The Art of Mixing & Mastering

The Art of Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering Music Production Course | Los Angeles

Can’t get your mixes to sound professional? Know the basics but can’t quite master the art? If your mixes are lacking clarity, depth, and punch, then look no further and learn the art of mixing & mastering in small classes.

Today there’s so much music on the internet, and so many people trying to get noticed, so it really pays to make sure your mix stands out. On our lessons, you will learn a host of classic mixing techniques, as well as newer, innovative tips and tricks used by the best in the industry. Our superior roster of instructors will share their knowledge as they cover everything you need to create master-quality mixes, saving yourself a fortune on hiring professional mix engineers and studio time in the future!

Total class time is 36 hours, where you can ask a question and bounce off of your instructor and fellow learners exactly when you’re feeling inspired, or…confused! This is why some say that there is no substitute for music production courses in person, particularly mixing, where you all listen and critique mixes in our acoustically treated studio designed by our own Grammy-winning engineer.

Whatever DAW you use, whether on a Mac or PC, the principles and core skills of mixing and mastering remain the same, and all of our courses come with extensive notes that were put together by our expert course developers, covering everything on the syllabus.

We use Fabfilter third party software on the course itself, which will run in all popular DAWs. It is not important you own them for your course if you are using Logic, Pro Tools or Ableton, but we highly recommend them if you wish to make a purchase, and all GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 50% discount.

Many learners these days like to use their own laptops on our courses, so we have made space in our studios for people who wish to do that, and altered the price structure by adding a supplement of $75 for learners who wish to hire a new iMac loaded with all the software required. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone if needed.

If you miss a session and you’d like to catch it up, or you’d just like to come back and repeat some or all of your course, you can do, free of charge, and normally on your first choice cycle. Our door is always open for our former learners.

101

EQ, Environment, Acoustics, and Separation

  • Studio monitor speaker design
  • Acoustics and acoustically treating your home studio
  • All about mono, stereo and 5.1 in your software DAW
  • The art of balancing and panning
  • EQ workshop

Dynamics

  • Hearing dynamics
  • In-depth with all the parameters of dynamic controllers
  • Types of compression circuitry, their digital emulations, what to use & why
  • Parallel dynamic processing
  • Gates and de-essing tips
  • Dynamics controller tips to achieve clarity in your mix

Reverbs, Delays and Other FX

  • Types of reverb and delay, where to use them
  • In-depth with all the parameters
  • Spatialization with convolution reverbs and delays
  • Phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shifters, harmonizers and creative FX
  • Tips on how to make your records come to life with FX

201

Vocals, Automation and Getting Creative in the Mix Process

  • Filtering and samples
  • Vocoder, Ring Modulators, Envelopers, Auto panning, distortion and bit crushing
  • Preparing vocals, vocal comping and tuning vocals
  • Getting separation between lead and BVs
  • Tips on automating levels (rides)

Mixing Electronic Music

  • Side-chaining dynamic controllers and filters for ducking, FX and punch
  • Getting creative with reverb and delay
  • Making thin sounds bigger
  • Mixing techniques which only apply to electronic music but are very useful to know for everyone
  • Electronic music listening critique (bring in your tracks if you wish)
  • Electronic music mix analytics – analyze the mix elements of your favorite tunes

Introduction to Mastering

  • Using references to get your EQ and separation. A/B’ing
  • EQ, brick wall limiting, levels and phase
  • Using mastering plugins – dos and don’ts
  • The best metering tools
  • Live music listening critique (bring in your tracks if you wish)
  • Live music mix analytics – analyze the mix elements of your favorites live and acoustic tracks

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Testimonials

The instructor was amazing. To be able to learn mixing and mastering in 36 hours is unbelievable!

COG

I have taken about 3 mixing courses online and learned something from each. This by far was the most helpful because it tied everything together and having a hands-on approach is the best. The instructor was super enthusiastic and patient as well. For the price and being a one week full session, nothing else compares.

Biren M Patel

The teacher is awesome, his enthusiasm and knowledge makes the class a blast while taking in tons of useful tips/techniques.

Sep

Darryl Swann. Enough said. He is a passionate, humble, experienced, and incredible human. He would help any of his students in anyway he could and he loves teaching. We now work together outside of Garnish and I couldn't be happier to have connected with him through Garnish.

Patrick McCutcheon

I came into the class with a good understanding of my DAW (Logic Pro X course here at Garnish) but minimal knowledge of mixing/mastering. I thought the class was a great supplement to the knowledge I gained from the Logic Pro X course. I never felt lost, and now know how to achieve a clean mix and master.

Kevin Yee

I won't change anything. I learned and enjoyed a lot! Good location and neighborhood, nice people and easy parking.

Mono Villa

I've been producing music for 15-20 years and even have a recording arts degree. The instructors were absolutely amazing and helped me grasp mixing and mastering in a very relatable down to earth way. I feel like my production has finally taken the step up it needed. Loved the class and would love to take more courses at Garnish. Great learning

Jeremy Wells

Instructors are well-experienced and can speak from tremendous amounts of real-world experience. They are also very passionate - not just about music and working in the industry, but they are passionate about teaching and getting the students the best learning experience possible. This makes a big difference in how successful the course is for the students… We were also able to get a lot of detailed and hands-on work - which was great!

Alan G

Garnish mix classes helped me the strengthen and expand my knowledge in mixing and mastering techniques immensely. With Grammy-winning engineers, what more could you hope for?!

Bernardo Passarinho

At last I have a clear perspective of how mixing and mastering works!

Andres Alzate

definitely learned so much in this course. The techniques on mixing and mastering that I learned in this class really helped me take my music to another level.

Raymond Medina

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