The COMPLETE Audio Engineering Online Course
HOFA COMPLETE covers the fundamentals with HOFA BASIC, provides further education with HOFA PRO and offers expert knowledge about the most important areas of music production in three short courses.
Course duration: 24 months
Time requirement: flexible, as part-time or full-time
Amazing productions, excellent sound …
How does HOFA-College fit in?
From recording to mixing, from producing to mastering – COMPLETE teaches you everything you need to know for professional productions in consecutive courses.
HOFA BASIC gives you a solid foundation in audio engineering and prepares you for further HOFA-College courses with many practical exercises.
With this course you will be able to realise your musical ideas – or those of your studio customers – at the highest level.
HOFA Short Courses
The 3 short courses provide you with expert knowledge on the following topics:
Mastering, Drum Programming and Vocals
Learn Audio Engineering Everywhere
The HOFA Online-Campus gives you access to all your learning content via your computer, tablet and smartphone at any time.
You will be provided with new learning units every month.
Multimedia-based learning: The course contains video tutorials, texts, sound examples, complete studio productions & practical exercises.
Get started right away
- Can be completed with all current DAWs such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton Live, Studio One etc.
- Comes with Cubase LE and Ableton Live Intro.
- Professional knowledge from all areas of audio engineering & music production.
- Improve your productions in no time with the help of exciting video tutorials.
We are there for you
- Throughout the course, a team of professional audio engineers will be at your side to provide advice and assistance – by email, chat & phone.
- Each learning unit contains productions or practical exercises that you can work on and submit.
- 15 detailed analyses of your mixes & exercises with individual feedbacks by the HOFA tutors
- Officially approved and certified education
- The costs of education might be tax-deductable (depending on your location).
- Graduates receive the following certificates:
Audio Assistant, Audio Engineer, Mastering, Electronic Music Production and Vocals.
▶︎ Use all HOFA Plugins worth $ 1,065 for the duration of the course – for free!
You can also complete the HOFA online courses with plugins from other manufacturers.
Practical exercises that are fun
Each learning unit contains the individual tracks of studio productions that you can mix at home. Your practice mixes will then be analysed by experienced audio engineers in the HOFA studios.
We point out what you can do better
We provide detailed and individual analyses of your mixes and give you valuable feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of your work with specific examples and screenshots.
Where do the practice mixes come from?
In the course we use productions covering various genres recorded at the HOFA-Studios and other top facilities, as well as home recordings. You are provided with a wide range of tracks, recordings and styles to choose from - including titles from well-known and successful artists.
HOFA Open Projects
The HOFA Open Projects give you an insight into professional music production from recording and mixing to mastering and are an important part of your correspondence course.
Your online course is flexible
You can register at any time and start immediately or at a later date.
Normally, you will receive one learning unit per month but there's also the option to get several units per month and thus earn your certificate faster.
The course expires automatically at the end of the course duration - if you wish, you can then extend it. It is also possible to pause the course.
Choose one-time payment and save money
With the one-time payment, you receive all available learning units at once and can adjust your course duration depending on your individual needs.
Free Studio Workshop Livestreams
As a HOFA-College student you can also attend fascinating online workshops on audio engineering held in the HOFA studios.
Recordings of the live streams can be found in the Online Campus afterwards.
State-certified online courses
All HOFA correspondence courses are evaluated and certified by the German State Central Office for Distance Learning "ZFU". This certifies meaningful didactics, an educationally meaningful course structure and fair contractual conditions.
Due to the state certification, all training costs might be tax-deductible (depending on your location).
Try it for 14 days
After your registration you can try the course for two weeks. During this time you will have the opportunity to cancel the online course immediately and get your money back.
Academic training & ECTS credits
Discounts on software & hardware
You can use your Student ID to buy hardware and software from various manufacturers such as Ableton, Adam Audio, Adobe, Avid, Apple, Steinberg, Waves, HOFA-Plugins, HOFA-Akustik, etc. Almost all DAWs and plugins can be purchased with up to 50% educational discount.
No Admission Requirements
For your correspondence course you'll need a computer with audio software, a pair of speakers/headphones and of course a fondness for music. A smartphone or tablet is not necessary, but makes learning more flexible. Just contact us if you have any questions.
Recommended Soft- and Hardware
Ableton Live | Apple Logic | Avid Pro Tools | Cockos Reaper | Image Line FL Studio | Magix Samplitude | PreSonus Studio One | Propellerhead Reason | Steinberg Cubase | or similar.
Computer (PC or MAC) with at least 4-core CPU and 8 GB RAM
An audio interface is an option, but not necessary.