part 2: balance and dynamics
Here's something to make you think: we had a professional mixing engineer do a mix of a well recorded song using a seriously expensive mixing console in one of London's finest recording studio (we won't name names here), and then repeat the same mix using just an iMac, Logic Pro and a few plugins. Then we did a blind test with students and other sound engineers to see how much difference there would be. 50% of the people guessed wrong: essentially there was no difference.
This course teaches mixing techniques equally valid on analogue consoles, digital mixers, or any software platform. The crucial point is that the only thing that matters is trained ears, whatever the equipment.
Students will have the opportunity to learn these techniques in greater detail and do their own mixes under the supervision of a professional mixing engineer.
The sessions are mostly based on Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Waves plugins, Universal Audio plugins and the Focusrite Liquid Mix but the techniques covered apply to any combination of software or hardware.
The course lasts 12 weeks, with a frequency of one evening lecture per week.
This is not a beginner's course: a basic understanding of mixers, effects, compression and music software is required to attend this session. If in doubt, contact the London School of Sound during office hours to discuss your case.
This course suits anyone in possession of a Logic or Pro Tools certification, or who has recently graduated from a sound engineering college, or who can claim at least two years of self-taught experience in a home-studio.
|schedule||1 day per week 18.45 to 21.45|
|entry requirements||preliminary interview or entrance exam|
|course fee||MP324: £1,300 + registration fee|
Recording & Mix Engineer Matt Foster has many years of experience working in some of London's best studios including Strongroom, Townhouse and Miloco, but as a freelance engineer he can be found mixing in a shed with just a laptop! His credits list is too long to be printed here, but it goes from The Corrs to Ms.Dynamite, passing through the Darkness, Emma Bunton and Gorillaz on the way.
Depending on the project Matt mixes on SSL, Logic or Pro Tools.
October 2009, Matt says:
"Get aquatinted with a soldering iron with this very cool cost effective little schematic for a passive transformer based reamping device"