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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization
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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization - Full online course with assessments of your practical assignment work leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion.

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Twelve modules - everything you need in equalization from start to finish

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How you will learn in your course

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization works by online distance learning. We have students in more than 120 countries all around the world. All you need to come on the course is a basic home studio setup and an internet connection, and of course a strong desire to produce recordings of fully professional quality in your own home studio.

With this course, you will learn all of the essential techniques of equalization as used in professional studios every day.

Tutorials and videos

Course instruction is through world-class online textbook materials, audio tutorials, and supplementary video materials where appropriate. We show you the important techniques of audio that professionals use every day, and you can use yourself in your own home studio. All of the course materials are available online, and also enhancement learning materials including videos shot at Abbey Road Studios 2 and 3. You can print, save or download all of your course materials as you wish to keep permanently.

In this professional course, most of the theoretical material and audio demonstrations are contained in an introductory Module 0. The further twelve modules of the course are orientated around practical assignments that you can carry out in your own home recording studio and send in to Audio Masterclass for our detailed and helpful assessments and comments.

Audio examples

Our tutorials and videos are supported by a wealth of audio examples, which are also downloadable. We recommend that you load these examples into your digital audio workstation so that you can listen to them in exactly the same way as when you're recording yourself.

Many of the audio examples will show you what you should aim to achieve. Others will show you how things can go wrong - and we'll show you clearly the difference between good audio and bad, and explain the reasons why.

Practical projects

The best way to learn audio is to *do* audio - recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering. And don't forget the importance of close, attentive listening. The more you do it, the better you'll get.

So the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Equalization & Dynamics features a range of practical projects relating to the modules of the course. The practical projects will set you a task to complete, show you how to do it and point out what could go wrong. And when you have completed your project, you can compare your work with our examples - many of which are created by Audio Masterclass students.

Assessment

We will listen to all of your practical project work. We will listen carefully, then send you a detailed report with grading of all of the factors that we look for in a successful project. We will also describe for you any faults that we hear, and advise you on how to correct them. You can resubmit assignments at any time so that you can move steadily closer to perfection.

Student advice team

All Audio Masterclass students have access to our Student Advice Team for the full duration of their enrollment. You can ask questions on any of the course topics and receive a personal response.

Flexibility

Because Audio Masterclass works by distance learning, you can learn entirely at your own pace. There is no set schedule and you can move quickly or slowly through the course as you wish and take breaks at any time.

Enrollment

Your Audio Masterclass enrollment will be valid for one full year. You can save, print or download all of your course materials to keep permanently.

Certificates

Although no certificate can guarantee you a job in the audio or music industry, you will want something to commemorate your success on your Audio Masterclass course. On assessed courses, when you complete all of the practical work successfully, we will prepare your certificate and mail it to you anywhere in the world. There is no extra charge for this.

Our experience in audio education

Audio Masterclass has experience in audio education going back to 1986. We have been running online courses since 2001 which is longer than any other audio training provider on the web.

Summary

At Audio Masterclass we want to give you the fastest, most effective route towards a professional standard of work in your own home studio - a standard that is fully equal to professional studios and commercial releases.

We do this through effective, comprehensive instruction through tutorials and/or videos, audio examples, and practical projects that relate closely to real-world professional practice.

If you want to make fast progress, then Audio Masterclass is here to help.

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What you will learn in your course

Module 01: Analog and Digital Audio

Module 01: Filters

Module content: Low-pass filters, high-pass filter, band-pass filter, all-pass filter, cut-off frequency, slope.
Assignment 1 - Filters aural exercise: This assignment will ask you to match the filter settings of example audio segments, including filter type, cut-off frequency and slope parameters. The purpose is to help you develop an aural understanding of the effects of these controls.
Module 02: Microphones

Module 02: Parametric equalization

Module content: A further introduction into the controls of the equalizer including attack, release, and knee.
Assignment 2 - Equalization aural exercise: This assignment will ask you to match the equalization settings of example audio segments, including EQ type, center frequency and gain. The purpose, once again, is to help you develop an aural understanding of the effects of these controls.
Module 03: Microphone Preamplifiers

Module 03: Corrective equalization

Module content: Equalization can be used to correct an imperfect frequency balance, or improve a vocal, instrument or entire mix that is free from problems but could be better. This module will cover corrective EQ to mitigate problems in frequency balance.
Assignment 3 - Using corrective EQ to fix problems in frequency balance: The assignment will set problems of various kinds that can be corrected or improved using EQ. These problems include a demonstration of notch filtering and narrow-band noise filtering, hum removal, wide-band noise, and unwanted resonance.
Module 04: Equalization

Module 04: Equalization for bass instruments

Module content: Although every frequency band is important, controlling bass is essential as it is necessary to have a full and deep bass response, yet not to the point that a listener would be uncomfortable or their speakers damaged.
Assignment 4 - Balancing low-frequency content in bass guitar recordings: This assignment provides demonstration files, one where the bass content is too much, one where it is too little. The task will be to optimize both recordings and make their subjective bass content subjectively similar.
Module 05: Equalization

Module 05: Equalization for drums

Module content: A good multitrack recording of drums depends strongly on good microphone selection and placement. However it is usually possible to improve the sound of the individual drums and overheads further through EQ. This module will explore equalization of individual drums and the hihat cymbal.
Assignment 5 - EQing individual drums: This assignment will ask you to make the kick drum more characterful in various ways , and also less characterful. We will ask you to remedy a defect in the snare drum. We will also ask you to isolate the hihat from the other components of the kit so that it may be controlled more effectively.
Module 06: Recording Software

