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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Recording Techniques

MODULE 1:
Kick and snare drum
Each of the modules of this courses asks the student to replace an instrument in an existing multitrack recording. The object is either to match the standard of the original recording or better it. The course should be seen as a sequence of challenges in which to succeed to the best possible level.
MODULE 2:
Complete drum set
Following the simpler task of Module 1, this module asks the student to replace the entire drum track of a multitrack recording.
MODULE 3:
Acoustic guitar
This module asks the student to replace the acoustic guitar in a multitrack recording.
MODULE 4:
Bass guitar
This module asks the student to replace the bass guitar in a multitrack recording.
MODULE 5:
Keyboard instrument
This module asks the student to replace a keyboard instrument in a multitrack recording. The keyboard instrument may be set to a similar sound to the original, or something that improves the song further.
MODULE 6:
Lead vocal 1
Reaching a higher level of difficulty, depending on what singers the student has access to it may not be possible to match the standard of the original vocal. However this module will encourage the student to get the best performance from their vocalist, and record to a high technical standard.
MODULE 7:
Lead vocal 2
Because vocals are so important, this module repeats the previous task but with a different song.
MODULE 8:
Background vocals
While not as important as lead vocals, background vocals require considerable care and attention to produce and record well. This module will help the student progress to a higher standard of work in this regard.
MODULE 9:
Student's choice 1
For the final four modules, the student is given a series of wide-ranging choices so that they can choose the challenge that will help them most to work towards a professional standard.
MODULE 10:
Student's choice 2
As above, in the final three modules, the student is given a series of wide-ranging choices so that they can choose the challenge that will help them most to work towards a professional standard.
MODULE 11:
Student's choice 3
As above, in the final two modules, the student is given a series of wide-ranging choices so that they can choose the challenge that will help them most to work towards a professional standard.
MODULE 12:
Student's choice 4
As above, in the final module of this course, the student is given a wide-ranging choice so that they can choose the challenge that will help them most to work towards a professional standard.

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Recording Techniques

This is an advanced course and we recommend that students should have already completed at least the Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course, or be at an equivalent standard in their work.

The way in which this course works is as follows...

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.

The objectives of the course are firstly to challenge the student to create recordings that are as good as or better than the original example; also to take the student beyond their current 'comfort zone' so that they can expand their personal toolbox of techniques that they can apply to their own work in future.

Practical assignment projects

The course also features twelve practical assignment projects which are assessed by Audio Masterclass leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion of the course.

Assignments include...

  • Replacing kick and snare drum
  • Replacing the whole drum set
  • Replacing an acoustic guitar
  • Replacing an electric guitar
  • Replacing a bass guitar
  • Replacing a keyboard
  • Replacing a lead vocal
  • Replacing a harmony vocal
  • Taking a skeleton multitrack with basic instrumentation and adding to it to create a complete, full-sounding production
  • Variations of the above.

Requirements

Equipment and software (as the assignments are flexible, not all instruments are required and can be replaced by other instruments that the student has available):

  • Modern digital audio workstation software such as Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic Pro, Studio One, Digital Performer, Reaper, Ableton Live, or similar.
  • Audio interface with two or more microphone inputs and phantom power
  • Headphone or loudspeaker monitoring
  • Drum virtual instrument, sampler, or the patience to edit drum tracks by hand
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Keyboard instrument (or software instrument)
  • Access to performers and/or singers

IMPORTANT

This course is staged, meaning that each module must be completed before access to the next is available. Modules can be taken at one per week, or at any pace slower than that within the two-year enrollment period.

Please read the above paragraph carefully. We cannot allow any exceptions.

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