as a woman, non-binary or trans to apply
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Removing barriers to access is important to us, so at least 25% of places on each course are completely free or pay-what-you-can. We value our partner organisations, institutions and funders who are all committed to powering positive change.
“This has been such a wonderful course! Thank you for having me and for all the support, knowledge and encouragement everyone on the course gave me. I feel so much more confident in my ideas and skills now.”
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We run courses three times a year, we announce our new courses on our mailing list and socials.
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