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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression (Fully Assessed and Certificated)
Course designer
Audio Masterclass Course Director, David Mellor
David Mellor,Audio Educator since 1986

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 Compression (Fully Assessed and Certificated)

Learn professional compression techniques for individual instruments and voices, and for the mix and master

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers all of the processes of compression, limiting and dynamic processing that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover the basic controls and functions of the compressor, stereo linking, side chain operation including de-essing, transient shaping and control, operation in conjunction with noise gates and expanders. Applications of compression include dynamic range control, enhancement of individual instruments and voices, and compression and limiting of a completed mix.

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 compression techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in compression techniques.

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression 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.

Instruction
Each of the twelve modules of this course includes a practical assignment project that you can work on in your own home recording studio using digital audio workstation software. The assignments include tasks that are typical of a professional recording environment. The challenges are tough, but full instruction is given, often with audio examples and demonstrations.

Study Methods
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Compression. Study centers around the practical assignment projects of the course and the assessments you will receive.

Assessment
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.

Certification
You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Compression 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?

  • Detailed course manual with text and images describing aspects of compression that are relevant in the professional recording process
  • Audio examples files with detailed explanations
  • Twelve practical projects covering a wide range of compression skills
  • Assessment, commentary and advice on your submissions
  • An Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion of the course

Who should take this course?

  • Any home recording studio owner with a particular interest in compression 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

SYLLABUS

COURSE INTRODUCTION
1
Module structure
TEXT
2
Notes on file format
TEXT
FOUNDATION CONTENT
4
Introduction to compression
TEXT
5
Connecting the compressor
TEXT
6
The basic action of the compressor
TEXT
7
Compression ratio
TEXT
8
Gain reduction
TEXT
9
Setting the threshold control
TEXT
10
Fixed-threshold compressors
TEXT
11
Setting the gain make-up
TEXT
12
Setting the release control
TEXT
13
Setting the attack control
TEXT
14
The stereo link button
TEXT
15
Noise and the compressor
TEXT
16
Breathing and pumping
TEXT
17
Side chain
TEXT
18
De-essing
TEXT
19
Artistic considerations
TEXT
20
Methods of compression
TEXT
21
Diode bridge
TEXT
22
Variable-mu vacuum tube
TEXT
23
FET
TEXT
24
Optical
TEXT
25
VCA
TEXT
26
Digital
TEXT
27
Check questions
QUIZ
28
Model answers to check questions
QUIZ
AUDIO EXAMPLES
30
Female vocal
AUDIO
31
Male vocal
AUDIO
32
Additional female and male vocals
AUDIO
33
Bass guitar
AUDIO
34
Acoustic guitar
AUDIO
35
Electric guitar
AUDIO
36
Kick drum
AUDIO
37
Full drum set
AUDIO
38
Full mix
AUDIO
MODULE 1: COMPRESSOR CONTROLS 1
40
Module introduction
TEXT
41
Threshold
TEXT
42
Ratio
TEXT
43
Gain make-up
TEXT
44
Gain reduction meter
TEXT
45
Practical assignment project on compressor controls (1)
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 2: COMPRESSOR CONTROLS 2
47
Module introduction
TEXT
48
Attack
TEXT
49
Release
TEXT
50
Knee
TEXT
51
Practical assignment project on compressor controls (2)
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 3: COMPRESSION PROBLEMS
53
Module introduction
TEXT
54
Breathing
ASSIGNMENT
55
Pumping
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 4: STEREO LINKING
57
Module introduction
TEXT
58
The stereo image
TEXT
59
That the components of the stereo image should not move
TEXT
60
Why compression can cause an unsteady stereo image
TEXT
61
Examples of an unsteady stereo image
AUDIO
62
Practical assignment project in stereo linking
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 5: EXPANSION AND GATING
64
Module introduction
TEXT
65
The problem of noise
TEXT
66
Practical assignment in gating
ASSIGNMENT
67
Practical assignment in expansion
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 6: SIDE CHAIN
69
Module introduction
TEXT
70
Setting up the side chain
ASSIGNMENT
71
Filtering the side chain
ASSIGNMENT
72
Controlling the dynamics of one track according to the dynamics of a different track
ASSIGNMENT
73
Typical uses of the side chain
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 7 MID-SIDE (MS) COMPRESSION
75
Module introduction
TEXT
76
Practical assignment project on MS compression
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 8: TRANSIENT SHAPING
78
Module introduction
TEXT
79
Shaping the attack phase
ASSIGNMENT
80
Enhancing the post-attack phase
ASSIGNMENT
81
Shaping the decay phase
ASSIGNMENT
82
Controlling and manipulating levels
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 9: GATING EFFECTS
84
Module introduction
TEXT
85
Setting up the external key input
ASSIGNMENT
86
Triggering the gate with an external key
ASSIGNMENT
87
Shaping a continuous sound source into a rhythm
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 10: DYNAMIC RANGE CONTROL
89
Module introduction
TEXT
90
Simple compression
ASSIGNMENT
91
Look-ahead limiting
ASSIGNMENT
92
Parallel compression
ASSIGNMENT
93
Automation as an alternative to compression
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 11: WARMTH IN COMPRESSION
95
Examples of vacuum tube emulating compressors
AUDIO
96
Examples of hardware compressors
AUDIO
97
Practical assignment project on warmth in compression
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 12: PARALLEL COMPRESSION
99
Module introduction
TEXT
100
Setup for parallel compression
ASSIGNMENT
101
Compression settings
ASSIGNMENT
102
Comparison between uncompressed and parallel compressed signals
ASSIGNMENT
103
Detailed comparison of peaks and low levels
ASSIGNMENT
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