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Learn how to make PRO recordings in your own home recording studio with Audio Masterclass.

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★  12 Challenging Courses
★  144 Engaging Modules
★  768 Instructive Components
★  1430 Detailed Topics
COURSE CODE 1000: Music Production and Sound Engineering

Our foundation-level course with knowledge content covering all aspects of recording. Twelve modules with hundreds of audio example files and twelve practical assignment projects covering a wide range of studio techniques including recording, mixing and mastering. Includes guidance on how to create an industry-standard showreel. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

COURSE CODE 5000: Advanced Music Production and Sound Engineering

This course adds twelve further practical assignment projects covering topics from drum programming through precision editing, audio for video, further experience in mixing and mastering, all the way through to the production of your original multitrack recording and mix. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 5020: Professional Course in Microphones & Microphone Techniques

This course is all about awareness and skills in microphone selection and positioning. Includes microphone test videos shot in Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3 of vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano and drums. Twelve practical assignment projects from basic to advanced techniques. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 5040: Professional Course in Equalization

Our specialised professional course in equalisation 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. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

COURSE CODE 5050: Compression & Dynamics

The twelve modules of this course cover the basic controls and functions of the compressor, stereo linking, side chain operation including de-essing, transient shaping and control, including dynamic range control, enhancement of instruments and voices, and compression and limiting of a completed mix. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

COURSE CODE 5060: Professional Course in Digital Audio Workstation Course

This course covers operations that are commonly performed in all digital audio workstation (DAW) softwares. The course is not DAW-specific - the techniques covered can be applied to any DAW. In conjunction with your DAW's manual, this course will guide you towards complete mastery of the digital audio workstation. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 5070: Professional Course in Reverb & Effects

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. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 5080: Professional Course in MIDI, Synthesis & Sampling

This course covers the principles of MIDI, synthesis and sampling that can be applied in any DAW, any synthesizer, and any sampler.The course covers principles that can be applied to all DAWs, synthesizers and samplers so that students can work comfortably with any software or hardware with such functions. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

COURSE CODE 5090: Professional Course in Recording Techniques

Students are given a series of professionally produced multitrack recordings and are asked to replace certain instruments or vocals. In some assignments we ask for a replacement that is close in sound texture and performance to the original. In others we encourage the student to apply a high degree of creativity. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

COURSE CODE 5091: Professional Course in Music Production Techniques

The course adds twelve further practical assignment projects covering topics from drums, through acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, vocals, background vocals, keyboard and synthesizer arrangement, production and recording. The practical assignment projects work through the imitation of sections of recordings that have had great commercial success. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 51000: Professional Course in Mixing

Working with our professionally-made multitrack recordings in your own DAW, you will learn how to mix each one to perfection. Then use the skills you have learned in your own work to create mixes that are full and clear with drive and impact, fully supporting the lead vocal, progressing towards a full commercial-release standard. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

CODE 5110: Professional Course in Mastering

The twelve modules or this course cover preparation for mastering, resolution of mixing errors and defects, equalization, compression, limiting, and harmonic enhancement. Applications include mastering for CD and download, meeting current market requirements for mastering, repurposing and mastering of compilations. [INCLUDED IN ENROLLMENT]

ENROLLMENT INCLUDES FULL ACCESS TO ALL COURSES

Why enroll with Audio Masterclass?

Because you want to make better recordings - simple as that. Trial-and-error and finding your way around in the dark is going to be a long slow process. You want to gain knowledge and skills quickly and efficiently, and avoid the pitfalls that will only hold you back.

Audio Masterclass has been working with people just like you going back to 1986, online since 2001. We have helped thousands of people learn efficiently, and gain the knowledge, skills and experience that they need.

 

AUDIO MASTERCLASS LISTENS TO YOUR PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENT WORK

What are Audio Masterclass students like?

Audio Masterclass students mostly have their own home recording studio setup. It doesn't need to be complicated - just a reasonably modern computer running digital audio workstation software, a couple of microphones (one will do), an audio interface and loudspeaker or headphone monitoring. Our students need to be able to make basic recordings, edits and bounces before they start.

