Intro to Audio Recording Class


Learn Audio Recording

Hey there, future sound guru! Curious about what goes on behind those studio doors? Our Introduction to Audio Recording class is your backstage pass to the magic of music making. At The Boise Hive, we'll show you the ropes, the gadgets, and the fun in making tunes. The Boise Hive's Audio Recording Class offers a structured curriculum, ensuring a high-level but comprehensive understanding of the audio world.

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Follow the path of a production engineer from beginning to end in a professional recording studio environment. Learn how to best mic everything from drums and guitar to off the wall instruments like cello. Then expand on that concept behind the desk with mixing tutorials covering compression, reverb, EQ, etc. 

Learn Recording Equipment

Discover all the tools necessary for recording a good demo, what kind of cables to use, microphones, and an introduction to the recording software.

Sound Frequencies & Amplitude

Learn the specifics of what happens when you record and how to get the most out of your recordings by understanding physics of sound.

Recording, Mixing & Mastering

Record a band and learn the specifics of microphone placement, signal flow, trouble shooting, communicating with the band, getting levels during a sound check, recording, overdubbing, mixing, and mastering.

Present Your Work

Present your mixed recording projects with peers for constructive feedback and have the band back to listen to your song mix!

Class Registration is Open!

The May 2024 class will be held over two weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for three hours each day. May 4 & 5: 11am-2pm, May 18 & 19: 11am-2pm

Class Registration is OPEN!

  • Duration: May 2024 class will be held over two weekends (Saturday and Sunday) for three hours each day.
    • May 4 & 5: 11am-2pm
    • May 18 & 19: 11am-2pm
  • Attention to Each: We believe in the power of individualized attention. Our class sizes are intentionally small, allowing for a personalized learning experience.
  • Materials Included: All instructional materials for the class are provided.
  • Registration: To reserve your spot, pay the $149 class registration fee by clicking the links above or below

Questions about the class?



I Recommend the Recording Class. I took a class over four Saturdays at The Hive in Boise, Idaho. The class was taught by Brenda Francis of Idaho Sound. This was a total immersion experience. We were presented with an excellent, comprehensive textbook relevant to music recording and a binder stuffed with vital information relevant to the class curriculum. In the course of four weeks we recorded, mixed and mastered individual interviews and three songs by a really good rock band in the venerable studio inside The Hive. The class did all the work. Everybody had an equal opportunity to set up mics, engineer sessions and mix the results using premium Apple software. We learned about equalization, compression, reverb, etc. from the source material and hands-on experience. We walked out with a certificate and a thumb drive with what we ourselves had accomplished. Brenda is patient, knowledgeable and a good leader with an eye on clock. I heartily recommend the class for both novices and people like me who have some experience in the studio. At the end of it, I returned to my modest home studio and recorded myself better than I ever had . Thank you, Brenda!

Sperry Hunt

I loved your class- it’s given me a lot more confidence, and has gotten me (mostly) over my technology fears. 🙂 Thank you for that.


This class helped me understand about microphones. The night we recorded music that was a big eye opener. I had never done anything like that before.


At first I didn’t know what I was doing. Then I went home and practiced and I thought this is actually pretty fun.”


The handouts were pretty legit, terms, charts, things were laid out straightforward.


Throughout the course there was lots of Q&A and open discussion. Recommended!

Brian - Owner, Red Shoes Audio

I was so uplifted in the time we spent together and really moved by your approach to teaching and learning. You gracefully navigate a range of diverse people and experiences and make it meaningful with hands-on activities plus just the right amount of guidance. You are a brilliant example of how to facilitate the joy of learning. Thank you for sharing yourself with our class! I’m excited to have this opportunity to learn with you.



Who is this Audio Recording Program suitable for?

This program is ideal for anyone interested in learning about music production, from beginners with no prior experience to those looking to refine their existing skills.

What equipment do I need to bring for the classes?

All necessary equipment and instructional materials are provided.

How many students are there in each class?

We keep our class sizes small to ensure individualized attention. The exact number varies, usually around 6 to 10.

Are there any prerequisites or skills I need before enrolling in this course?

No prior knowledge is required. Just bring your enthusiasm and passion for music!

I'm a solo artist, not a band. Is this program still relevant for me?

Absolutely! While the program does involve recording a band, the skills and techniques taught are universally applicable, whether you're recording a solo act or an ensemble.

Can I reschedule or get a refund if I can't attend a class?

While the $49 deposit is non-refundable, please contact us directly to discuss rescheduling options.

How often are these classes offered?

Classes are usually held twice per year but are scheduled based on demand. It's best to register early or get in touch to find out about upcoming dates.

What software will be introduced in the course?

Skills learned are applicable to all recording software.

Will I get an opportunity to work on my own projects during the course?

Yes, during the "Present Your Work" phase, students are encouraged to showcase their mixed recording projects.

Is there a certification or credential upon completing the program?

Yes! You will receive a certificate of completion at conclusion of the course!