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.
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.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details