The Music Mixing and Mastering course is part of our Music Industry courses range.
Underpinned by important sound and acoustics theory, you’ll advance your production expertise and learn industry mixing and mastering techniques across this highly practical 3-month part-time industry course. As you expand your understanding of how sound is perceived, you’ll deepen your existing skillset, helping you really bring the best to your music production projects. It is essential that you have something to mix and master, such as something you have produced, recorded, or have the multitrack files/stems of.
During your time on the course, you’ll develop a versatile range of techniques to draw from, giving your projects the professional touch they deserve. Our expert tutors will help you achieve this, giving you the support, clarity and space to take your productions to the next level. As you progress your studies, you’ll learn how to polish, finish and deliver complete projects in different listening environments, as you receive feedback and constructive advice from your classmates and tutors.
Starting with psychoacoustics and the physics of sound, you’ll develop a firm grounding which will enable you to get creative with mixing techniques by using equalisers (EQs), dynamic processors and a range of digital signal processing effects. You’ll also explore how different acoustics and listening environments affect the way sound is perceived.
As you delve into the course’s theoretical and practical activities, you will be able to recognise and perform sound and frequency manipulation. You’ll explore how these work from the ground up, as you assess recording results and make decisions based on skill and experience rather than guesswork.
When you complete the Mixing and Mastering Music Industry Course, your workflow will be faster and sharper, thanks to valuable time spent in our dedicated Mixing and Mastering studio and Workstation based Tech Lab. You’ll feel empowered to finalise projects, confidently achieving the exact sound you want every time.
Physics of Sound
To ensure maximum quality sound, power and impact, and clarity between the musical parts, it’s essential that mixing and mastering for any style of music is based on the physics of sound. As you discover a range of theoretical concepts and procedures in the context of the science of sound and human hearing, you’ll broaden your knowledge of room acoustics and concepts such as reflection, absorption, diffusion, mixing/mastering room designs, and loudspeaker placement. You’ll also cover psychoacoustics, studying Fletcher Munson Curves, frequency masking and stereo localisation.
Improving your technical understanding of signal flow makes it easier to solve problems while recording, ensuring a high-quality sound during the mixing process. As you build your signal flow knowledge, you’ll refine your audio production techniques, streamline your process and save time. You’ll explore both analogue and digital mixes in this module, including digital formats and file management.
In this module, you’ll develop skills and experience across different signal processing software and hardware. Using equalisers (EQs), dynamic processors (including compressors and limiters), noise gates and expanders, you’ll learn extensive signal processing techniques. You’ll also gain experience in signal processing effects such as delay, chorusing, phasing and flanging, reverb, distortion and re-amping.
Advanced Signal Processing
Take your signal processing skills and knowledge to the next level in this advanced module. Incorporate new techniques into your repertoire, including parallel compression, frequency conscious dynamics control, sidechaining, limiting and dynamic equalisers, multi-band compression and mix bus processing. You’ll also become confident using impressive combinations of equalisers, dynamics and effects.
Discover key principles for the last stage of the audio production process – mastering. As you assemble the final touches of your project, you’ll explore concepts such as understanding loudness and optimal levels, choosing suitable analogue and digital file formats (including vinyl and cassette), and mastering for specific environments like albums, broadcast media and streaming scenarios.
- Duration: 3 months
- Time: Every Monday and Wednesday (7pm - 10pm)
- Where: Tech labs in Kilburn and our mixing and mastering studio in Queen's Park
- Max students: 8
Next start dates
- Monday 8th January 2024
- Monday 15th April 2024
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Course cost: £1,500
Pay upfront: £1,350 with 10% discount
A discount of 10% is applied if you pay the full course fee upfront. This means you pay a total of £1,350.
Payment plan: £1,500
Instalment Payments: 3 x monthly payments of £500 of which £150 will form a non-refundable registration fee, making the total payment £1,500. The first payment must be made before the course start date. A direct debit will be set up to take the second and third payments following the course start date.
We welcome students from outside of the UK to join this specialist course. Depending on where you are coming from, you may require a standard visitor visa to attend this course. Please be aware that ICMP is a recognised accredited UK institution. Should you require this visa; the cost will depend on where you are travelling from. To check if you require a UK visa head to gov.uk.
- Next start date: 8th January 2024
- Convenient part-time 3-month course.
- Gain an impressive overview of industry-grade mixing and mastering techniques.
- Advance the delivery of your projects to a professional level.
- Become confident using mixing and mastering hardware and software.
- Understand psychoacoustics and the physics of sound.
- Learn from expert industry tutors in a creative and inspiring study environment.
- Develop an understanding of listening environments and improve your project outcomes.
- Undertake practical hands-on activities and gain extensive studio experience.
- Acquire a confident working knowledge of the industry’s professional mixing and mastering standards.
- Connect with the London music industry and develop a music production and sound engineering network.
- Study this programme without a visa if you’re an international student (eligibility criteria applies).
- Payment plans available.