Learn PRO AUDIO online with Audio Masterclass

Do you want to make sense of your home recording studio?

Confused about compression? At a loss with EQ? Mixes in a muddle? Audio Masterclass will put you on the fast track to the professional results you want from your home studio.

Why do you want to improve?

Welcome from Audio Masterclass Course Director, David Mellor

So you have a home recording studio setup, but you're not getting the results you want. When you listen to your work and compare it with what you hear in commercial releases, on radio and TV...

- Your mix isn't as focused, as strong or as loud
- The vocal doesn't sound like you hear on pro recordings
- The instruments don't support the vocal like you want them to
- The various instrumental and vocal lines seem to be fighting each other instead of working together
- When you play your recordings on a different system, everything suddenly seems wrong

If this is what you hear in your work, then congratulations! Congratulations because you have recognized that there is a problem. Many home recording studio owners don't realize this and make no progress.

If you can hear that your work isn't as good as you want it to be, then you are in a great position to take your next step forward.

I'm David Mellor, Course Director of Audio Masterclass. With Audio Masterclass, I have been running online courses in music production and sound engineering since 2001, and I worked in audio education for a long time before that. I would like to help you take your next steps towards recording success with the Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course.

I'd like to tell you more about Audio Masterclass and our Studio Recording and Production Course. Please read on...

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IMPORTANT: The Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course is all about doing audio, not watching videos. Yes there's loads of explanation and demonstrations in the course manual, audio examples and videos. But most of all you'll be working with audio in your DAW. Our students want to work, as well as read and watch.

Recording can be difficult...

You have probably realized that already, or you wouldn't be here (and you have taken a great step forward just to recognize that you need to improve your knowledge and skills).

The first element of difficulty is that each vocal or instrument recording has to be clean. 'Clean' means that it has a good frequency response, low distortion and low noise.

Each vocal or instrument recording has to be clear. 'Clear' means no excessive background noise, excessive ambience, or anything that would detract from the focus of the sound.

Each vocal or instrument recording has to be crisp. 'Crisp' is a subjective quality and it is the opposite of 'muddy', 'muffled', 'dull' or 'indistinct'.

So suppose you can overcome all of these potential problems and make a recording of a vocal or instrument that is clean, clear and crisp. Great? Well yes, but there's more...

A recording that is clean, clear and crisp is the starting point. Ideally you want all of your vocals and instruments to sound like this, and played back individually they each sound great. That's your raw material from which you'll create a great-sounding professional mix. But how?

Egidijus's story...

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

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Understanding the tools of audio...

Creating a great-sounding professional recording and mix starts with an understanding of the tools of audio...

That isn't a long list, but it actually does cover the most important aspects. And each topic is complex and multi-faceted. There is a lot to learn about each item, and while knowledge is great, you'll also need to develop skills, and then hone those skills with experience.

Let's take an example... Let's say that you have made a clean, clear, crisp recording of a strummed acoustic guitar. How would you improve it with compression?

What you will find with many instruments and vocals is that they have too wide a dynamic range. This means that the loud parts of the music are too loud and the quiet parts are too quiet. So your recording of guitar may be too loud in some parts of your song and too quiet in others, and this can vary on a chord-by-chord basis.

Also, the attack of a chord will be louder than the continuing sound as it decays away. Often the acoustic guitar can sound better if this difference is reduced. Compression can deal with both of these issues resulting in a stronger sound that is easier to blend into the mix.

So how does a compressor work? Well, although plug-in developers would like us to believe that their products sprinkle magic fairy dust and improve things through their magical and mysterious inner workings, the reality is that it is vitally important for you as a producer or engineer to understand and control all of the fundamental parameters of the compressor correctly.

So you will set the 'ratio' control, which governs how strong an effect the compressor will have. Then you will set the 'threshold' which sets how loud the signal has to be before the compressor kicks in. Then you will set the 'attack' so that the sound of the guitar is controlled, but the compressor doesn't take away the brightness of the start of each note or chord. Then you will set the 'release', which controls how quickly the compressor responds as playing continues.

By adjusting and re-adjusting these controls, you will find a combination of settings that will optimize the sound of the acoustic guitar, for itself as an individual instrument, and for the benefit of the song as a whole.

I'm going to make an important point here. There is no such thing as a magic compressor that will make all of your recordings sound like Grammy award winners. You need a compressor that can do the job well, and you almost certainly have one already - the one that came free with your digital audio workstation (DAW) software. But it is YOU who sets the controls, and turns a competent, clean, clear, crisp recording into something wonderful that is a joy to listen to. It's all about YOUR knowledge, YOUR skills, and YOUR experience.

