Summer Courses :

Mixing & Mastering

Practical demonstrations in the studio and examples from top artists and engineers to help you improve your mixing and mastering skills.

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One week of lectures and practice to change the bad habits of a lifetime.

Find practical solutions to practical problems (how-to and how-not-to) and the inspiration to work harder on mixing and mastering your music.

This Course is strictly limited to four people per class

Course Level

This course is designed for producers and musicians who already have one year or more of experience with their choice of Digital Audio Workstation (Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton, Cubase, FL studio, Reason, Reaper, etc).

Course Content

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DAY 1

Mastering

  • What is mastering and why do we need it?
  • Why don't we master and mix at the same time?
  • How good are mastering plugins and automatic mastering software?
  • What's the real difference between using a mastering studio and mastering at home?
  • Examples of 'before' and 'after' on commercially released music, with explanations.
DAY 2

Mixing

  • What's the point of mixing?
  • Artistic and technical approach to mixing.
  • Mix Preparations and workflow.
  • Good practices, and mistakes to avoid.
  • How long does it take to do a mix?
  • Mixing for others and mixing your own material.
  • Finding multi-track sessions to mix.
  • Finding paid work, how much to charge.
DAY 3

Arrangement / ear training for sound engineers

  • Understanding how mixing and mastering are affected by arrangement, choice of sounds, performance and recording.
  • Analysis of multi-track sessions from commercially released tracks.
  • Critical listening techniques: deconstructing a finished mix.
  • What's the difference between ear traininig for musicians and for audio engineers?
  • Ear training techniques and recommended tools to improve your ability to 'reverse-engineer' a mix.
DAY 4

Mixing in practice: tools and techniques

  • What really matters when mixing
  • Mixing workflow
  • Mixing strategies
  • Parallel processing (in software and hardware)
  • Advanced audio editing (timing and pitch correction)
  • Recommended techniques to make the best use of Eq, compression, automation, effects.
DAY 5

Mastering in practice: tools and techniques

  • Comparing hardware and software equipment
  • Recommended high-end tools, overview and demonstrations on your own music.
  • Practical examples of approach to mastering sessions, correct order of processing, loudness management.
  • Introduction to 'mastering for iTunes' and the future of mastering.

Your Music

You are welcome to bring your own multi-track sessions or unmastered mixes, to hear the effect of these techniques on something you know well. We also provide many examples from real-world productions and commercially released music.

Equipment

Most of our examples are based on Pro Tools and Logic, but we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of most other platforms.
Every major software plugin is installed (see below), and the list of external analog outboard includes equipment from Rupert Neve Designs, Manley, Warm Audio, Lindell, Joe Meek, SPL, and others.


Testimonials

  • This course has given me the skills I needed to see my productions through from beginning to end.

    Aaron J Pillette

  • It's like I never really understood what to do with effects. Everything makes sense now.

    Michel Radzi

  • It's amazing when you're shown the way... It's not really about the fancy toys, it changes how you listen to sound.

    Shaun Gordon

  • I thought I knew what EQ does and how to use it… I was wrong. I’d recommend this course to anyone.

    Lucia Keller

Read more testimonials and success stories


Next Courses

course code SU-550
course name Mixing and Mastering (Summer)
dates and fees
reserve a place contact our office to check for availability

Course Details

code SU-550
name Mixing and Mastering
duration one week intensive
frequency Monday to Friday (daytime)
level advanced

Frequently Asked

Is there a minimum age for this course?
Yes, 15 years old.

Do you provide accommodation for students?
No, but we will assist you in finding a solution to match your expectations.

Will I get a Certificate at the end?
Yes, you will get a Certificate of Completion.


How to Apply

Contact our office to get more details and reserve a place on the next course.

We will ask you a few questions to make sure that this is the right choice for you, or suggest alternative options.


Other Summer Courses

Electronic Music Production 4 weeks
day-time (Mon-Fri)
Foundations of Sound Engineering 2 weeks
day-time (Mon-Fri)
Mixing and Mastering 5 days
day-time (Mon-Fri)
DJ skills, Ableton, Songwriting coming soon...

MPX Program

This course can be taken on its own or as part of the complete Music Production eXperience (MPX).

The MPX is a bundle of ALL our Summer Courses and it is aimed at providing a comprehensive experience of how music is composed, recorded, mixed and mastered.

Signing up for the MPX program you will have unlimited use of the school facilities for two months, AND save money compared to the cost of taking each class separately.

Call or email for more details.

Equipment related to this course


Universal Audio plugins and Apollo interfaces are the best investment any studio can make in terms of sound results and value for money. Our all-time favourite.

Kush makes some really special and unique effects that make difficult jobs very easy: we demonstate their magic in a few practical situations.

Waves plugins are the closest thing to a universal standard, but can you make the most out of them? And which ones are really a must-have?

Fab-filter makes many excellent plugins, but their EQ and compression in particular are the default choice for most engineers

SoundToys are another brand that is mentioned by every professional engineer in their equipment list: their delay, saturation and pan effects have no rivals.

Lindell Audio manufacture some really exciting all-analogue modules which make classic compression and eq affordable to anyone.

Izotope Ozone is the complete mastering chain in one single product, and the best place to start if you are new to mastering.

...and many more. Thanks to our friends at Red Dog Music we are able to borrow and explain any piece of high-end audio gear at a moment's notice.