Thanks to highly accessible technology and its over-simplifcation of the recording process, widespread knowledge of important things like the signal flow of mixing consoles, patchbays, and outboard processors in a professional recording studio, as well as the physics of sound and electrical theory has been lost. This course focusses on starting students down the right path with the background knowledge they need to become a well rounded engineer. Learning the art of engineering before the tools is an important step in this process. This includes the physics of sound, a basic understanding of electricity, and the study of signal flow. Students then learn microphone information and techniques, the use of a console, and a stand-alone 24 track recorder, and how to run a simple recording session from setup to final mix.