• Class Time: Day or Evening
  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie Campus
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The sweet sound of success begins here with training as an audio production specialist in HTC’s state-of-the-art facilities. You will learn from HTC’s highly qualified instructors how to record and mix music, narration and sound effects for music and commercial productions, video, television, film post-production, and audio-visual projects. You will be ready to produce on the job because you will be training on up-to-date equipment used by industry leaders. Prepare for mastering and duplication to multiple audio formats, including emerging media. Understand acoustics and studio design, as well as location recording and sound design skills. You will be ready to succeed as a member of a professional production team.

Labs and Classrooms

The Audio Production Program has seven state-of-the-art production studios that students use throughout their training. Each room is equipped with the industry-standard Pro Tools HDX software and hardware. Various control surfaces, consoles, outboard gear, and software plugins adorn the studios. The students spend a large amount of time in the labs practicing the concepts taught in the lectures. The student-to-instructor ratios for most of these labs is 12 to 1 or less! Generally, production teams are used to simulate real world work situations.


NOTE: You will be directed at the beginning of each class as to what specific supplies and tools are needed.
Please DO NOT purchase these items in advance! Models and content are continually updated.

  • Studio operations Kit
  • Sony MDR 7506 headphones
  • Studio maintenance and calibration kit
  • External hard drive (preferably Firewire)
  • Additional supplies as needed for the ever changing technology in the classes

Entry Requirements

1st semester requirements into the Audio Production Program include:

  • Admission to Hennepin Tech
  • Concurrent enrollment in ARSP 1100, ARSP 1110, and ARSP 1130
  • 41+ on Elementary Algebra Placement Test or MATH1000 Prealgebra
  • 78+ on Reading Placement Test or ENGL0921
  • 70+ on Mac Computer Literacy Test or CPLT1200 Intro to Macintosh
  • Please contact an advis or counselor with any questions you may have.

Work Environment

Typical entry level positions are often very competitive and may involve long hours. Candidates who strive to advance beyond entry level status must show a great degree of creativity, motivation, and persistence. Well developed interpersonal skills are a must for success. Deadlines and demanding clients and employers are very common.

Entrepreneurism is alive and well in the audio field. Many engineers have secured permanent positions as a result of competent freelance work. Others have built their freelance work into successful businesses. Jobs exist in music and voice recording, location audio for video, corporate media production, and live sound reinforcement. Many musicians and engineers specialize in advertising work, composing, and recording exclusively for commercials and industrial clients. Relocation may be necessary to pursue your career as an audio recording specialist.

Job Outlook


Minnesota Average: $23.23 per hour, U.S. Average: $26.25 per hour (

Potential Job Titles

Audio Engineer, Recording Engineer, Studio Engineer, Sound Technician, Broadcast Engineer


Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

  • Hennepin Tech is an AVID Pro Tools certified training site for over 10 years.
  • McDSP Education Partner 


The Audio Production department has a 2+2 articulation with Minnesota State University Mankato to offer a B.S. Degree in Music Industry-Audio Production Specialist. The student will be able to obtain the A.A.S. Degree in Audio Production from Hennepin Technical College and B.S. Degree from MSU-Mankato. This options enables the student to gain the hands-on technical aspect from Hennepin Technical College along with the music business and theory training that MSU-Mankato can offer.

Visit Minnesota State University-Mankato's Music Industry site for more information on this innovative option.

For a complete list of current of all agreements, please visit the Minnesota Transfer website.


    There are two full-time instructors, Rik Stirling and Matt Holmes and one full-time college lab assistant, Mike Byrne. Some adjuncts are used for certain specialized courses.


The Audio Production department's advisory committee is comprised of industry professionals throughout the audio field's various disciplines. The committee is essential in gathering insight into industry trends and the alignment of curriculum with what students need to be prepared for the competitive audio industry.

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