Recording Institute | Modern Recording Arts Program

The Vibe Recording Institute teaches students the art and science of modern recording, by utilizing industry standard equipment, software and techniques.  The Modern Recording Arts program is designed for anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in the audio recording industry. The program does not require any prior experience or specific knowledge on the subject.  In six months, students will learn how to record, edit, and mix audio to a professional standard, become familiar with industry standard hardware and software and gain experience by working on a variety of recording projects. Class sizes are limited to five students to maximize the effectiveness of labs and to provide an intimate and effective learning environment.  The Institute focuses on real world applications utilized in professional recording studios all around the world.  The Vibe Recording Institute strives to ensure that The Modern Recording Arts program is effective in developing the skills experience and knowledge base of students so that graduates are ready to pursue an exciting career in the audio recording industry.

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Class Schedule:

April 16th, 2018 and Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm and Wednesdays 8-11 pm – Instructor: Chad Zuchegno

July 9th, 2018 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am-2pm – Instructor: Charles Lukes

The Vibe Recording Institute’s two administrators and instructors, Chad Zuchegno (chief) and Charlie Lukes, control all of the schools academic policies and decisions. They strive to give their students every advantage possible by constantly upgrading equipment and software and by keeping up to date on new techniques and musical trends. Chad and Charlie have had years of experience running and working in commercial recording studios and are both active engineers in the audio industry. Chad and Charlie have always had the desire to create an educational experience, which would teach students real world skills that would easily translate to actual recording situations. Kathryn Lukes is the office manager of the Vibe Recording Inc. and administrative assistant of the Vibe Recording Institute. In addition to Chad and Charlie, Kathryn is available to assist students during the enrollment process, provide recorded attendance and test scores, schedule dates for internship sessions and provide placement opportunities when available.
Recording Arts Fundamentals (MRA001):

  • 18 Theory Hours, 18 Lab Hours
  • Students will learn the basic physics of sound and hearing as well as become introduced to the general types of equipment found in modern recording studios.
  • Students will become acquainted with “signal flow,” which is the logical mapping of audio electronics.

Advanced Audio Engineering Techniques (MRA002):

  • 18 Theory Hours, 18 Lab Hours
  • Students will learn to utilize the advanced functions and calibration of various pieces of equipment, including microphones, signal processors, and effects processors. Students will also be introduced to the concept of the digital audio workstation.

Applications of Protools (MRA003):

  • 18 Theory Hours, 18 Lab Hours
  • Students will be taught to use the Protools system by first learning the fundamental functions, followed by advanced features, exotic applications, and shortcut keys.

The Art of Mixing and Editing (MRA004)

  • 18 Theory Hours, 18 Lab Hours
  • Students will learn how to use a variety of hardware and software to contour audio projects into finished products.
  • Students will master audio editing and enhancing techniques, as well as advanced mixing procedures.
  • Students will learn about the concept and application of the mastering phase.

Total program is 144 hours

To graduate, each student must maintain an 80% average in each
program based on 8 written tests, 4 hands on tests, and 4 instructor performance evaluations. Any classes missed must be attended and all monetary obligations must be fulfilled. Students not able to maintain an 80% average have the ability to increase their score by taking makeup exams available for each test taken. Students that are still not able to maintain an 80% average must retake the program at their expense to receive a diploma.


  • Grade between 96% and 100% represents excellent
  • Grade between 81% and 95% represents above average
  • Grade of 80% represents average
  • Grade between 66% and 79% represents fair
  • Grade between 60% and 65% represents poor
  • Grade between 0% and 59% represents failure

This grading system is used on all written and hands on exams as well as teacher evaluations on conduct, attitude, and overall ability to operate the equipment. All records are retained permanently.

Registration Fee…………………………….…Included In Tuition
Textbook Cost………………………$130 (inc 6% Sales Tax)
Program Tuition…………………….….……….$4000

Includes the sections:

  • Recording Arts Fundamentals (MRA001)
  • Advanced Audio Engineering Techniques (MRA002)
  • Applications of Protools (MRA003)
  • The Art of Mixing Audio (MRA004)

Total Program Cost…………………………$4130

A $500 deposit is required to reserve a seat for the program. The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the program start date ($3500 plus $130 for books)) unless a payment plan is arranged on the enrollment agreement. Flexible payment options are available. Please email for more information.

Class Schedule:

April 16th, 2018 and Mondays 6:30 – 9:30 pm and Wednesdays 8-11 pm – Instructor: Chad Zuchegno

July 9th, 2018 and meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 11am-2pm – Instructor: Charles Lukes

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