Mixing & Mastering

MIX100: MIXING 100

46 Hours

In this class we look at both modern and traditional techniques used to blend audio signals together to produce the finished mix. Students will start to use signal processing to develop their initial own signature sound.

Emphasis is placed upon the importance of careful listening and the creative use of EQ, Compression and time based effect techniques to help students develop their own style. Students will work through real world examples and mix a song from start to finish as an individual project. 

Students also learn how to use software "plug-ins" for EQ, Compression, Reverb and Delay, which are are commonly used to help engineers manipulate their audio signals. These plug-ins are DSP modules that emulate traditional outboard effects processors. Students will learn how to install these plug-ins on their computer systems, as well as instantiate, modify, save, recall and duplicate audio processors within various audio workstation programs. McDSP and Sonnox plug-ins are featured during this class.

MIX200: MIXING 200

54 Hours

Mixing Audio 200 provides an expanded understanding of the technical and creative aspects of mixing audio. Students will have the opportunity to mix several songs in each of TRAC’s world-class mixing studios. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of careful listening and the creative use of mixing techniques helping students to continue developing their own style. Students will work through real world examples and submit mixes one or more songs as part of their individual project to complete this class.

This class also takes a detailed look into third-party plug-ins and DSP-based processing tools used throughout the industry to solve the audio problems engineers are faced with on a daily basis. Students will learn about leading technology solutions from companies like iZotope, Celemony, and Sonnox. These are the same tools used by leading producers, mix engineers, composers, post-production sound designers, and forensic audio engineers. This element of the class will give students hands-on exposure to tools needed to clean, decipher, and restore audio signals for a variety of industry applications. Metering (Insight) and noise reduction (RX) software form iZotope, and pitch correction software from Celemony (Melodyne) are featured heavily in this class.


54 Hours

Mastering is sophisticated audio processing for distribution that enhances and technically prepares the final mix for CD duplication, replication, or distribution. This course looks at the principles of mastering with a focus on achieving quality results while working within a budget. Students will complete independent projects and class projects using both hardware and software processors to develop an understanding and command of the mastering process.

The second half of this course provides a deep study in mixing for surround sound and fuses music and audio post-production mixing techniques to demonstrate the practical application of mixing audio in surround. Students will learn about and integrate surround-encoding formats like Dolby Digital and DTS and will get significant hands-on experience mixing sound effects, dialog, and music to picture in full 5.1 surround sound.