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

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

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course covers all of the processes of reverberation and effects that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover delay and echo, natural and artificial reverberation, phasing, flanging and chorusing, pitch change and harmonic enhancement. Applications include the enhancement of voices and instruments, including commonly-used techniques to conceal problems in performance. Also included are applications of reverberation and effects in the 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 reverberation and effects techniques.

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

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb and Effects 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 Reverb and Effects. 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 Reverb and Effects 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 reverb and effects 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 reverb and effects 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 reverb and effects
TEXT
5
Insert and bus effects
TEXT
6
Delay and reverb
TEXT
7
The history of tape delay
TEXT
8
Calculation of delay times
TEXT
9
Delay in live sound
TEXT
10
The history of artificial reverberation
TEXT
11
Natural echo chamber
TEXT
12
Assisted resonance
TEXT
13
Plate reverb
TEXT
14
Spring reverb
TEXT
15
Digital reverb
TEXT
16
Early reflections
TEXT
17
Pre-delay
TEXT
18
High frequency damping
TEXT
19
Distortion and warmth
TEXT
20
Harmonic distortion
TEXT
21
Intermodulation distortion
TEXT
22
Clipping
TEXT
23
Time-domain effects
TEXT
24
Chorusing
TEXT
25
Phasing
TEXT
26
Flanging
TEXT
27
The Leslie loudspeaker
TEXT
28
Pitch changing and correction
TEXT
29
Aural exciter
TEXT
30
Check questions
QUIZ
31
Model answers to check questions
QUIZ
AUDIO EXAMPLES
33
Reverb
AUDIO
34
Delay
AUDIO
35
Distortion
AUDIO
36
Auto-pan
AUDIO
37
Chorus
AUDIO
38
Filter frequency sweep
AUDIO
39
Phasing
AUDIO
40
Flanging
AUDIO
41
Pitch changing
AUDIO
42
Aural exciter
AUDIO
MODULE 1: DELAY AND ECHO
44
Single echo
ASSIGNMENT
45
Slapback echo
ASSIGNMENT
46
Double tracking
ASSIGNMENT
47
Stereo delay
ASSIGNMENT
48
Spin echo
ASSIGNMENT
49
Delay timing
ASSIGNMENT
50
Spin echo with filter
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 2: NATURAL ECHO CHAMBER
52
Module introduction
TEXT
53
Practical assignment project in setting up a natural echo chamber
ASSIGNMENT
54
Optional advanced creativity project
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 3: ARTIFICIAL REVEBERATION
56
Module introduction
TEXT
57
Reverberation time
ASSIGNMENT
58
High-frequency damping
ASSIGNMENT
59
Pre-delay
ASSIGNMENT
60
Analog systems (if available)
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 4: USING EQUALIZATION WITH REVERB
62
Module introduction
TEXT
63
Applying equalization to the reverb send
ASSIGNMENT
64
Applying equalization to the reverb return
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 5: GATED REVERB
66
Achieving reliable and consistent gating
ASSIGNMENT
67
Eliminating jitter and other unwanted side-effects
ASSIGNMENT
68
Controlling the hold time
ASSIGNMENT
69
Controlling the release time
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 6: PAN EFFECTS
71
Control over pan in mono and stereo
ASSIGNMENT
72
Using automation with pan
ASSIGNMENT
73
Combining pan with other effects
ASSIGNMENT
74
Pan using both level and delay
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 7: PHASING, FLANGING AND CHORUSING
76
Module introduction
TEXT
77
Create flanging from first principles
ASSIGNMENT
78
Create chorusing from first principles
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 8: PITCH CHANGING
80
Module introduction
TEXT
81
Pitch changing of vocals
ASSIGNMENT
82
Pitch changing of a mixed backing track
ASSIGNMENT
83
Pitch changing for thickening
ASSIGNMENT
84
Pitch changing for stereoizing
ASSIGNMENT
85
Pitch changing with delay
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 9: PITCH CORRECTION
87
Module introduction
TEXT
88
Correction of intonation
ASSIGNMENT
89
The use of handles
ASSIGNMENT
90
Note changing
ASSIGNMENT
91
Correction of gliding pitches
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 10: ACOUSTIC PHASING
93
Module introduction
TEXT
94
Acoustic phasing in mono
ASSIGNMENT
95
Acoustic phasing in stereo
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 11: DOUBLE TRACKING
97
Module introduction
TEXT
98
What is double tracking?
TEXT
99
How to perform double tracking
TEXT
100
Double tracking for instruments
TEXT
101
Methods of double tracking
TEXT
102
Practical assignment project in double tracking
ASSIGNMENT
MODULE 12: HARMONIC ENHANCEMENT
104
Module introduction
TEXT
105
What is harmonic enhancement?
TEXT
106
What is distortion?
TEXT
107
Harmonic distortion
TEXT
108
Warming up a sine wave
AUDIO
109
Warming up a vocal
AUDIO
110
Practical assignment project in harmonic enhancement
ASSIGNMENT
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