Mixing & Mastering
Mixing & Mastering Course
So you have all your sounds recorded and it’s time to do the mix, but how are you going to go about getting the sound you want? Pushing up the faders, adding some eq, effects and doing some panning might get you a reasonable sound, but in this demanding market, reasonable just isn’t good enough. What if you are after a certain kind of sound for instance a sixties or seventies feel? Maybe you need to add some dynamics to the track to enhance the musical expression, or have a real ‘punch’ coming from the rhythm section. What ever it is you will need more in your mixing arsenal than the basics and that is exactly what the Mixing & Mastering course covers.
What will you learn in the Mixing & Mastering Course?
In this course you will work with different styles of music and cover the details of integrating and balancing the sounds using all the facilities within the studio, and you will cover the following:
Ear training: Listening to mixes, picking out the different instruments and sounds and identifying the kind of acoustic ‘treatment’ of each one. A Very important exercise and one that top producers regularly use to create their own ‘unique’ sound.
Production analysis: Understanding why the collective sound from each instrument works or in some cases does not work to produce the overall sound we hear.
Grouping tracks: If you have a large drum kit where you have as an example 6 faders controlling the levels of each drum microphone grouping these together will make it much easier to control the overall level of the drum kit while still having control over the level of each drum. We’ll show you how to achieve this.
Panning: when and how to use panoramic positioning controls to create that stereo mix
Advanced EQ: Applying it to drums, guitars, vocals and so on. How eq can really enhance or isolate a sound to make it stand out, or sound very ‘clean’.
Compression: One of the most over used, misused and misunderstood pieces of studio equipment. We explain how it should be used for its original intention as well as creatively and we will cover Attack, Release, Threshold and Ratio controls, and how to set them up effectively.
Compressor types and their sound. You will often hear engineers discussing the benefits of this or that make or model of compressors, valve or vacuum tube versus solid state or transistorized versions, and this will be discussed during the advanced production course.
Noise gates: How to ‘clean up’ noisy backgrounds during quiet sections of a performance as well as altering dynamics of instruments and sounds for creative purposes.
Ducking effects: One of the many creative effects produced by compressors or noise gates.
Types of reverb including spring, plate, digital, convolution, and how different reverberation devices work well on certain music genres. You will also get to learn about different reverb parameters, including early reflections, density, pre-delay and gated reverb
Delays including parameters such as delay time, feedback, hi-cut (damping), multi-tap, ping pong delay and other delay types
How to patch delays into your mix
Time based delays including chorus, pitch shifting, phasing and flanging
Microphone modelling and pitch correction software. Autotune.
Adding the right kind of EQ to lead vocals.
Vocal effects such as reverb, delay, automatic double tracking (ADT)
Backing Vocals: creating sub-mixes, EQing, compressing and aligning background vocals. Vocalign.
Radio mixes – getting the right mix specifically for radio broadcast where their requirements are different from clubs or for listening at home or on your car system
Mixing Dance, Rock, Acoustic, Dub and other styles.
Requirements to attend the Mixing & Mastering course.
You will need to understand the concepts of MIDI, EQ, dynamic processors & effects or you will have already attended and completed the TRW Music Production Foundation Course
Course duration: 8 x weeks.
Price: £300 including an £85 deposit.