Our students are crazy mad keen on AUDIO. All of the principles, techniques and methods that will work in any studio, with any equipment, that can help them make recordings that stand comparison with commercial releases.

Our students don't want a lack of technical knowledge and skills to get in the way of their music. At Audio Masterclass we LOVE to see our students progress and achieve great-sounding work.

Our students work in a range of musical styles from songs in rock and pop genres, folk and classical music, music for film and TV, and production music.

 

Multimedia sets

Enrollment with Audio Masterclass includes ALL of the courses listed and linked from this page, and twelve assessment credits so that we can listen to your work and give you helpful advice on how to correct any errors and improve your work still further.

And also included are our extremely popular multimedia sets - audio and video recorded by Audio Masterclass at Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3. You get to see and hear Abbey Road's amazing microphone collection on male and female vocal, acoustic and electric guitar, piano and drums, in a variety of professional recording configurations.

All of the audio is available for download so that you can load it into your digital audio workstation software for close listening.

 

Earn your Audio Masterclass certificate

It's absolutely key to Audio Masterclass that we LISTEN to your work. Every course has twelve modules; every module has a practical assignment project. With enrollment not only do you get full access to every course, you get twelve assessment credits so that we can listen to your work for any twelve modules.

When you have successfully completed twelve practical assignment projects, we will award your Audio Masterclass certificate, shipped to you at no extra cost anywhere in the world. It will look great hanging on your studio wall as a recognition of your achievement.

What our students say...

12 full and detailed courses, packed with more than 1000 audio topics, vividly explained and demonstrated...

The mixing console
Examples of students' work
Library
Inputs, tracks, outputs
Side chain
Pre-mix preparation
The assignment notes content for this component are in preparation.
Compression on acoustic guitar
The purpose of dynamic range control
Examples of students' work
Model answers
Submission
The problem of excess low-frequency content
Background to low-frequency merge
Examples of students' work
Proximity effect
Vocal
Complete mix project
Additional note
Demonstration of the envelope generator in subtractive synthesis
The tutorial content for this component is in preparation.
What can go wrong with vocals?
Available from September 17
Assessment criteria
Demonstration of compressing a mix
Demonstration of matching frequency balances
MIDI notes
Vocal
Mix status
Submission
Piezoelectric microphone
Microphone and preamplifier selection and technique (feat. Nicola Dines)
Examples of students' work
Submission
Submission
Learning outcomes
Spring reverb
Examples of students' work
Submission
Assessment criteria
Assessment criteria
Summary
An introduction to equalization
Submission
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
Submission
What is sampling?
The decibel
Song lyrics - Midnite Star
Assessment criteria
Assessment criteria
Learning outcomes
Operating a commercial recording studio for hire
MIDI track display
Storage and archiving
Complete mix project: Assignment notes
Assessment criteria
Submission
Summary
Assessment criteria
Examples of students' work.
Assessment criteria
Background to artificial reverberation
The problem of excess high-frequency content
Sampled drum editing: Assignment notes
Source materials
Submission
Examples of students' work
Compression on the full mix
The knowledge content for this module is in preparation.
Filters
OPTIONAL: Intersample peaks
Piano
Compression ratio
Producer/engineer/musician
Aural awareness of filters
How to get a good mix
Available from September 17
First steps in mixing - mixing drums
Add a track to an existing recording [NIU]
Examples of students' work.
Reverb plug-ins
The orchestra
Model answers
Quick Kontakt sample import and performance
Learning outcomes
Recording electric guitar
Examples of students' work
Deliverables
Introduction to equalization
The original producer's mix
Student's choice
Complementary EQ for guitars
The knowledge content for this component is in preparation.
Demonstration of the filter in subtractive synthesis
Bass guitar
Submission
Stereo effects from a mono effects pedal
Ways to earn money from music and recording
Other features
Drums
Learning outcomes
Sibilance
Sampling
Submission
Assessment criteria
Mastering DAWG FM
EQ aural exercise [NIU]
Understanding audio specifications
Song lyrics - Clouds
Examples of students' work
Simple pitch correction
Compression on male vocal
Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes
Submission
Filter
Constant Q
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Your Audio Masterclass Showreel on CD, DVD, YouTube or SoundCloud

You need to get your work heard. Yes you can put your music on YouTube or SoundCloud and hope someone listens. But that isn't the way the professionals do it. Virtually everyone who works in the music, entertainment or broadcast industry has a 'showreel' of their best work. They continually put themselves out there to make contact with industry insiders to persuade them to watch or listen to their reel.

