Mixing – 6 week course
Mixing is the art of making multiple elements work together to support a desired sonic-emotional result. In-depth discussion and demonstration of EQ, Compression, Reverb, mixer signal flow, automation, and effect usage is central to the course. In addition to covering the technical aspects of the craft, we will discuss invaluable concepts on how to even approach a mix before a single EQ is touched. Pro Tools, Logic, and Ableton Live are available to students for mixing practice in class.
Mastering 101 – 4 week course
The final creative step before manufacturing and distribution is mastering. Audio mastering is a very high level skillset best left to the pros in most cases, but every serious producer should understand the process. While this course will not turn you into a “real” mastering engineer, it will teach you how to make your finished mixes sound more “competitive” and professional. For those interested in pursuing mastering as a profession, this course will help you on your way to meeting that goal, and also serves as a prerequisite for Mastering 202 – Pro Project Studio Mastering.
Note: We are utilizing T-RackS in these courses to make sure that all students have the same tools for applying theory and technique. So, these courses are for those that want to learn about mixing and/or mastering, AND also those that want to learn about T-RackS, or both. One of the nice things about T-RackS is the ease with which you can apply what you’ve learned to other hardware and software.
These courses are offered in partnership with IK Multimedia. Each workstation includes a copy of T-RackS 3 Deluxe, and students receive a very special price on the software bundle, which also includes a copy of “Mixing and Mastering with IK Multimedia T-RackS” by Bobby Owsinski (watch him talk here). Upon satisfactory completion of the both courses, and tests, and you will receive a Certificate from Devotion Gallery and IK Multimedia.
Also on every workstation is a copy of the very versatile DSP Quattro, which is used for the CD Mastering portion of the Mastering course. As one of our students, you are also eligible for special deal – check it out here.
- Dates: Mixing, TBA
- Dates: Mastering, TBA
- When: Class meets from 7:30 – 10pm.
- Note: Mastering also meets Friday TBA
- Where: TBA, Brooklyn, NY
- IK Multimedia T-RacksS 3 Deluxe
- Mixing Concepts
- Mastering Concepts
- Monitoring Concepts
- Psychoacoustic basics and Loudness
- Digital Audio Theory
- Mixer Signal Flow
- Compression (& side-chaining)
- Output formats – CD & Online
Brian Jackson, M.A. is Devotion’s Director of Education and one of its co-founders. He is an internationally released electronic musician, professional audio engineer, and highly experienced teacher. Brian has more than 10 years of professional experience mixing and mastering for independent artists, and is a former instructor for the Mastering course as SAE NYC. His expertise also encompasses Ableton Live (Certified Trainer), Pro Tools, Logic, and synthesis. Brian received his MA in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1999.
Read more about the instructor here.