Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering

Learn to mix and master at our boutique school in classes of no more than six people.

Bring clarity, depth, and punch to your mixes in any genre, in any DAW. Discover a range of classic and innovative mixing techniques shared by our instructors, including GRAMMY®-winning sound engineer, Aamir Yaqub. 

We use Fabfilter third party software as part of the course, which will run in all popular DAWs, however, you do not need to own these plugins to take this course. If you do wish to purchase them, all Garnish students qualify for a 50% discount on the online store.

Total class time is 36 hours at our East London classroom studio.


Saturdays | 11am – 6pm

Dates TBC – please contact us to register your interest.

Course Information:

EQ, Environment, Acoustics & Separation
  • Studio monitor speaker design
  • The art of balancing and panning
  • Acoustics and acoustically treating your home studio
  • All about mono, stereo and 5.1 in your software DAW
  • EQ
  • All about compression
  • In-depth with the parameters
  • Types of compression circuitry (optical, valve etc) and their digital emulations
  • Parallel dynamic processing
  • Gates and de-essers
  • Dynamics controller tips to achieve clarity in your mix
Reverbs, Delays & Other FX
  • Types of reverb and delay, where to use them
  • In-depth with all the parameters
  • Spatialisation with convolution reverbs and delays
  • Phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shifters, harmonisers and creative FX
  • Tips on how to make your records come to life with FX
Mixing Vocals
  • Preparing vocals, vocal comping and tuning vocals
  • Getting separation between lead and BVs
  • Tips on automating levels (rides)
  • FX Chains for your vocal sound
Creative Mixing
  • Filtering and samples
  • Vocoder, Ring Modulators, Envelopers, Auto-panning, distortion and bit crushing
  • Sidechaining dynamic controllers and filters for FX
  • Getting creative with reverb and delay
  • Pitch shifters, harmonisers and creative FX
  • Saturation
Mix Analysis
  • Active listening and critiquing of released mixes
  • Analysis and critique of your mixes
  • Using references to get your EQ and separation. A/Bing
  • EQ, brick wall limiting, levels, and phase
  • Which mastering plugins to use – dos and don’ts
  • Other useful metering tools
Additional Information
  • Use your own laptop, or use our iMacs free of charge.
  • Headphones, controllers and Ableton Push are available to use.
  • 50% FabFilter discount available for all Garnish students.
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