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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects
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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects - 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 reverb & effects from start to finish

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How you will learn in your course

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects 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 reverb & effects 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 Reverb & Effects & 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: Delay and echo

Module content: Simple delay, slapback, artificial double tracking (ADT), stereo delay, spin echo, spin echo with filter, setting delay times
Assignment 1 - Demonstrations of delay: This assignment will ask you make your own versions of our examples, using the techniques described and demonstrated in the tutorial section of this module.
Module 02: Microphones

Module 02: Natural reverberation chamber

Module content: Setting up a loudspeaker and microphone in a reverberant space then adding that reverberation to a dry signal. This is an important technique that creates reverb that is unique to your own work.
Assignment 2 - Setting up and demonstrating a natural reverberation chamber: Following the instructions given in the tutorial you will use any reverberant space that you have to hand to set up and demonstrate the natural reverberation chamber technique.
Module 03: Microphone Preamplifiers

Module 03: Artificial reverberation

Module content: Artificial reverberation can be created using electro-mechanical methods such as springs or plates, and also by digital means, either by algorithmic or convolution methods. Together with the foundation knowledge content this module will help you understand all of these systems.
Assignment 3 - Demonstrations of artificial reverberation: The assignment will ask you to apply artificial reverb of any type to a selection of audio files. You will be asked to control the important parameters of reverberation time, pre-delay and high-frequency damping.
Module 04: Equalization

Module 04: Using equalization with reverb

Module content: It is all too common to use reverb from a plug-in just as it is without further treatment. But by applying EQ either to the input signal to the reverb or to its output, a range of interesting sonic texture can be achieved.
Assignment 4 - Demonstrations of using EQ with reverb: You will be asked to take an audio file and process it through EQ then reverb, and reverb then EQ. The assignment will ask you for clear demonstrations that would be fully usable in an appropriate professional context.
Module 05: Equalization

Module 05: Gated reverb

Module content: Gated reverb is a technique popularized in the 1980s where the reverb starts high in level then suddenly cuts out. It is useful for applying a strong reverb to a signal without the overall sound becoming too unclear.
Assignment 5 - Demonstrations of gated reverb: Although it is possible to use a gated reverb program, your work will sound like everyone else who uses the sample program. This assignment will ask you use a reverb and a gate plug-in to create gated reverb from first principles.
Module 06: Recording Software

Module 06: Pan effects

Module content: It is possible to achieve a surprising degree of creativity using the pan control. This module will explore pan movements, and also pan using delay as well as amplitude variations. Also considered are mono to stereo, and lo-fi effects.
Assignment 6 - Demonstration of pan effects: This assignment will ask you to demonstrate a variety of pan, mono, to stereo, and lo-fi effects with a strong consideration towards the musical value of such processes.
Module 07: Effects & Plug-ins

Module 07: Phasing, flanging and chorusing

Module content: Phasing, flanging and chorusing are all time-based effects that can add life and movement to otherwise static sound sources. The module will examine how this effects differ from each other and how they can be created from first principles.
Assignment 7 - Demonstration of a variety of time-based effects: This assignment will ask you to create flanging from first principles, chorusing from first principles, and also an example of stereo chorusing where the effect is different in the left and right channels.
Module 08: Synthesis & Sampling

Module 08: Pitch changing

Module content: Pitch changing can be done for a variety of creative reasons, including thickening vocal or instrumental sounds, or as unusual sci-fi, comic, or mysterious effects. Pitch changing however can have unfortunate side effects. All of this is examined in the module.
Assignment 8 - Demonstration of pitch change effects: This assignment will ask you to take example audio files and pitch change a vocal, a backing track, apply pitch changing for thickening a vocal, apply pitch change for a mono to stereo effect, and to use pitch change with delay.
Module 09: Recording Techniques

Module 09: Pitch correction

Module content: Pitch correction is normally used to fix a singer's or instrumentalist's poor tuning. This must be done with care or the side effects will be obvious and unpleasant. With extreme settings, pitch correction can be used as an effect it its own right.
Assignment 9 - Demonstration of pitch correction: We do not expect all students to have dedicated pitch correction software and it will be possible to carry out the assignment with basic pitch changing tools. The assignment will include correction of out-of-tune singing, wrong notes, and the manipulation of pitch glides.
Module 10: Mixing

Module 10: Acoustic phasing

Module content: Electronic phasing has been covered in a previous module, but it is also possible to create phasing by acoustic means by moving the microphone, moving the sound source, or moving both during recording.
Assignment 10 - Demonstration of acoustic phasing: This assignment will ask you to carry out acoustic phasing by moving the microphone or the sound source. You will be asked to create an effect that would be musically useful in an appropriate professional context.
Module 11: Mastering

Module 11: Double tracking

Module content: Double tracking is a very powerful technique for improving a weak vocal, and in certain musical styles it is commonplace even when a highly skilled vocalist is recorded. Double tracking can also be an interesting effect with instruments that cannot otherwise be achieved either electronically or digitally.
Assignment 11 - Demonstration of double tracking: This assignment will ask you to demonstrate double track either with a vocal or an instrument. The first part of the assignment will ask you to make a double tracked recording in mono, the second part using an effect to further enhance the double tracked recording.
Module 12: Marketing Your Music & Recording Services

Module 12: Harmonic enhancement

Module content: Where in the days of analog recording, warmth and distortion is inherent to the process. But now with crystal clear digital recording it is necessary to add warmth intentionally. This module will examine techniques of making a recording with cold clarity more acceptable and pleasing to listen to.
Assignment 12 - Demonstration of harmonic enhancement: This assignment will ask you to take a selection of clean recordings and apply whatever harmonic enhancement hardware or software you have available to create results that would be fully acceptable in an appropriate professional context.
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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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