The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects

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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Reverb & Effects – Full online course leading to your Audio Masterclass Certificate on completion.

  • The problem: Your recordings may be strong and well balanced. But they are a little lacking in excitement. You have tried adding reverb & effects, but it’s all rather random and you’re not confident in what you’re doing.
  • The solution: A twelve-module course that will show, explain and demonstrate how reverb & effects work, and how you can use them to advantage on vocals, instruments, and complete mixes.
  • Your achievement: An understanding, both broad and detailed, of how to get the best from your reverb and effects plug-ins, hardware units too.

Gain great skills with great training

  • Twelve-module online course
  • Audio examples in every modules, all downloadable to keep permanently
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment projects (requires upgrade)
  • Tutor support
  • Student advice team
  • Complete in 12 weeks or spread your course out over up to one full year or longer.
  • Study when and where you like
  • Available worldwide (we have students in more than 120 countries)
  • Your Audio Masterclass online Student ID (you can use this to seek discounts on software and equipment)
  • Your Audio Masterclass Certificate on completion of your course
  • 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee

Twelve modules – everything you need in reverb & effects from start to finish

  • Delay and echo
  • Natural reverberation chamber
  • Artificial reverberation
  • Using EQ with reverb
  • Gated reverb
  • Pan effects
  • Phasing, flanging and chorusing
  • Pitch changing
  • Pitch correction
  • Acoustic phasing
  • Double tracking
  • Harmonic enhancement

How you will learn in your course

The Audio Masterclass Music Production and Sound Engineering Course 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 Audio Masterclass, you will learn basic studio techniques, mixing and creative recording. Following completion of your course, you can go on to enroll in our Professional Courses with topics such as Equalization, Compression, Reverb & Effects, Mixing and Mastering.

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.

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, whether the topic is EQ, compression, mixing, mastering etc. 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 Music Production and Sound Engineering Course 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.

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.


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.


Your Audio Masterclass enrollment will be valid for one full year, which is easily more than enough time to complete your course. You can save, print or download all of your course materials to keep permanently.

Your Audio Masterclass Certificate

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. Your course will lead to the award of your Audio Masterclass Certificate, which becomes available for download when you have completed 80% of your course or more.

Diploma upgrade option

As well as your Audio Masterclass certificate, it is also possible to achieve the Audio Masterclass Diploma. This is a traditional paper diploma with our signature, stamp, and seal, sent to you by mail anywhere in the world.

The Audio Masterclass Diploma is assessed through practical assignment projects, one in each module, that are submitted online for assessment.

When all of your practical assignment projects have been assessed to a satisfactory standard, your success on the course will be noted and your Audio Masterclass Diploma prepared and mailed to you.

Assessments of your practical assignment projects leading to your Audio Masterclass Diploma on successful completion of your course is a paid-for option, at $277 USD in addition to your regular course fee. You must be enrolled on an Audio Masterclass course before adding the Assessments and Diploma upgrade.

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.


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.

What you will learn in your course

Your Audio Masterclass course includes a massive wealth of learning content, audio examples, and practical projects. And as well as all the knowledge, skills, and experience you will gain, your Audio Masterclass Certificate will be available for download on completion of your course. (Diploma upgrade also available.)

Delay & echo

Module content: Simple delay, slapback, artificial double tracking (ADT), stereo delay, spin echo, spin echo with filter, setting delay times

Project – 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.

Natural reverberaton 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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

Pitch correction

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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.

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.

Project – 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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About Course Designer David Mellor

Audio Masterclass Course Director 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.