The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course
Learn how Audio Masterclass can help you become a better producer in your own home recording studio
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The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course is a fully-tutored, practical online course. We’ll help you learn how to get the best from your home recording studio. We’ll listen to your work, help you resolve any problems, and take you all the way to a commercial release standard of production.
Select and position microphones
Select microphones according to their method of operation – dynamic, capacitor or ribbon.
Select capacitor microphones according to their construction and gain-stage element – small-diaphragm or large-diaphragm; FET transistor or vacuum tube.
Select microphones according to their polar pattern – omnidirectional, cardioid, hypercardioid or figure-of-eight.
Learn microphone positioning for mono and stereo recordings, using either close or ambient microphone technique.
Control warmth with your microphone preamplifierNicola Dines records with an AEA phantom-powered ribbon microphone through a Universal Audio Solo/610 vacuum tube preamplifier set to high gain/low output for a warm sound texture. Or you can set low gain/high output for a cleaner, more accurate sound.
Blend and shape instruments and vocals with equalization
Learn filters – low-pass, high-pass, band-pass and notch. Set the cut-off frequency and slope to lower bands of frequencies, or remove them almost entirely.
Learn equalisation – how to optimise the frequency balance of vocals and instruments, and how to help blend instruments together in the mix.
Learn how to operate EQ controls – frequency, gain and Q (bandwidth). Work with different types of EQ including parametric and graphic.
Control and enhance dynamic range with compressionChilli Gold records through a Neumann U47 vacuum tube amplifier, processed through a Universal Audio 1176 compressor set to a high degree of compression.
Add interest and texture with reverb and effects
Use reverb and effects to create interesting sonic textures, add to an otherwise uninteresting recording, or disguise and conceal problems.
Use delay as ‘slapback’, automatic double tracking, or spin echo in both mono and stereo.
Use algorithmic and convolution reverb. Learn how to use convolution reverb to sample acoustic spaces.
Apply flanging, phasing, chorus, harmonic generation and pitch-shifting techniques to your recordings.
Mix professionally produced recordings
Apply processes and effects either as inserts or send-and-return.
Optimize individual instruments and vocals individually, correct problems and enhance.
Blend instruments together with EQ, faders and pans. Know when and why to use compression on individual tracks.
Get the vocal to sit at the right level in the mix among the instruments yet strong, full and clearly audible.
Add the final touch of professionalism with mastering techniques
Take your mix to the next level with professional mastering techniques that you can use yourself with your own digital audio workstation.
Use EQ, compression, multi-band compression and look-ahead (brickwall) limiting. Fully understand and be able to apply clipping as a mastering tool (as pro mastering engineers do).
Blend and match tracks across an album. Prepare your work for commercial release on streaming or CD.
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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
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. If I had a suggestion to say to at Audio Masterclass, it would be precisely not to be limited to one exercise per module but to give several before validating the level; I know that it is probably not possible to realize in practice … 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
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