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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects

MODULE 1:
Delay & echo
Delay has been widely used since the days of Elvis Presley. Delay and echo, particularly on vocals, can add interest and sparkle to an otherwise bland sound texture.
MODULE 2:
Natural echo chamber
Plug-ins are a great way to build character into your music, but you can end up sounding like everyone else who uses the same plug-in. With the natural echo chamber technique, your sound will be unique.
MODULE 3:
Artificial reverberation
Artificial reverberation can be created by electro-acoustic or digital means. It is vitally important to blend, hone and craft it so that it really does improve your production and not merely conceal faults.
MODULE 4:
Using equalization with reverb
Reverb plug-ins can be used just as they are. Or the sound can be further crafted either by EQing the send to the reverb, or the reverb output.
MODULE 5:
Gated reverb
For that classic 1980s vibe there's nothing like gated reverb, which can be created using a plug-in, or crafted by hand. It is also useful for setting a high level of reverb without clogging up the lyrics of the song.
MODULE 6:
Pan effects
Pan effects first started in the 1970s and even now they remain relevant. You wouldn't want more than a couple on an album, but used artistically they can really draw the listener's attention.
MODULE 7:
Phasing, flanging & chorusing
Phasing, flanging and chorusing are common foot pedal effects, but they are also available in the digital audio workstation. In this module we explore how to create these effects from scratch.
MODULE 8:
Pitch changing
Pitch changing is something that can be done for creative effect, either to create different musical lines, or to thicken up a track, particularly a vocal.
MODULE 9:
Pitch correction
Auto-Tune and other pitch correction softwares are in almost universal use in the professional recording industry. But they can easily make things worse, not better. This module considers how to use pitch correction with care.
MODULE 10:
Acoustic phasing
In an earlier era of recording there were not so many effects available, so creative engineers and producers worked with what they had to develop new sounds. Acoustic phasing is one such technique.
MODULE 11:
Double tracking
Vocal sounds thin? One solution is to sing it again and blend the two tracks together. It sounds crazy but it really can work. This module covers the issues involved with tips and tricks for success.
MODULE 12:
Harmonic enhancement
Harmonic enhancement, sometimes called 'warmth' is really just mild distortion. It can bring life to otherwise clinically clean digital recording.

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & 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 one full year if you wish. (All course materials can be printed, saved or downloaded to keep permanently.) You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Instruction
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.

Assessment
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.

Certification
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

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