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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• separation between instruments
• 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 or other audio production software fluently and confidently, and have already completed projects.
You will need to be able to 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 and explanation, class discussion, followed by practical work.
Practical work on individual projects. You will present work in progress and receive feedback and support from your tutor and peers.
You will make best progress if you can work on your project between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You must have a computer running Logic or similar (e.g. Cubase, ProTools, Ableton, Prosonus Studio One, Reaper), and we recommend you also have headphones, external microphone and a MIDI keyboard. GarageBand is not recommended as it is limited in some of the techniques covered in the course.
Visit our Music technology: equipment advice page for more detailed information about hardware and software, so that you can ensure you have everything you need before you enrol. Even for courses that take place at City Lit, we recommend you have your own equipment at home so that you can continue to develop your music after your course has finished.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Visit our Music technology courses: overview blog to see the wide range of courses on offer, from music production and home recording to live electronics and sound art. If you already know what you are looking for, go straight to the listing of currently available course dates and times.
For further advice email the Music office .
Music also offers a wide range of instrumental, singing, ensemble, music theory, musicianship, songwriting and composition courses.