The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course - 12-Volume DVD-ROM Set

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Become a better producer in your own home recording studio with this detailed course with extensive course manual and audio examples.

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The twelve volumes of this DVD-ROM set

Ready to take your recording to the next level? Now you can!

  • The dream: To make recordings in your own home studio that are every bit as good as those you hear on CD, download, streaming, radio and TV.
  • The myth: You don't have what it takes. You need better gear, you don't have the ear and you'll never understand the skills needed to make amazing recordings.
  • The REALITY: If you think that great recording is limited to 'cool' producers in million-dollar studios - think again. With the right knowledge and skills YOU can do it. This course will show you how!

Gain great skills with great training

  • 12-Volume DVD-ROM discs shipped to you anywhere in the world
  • 600-page course manual
  • 1000+ audio example files
  • 12 practical projects with detailed notes and audio demonstrations
  • Student advice team available via e-mail
  • Study when and where you like
  • Available worldwide (we have students in more than 100 countries)
  • 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee
  • Online access to an incredible library of supplementary video and audio material

Twelve modules - everything you need in audio from start to finish

  • Analog and digital audio basics
  • Microphones
  • Microphone preamplifiers
  • Equalization
  • Compression
  • Recording software
  • Reverb and effects
  • Synthesis and sampling
  • Recording techniques
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Marketing your music and recording services

The twelve DVD-ROM discs of the course

Module 01: Analog and Digital Audio

Module 1: Analog & Digital Audio
Analog audio, signals, frequency response, noise, distortion, wow & flutter, clicks and interference, digital audio, analog-to-digital conversion, sampling, quantization, dither, digital-to-analog conversion.

Assignment 1: Diagnostic Recording of Speech
It may seem straightforward to make a simple recording of speech, but actually speech is the most difficult sound to record well. It shows up every possible fault and flaw of recording technique, and any background noise or excessive ambience shows up painfully in the gaps between words. We will give you detailed advice, and show both good and bad examples with clear explanations that will allow you to pinpoint any problems and advise you how to eliminate them from your future recordings.

Module 02: Microphones

Module 2: Microphones
Dynamic microphones, capacitor microphones, ribbon microphones, electret microphones, polar patterns, vacuum tube microphones, attenuator, filter.

Assignment 2: Recording Instruments
Make a clean, professionally-finished recording of three instruments or sound sources. Compare two or more microphones, or - if you only have one microphone - compare microphone positions. We want you to learn how to create crystal-clear recordings that demonstrate your microphones well and show a professional polish. This assignment will help you understand which microphone to use for any voice or instrument, and why.

Module 03: Microphone Preamplifiers

Module 3: Microphone Preamplifiers
Microphone preamplifiers, gain, phase, microphone selection, microphone positioning, stereo microphone techniques.

Assignment 3: Polar Patterns and Stereo Configurations
Every recording engineer should carry out this test, but few ever do. All microphones have a 'polar pattern' which defines their sensitivity and frequency balance in different directions around the mic. There are also several different important configurations for recording stereo with two microphones. According to how many mics you have available, we will ask for a polished, professional demonstration of your mic's polar pattern, or the most important stereo configurations.

Module 04: Equalization

Module 4: Equalization
High-frequency equalization, frequency, gain, bell/shelf, mid- frequency equalization, Q, low- frequency equalization, graphic equalizers, parametric equalizers, filters, cut-off frequency, slope.

Assignment 4: Listening and Equalization
Just as a musician needs a fine sense of pitch, a recording engineer or producer needs a highly-developed sense of EQ. Skill with equalization doesn't come naturally - it has to be learned. Being able to identify EQ problems is a vital skill, and also being able to enhance voices and instruments with EQ, and help them blend together in the mix. This assignment will help your ears learn to recognize, understand, correct and enhance the frequency balance of a recording.

Module 05: Compression

<Module 5: Compression
Dynamic range control, threshold, ratio, attack, decay, knee, stereo linking, side chain, compression for aural enhancement, vacuum tube compressors.

