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The Audio Masterclass Course in Mixing (Assessed Course)

Learn how to mix professionally-produced multitrack recordings. Achieve a standard comparable to commercial releases.

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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.

Flexible Learning
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.

Instruction
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.

Study Methods
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.

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 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
By David Mellor Friday July 17, 2015
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