Production Masterclass (Mixing and Mastering)
PLEASE NOTE: For the Production Masterclass starting Monday, November 6, 2017, there will be no class on the scheduled second week of November 13, 2017 as the tutor has been nominated for a major award and will be attending an award ceremony. Therefore, week 2 is postponed and classes will resume on November 20, 2017 and finish on December 18, 2017.
At School of Synthesis we cover MUSIC PRODUCTION in a small class of between 1-8 people to ensure you learn proper production methods from genuine professionals.
Davide Carbone is one of Australia’s most prolific music producers and has worked with artists including Carl Cox, Moby, Jocelyn Brown, Kylie Minogue, Bjork, Tricky, Prodigy, TC, Kosheen and Giles Peterson. In the Production Masterclass, which has been running for over five years, he demonstrates a range of advanced techniques for taking a track from inception to completion and how to make it sound professional. This course covers fundamental mixing techniques that apply to any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) or piece of outboard gear including dynamic processing, EQ, layering, mixing levels, audio recording, mastering, dynamics and loudness.
The course is suitable for beginners but mosty benefits those with experience in music production. This course covers both basic and advanced techniques. Please contact the school if you have any specific needs or requirements.
Course content and features:
The elements and instrumentation of a track
The frequency range and it's relationship to pitch and EQ
Measuring loudness using dbFS and dbSPL
Peak, RMS and LUFS meters
Processing Beats and Bass including groove templates and programming
Production Techniques including imaging, mid-side processing and parallel compression
Creative techniques including sidechaining, layering, tracking and effects
Recording techniques including microphone patterns and positioning
Dynamic effects including EQ, compression and limiting
Mixing and mastering to achieve loudness whilst retaining dynamics
Course objectives: by the end of this course you should be able to:
Understand the frequency range and it's relationship to instrumentation and pitch
Utilise all types of EQ both musically and for production
Utilise Peak, RMS and LUFS meters
Mix individual parts and tracks to make your track loud and dynamic
Have a thorough understanding of dynamic processing, effects, compression and limiting
Set up a microphone and record instruments and vocals
Process and track recorded elements using imaging and processing chains
Finish and master a track to a professional and release standard
Each session commences with a group demonstration and discussion, followed by solo work on one of our eight Mac workstations where you will practice set themes and techniques derived from real-world applications of the technology. Upon demonstrating your command of the necessary skills you will be further encouraged to add originality to your recreations and save various versions of your work.
Additional resources and materials:
All hardware and software is supplied, though we recommend students bring a storage device (eg. portable usb or firewire drive) to save and back up all work, and a pen and paper to take notes.
Assessment and feedback:
You will save successive work and will receive regular support, encouragement and feedback from your tutor. All students will be sent a School of Synthesis tote bag containing a t-shirt, sticker and certificate upon the successful completion of the course. At the conclusion of the course you will be invited to leave feedback and evaluate your experience, at which point we'll email you a link to a suite of exclusive sounds and various discount offers from the School and its partners to say 'thanks'!