Assignment 5: Demonstrations of Compression
Compression is used to control dynamic range, and also to give a recording presence and 'sparkle'. In this assignment we will ask you to demonstrate your skills with compression on female and male vocal, a full drum set and individual drum instruments, a full mixed recording, and a full orchestral recording with severe dynamic range problems. In your finished work we will advise you how to achieve a professional standard of presentation.

>Module 06: Recording Software

Module 6: Recording Software
Disk recording, hard disks, seek time, rotational speed, input/ output assignment, recording, editing and crossfade editing, gain change and normalization, mixing, inserts, auxiliary sends, auxiliary tracks, buses, master fader.

Assignment 6: Creation of a Drum Track
We will ask you either to make an interesting and creative drum track from samples, and give it the characteristic texture of sampled and looped drums. Alternatively, if you have a high-quality drum virtual instrument available, we will ask you to recreate some actual professional drum playing. That's a challenge!

Module 07: Effects and Plug-ins

Module 7: Effects & Plug-ins
Delay and reverberation, phasing, flanging, chorusing, pitch change, aural enhancement, comparison between manual effects, hardware effects and plug-ins.

Assignment 7: Natural Reverberation Chamber
In this assignment you will set up a loudspeaker and a microphone in a reverberant space, perhaps your bathroom or stairwell, and send a dry signal to it. The microphone will pick up the reverberation of the space. Using this technique you can create reverberation that is far more natural and interesting than any plug-in. What's more it's unique because no-one else has access to the same reverberant space as you.

Module 08: Synthesis and Sampling

Module 8: Synthesis & Sampling
Additive synthesis, subtractive synthesis, FM synthesis, wavetable synthesis, physical modeling synthesis, analog synthesis, voltage-controlled oscillator, voltage-controled filter, voltage-controled amplifier, envelope generator, sampling, looping, multisampling, phrase sampling, key groups.

Assignment 8: Technical Creativity
In this amazing project you will create a piece of music using only a sine wave and white noise as source material. This is a real challenge of both technical and musical creativity. We want you to create sounds that you couldn't possibly have expected - and a great original piece of music. If you are more technical than musical, we'll ask you to create an imaginative non-musical soundscape. That's a challenge too.

Module 09: Recording Techniques

Module 9: Recording Techniques
Vocals, drums, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, string instruments, wind instruments, percussion instruments, drums, small groups and ensembles, orchestral recording, multitrack recording, punch-in, foldback, stereo recording.

Assignment 9: Voice or Instrument Production
In this assignment you will be given a female vocal recorded in Abbey Road Studio 3 and a skeleton backing track. We will ask you to devise an instrumental accompaniment and record it. More than a just simple, clear recording, we will ask you to create an imaginative 'produced' sound using whatever software or equipment you have available. We want youto be amazed by what you do.

Module 10: Mixing

Module 10: Mixing
Analog mixing consoles, digital mixing consoles, digital mixing through software, automation, mutes, faders, pan, equalization, compression, noise gating, auxiliary sends, auxiliary returns, mixing for stereo, mono compatibility, monitoring.

Assignment 10: Mixing
This is your chance to try your hand at being a mix engineer. You will be given a complete multitrack recording, in a separate file for each track, for you to load into your digital audio workstation and mix. You will be working in exactly the same way as a professional mix engineer. We will give you lots of advice and tips for this one, because it is a real challenge to get a professional-sounding result. But in your finished work, we want you to achieve a stereo mix of equivalent quality to a commercial release.

Module 11: Mastering

Module 11: Mastering
Equalization, compression, limiting, multi band compression, soft clipping, mastering for subjective loudness, mastering to match tracks in a compilation.

Assignment 11: Mastering
For this assignment we have a professionally-produced finished master, and also the original unmastered mix, for you to listen to. Then we will ask you to create your own master from the basic mix. The assignment includes detailed advice on all of the processes of mastering such as fault correction, topping and tailing, equalization, compression, harmonic generation, limiting and protection against intersample peaks.

Module 12: Marketing Your Music and Recording Services

Module 12: Marketing Your Music and Recording Services
Industry roles, record producer, recording engineer, A&R manager, studio manager, session musician, arranger, programmer, the music industry, the recording industry and record labels, pitching and promoting your services as an artist, engineer or producer. Showreel guidance.

