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Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing - Full online course with assessments of your practical assignment work leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion.

  • The challenge: To make mixes in your own home studio that sound as good as those made by professional mix engineers.
  • The problem: Your mixes are muddy, lack drive and impact, the instruments are confused and the vocal unclear.
  • The solution: Work with our professionally-made multitrack recordings in your own DAW, learn how to mix each one to perfection. Then use the skills you have learned in your own work.

Get great experience in mixing

  • Professionally-made multitrack recordings, compatible with all DAWs
  • Online access through the Audio Masterclass Learning Centre
  • All course materials downloadable
  • Start by mixing drums with original recordings made in Abbey Road Studio 3
  • Continue with full multitrack recordings with all individual tracks in .WAV format
  • Styles ranging from light pop to heavy rock
  • Detailed information and audio examples on optimizing individual instruments and vocals
  • Breakdowns and partial mixes
  • Step-by-step guides to mixing
  • Example mixes
  • The producers' own reference mixes
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment projects
  • Tutor support
  • Student advice team
  • Complete in 12 weeks or spread your course out over up to two years
  • Study when and where you like
  • Available worldwide (we have students in more than 100 countries)
  • Achieve an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion of your course
  • 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee

The twelve modules of the course

Module 01: Mixing Drums

In this first module of your mixing course, we will ask you to mix a recording of drums, made by Audio Masterclass in Abbey Road Studio 3. We will also demonstrate some alternative recorded drum sounds that have been very widely used over the years.

Assignment 1: Work with and mix recordings of drums made with microphone setups ranging from a single mic, two mics in the doubly-equidistant configuration, four mics in the Glyn Johns configuration, through to the currently popular 8-mic setup for a five-drum drum set.

Module 02: Midnite Star

Midnite Star is a song that has been very cleanly recorded and is straightforward to mix. This is great as a first step into mixing, where hardly anything can go wrong. As in all of the modules, detailed advice is given with audio examples.

Assignment 2: Midnite Star is clearly a very strong song, and with a song as strong as this, the mix needs to be simple and without embellishments. Otherwise you could easily find that some of the good features of the song are obscured.

Module 03: Clouds

Clouds is another very cleanly recorded song. It is typical of the genre of cute ukulele-based songs that is very popular in TV and video backgrounds or introductions. It is very useful to learn how to mix this style of production.

Assignment 3: To get a feel for this song, it might be a good idea to start by mixing the tracks without EQ, compression, reverb or any processing, only using faders and pans. Indeed, this is a good discipline for practising mixing in general.

Module 04: I Should've Run To You

As the course progresses, the mixes become more complete and more challenging. But here we are still in relatively easy-to-mix territory. Just mix I Should've Run To You how you would like to hear it.

Assignment 4: This recording is a lesson in itself on how a strong, powerful sound can be created using comparatively few instruments. It may sound simple, but years of experience are required to be able to achieve such simplicity, where everything sounds magically right.

Module 05: Kapow!

As a mix engineer you will need to be able to work with all genres of music. In this module you will mix Kapow!, a jazz song with a very solid vocal performance.

Assignment 5: This song is in a rather different style to many of the other modules of the course, but by now you should be gaining the confidence to cope well with whatever material comes your way.

Module 06: DAWG FM

This song has a lovely funky vibe and is exceptionally well-recorded. It is straightforward to get a good mix, but there is scope to aim just that little bit higher and squeeze every last drop of quality from the multitrack recording of DAWG FM.

Assignment 6: The funky vibe of the song is enhanced mostly in mixing the drums. In nearly all mixes you need to get a good drum mix before anything else is likely to work well. In this song however, a great drum mix is absolutely vital.

Module 07: It Would Be So Easy

Now we're getting to the more challenging songs! It Would Be So Easy is well-recorded, but it is complex with multiple acoustic and electric guitars to cope with. As always, the course gives detailed advice and shows you how to construct your mix step-by-step.

Assignment 7: The individual track recordings here are very clean and require little in the way of correction. So the task of mixing is therefore the task of blending the sounds to perfection.

Module 08: Pretending

This module is a real challenge. Although it is possible to get a great mix from this multitrack recording, it isn't easy at all. The original tracks of Pretending are difficult to blend well. It is vitally important however that you can work with all kinds of material, even the most challenging.

