David Mellor is the founder and Course Director of Audio Masterclass currently residing in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has worked in audio education since 1986 in hands-on training, lectures and online. David Mellor holds the degree of B.Mus (Tonmeister) from the University of Surrey where he studied music, piano performance, acoustics, electronics, electro-acoustics and recording.
Live Sound and Recording Engineer
David Mellor worked as theatre sound engineer at London's Royal Opera House, with activities including sound design, front-of-house operation, stage monitoring and electronic design satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Karlheinz Stockhausen. David Mellor toured with the Royal Opera Company to 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.
Musician and Composer
Since 1985 David Mellor has had more than 1000 works published in the field of production music, including the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music) and his own music library for which he has produced seventeen compact discs. Notable uses of his music include the BBC's Horizon, Fahrenheit 911, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Writer and Educator
David Mellor has been actively involved in Audio Education since 1986, teaching students of City of Westminster College and Westminster University, and also returning to lecture at Surrey University. He has also written for magazines including Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Sound & Video Contractor. He has also written four books on audio and video technology. David Mellor now specializes in online audio education and has been Course Director of Audio Masterclass since 2001.
The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing (Fully Assessed and Certificated)
The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing starts with rock drums recorded by a variety of methods from single-mic to fully-miked with overheads. From this foundation students of this course will learn how to mix a range of music from pop to pop/rock through country, jazz and full-on rock. Over the duration of the course students will work with professionally-produced multitrack recordings using the original studio session files of all of the individual instruments and vocals.
This course covers all of the processes of mixing that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover preparation for mixing, resolution of recording errors and defects, equalization, compression, limiting, and harmonic enhancement of individual instruments and voices, blending of instruments and voices, equalization and optimization of the master channel. Applications include mixing of band-orientated music from light pop to heavy rock.
The course is entirely practical and is assessed solely on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating mixing techniques.
The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in mixing techniques.
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.
Each of the twelve practical assignment modules of this course includes a complete multitrack recording for you to mix. Fully detailed online guidance is available, with many audio examples including downloadable files, to show you how to optimize individual instruments and vocals, how to blend groups of instruments, and how to bring everything together into a rich, commercial-sounding mix. The course includes detailed instruction on level-setting, pan, equalization, compression, reverb and effects.
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing. As well as detailed instruction and guidance on how to mix the songs, you will also be given mixes created by the original producers of the songs, so that you can hear exactly the standard you will be aiming for. There are also examples of mixes made by Audio Masterclass students where you can hear different interpretations, and also defects with detailed explanations and audio examples on how they can be resolved.
You can submit each of your twelve practical assignment projects to Audio Masterclass for our assessment, comments and advice. Our assessments are detailed, friendly and helpful. We will tell you exactly what you are doing right, what could be better, and how you can improve. Re-submissions are welcome.
You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Mixing on successful completion of the course.
What are the requirements for this course?
- You must already have passed or be a student enrolled on the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, or have an equivalent qualification or experience
- Up-to-date computer with an Internet connection and digital audio workstation software
- Audio interface
- Loudspeaker or headphone monitoring
- A huge drive to learn through a structured, challenging course of instruction
What will I get with this course?
- Twelve professionally-produced multitrack recordings; original instrument and vocal files for you to mix
- Detailed instruction and guidance on how to mix each song
- Drums-only mixes
- Audio example files of individual instruments, groups of instruments and partial mixes
- Reference Audio Masterclass mixes
- Example student mixes
- The original producers' mixes
Who should take this course?
- Any home recording studio owner who wants to achieve a professional standard in their work
- Composers who wish to work with modern technology
- Songwriters who want to record their own songs and backing tracks
- Anyone with an ambition to enter the music industry as a producer or engineer
- Anyone with an ambition to work in the live sound or broadcast industry
- If you want to be able to record, mix and master to a standard equal to that of a commercial release