Audio Masterclass

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects

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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb and 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, including commonly-used techniques to conceal problems in performance. Also included are applications of reverberation and effects in the mix.

The course is entirely practical and is assessed solely on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating reverberation and effects techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in reverberation and effects techniques.

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb and Effects online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Each of the twelve modules of this course includes a practical assignment project that you can work on in your own home recording studio using digital audio workstation software. The assignments include tasks that are typical of a professional recording environment. The challenges are tough, but full instruction is given, often with audio examples and demonstrations.

Study Methods
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb and Effects. Study centers around the practical assignment projects of the course and the assessments you will receive.

You can submit each of your twelve practical assignment projects to Audio Masterclass for our assessment, comments and advice. Our assessments are detailed, friendly and helpful. We will tell you exactly what you are doing right, what could be better, and how you can improve. Re-submissions are welcome.

You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Reverb and Effects on successful completion of the course.

Course content

Course introduction
Module structure Knowledge
Notes on file format Knowledge
Foundation content
Introduction to reverb and effects Knowledge
Insert and bus effects Knowledge
Delay and reverb Knowledge
The history of tape delay Knowledge
Calculation of delay times Knowledge
Delay in live sound Knowledge
The history of artificial reverberation Knowledge
Natural echo chamber Knowledge
Assisted resonance Knowledge
Plate reverb Knowledge
Spring reverb Knowledge
Digital reverb Knowledge
Early reflections Knowledge
Pre-delay Knowledge
High frequency damping Knowledge
Distortion and warmth Knowledge
Harmonic distortion Knowledge
Intermodulation distortion Knowledge
Clipping Knowledge
Time-domain effects Knowledge
Chorusing Knowledge
Phasing Knowledge
Flanging Knowledge
The Leslie loudspeaker Knowledge
Pitch changing and correction Knowledge
Aural exciter Knowledge
Check questions Quiz
Model answers to check questions Quiz
Audio examples
Reverb Audio examples
Delay Audio examples
Distortion Audio examples
Auto-pan Audio examples
Chorus Audio examples
Filter frequency sweep Audio examples
Phasing Audio examples
Flanging Audio examples
Pitch changing Audio examples
Aural exciter Audio examples
Module 1: Delay and echo
Single echo Practical assignment project
Slapback echo Practical assignment project
Double tracking Practical assignment project
Stereo delay Practical assignment project
Spin echo Practical assignment project
Delay timing Practical assignment project
Spin echo with filter Practical assignment project
Module 2: Natural echo chamber
Module introduction Knowledge
Practical assignment project in setting up a natural echo chamber Practical assignment project
Optional advanced creativity project Practical assignment project
Module 3: Artificial reverberation
Module introduction Knowledge
Reverberation time Practical assignment project
High-frequency damping Practical assignment project
Pre-delay Practical assignment project
Analog systems (if available) Practical assignment project
Module 4: Using equalization with reverb
Module introduction Knowledge
Applying equalization to the reverb send Practical assignment project
Applying equalization to the reverb return Practical assignment project
Module 5: Gated reverb
Achieving reliable and consistent gating Practical assignment project
Eliminating jitter and other unwanted side-effects Practical assignment project
Controlling the hold time Practical assignment project
Controlling the release time Practical assignment project
Module 6: Pan effects
Control over pan in mono and stereo Practical assignment project
Using automation with pan Practical assignment project
Combining pan with other effects Practical assignment project
Pan using both level and delay Practical assignment project
Module 7: Phasing, flanging and chorusing
Create flanging from first principles Practical assignment project
Create chorusing from first principles Practical assignment project
Module introduction Knowledge
Module 8: Pitch changing
Module introduction Knowledge
Pitch changing of vocals Practical assignment project
Pitch changing of a mixed backing track Practical assignment project
Pitch changing for thickening Practical assignment project
Pitch changing for stereoizing Practical assignment project
Pitch changing with delay Practical assignment project
Module 9: Pitch correction
Module introduction Knowledge
Correction of intonation Practical assignment project
The use of handles Practical assignment project
Note changing Practical assignment project
Correction of gliding pitches Practical assignment project
Module 10: Acoustic phasing
Module introduction Knowledge
Acoustic phasing in mono Practical assignment project
Acoustic phasing in stereo Practical assignment project
Module 11: Double tracking
Module introduction Knowledge
What is double tracking? Knowledge
How to perform double tracking Knowledge
Double tracking for instruments Knowledge
Methods of double tracking Knowledge
Practical assignment project in double tracking Practical assignment project
Module 12: Harmonic enhancement
Module introduction Knowledge
What is harmonic enhancement? Knowledge
What is distortion? Knowledge
Harmonic distortion Knowledge
Warming up a sine wave Audio examples
Warming up a vocal Audio examples
Practical assignment project in harmonic enhancement Practical assignment project

What our students say about Audio Masterclass courses

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

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

This course is for you if...

  • You listen to pro recordings and think to yourself, "Why don't mine sound like that?"
  • You want to master all of the techniques of the recording studio
  • You want to get the utmost out of your equipment and software
  • You want to save money by realizing it's all down to your knowledge, skills and experience - you don't need more equipment
  • You want to be sure that your production skills allow you to get the best from your musical creativity

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 activities 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, Sound & Video Contractor. 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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