Assignment 8: This is an unusual recording, as it was not intended ever to be heard by the public. It is a song demo and the recording has the tough task of trying to sell this song to a recording artist. The requirement of the mix therefore is that it should present the song simply and effectively.

Module 09: The Woodcutter's Wife

By this point in the course, you will have gained a lot of confidence in mixing. The Woodcutter's Wife features an exceptionally creative bridge section that will fire your imagination when mixing.

Assignment 9: This track has an interesting feature. It has a bridge segment that is entirely different to the rest of the song. This means that effectively you have to make two mixes - one of the main parts of the song, and one of the bridge. Naturally, both have to dovetail together so that there is no musical discontinuity.

Module 10: Hard To Let Go

Hard To Let Go song is recorded to a very high level of professionalism. It isn't easy to mix however - not if you want to get the best out of it. At this point in the course you will spend as much time listening as you do operating the controls of your digital audio workstation.

Assignment 10: Our advice here is to pick out a complex section of the song and mix that to your satisfaction. Then work on the other sections and adjust what you need to in order to get a satisfactory result from beginning to end.

Module 11: All Or Nothing

We couldn't resist the temptation to include a full-on rock song in this course. The challenges in All Or Nothing will prepare you to work with powerful guitars and drums, and put them together to make an even more powerful mix.

Assignment 11: All Or Nothing is a full-on rock track. Although the song hits the listener head on between the ears, there are many layers of complexity that a successful mix can bring out.

Module 12: Man For All Seasons

Rounding off the course is this exceptionally well-recorded, but also exceptionally challenging song. Although you will have achieved a significant level of skill by this point in the course, Man For All Seasons will show you that mixing is never easy - not if you want to achieve the very best results every time!

Assignment 12: This is a real powerhouse of a song. A full drum kit is supplemented by a thrashing drum loop; there are layers of guitars and backing vocals. Above all soars a screaming rock vocal. Your job is to make sense of this multitrack recording. When there is a lot going on in a song, it is easy for all of the sounds to blend together into a kind of 'gray goo' where you can hear a lot of noise, but not very much music.

Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing

Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing

COURSE CONTENT

  • Access to the Audio Masterclass Academy website
  • 12 modules
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment work
  • Two-year enrollment period
  • An Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion

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The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing - Full online course with assessments of your practical assignment work leading to an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion.

  • The challenge: To make mixes in your own home studio that sound as good as those made by professional mix engineers.
  • The problem: Your mixes are muddy, lack drive and impact, the instruments are confused and the vocal unclear.
  • The solution: Work with our professionally-made multitrack recordings in your own DAW, learn how to mix each one to perfection. Then use the skills you have learned in your own work.

Get great experience in mixing

  • Professionally-made multitrack recordings, compatible with all DAWs
  • Online access through the Audio Masterclass Learning Centre
  • All course materials downloadable
  • Start by mixing drums with original recordings made in Abbey Road Studio 3
  • Continue with full multitrack recordings with all individual tracks in .WAV format
  • Styles ranging from light pop to heavy rock
  • Detailed information and audio examples on optimizing individual instruments and vocals
  • Breakdowns and partial mixes
  • Step-by-step guides to mixing
  • Example mixes
  • The producers' own reference mixes
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment projects
  • Tutor support
  • Student advice team
  • Complete in 12 weeks or spread your course out over up to two years
  • Study when and where you like
  • Available worldwide (we have students in more than 100 countries)
  • Achieve an Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion of your course
  • 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee

The twelve modules of the course

Module 01: Mixing Drums

In this first module of your mixing course, we will ask you to mix a recording of drums, made by Audio Masterclass in Abbey Road Studio 3. We will also demonstrate some alternative recorded drum sounds that have been very widely used over the years.

Assignment 1: Work with and mix recordings of drums made with microphone setups ranging from a single mic, two mics in the doubly-equidistant configuration, four mics in the Glyn Johns configuration, through to the currently popular 8-mic setup for a five-drum drum set.

Module 02: Midnite Star

Midnite Star is a song that has been very cleanly recorded and is straightforward to mix. This is great as a first step into mixing, where hardly anything can go wrong. As in all of the modules, detailed advice is given with audio examples.

Assignment 2: Midnite Star is clearly a very strong song, and with a song as strong as this, the mix needs to be simple and without embellishments. Otherwise you could easily find that some of the good features of the song are obscured.

