Mixing and music production techniques

Course Dates: 13/01/21 - 24/02/21
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
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 hardware users.

This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.


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
to get a truly polished and professional sound. You will be working on Mac computers.

This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- How to set up compressors and limiters to control volume and perceived loudness
- Mastering: finalise and enhance your finished mix for playback across all systems and media formats
- Applying EQ appropriately to make different musical parts fit together
- Using reverb and other techniques to create a sense of depth of field in a mix
- Optimising use of panning more effectively to create a vivid stereo field
- Optimise use of panning to create a vivid stereo field
- Can you believe your ears? Listening techniques and monitors
- Options for routing mixes through auxiliaries, group channels and sends
- What to check for before your music gets released on CD and other formats.
- Gain structure: understanding how to structure your volume levels to achieve wider dynamics and more dramatic mixes.

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

- Set up compressors and limiters appropriately and efficiently to control the volume and perceived loudness
- Apply effects on a finished mix to make it suitable for playback on different playback systems and media formats
- Apply EQ appropriately to make different musical parts fit together
- Use reverb and a range of techniques to give different parts depth of field in the overall sound
- Use panning more effectively to create a vivid stereo field
- Use a range of listening techniques and appropriate monitoring systems
- Choose appropriate routing options for mixing your music
- Check that a piece of music is ready for release on CD and other formats.
- Structure the volume levels of your instruments to improve the quality and dynamics of your mixes.

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

This is an intermediate course aimed at those who already use music editing software such as GarageBand, Logic, or similar.
You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English, engage in class discussions and take notes in

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.
It is useful to have access to a Mac with Logic software outside class to work on your project between sessions.

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

Memory stick/storage device for saving work, notepad and pen.

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

You may wish to move on to:
- develop your skills in Mixing and mastering masterclass or Logic: advanced
- get into live electronics through Ableton Live, Sonic Arts, Max/MSP,Arduino workshops, Hidden sounds: exploring contat microphones
- develop specialist skills through Vocal Recording Techniques, Create a home voice recording booth, , Sampling, beat-making and synth-programming
- learn how to market your music through Music business skills, Promoting your music online, or Make a website: WordPress for musicians.
Got to 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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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.

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Course Code: MK543

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Wed, eve, 13 Jan - 24 Feb '21

Duration: 7 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £259.00
Senior fee: £259.00
Concession: £158.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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

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