I used compression as an example, and of course there is much to learn about all of the other processes of audio. The question is HOW do you learn?

Audio Masterclass has students in more than 120 countries and we welcome students from every country in the world.

A quick word from Tudor ...

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

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How can you learn audio?

There are five main ways to learn how to become a producer or engineer working at a professional level of quality...

- Trial and error by yourself
- Bit by bit from web pages and YouTube videos
- As a trainee in an audio company
- At an audio school, college or university
- With Audio Masterclass, or a different online course

You *can* achieve the results you want through any of these methods. But I have to say that the first two will be slow and a lot of people lose the urge to improve at some point simply because progress is so difficult.

If you can get a job or an internship at a recording studio, radio or television station, then that would be great. In fact I would recommend it. But the operative word here is "if". Getting such an opportunity is rare and difficult, desirable though it might be.

There are also excellent courses at specialized audio schools, colleges and universities. I got my own start many years ago by being accepted for one of just eight places on the University of Surrey's prestigious 'Tonmeister' course, when it was the only course of its kind in the country. I grabbed that opportunity with both hands and worked like crazy over three years to make the most of that amazing opportunity. So yes, this can be a great route into the industry. You have to check carefully though that you will get the right sort of training, and that you won't be dumped in a classroom with students who don't have the same level of interest as you do. And I also have to say that many of these courses are incredibly expensive.

So this leaves Audio Masterclass, or a different online course. I won't comment on other online courses because their providers can speak for themselves, and you should consider all available options (But consider what Audio Masterclass student Gatis Pastars has to say below about some other learning providers).

But what I will say about Audio Masterclass is that it provides the very best training I have been able to devise in my career in audio education over three decades. The next question is, naturally, what can you expect to achieve with your Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course?

Gatis's story...

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 Institute, 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 Institute 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: form of feedback - 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 - I guess, you can't reinvent the wheel - it's well organized, 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 coming 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 Institute 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 completely 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

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How you will learn with Audio Masterclass...

The Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course has ten modules. Each module has knowledge content, audio examples, a practical assignment project, and practical assignment notes.

Module by module the knowledge content covers what you need to know about analog and digital audio, microphones and microphone technique, preamplifiers, equalization, compression, reverb and effects, mixing and mastering. We tell you what you need to know with text and clear illustrations. Then we show you what you need to know with professionally recorded audio examples. And then we test your knowledge and skills with a practical assignment project. All of that in each module, through the ten modules of the course.

This course is extremely thorough. You will learn the essential knowledge of audio that any successful engineer or producer needs. You will also learn the skills of audio through listening and doing. Through the course you will hear many examples of audio done right, audio done wrong, what makes good audio good, and what needs to be done to correct bad sound.

Each module contains these components...

Is anyone listening?

We are! If you don't have anyone who is experienced in audio listening to your work, who is prepared to tell you exactly what you need to do to improve, then you are never going to get any better. Audio Masterclass will listen to all of your practical assignment work and give you helpful comments and advice.

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A quick word from Anton...

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

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IMPORTANT: Audio Masterclass courses are compatible with all digital audio workstation (DAW) softwares.

We LISTEN to your work

When you choose an online audio course, whichever one you choose you should CHOOSE ONE WHERE YOU GET YOUR WORK LISTENED TO. Sorry to shout but there is a whole world of difference between a course that is one-way only from teacher to student, and a course where there is a full two-way interaction. With Audio Masterclass, you will have your practical assignment work listened to and commented on in detail. We will tell you where you are going right, where you are going wrong, and what you need to do to improve.

You don't have to take up the assessment option, but we strongly recommend it. Not only will your work improve rapidly, when your course is complete and you have submitted work that satisfies all of our requirements, you will receive an Audio Masterclass certificate, shipped to you anywhere in the world at no additional charge. (There are no additional charges for anything by the way. The course fee shown on this page is a one-off payment for everything that you will receive.)

Audio Masterclass is by no means an 'our way or the highway' learning provider. Yes, we need to show you how to work to professional standards, and we are as picky as the toughest employer or client you will ever work for. But we want you to make progress in a way that suits YOUR aims and ambitions. We will give you a foundation of professionalism, and then encourage you to please and impress (and get paid by) the most demanding industry professionals.

Your ten course modules

In ten modules the Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course takes you all the way from analog and digital audio basics, through microphones, microphone preamplifiers, equalization, compression, recording software, effects and plug-ins, to final mixing and mastering. (The DVD-ROM version of the course is shown. All versions of the course have the same content.)