Assignment 12: Your Industry-Standard Showreel
In this assignment you will create your own 'showreel'. Every industry professional has a showreel that they use to demonstrate what they can do to potential clients. At the end of this module, you will have your own showreel that looks and feels like that of a top pro. You can create a CD or DVD, YouTube video or SoundCloud playlist. You can even create an entire website if you wish. But however you choose to demonstrate your abilities, we will demand total professionalism, so that for anyone who listens your showreel it is indistinguishable from that of a seasoned industry insider.


Sample pages from the course manual...


A few short clips from our supplementary online video material...


Examples of students' work...

This course is for you if...

  • You listen to pro recordings and think to yourself, "Why don't mine sound like that?"
  • You want to master all of the techniques of the recording studio
  • You want to get the utmost out of your equipment and software
  • You want to save money by realizing it's all down to your knowledge, skills and experience - you don't need more equipment
  • You want to be sure that your production skills allow you to get the best from your musical creativity
About Course Designer David Mellor

David Mellor is the founder and Course Director 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.

All enrollments have a 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee. If you need it, just ask and we'll push the 'refund' button and get your payment headed straight back to you.
What do we cover in this 12 x DVD-ROM course?

The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course starts with studio setup and a basic recording of speech.

It continues through microphone selection and placement, through equalization, compression and effects, all the way to final mix and master.

The course concludes with making an industry-standard CD or DVD showreel to promote your professional career.


  • Analog and digital audio basics
  • Microphones
  • Microphone preamplifiers
  • Equalization
  • Compression
  • Recording software
  • Reverb and effects
  • Synthesis and sampling
  • Recording techniques
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Marketing your music and recording services

Learn more about the course syllabus...

How will you learn in this course?

The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course in this 12-Volume DVD-ROM set format covers everything you need to know and all the skills you need to have to make professional recordings in your own home recording studio.

Central to the course are the 1000+ audio examples files with detailed notes and explanations. This extensive library of audio covers everything from technical aspects including frequencies, frequency response, noise, distortion and interference, all the way to examples of finished mixes and masters. On the way you will hear how speech is one of the most difficult sound sources to record well, and how it ruthless exposes any errors. The course will show you how to get this exactly right. The audio examples cover all aspects of filters and EQ, compression and dynamic range control, effects including delay, reverb, phasing, flanging, chorusing, pitch change and correction and harmonic generation. There a detailed examples of how to mix and how to master music.

We strongly suggest that you load the Audio Examples Files into your digital audio workstation so that you can listen in detail on your studio monitors or studio-grade headphones, in the same way as a professional recording engineer or producer would.

Also central to the course are the twelve practical assignment projects. The course sets you challenges for you to take on in your own home recording studio which are typical of the everyday life of audio professionals. The course includes detailed instructions on how to carry out the practical assignment projects, and also detailed analysis of what might go wrong, and how to make sure it goes exactly right.

The course is supported in theory by a 600+ page course manual, which you will find yourself dipping in an out of on a daily basis.

Audio files are provide in WAV and AAC; the course manual is in PDF format.

Features and methods

  • Learn in your own home recording studio
  • Learn free from distractions
  • Flexible learning
  • Work when you like
  • Take breaks when you like
  • Student advice team available via e-mail
  • Choose your own path
  • Your course, your way
  • Show of your abilities
  • Practical assignment projects
  • Assessments
  • Assignment notes
  • Audio examples library
  • Course manual
  • Make your industry-standard showreel
What our students say...

You did a great job!

Excellent material, audio and videos are really good and clear.

I appreciate the depth, very informative and useful. I increased my knowledge in the area I am so passionate about. I was able to implement a lot of new procedures in my own sound and musical projects.

My gratitude and best regards

Anton Strecky, Slovakia

“With my employment in health service established years ago, music and recording is an essential withdrawal from "professionalism" to me, rather than a significant possibility to provide a supplement to earned income. But with growing interest and investment, achievement of professionally acceptable quality became a must. At that point studying at Audio Masterclass had only pros and no cons to me, and no equally accessible alternatives of world-class standards.

The book "How to set up a Pro Home Recording Studio" [by Audio Masterclass] and other information concerning hardware and software helped me to find "my way" in the jungle of possibilities, and it actually had a money saving effect.

