The Art of Mixing & Mastering


The Art of Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering Music Course | London

Our Mixing & Mastering Course is for learners who want to really get to grips with the art of mixing & mastering in a class size of no more than six. If your mixes are lacking clarity, depth, and punch, then our Mixing and Mastering Course is for you. Our lessons are jam-packed full of classic and innovative mixing techniques, tips and tricks shared to you by our GRAMMY®-winning sound engineer, Aamir Yaqub. This music production course is for people who are ready to take in and experiment with the concepts and techniques to make a massive improvement to their music, saving a fortune on engineers and studio time. Suitable for all DAW users and all genres of music.

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, all GMP learners worldwide qualify for a 50% discount.

Total class time is 36 hours where you can ask a question and bounce off of your tutor 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.

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 £50 for learners who wish to hire an iMac loaded with all the software required. We have more spaces than we have iMacs, so please ensure you book your iMac if you need one, as the course fee is non-refundable if you turn up with no computer to work on. Controller keyboards, headphones, and audio interfaces are always provided for everyone. If you miss any sessions due to holidays or illness, we will do our best to engineer it so you can come back on a future cycle of your choice to catch up. All courses come with extensive notes put together by our expert course developers, and you also get an industry recognised certificate on successful completion.

See what recent learners thought of the course at the bottom of this page. You may recognise a name or two on the list!

 

EQ, Environment, Acoustics, and 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 workshop

Dynamics

  • 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, and 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

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

  • Sidechaining dynamic controllers and filters for FX
  • Getting creative with reverb and delay
  • Filtering and samples
  • Vocoders, and how to get ‘that’ sound
  • Phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shifters, harmonisers and creative FX
  • Mixing techniques which only apply to electronic music but are very useful for everyone
  • Electronic music listening critique (bring in your tracks if you wish)
  • Electronic music mix analytics – analyze the mix elements of your favorite dance music tracks

Mastering

  • 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
  • Electronic music listening critique

 

This course is designed for all DAW users and is suitable for all styles of music

£599 (multiple course and returning student discounts available)

Tuesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

Sundays | 11 – 6

January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12

Saturdays | 11 – 6

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6

Spring Boot Camp | 11 – 6

April 24, 25, 26, May 8, 9, 10

Monday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28, September 4, 11

Summer Boot Camp #1 | 11 – 6

July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15

Summer Boot Camp #2 | 11 – 6

August 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

Sundays | 11 – 6

August 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

Wednesday Evenings | 7.30 – 10.30

September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13

Saturdays | 11 – 6

November 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9, 16

Tuesdays | 11 – 6 | FULLY BOOKED

November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12

Christmas Cracker! | 11 – 6

December 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

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2018

Mondays | 11am – 6pm

January 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, February 5th, 12th

Saturdays | 11am – 6pm

February 17th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Spring Boot Camp | 11am- 6pm

April 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th

 

“The teachers were highly skilled and made the classes very engaging and interesting. The classes had regular breaks which is of course very important with music production, and I didn’t at any point feel as if anything was over or under explained. I have definitely learnt a lot, and would highly recommend the course to anyone looking to improve the mixing/mastering skills.” Mark Thackray

 

“As a songwriter/producer, I relied heavily on engineers for recording and mixing if I wanted to get my tracks sounding like masters. I always wanted to do more myself but struggled to learn anything watching an engineer zip around Logic or Pro Tools at 1000 mph! Then I found Garnish School of Sound and did their Mixing and Mastering course. It was exactly what I needed, we covered everything I was unsure of in the past from using buses properly, EQ, audio compression and using specialist mastering plugins. Everything was explained and demonstrated in a way I understood. I never thought I’d ever be able to get such great sounding tracks doing everything myself.” Ben Cullum

 

“For the knowledge gaps that I had, the course was incredible. A class with smaller numbers meant that a lot of time was spent answering individual questions, and overall the style of the course and the teaching was really relaxed and personalised, which meant that you came away with a set of skills that were more relevant to your own needs. I am sad that it has finished; both tutors were knowledgeable (in different ways) and personable and my skills and understanding have improved immeasurably since I started the course. It filled the requirements that I was looking for – and more – and I could not be happier with my choice, especially for the price. Please keep up the good work, and I would definitely come back for another course.” William Benn

 

“The Mixing and Mastering course was an amazing experience. I picked up a lot of useful information within a very short period of time and benefited from the great wealth of experience that the instructors have in the music industry. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone wanting to learn how to mix and master tracks and I feel that it will give me a massive improvement in mixing and mastering my own tracks. Prior to this course, I tried watching youtube videos and getting explanations from others but nothing has helped as much as this course in giving me the confidence and knowledge to proceed.” Christopha Gordon

 

“This course definitely gave me an insight into how to produce better mixes and all the techniques associated with this, I no longer feel I will be just using trial & error on this. My favourite part was the mastering (session 6) where all the cloaked mysteries were unveiled. I now feel confident that I can finish a track & road test it in a dj set that night without any worries about sound quality.” Damien O’Reilly @dorbachov

 

“A lot of people study audio engineering at home and miss out on all of the basics and the reasons why we would want to do certain things to our music. This course really went into detail about all of my plugins I use and why I should use them. Definitely helped unlock the secrets of dynamic processing. Loved the use of different engineers to teach different styles! That was one of the best bits, getting different professional’s views and takes on gear, genre, and processing.” James Wrigley

 

“The professionalism and tutoring styles from both Dave and Larry are second to none. Not only did we cover everything on the list, but any questions about other musical topics were covered and answered from the guys. A huge library of knowledge available! Never have I been on a more informative course tutored by guys as experienced as Dave and Larry. If you’re serious about musical production and getting your tracks the quality they deserve, any of their courses should be at the top of your ‘to-do’ list!” Pete Waidson

 

“The breadth and depth of high-quality teaching was superb. I learnt absolutely loads in a relatively short period of time. The tutors were engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their subject areas. They were worked to a logical, well-structured syllabus and reiterated key learning points each day. The group was also engaged in discussions both on topic and sometimes off topic which made the course very memorable for me. The studio set up as a learning environment is great. Familiar software is used in practicals and demonstrations. This course helped confirm to me that a top notch music production can be made on a limited budget these days because it is more about the producer and his skills than the equipment at his disposal… I also enjoyed spending the week in a really creatively buzzing part of London! Some very good cafes, restaurants and bars nearby for evening and lunchtimes.” Richard Campbell

 

As a Singer/Songwriter, I really was self-taught when it came to mixing, and although over the years I have worked out how to do a lot of things, getting a good mixdown always seemed to be where I was lacking. Trying to get your head around things like compression and EQing when you’ve not had any formal training is hard. Now I have done this course I can now mix my own tracks which I’m loving! Thanks a lot Dave, you’re a Legend! x AiNA (Singer/Songwriter and Camden community music production teacher)

 

“I know your teaching methods are ‘future proof’ and you have some awesome teachers who can express themselves very precisely, perfect balance between theory and practice. It was an overall perfect impression and I wish you and your school all the best.”Stefan Splinter

 

Our Mixing & Mastering course is for learners who want to get to grips with the art of mixing and mastering. If your mixes are lacking clarity, depth and punch
203 Richmond Road
London, England
E8 3NJ
GB