A note from Course Director David Mellor

I created Audio Masterclass as the first online audio learning provider in 2001. My aim then, as it is now, is to provide the most direct and helpful way for people who are interested in recording to raise the quality of their work to professional standards.

By 'professional standards' I mean first of all there should be no faults. Your Audio Masterclass course will pinpoint everything that can possibly go wrong and set you on the right track.

Then everything you record must, as I said earlier, be clean, clear and crisp. When you can achieve that, you can process your sound any way you like. But you can't turn a muddy, indistinct sound into one that is pristine. That is impossible. Audio Masterclass will work with your microphone selection and positioning, and every element of processing, to help you achieve the highest standards of recording.

And when you have a multitrack recording that is professional in quality, the next step is to make a pro-sounding mix and master. Audio Masterclass will help with clear guidance and instruction on how to blend instruments and vocals to get the very best results. And how to process your mix to achieve a powerful, punchy master ready for release on CD, download or streaming services.

This is what I have been doing with Audio Masterclass since 2001, and I sincerely want to help you now in 2017.

And think of the future. What will you have achieved by this time next year? Will your recordings be professional sounding in every way, or will you be no further on than you are now - which is a real risk and possibility.

I am absolutely confident that whatever your level of proficiency now, if your work doesn't sound completely professional then Audio Masterclass can help.

P.S. Audio Masterclass offers a 30-day guarantee on all of our enrollments. This is backed by our payment processor PayPal who would not work with us if we ever failed to honor this guarantee. You can enroll with Audio Masterclass with the confidence that if the course is not 100% suitable for your needs you can get all of your money back, within one business day.

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There's so much more to learn from when you enroll on the Audio Masterclass Studio Recording and Production Course - a huge library of Audio Masterclass ebooks, videos, and masses and masses of downloadable audio materials, much of it recorded by Audio Masterclass at Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3.

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  • Assessment of your practical assignment work
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  • All course materials downloadable
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Our promise to you...

Audio Masterclass has been providing education and training online since 2001. We want to keep our first-class reputation and provide quality education and training services for many, many years to come. We promise that you will receive your course exactly as described, that we will correct any errors promptly and to your satisfaction, and if you do not find your course absolutely 100% suitable for your needs we will refund your course fee payment and shipping cost.

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P.S. I have specialized in audio education in training for more than three decades. I am totally committed to giving you the best route towards your future success in studio recording and production. - David Mellor, Course Director of Audio Masterclass

Georges' story...

I was looking for an audio school online that could give me the information I was missing. I also needed someone to tell me "this is good, here you were wrong, you made such a mistake ...", in fact, I needed a guide! That's when I discovered Audio Masterclass.

Even though I was very interested in what was announced, I still had a great fear; I was afraid that the education provided would be purely theoretical. Several times, even for weeks, I went through the site of Audio Masterclass up and down and compared it with other schools of the same type. Eventually Audio Masterclass won my membership because it seemed to me to be the most consistent.

From the first lesson, I knew that I was not mistaken! Yes, there is a theoretical teaching but it’s really practical and very effective. The lessons are precise and free from the superfluous, what is taught is what is needed to be immediately effective.

After following the 12 modules proposed, I can affirm that I was able to deepen my theoretical and practical knowledge:

1. For example, I used the microphones by instinct or empirically, with more or less happiness. Now I know their characteristics, I know why and how to use different types of mics, how to place them, etc ...

2. In terms of acoustics, electro-acoustics and synthesis, I learned a lot. And you know what? I who was not at all good at maths, I had no trouble to assimilate what was taught because the explanations provided were really very clear.

3. Knowing one's work tool is very important. I can assure you that the teaching of Audio Masterclass on compressors, EQ's, preamps is very valuable to me. Now I know how to deal with possible issues and also why devices sometimes react in such and such other ways.

4. Today, every time I handle an audio file, I have a thought for Audio Masterclass. I rely on what has been taught me both on a practical level and on the rigor, that must be exercised. I insist on this last point because do not deceive yourself, the correctors hear everything, even the smallest details and they do not let anything pass; Thanks to them!

Finally, if I have any advice to give to any student who wishes to make the best of the proposed teaching, it would be to act in 2 steps:

a) For the theory, do not hesitate to read and reread the course several times, do the questionnaire, read the course again, repeat the questionnaire, etc.

b) For practice, do not limit yourself to simply performing the proposed exercise. But once the corrector has evaluated the work, repeat the same exercise several times with other audio files, it is really the only way to master it.

This is my experience with Audio Masterclass. You know what? Audio Masterclass has been a real game changer for me and if it was to redo, I would refer it without problem!

Georges Niacadié, France


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