About Audio Masterclass
Hi, I'm David Mellor, founder and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. Audio Masterclass has been online since 2001 and since that time we have enrolled thousands of students from all around the world.
I've been involved in audio education since 1986. Before that I learned my profession on the prestigious Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, graduating in 1981. I progressed to live sound engineering at the Royal Opera House, where I worked the mixing console in the 2000-seat theatre, where the audience expects that there is no sound engineering involved whatsoever! That's a tough challenge. I also worked monitors on stage, satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. At the Royal Opera House I learned the importance of working to world-class standards. Everyone works to world-class standards there - the performers, conductors, musicians, lighting, stage crew, wardrobe... and of course sound. During my time there, I was lucky enough to go on tour with the Royal Opera Company and run the sound in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, USA; the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens, Greece; the Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
Following that in 1986 I split my career three ways - I started writing and recording music for television, for both the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music). My music has made it all the way to the heady heights of the Oprah Winfrey Show! I also started writing about audio for magazines such as Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Sound & Video Contractor and more. I wrote four books, How to Set Up a Home Recording Studio, Recording Techniques for Small Studios, How to Become a Record Producer, and A Sound Person's Guide to Video. I also took the opportunity to spend two days a week teaching audio hands-on. From this, I learned not only how to help students make fast progress towards professional standards, I also learned that this is what I like doing most of all, and I've done it ever since!
You might like to check out some of the hundreds of magazine articles I've written on audio. Visit www.soundonsound.com and search for "David Mellor", or just click this link...
In recent years I have mostly written for the web. You can search for my articles on Google...
Currently I spend most of my time doing exactly what I love, which is working with Audio Masterclass. Since we went online in 2001 we have expanded all over the world and we have fully enrolled and paid-up students in more than one hundred countries.
If you would like to ask any questions to me directly, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. I may not be able to reply the same day because I'm busy developing new course materials for Audio Masterclass. I will however get back to you within three or four business days.
Good luck with your professional recording career!
Course Director, Audio Masterclass
P.S. Thank you for visiting. Here are a couple of videos you might find interesting. They'll show you something about how Audio Masterclass thinks about audio...
What our students say
"I personally found Audio Masterclass's Course Director David Mellor extremely helpful and always very positive in his feedback. I can't think of anything that David has failed to be constructive with and he has demonstrated that his overall knowledge of Sound Engineering is astounding. " - John Beaty, Fast Forward Studio
"Audio Masterclass was my turning point. It took time and effort. I still have a lot of work to improve my skills but things are happening. The lessons have been the most important source of reference and inspiration I've ever had. For the first time I'm having my money coming back from music. I always have fun producing and recording but it's a very good feeling being paid for it." Jorge Assis - Former Audio Masterclass student
"I have received my certificates and they are beautiful, but more importantly I have been awarded admission to a university in Florida. I am currently pursuing a career in Media Production at AIU Florida there is an institution in London also. I am doing some of the general education requirement courses online then I will be travelling there to finish up my core courses. Thanks again for everything." - Kwesi Johnson - Former Audio Masterclass student
"I found the course enlightening, easy to read, good at going through detailed technical instructions on an action by action basis. I have been reading up on this technology for many years, but your course distilled all the detail into a 12 week study block" - Karl Madden
"Your course is perfect. I have learnt a lot from the classes I took. Your knowledge and teaching strategies are great. You have been one of my favourite teachers and you will always be. Thank you so much." - Girish Gorkhali
"Already, you have saved me hundreds of dollars in recording, because now engineers get the idea that I know a bit more about what they are doing. You have helped me keep them on there toes, not so much, with my strict business attitude, of which I'm known for, but that I'm paying more attention with an understanding of the technical recording process." - Norman A. Woods
"I would just like to say that the tips and information that you provide is very useful and handy as I'm studying Music Technology at South East Essex College! Most of the thing's we've covered, you've also covered but you explain it better, such as microphone placements, and the top 50 tips on how to be a good producer really appeal to me! Thanks once again and keep up the good work!" - Ross Kevan
"With regard to your Course content I was struck by how thorough the units were, in fact I learnt new things too, which was good for me as I thought I might be just going over old ground that's not to say I know it all, far from it, but, for a course for non professionals(yet) I was impressed by how informative the units were." - Leon Benning
"I found the units of the course that i received are very good, the work is well illustrated and very organized ,simple, interesting." - Mohaned Elwany
"I'd just like to say thank you regarding the Audio Masterclass course. I found the course very informative, very well structured and, with the check questions, really helped me know what to expect in the examinations. Ideal preparation!! I achieved distinction in both subjects. I couldn't ask for more!!" - Justin Farrow
"Just a quick line to thank you for your course and your expert tuition. I've just found out I've passed (distinction in Music Technology and credit in Recording Techniques). I'm soon to be moving into the studio as an assistant at my work (Electronic Arts - the computer games people). It'll be mainly dialogue and Foley stuff, but that suits me OK. I've really enjoyed the course, and am really proud of ny acheivment! Many thanks, and best wishes." - James Kneen
"By the way, I subscribe to SOS and have read all your articles on their web site. I didn’t realise that I’ve been reading your work for years and going over the old articles has been educational and enjoyable." - John Zorzi
"This is just a note to say thanks for providing me with this course, it's been absolutely brilliant. Your guides are of a very high standard, clearly. I'm so glad I took the course, it's already helped me heaps with my recording, and it'll likely help me into the right line of work in the future." - Dave Jones
"The Audio Masterclass course has been excellent, thoroughly enjoyable and very useful and my certificate is framed and on my studio wall. " - Graeme Park
"I remember enjoying the course and passed with distinction. I went on to work for Stage Miracles on live events after that." - James Hatch
"I am now starting my revision, having gone through all the modules, and I wish to say how pleased I am at having purchased your course. I have learned so much PRACTICAL knowledge that is never obvious from academic texts- of which I have read many. I believe value for money is exceptional and the embedded questions really point the student in the direction of understanding the subject matter. As someone with a 35 year long interest in the subject of audio recording and experimentation- I can say that the course is hard but thorough- it does tax me at times, but rarely have I found the text to be so enlightening. My light bulb has lit many times over the past months." - Karl Madden