Assessments of practical assignment projects were of especially great importance to me. It is easy for the beginner like me to have an illusion that the produced work is good, while actually it is not. Additional valuable information can be derived from individually provided comments too.

It is very comforting to have tons of audio examples at hand. Even after the course I use some of them as benchmarks of specific quality.

The most special experiences along the way of the course were moments of approaching the presumed limits of creative possibilities… stepping beyond… and finding that there is something more out there. And this kind of training may have implications that are not immediately obvious, but may prove to be of great importance in any intellectually demanding/competitive situation of life. All in all, I consider that to be my greatest gain achieved at Audio Masterclass.”

Egidijus Nemanius, Lithuania

Hi David [Gatis refers to David Mellor, Course Director of Audio Masterclass], I very happy that I signed-up for your course and that I've graduated it!

Actually, before I made my mind, I did a lot of research on web about your course, because at that time I just finished my studies at America Audio Insitute, but I felt like it's not enough for me to get on next level - as I wanted it so much. So I found Audio Masterclass. I found just one review on google, where somebody told that: "you won't get what you as an engineer really need etc, it lacks of deep dive in subject... this and that...." - I thought to myself: "well... maybe this guys is all wise or he is not opened for new experience and knowledge, or he was a bad student". So I decided to take a risk as I had no clue what is will look like.

The first thing that made most sense to me is practical assignment - that is "everything"! But in many other online-schools (like America Audio Insitute or Detroit Recording institute), it's the biggest defect of the program. If you can send your material for constructive feedback, it's the most valuable learning point!

Next thing: Every time I got feedback on task, at first I started learn it with your written feedback - that had greatest value to me. Another great thing is that by reading your feedback, you really get this feeling that somebody is listening to your work and paying attention to details.

About content: the structure of the course is very similar to many other courses but the difference in content is huge! And by this I also mean the language - how you explain things and details. This is very important to me as I'm not comming from english speaking country, but here it's easy to perceive the information. There are many great recording engineers out there, but not everyone has capability to teach others - but you can teach! (and I mean it, especially if I compare with my previous courses on America Audio Insitute Detroit Recording institute).

Other student audio examples: - very good in understanding what to do, and what to avoid! Sometimes if you have nothing to compare your work with, then you might think that "oh, yeah, great record!", but when you start to listen to others ...hmmm.... it become a challenge - it's like setting benchmark.

And yes, for me, as a small studio owner, has no huge budget or possibility to try out some top-end mics, the files with pre-amp and mic samples are awesome - now I have an idea how U87 sounds! : )

About improvements - actually I don't have anything to add to this, because from all this course I can feel that it's all made with professional attitude.

Overall - I've learned a lot, but most important to me is that by having many "aha" moments, I've developed completley different mindset when I start to think about recording, mixing and mastering - for me, it's the biggest achievement! ...and I want to learn more!

Ok, again, thanks for everything - I got the certificate - it's a very important milestone for me towards my GRAMMY! : )

P.S. I've already decided, to save some money and enroll to your professional courses within few month, so see you soon!

P.S.S. I've also attached my picture from my home studio.

All the best.

Gatis Pastars, Latvia

“I have to thank you and your team for helping me better understand the complex, and sometimes difficult to discover, secrets of audio engineering ! I'm very happy with my choice of enrolling in your captivating and well structured course !

Thank you and best wishes.”

Tudor Rogoz, Romania

"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
"Since completing your course 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 have to tell you that your course had gave me a lot of useful information that will help during my career in movie editing." - Zeina Nehme
"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
"You can never know everything about this business and your site has been a wealth of knowledge. Thank you so much for reaching out there with this website, e-books, and training. Keep up the awesome work David. It is a great site and we are glad you keep it going. Sincerely." - Kevin Schmitt
"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. Ideal preparation!! I couldn't ask for more!!" - Justin Farrow
"Just a quick line to thank you for your course and your expert tuition. 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
"I took your Audio Master Class last year…… Fantastic" - Valentine Fadayomi
"I remember enjoying the course. I went on to work for Stage Miracles on live events after that." - James Hatch
"I want 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