Mixing and music production workshop

Course Dates: 01/08/20 - 09/08/20
Time: 11:00 - 14:00
Location: Online

An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.

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?

This workshop will focus on the practical steps involved in improving mixes by working on a sample mix and improving one of your own mixes. We will address common problems such as muddy low end, poor separation between instruments and other common problems by applying the appropriate techniques to improve the mixes.

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?

• achieving better separation between instruments
• achieving a better stereo image
• depth of field
• adding more "punch" to drums
• adding clarity in the vocal lines.

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

Use EQ and panning to achieve better separation between instruments
Use panning and phase techniques to get a wider stereo image
Apply compression to make drums sound more percussive
Apply spatial effects to put vocals in their own space and place them dynamically using compression.

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, GarageBand or other 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?

Tutor demonstration, group discussion and questions, followed by practical work on the techniques demonatrated.
You will work on your own computer to practise set themes, techniques and skills, applying these to your developing ideas and material.

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

You need a desktop / laptop computer with audition production software installed.

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

You may be interested in other Music Technology courses, offered throughout the year.

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: MK541

Please choose a course date 

Sat-Sun, day, 01 Aug - 09 Aug '20

Duration: 4 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £159.00
Concession: £97.00

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.