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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization (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 Equalization (Fully Assessed and Certificated)

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers all of the processes of equalization that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover filters, parametric and graphic equalizers and acoustic equalization. Applications of EQ include individual instruments and voices, blending instruments in a mix, and the equalization 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 equalization techniques.

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

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization 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 Equalization. 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 Equalization 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 EQ that are relevant in the professional recording process
  • Audio examples files with detailed explanations
  • Twelve practical projects covering a wide range of equalization 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 equalization 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 EQ
TEXT
5
Frequency and level
TEXT
6
Unit of frequency: the hertz
TEXT
7
Relationship between frequency and musical pitch
TEXT
8
Frequency response
TEXT
9
Flat, roll-off, boost & cut, uneven responses
TEXT
10
Level and decibels
TEXT
11
The function of EQ
TEXT
12
Filters
TEXT
13
Low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-stop, notch
TEXT
14
Filter slope
TEXT
15
Passive EQ
TEXT
16
Tone controls
TEXT
17
Mixing console EQ
TEXT
18
Frequency, gain, Q (bandwidth)
TEXT
19
Bell, shelf
TEXT
20
EQ in/out
TEXT
21
Graphic EQ
TEXT
22
Using equalization
TEXT
23
Corrective EQ
TEXT
24
Creative EQ
TEXT
25
Equalizing the mix
TEXT
26
Equalization for live sound
TEXT
27
Check questions
QUIZ
28
Model answers to check questions
QUIZ
AUDIO EXAMPLES
30
Filters
AUDIO
31
Equalization
AUDIO
32
Use of EQ and filters on instruments and drums
AUDIO
33
Use of EQ and filters on vocals
AUDIO
MODULE 1: FILTERS
35
Module introduction
TEXT
36
Filter designs: Butterworth, Chebychev, Bessel and others
TEXT
37
The all-pass filter
TEXT
38
Practical assignment project on filters
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 2: PARAMETRIC EQ
40
Module introduction
TEXT
41
Practical assignment project on parametric EQ
ASSIGNMENT
42
Settings used for the filter assignment in the previous module
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 3: CORRECTIVE EQUALIZATION
44
Module introduction
TEXT
45
Notch filtering
ASSIGNMENT
46
Hum removal
ASSIGNMENT
47
Narrow-band noise removal
ASSIGNMENT
48
Unwanted resonance
ASSIGNMENT
49
Settings used for the parametric EQ assignment in the previous module
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 4: EQUALIZATION FOR BASS INSTRUMENTS
51
Module introduction
TEXT
52
Removal of excessive low-frequency content
ASSIGNMENT
53
Removal of excessive high-frequency content
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 5: EQUALIZATION FOR DRUMS
55
Module introduction
TEXT
56
Kick drum
ASSIGNMENT
57
Snare drum
ASSIGNMENT
58
Hihat
ASSIGNMENT
59
Spectrogram
IMAGES
MODULE 6: COMPLEMENTARY EQUALIZATION
61
Module introduction
TEXT
62
Audio examples of complementary equalization
AUDIO
63
Practical assignment project on complementary equalization
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 7: EQUALIZATION FOR VOCALS
65
Module introduction
TEXT
66
Low-frequency removal
ASSIGNMENT
67
Correction of dips in the frequency response
ASSIGNMENT
68
Correction of peaks in the frequency response
ASSIGNMENT
69
Subjective enhancement using EQ
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 8: LOW-FREQUENCY EQUALIZATION IN MIXING
71
Module introduction
TEXT
72
Control of low-frequency EQ in mixing
ASSIGNMENT
73
Optimization of individual instruments through low-frequency EQ
ASSIGNMENT
74
Blending of instruments through low-frequency EQ
ASSIGNMENT
75
Blending of instruments without fader adjustment
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 9: GRAPHIC EQUALIZATION
77
Module introduction
TEXT
78
The difference between graphic and parametric EQ
TEXT
79
The variety of response curves achievable with graphic EQ
TEXT
80
Interaction between the bands of the graphic equalizer
TEXT
81
Constant-Q
TEXT
82
Practical assignment project on graphic EQ
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 10: MATCH EQ
84
Module introduction
TEXT
85
The typical relative energy in various bands of frequencies
TEXT
86
Basic spectrum analysis
TEXT
87
The difference between peak and RMS metering
TEXT
88
Matching frequency balance characteristics using match EQ from first principles
TEXT
89
Practical assignment project on match EQ
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 11: DYNAMIC EQUALIZATION
91
Module introduction
TEXT
92
Introduction to dynamic equalization
TEXT
93
Parallel equalization
TEXT
94
Multi-band dynamic EQ
TEXT
95
Practical assignment project in dynamic EQ
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 12: ACOUSTIC EQUALIZATION
97
Module introduction
TEXT
98
The resonance of partially enclosed spaces
TEXT
99
The application of acoustic EQ to voices
TEXT
100
The application of acoustic EQ to instruments
TEXT
101
Practical assignment project in acoustic EQ
ASSIGNMENT
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