Audio Masterclass can help you put together a showreel that is 100% professional and will give you your very best chance of making it into the professional industry. Oh, and we'll make sure that we show you how to avoid those silly mistakes that mean that your work won't get heard at all, no matter how good it is. The pro industry is tough and you'll need all the help that you can get.

Audio Masterclass has students in more than 120 countries...

Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan Republic, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis Anguilla, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia. We welcome students from every country in the world.

 
 

Course Director David Mellor

Qualified Tonmeister David Mellor has taught audio since 1986, online with Audio Masterclass since 2001. David Mellor has written more than 300 articles for magazines such as Sound On Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Recording Engineer & Producer, Sound & Video Contractor, Performing Musician and many others (archives available here and here). He has also composed and recorded several hundred production music tracks published by Universal Music.

How you will learn with Audio Masterclass

We believe that you will learn more effectively by actively doing audio, not reading about it or watching videos. That is why practical assignment projects are central to our courses. Every module has a practical assignment project to help you master the topics of that module. There are twelve practical assignment projects in each course, and a total of 144 included in your enrollment. We also include detailed notes with audio demonstrations on how to carry out the projects, and examples of work by Audio Masterclass students.

Alongside the practical assignment projects is massive knowledge contact to support your learning, and over a thousand audio examples with detailed commentary. Enrollment includes twelve assessment credits so you can have your practical assignment work listened to by Audio Masterclass and receive our deeply detailed comments and advice.

There is no set schedule in Audio Masterclass. You can login at any time, take breaks when you like, and go faster or slower at a pace that suits you.

 

The Audio Masterclass advantage

Our advantage is that Audio Masterclass courses are all about AUDIO. What you learn in our courses can be applied to any digital audio workstation software, or indeed to traditional recording studio equipment. We care about what we hear. We don't care that maybe you know all of the keyboard shortcuts of your DAW. Yes that's great. But we want to hear great audio, that's all. The professional industry, and potential buyers for your music, don't care at all what equipment you have. They only care about the work you produce.

This is why Audio Masterclass can help you get the very best results possible from the equipment and software that you have already. These are great times to live and work in - the equipment and software you have in your studio is capable of fully professional work of commercial release standard. All you need are the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to use it to the full.

Audio Masterclass is right here to help you achieve your dreams.

 
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★  Fully Flexible
★  Tutor Support
★  Leads to Certificate

Included with your enrollment...

What would you like to achieve in your home recording studio?

Simple... You want to make better recordings. You want to have the technical and production knowledge and skills to let your music shine. You want to produce, mix and master to the standard you hear in commercial releases. You want to invest in yourself rather than yet more equipment and software when, if you're being honest with yourself, you haven't really mastered the equipment and software that you already have.

Audio Masterclass has a background in audio education and training going back to 1986. We've been online since 2001. We have helped literally thousands of students make better recordings in their own home recording studios.

Why wait? Take your next important step towards the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to succeed.

P.S. Just to make sure... Enrollment with Audio Masterclass includes ALL of the courses featured, with full access and twelve assessment credits leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion.

30-day full-refund guarantee

We want you to be certain that your journey with Audio Masterclass is 100% suitable for your needs. Our guarantee is cast-iron, backed by the strict rules of our payment processor PayPal. We have a no-questions-asked-policy so if you find that Audio Masterclass isn't right for you just let us know and we will process your refund within one business day.

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In six months' time you'll be saying that this was the best investment you ever made to speed your progress towards a fully professional standard of work.