The Audio Workshops are part of an ongoing effort by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation to increase arts education opportunities for young people. They expand on the growing repertoire of classes the Foundation presents in the state-of-the-art education facility the foundation opened in 2015, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation currently offers two Pro Audio Workshops: Studio Fundamentals and Live Event Sound.

Studio Fundamentals is taught by Chris Finney, a Grammy-winning producer, engineer and mixer. He has more than 25 years of experience in the recording studio and has done sessions with artists including Robert Plant, B.B. King, Herbie Hancock, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, Galactic, and many others. He is a Pro Tools instructor, and is an active member of the Recording Academy, serving as co-chair of the Memphis Chapter’s Producers and Engineers Wing.

Topics to be covered include Introduction to microphones: diaphragms, airflow, and sound quality; Fundamentals of the instrument and microphone placement; Introduction to Pro Tools and capturing audio; Introduction to pre-amps and effects; Setting up a Pro Tools session; Recording studio etiquette; Working with artists to capture a great performance; Isolation of sound; Introduction to audio editing, mixing, and mastering.

Live Event Sound is taught by Jason Doyle and Khalid Hafiz- the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s production team members. Topics to be covered include: Live sound vs. recording; Mapping how sound travels physically through an audio system; Basics of microphones and microphone selection; Signal flow; Gain structure; Feedback; Microphone placement; Introduction to P.A. systems; Introduction to the front-of-house mixing console; Introduction to the monitor mixing console; Mixing sound for small and large bands.