STAR (Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource) are a series of courses that help students move from high school to a tertiary provider, like a polytechnic. These courses run during the school holidays, normally for one week and are applied for through your high school Careers Advisor.

To enrol in MAINZ Short Courses download and complete the STAR Enrolment form.

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  • Location:
    Auckland, Christchurch
  • Total Duration:
    5 days, 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Dates:
    10 - 14 July, 17 - 21 July, 2 - 6 October, 9 - 13 October 2017 Auckland, 10 - 14 July, 2- 6 October 2017 Chrischurch
  • $235

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This course will give students an introduction to the theory and practice of studio recording and mixing. Students will acquire the skills to operate small and medium sized recording equipment within operational specifications. Students will also learn the practical skills involved in operating a recording studio and recording software programme. Over the course of the five days each student will participate in the recording of other students, culminating in a CD of all the student projects completed during that week.

Core Elements

  • History of recording technology
  • Sound perception & measurement
  • Sequencing
  • Mixing console operation
  • Hard disk recording
  • Studio personnel
  • Gain structure
  • Microphone placement/technique
  • Sound theory


Students credited with this unit standard are able to demonstrate and apply knowledge of sound control and enhancement processes required for a performance context.