Mixing and music production: advanced

Course Dates: 25/07/20 - 26/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 14:00
Location: Online

Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for PC users, and hardware users of other hardware.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Develop your music production skills beyond simple program use. This advanced course will provide you with a deep
understanding of mixing and mastering tools and techniques that you can apply to a wide variety of musical styles.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- Parallel compression: thickening instruments individually and in groups without losing punch
- Sidechaining and gating: triggering a compressor on instruments to create space in a mix
- Phase and stereo imaging techniques: using phase techniques to change an instruments' place in the stereo field
- Mastering: Finalise and enhance your finished mix for playback across all systems and media formats
- Acoustic treatment: How to treat your workspace to minimise acoustic coloration that can impair your judgment when mixing.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Apply the technique of Parallel Compression to thicken instruments individually and in groups
- Use sidechaining and gating techniques to allow selected instruments to stand out in a mix
- Apply stereo imaging techniques to create contrast between instruments
- Apply effects on a finished mix to make it suitable for playback on different playback systems and media formats
- Apply acoustic treatment to your workspace to minimise acoustic coloration to make more effective judgments when mixing.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an advanced course aimed at those who already know how to use Logic or similar audio production software.
You will need to be able follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Demonstration, expplanation and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on your own computer to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need your own computer (desktop / laptop, Mac or Windows), runnnig audio production software such as Logic or GarageBand. Headphones and MIDI keybaord may also be useful.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You may wish to move on to:
- develop your skill further through Mixing and mastering masterclass, Logic: advanced
- explore specialist courses such as Vocal recording techniques, Sampling, beat-making and synth programming, Creating drums and beats, BBC radiophonic workshop
- get into live electronics through Hidden sounds: exploring contact microphones, Arduino workshop, Max/MSP, Sonic arts, Ableton Live
- learn how to market your music through Music business skills, Promoting your music online
Visit the Music Technology and Digital Audio Production page to see the full range of courses. For advice email the music office
The Music department also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble and musicianship courses.


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Fantastic course with great content and lots of opportunities to practice.
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Tutor Biographies
Max La Villa

Max’s musical training began in New York City where he was lucky enough to have major session musicians as neighbors in his building teaching him guitar as a child. By his early teens he was studying classical guitar, alongside theory and orchestration, at the High School of the Performing Arts. He relocated to Spain to further his classical guitar studies under the esteemed guitarist/ teacher Jose Tomas. While there Max ran a commercial recording studio, where he began immersing himself in the emerging digital technologies. After moving to London, he continued working as a session musician. He has recorded, toured and collaborated with artists including Kevin Ayers, Paul Weller, Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Jah Wobble, Carl Barat (Libertines) and Marc Almond. In 2011 he was commissioned to compose recitatives and an aria for a production of “The Coronation of Poppea” by the Théatre du Châtelet in Paris which centered around virtual instruments and sampling delivered by multiple computers live on stage with the players. Max continues working with artists of every genre in mixing, sound design, drum programming, bass and keyboards.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: MK549

Sat-Sun, day, 25 Jul - 26 Jul '20

Duration: 2 sessions

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £99.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions? music@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2630

Please note: we offer a wide variety of financial support to make courses affordable. For more information visit our online Help Center. You can also visit the Information, Advice and Guidance drop-in service, open from 12 – 6.45, Monday to Friday.