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Knowledge and audio tutorials in your Audio Masterclass course

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When I first started in audio education, it was all about giving students knowledge, which was then not easily available.

Now there is knowledge by the truckload, or perhaps I should even say tanker load. It's all there on the internet - in blogs, videos and of course good old Wikipedia.

But knowledge comes in three types...

1. True and genuine, but so complex that you would need to have a PhD in audio engineering already to understand it.

This is true of a lot of the audio pages on Wikipedia. It's good, but there's so much information there that anyone could easily believe that they will never understand it all.

Good news - you don't have know everything. You only need to know and understand the material that is 100% relevant to audio production.

2. Snake oil and disinformation. This is a shame, but there are a lot of people on the internet who will try to convince you that something is really, really important - but it is either of minor importance, or completely wrong.

As an instance, bloggers and YouTubers will often say that preamps are of the utmost importance - often to the point where it seems as though they are the most important thing in the whole of recording.

But moving your microphone a couple of inches will usually make far more of a difference than swapping your $100 preamp for one that costs $1000.

Not that we wouldn't like to use a $1000 preamp, but moving the microphone is free. You just have to know where to move it to.

3. Information that is true, genuine, and directly relevant to the needs of a producer working in a home studio environment, whether their focus is speech, songs, music for film and TV, or audio of any kind that is produced with the intention of selling it directly, or satisfying the needs of a demanding industry client.

This is the knowledge provided in your Audio Masterclass course.

I've worked with literally thousands of students, in classrooms, studios, and online. At the risk of sounding like I'm blowing my own trumpet, I really do feel that I've come to understand the needs of people who want to make professional recordings in their own home studios.

So in the courses I have created for Audio Masterclass, including our most popular Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, I have included all of the knowledge that you need, and left out (or supplied links to) knowledge that is outside the scope of professional audio production in your home studio.

My experience in writing for pro audio magazines like Sound on Sound, Studio Sound, Audio Media, and in the USA Recording Engineer & Producer, Sound & Video Contractor, and more, has been particularly valuable.

I've written hundreds of articles for audio magazines and I've used the feedback I've received, both from editors and readers, to hone my skills in presenting information in a way that is easy to absorb, and 100% useful in every detail.

Of course, magazine articles comprise only text, diagrams and photographs, but in an online course I can include audio examples, and videos too where they assist with knowledge and understanding. So...

Audio tutorials

Audio tutorials form a vital part of all Audio Masterclass courses, particularly the Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, which contains hundreds of audio clips.

You can download ALL of the audio in the course. I recommend this so that you can load the audio into your digital audio workstation software and audition it in exactly the same way as when you are working.

There's video in the course too. Remember though that this is a high-level course - you wouldn't expect students at Oxford or Cambridge, Harvard or Yale universities to learn by watching videos. In Audio Masterclass you will learn by listening and doing. Where video is needed to demonstrate a point, then we have video content too - all downloadable.

I'll say it again - Knowledge, skills and experience will be your best route to successful production in your own home recording studio.

The knowledge content of the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course provides important background, but it is in the audio tutorials and practical assignment projects where most of your learning will take place. It really is a fast and highly effective way to transform your recording, all the way to a professional standard of work.

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David Mellor

David Mellor

David Mellor is CEO and Course Director of Audio Masterclass. David has designed courses in audio education and training since 1986 and is the publisher and principal writer of Adventures In Audio.

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