Module 03: Clouds

Clouds is another very cleanly recorded song. It is typical of the genre of cute ukulele-based songs that is very popular in TV and video backgrounds or introductions. It is very useful to learn how to mix this style of production.

Assignment 3: To get a feel for this song, it might be a good idea to start by mixing the tracks without EQ, compression, reverb or any processing, only using faders and pans. Indeed, this is a good discipline for practising mixing in general.

Module 04: I Should've Run To You

As the course progresses, the mixes become more complete and more challenging. But here we are still in relatively easy-to-mix territory. Just mix I Should've Run To You how you would like to hear it.

Assignment 4: This recording is a lesson in itself on how a strong, powerful sound can be created using comparatively few instruments. It may sound simple, but years of experience are required to be able to achieve such simplicity, where everything sounds magically right.

Module 05: Kapow!

As a mix engineer you will need to be able to work with all genres of music. In this module you will mix Kapow!, a jazz song with a very solid vocal performance.

Assignment 5: This song is in a rather different style to many of the other modules of the course, but by now you should be gaining the confidence to cope well with whatever material comes your way.

Module 06: DAWG FM

This song has a lovely funky vibe and is exceptionally well-recorded. It is straightforward to get a good mix, but there is scope to aim just that little bit higher and squeeze every last drop of quality from the multitrack recording of DAWG FM.

Assignment 6: The funky vibe of the song is enhanced mostly in mixing the drums. In nearly all mixes you need to get a good drum mix before anything else is likely to work well. In this song however, a great drum mix is absolutely vital.

Module 07: It Would Be So Easy

Now we're getting to the more challenging songs! It Would Be So Easy is well-recorded, but it is complex with multiple acoustic and electric guitars to cope with. As always, the course gives detailed advice and shows you how to construct your mix step-by-step.

Assignment 7: The individual track recordings here are very clean and require little in the way of correction. So the task of mixing is therefore the task of blending the sounds to perfection.

Module 08: Pretending

This module is a real challenge. Although it is possible to get a great mix from this multitrack recording, it isn't easy at all. The original tracks of Pretending are difficult to blend well. It is vitally important however that you can work with all kinds of material, even the most challenging.

Assignment 8: This is an unusual recording, as it was not intended ever to be heard by the public. It is a song demo and the recording has the tough task of trying to sell this song to a recording artist. The requirement of the mix therefore is that it should present the song simply and effectively.

Module 09: The Woodcutter's Wife

By this point in the course, you will have gained a lot of confidence in mixing. The Woodcutter's Wife features an exceptionally creative bridge section that will fire your imagination when mixing.

Assignment 9: This track has an interesting feature. It has a bridge segment that is entirely different to the rest of the song. This means that effectively you have to make two mixes - one of the main parts of the song, and one of the bridge. Naturally, both have to dovetail together so that there is no musical discontinuity.

Module 10: Hard To Let Go

Hard To Let Go song is recorded to a very high level of professionalism. It isn't easy to mix however - not if you want to get the best out of it. At this point in the course you will spend as much time listening as you do operating the controls of your digital audio workstation.

Assignment 10: Our advice here is to pick out a complex section of the song and mix that to your satisfaction. Then work on the other sections and adjust what you need to in order to get a satisfactory result from beginning to end.

Module 11: All Or Nothing

We couldn't resist the temptation to include a full-on rock song in this course. The challenges in All Or Nothing will prepare you to work with powerful guitars and drums, and put them together to make an even more powerful mix.

Assignment 11: All Or Nothing is a full-on rock track. Although the song hits the listener head on between the ears, there are many layers of complexity that a successful mix can bring out.

Module 12: Man For All Seasons

Rounding off the course is this exceptionally well-recorded, but also exceptionally challenging song. Although you will have achieved a significant level of skill by this point in the course, Man For All Seasons will show you that mixing is never easy - not if you want to achieve the very best results every time!

Assignment 12: This is a real powerhouse of a song. A full drum kit is supplemented by a thrashing drum loop; there are layers of guitars and backing vocals. Above all soars a screaming rock vocal. Your job is to make sense of this multitrack recording. When there is a lot going on in a song, it is easy for all of the sounds to blend together into a kind of 'gray goo' where you can hear a lot of noise, but not very much music.