Mixing and music production: advanced

Course Dates: 04/08/20 - 11/08/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Max La Villa

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 hardware users.


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.

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.
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?

Classes will generally begin with a demonstration and discussion followed by practical work.
You will work on an individual Mac workstation to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.
You will present your work in progress regularly to the group, and receive feedback, support and encouragement from your tutor throughout the course.

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

Notepad, pen, own memory stick/storage device for saving work.

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 or phone us on (020) 7492 2630
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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Book your place

Course Code: MK549

Tue, eve, 04 Aug - 11 Aug '20

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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