Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering | Los Angeles & Live Online

Can’t get your mixes to sound polished? Know the basics but can’t master the art? If your mixes are lacking clarity, depth and punch, then look no further. Learn the art of Mixing & Mastering in our acoustically treated Studio A designed by Grammy-winning engineers. Our superior roster of instructors will share their knowledge as they cover everything you need to create master-quality mixes, saving you a fortune on hiring professional mix engineers and studio time in the future! You will learn a host of classic mixing techniques as well as newer, innovative tips and tricks used by the best in the industry. Today there’s so much music on the internet with everyone trying to get noticed. So it really pays to make sure your mix stands out.

Total class time is 36 hours, where you can ask questions and bounce ideas off your instructor and fellow learners exactly when you’re feeling inspired, or…confused! This is why there is no substitute for music courses in person, particularly Mixing. You classes and projects will be in our state of the art facilities routinely used by major labels and publishers. Studio A is a dual Pro Tools HDX and Apogee setup with outboard gear including industry favorites like Teletronix LA2A, Urei 1176, Chandler TG2, Bricasti M7and many more. See below for full Gear and Synthesizer list below.

Whichever DAW you use, on Mac or PC, the principles and core skills of Mixing & Mastering remain the same. In addition to teaching you on plug-ins that comes with Logic, Ableton or Pro Tools we dive into industry standard third party software from Fabfilter, Arturia, Universal Audio and many others. If you wish to purchase (not a requirement for the course) plug-ins from our partners at Fabfilter, all Garnish learners worldwide qualify for a 50% discount.

You will need to bring your own laptop, with all of the software you will be learning installed. Everything else is provided in class. Our door is always open for our former learners. So you are always welcome free of charge in case you want to repeat your mix class. Contact us if you have any questions.

Garnish LA Studio A Gear List

  • Studio set up- Pro Tools HDX with Apogee Dual Set up
  • Convertor- Lynx Aurora 8
  • Speakers- Adam S3V with Adam Sub 12, Yamaha NS10s with Bryston 4B Amp
  • Monitor Control- Dangerous D Box
  • Microphone- Manley Reference Cardioid, Shure SM57s
  • Pre Amps- Chandler Limited TG2, Heritage Audio 1073
  • Reverb- Bricasti Design M7
  • Compressors- Teletronix LA2A, Urei (Universal Audio) 1176, SSL XLogic G-series Compressor, Empirical Labs EL-8 Distressor
  • Piano- Yamaha U3
  • Synthesizers & Drum Machines- Roland Juno 60 (with MIDI), Juno 106, JX3P, Sequential Prophet Rev 2, Mellotron M4000D, Korg MS20, Triton Studio, Moog Subphatty, Yamaha DX7, YS200, Behringer Poly D, RD-8, Neutron, Arturia Matrix Brute
  • Universal Audio Satellite

All synths are MIDI connected for DAW use via iconnectivity MIO and Clever Audio MXM 12 Synth switcher. We also have a guitar pedal collection for sonic experiments in studio.

Environment, Acoustics, EQ & 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


• 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

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

Our Testimonials

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


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.


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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36 Hours | $1499 + $100 Registration if booked 14 days before start or $1799 + $200 Registration

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