Module 06: Complementary EQ

Module content: Often there may be two instruments trying to grab the same space in the frequency spectrum, with the result that neither can be heard clearly. Using complementary EQ it is possible to give the instruments different frequency balances so that they work well together.
Assignment 6 - Separate two electric guitars using complementary EQ: This assignment provides demonstration material from some of our featured artists. Two guitars play simultaneously and the assignment will ask you to use a variety of complementary EQ techniques to make each stand out clearly.
Module 07: Effects & Plug-ins

Module 07: Equalization for vocals

Module content: Of all sound sources, vocals are the most important. Clearly it is essential to get the best recording possible, but often EQ is used to correct any defects in the vocal frequency balance, and to provide improvements that help the vocal work well in the mix.
Assignment 7 - Demonstration of EQ for vocals: This assignment will ask you to use a variety of methods to EQ a vocal recording to cure any inherent faults and to enhance the vocal further. The assignment will demonstrate the problems visually using spectrogram images so that you can see the issues as well as hear them.
Module 08: Synthesis & Sampling

Module 08: Low-frequency EQ in mixing

Module content: In mixing, the bass content should normally be provided by the bass instruments. If other instrument have too much low-frequency content, then the sound will be muddy and unclear. It is often desirable to blend the low-frequency content of non-bass instruments so that their frequency balance connects with the bass instruments but does not confuse the sound.
Assignment 8 - Balance a mix using only low-frequency EQ: This assignment is unusual in that it provides a multitrack recording in WAV format where the instruments are already balanced in level, but not in their bass content. The assignment will ask you to improve the mix using only low-frequency EQ. The results will be illuminating.
Module 09: Recording Techniques

Module 09: Graphic EQ

Module content: Although not so common in recording, graphic EQ is often used in live sound. No professional course on equalization would be complete without an examination of the benefits and issues of graphic EQ.
Assignment 9 - Create a graphic EQ in your DAW: The assignment will ask you to use filters to separate an audio signal into bands of frequencies. Just like a graphic EQ, you will be able to raise or lower each band in level to alter the balance of frequencies. Even if you don't have a graphic EQ plug-in, this assignment will provide clear insight into the process.
Module 10: Mixing

Module 10: Match EQ

Module content: Match EQ is the process of making the frequency balance of one track similar to that of another, usually a commercially successful recording. Although there are plug-ins that claim to be able to do this, in reality they often don't even come close and it requires attentive listening by a skilled engineer to achieve a good match.
Assignment 10 - Match EQing a track to sound similar to a reference track: In this assignment you will be given a mix that is balanced in level, but requires treatment with EQ. You will also be directed to a very successful commercial release, the frequency balance of which you are asked to imitate. This is a difficult assignment, but it is extremely relevant to professional production practice.
Module 11: Mastering

Module 11: Dynamic equalization

Module content: Standard EQ changes the levels of different bands of frequencies regardless of whether the signal is quiet or loud. With dynamic EQ you can apply equalization only when a signal is loud or quiet, for examples when a vocal becomes too harsh during loud singing.
Assignment 11 - Application of dynamic EQ using only standard EQ and compression plug-ins: You don't need to have a dedicated dynamic EQ plug-in to use this technique. With the proper knowledge, given in the assignment, you can do this with standard EQs and compressors.
Module 12: Marketing Your Music & Recording Services

Module 12: Acoustic equalization

Module content: Although we normally think of hardware units and software plug-ins for equalization, it is possible to EQ a sound purely acoustically. This can lead to interesting and novel effects that are impossible to achieve in any other way.
Assignment 12 - Demonstration of acoustic equalization: This assignment will ask you to make recordings of a variety of acoustic sound sources, which could be as simple as speech. But rather than record in the conventional way, you will be asked to place the sound source or the microphone, or both, in a resonant cavity, this creating acoustic EQ. It's simpler than it sounds, and it is really interesting as a finale to the course.
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What our students say about their Audio Masterclass course...

[Some elements of the comments below refer to other Audio Masterclass courses and modes of delivery.]

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

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

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About Course Designer David Mellor

Course Designer David Mellor

David Mellor is the founder and Course Director Audio Masterclass, currently residing in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has worked in audio education since 1986 in hands-on training, lectures and online. David Mellor holds the degree of B.Mus (Tonmeister) from the University of Surrey where he studied music, piano performance, acoustics, electronics, electro-acoustics and recording.

Live Sound and Recording Engineer

David Mellor worked as theatre sound engineer at London's Royal Opera House, with responsibilities including sound design, front-of-house operation, stage monitoring and electronic design satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Karlheinz Stockhausen. David Mellor toured with the Royal Opera Company to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, USA; the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens, Greece; the Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.

Musician and Composer

Since 1985 David Mellor has had more than 1000 works published in the field of production music, including the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music) and his own music library for which he has produced seventeen compact discs. Notable uses of his music include the BBC's Horizon, Fahrenheit 911, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Writer and Educator

David Mellor has been actively involved in Audio Education since 1986, teaching students of City of Westminster College and Westminster University, and also returning to lecture at Surrey University. He has also written for magazines including Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Home & Studio Recording, Performing Musician, Sound & Video Contractor, Recording Engineer & Producer. He has also written four books on audio and video technology. David Mellor now specializes in online audio education and has been Course Director of Audio Masterclass since 2001.

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