COURSE OVERVIEW

The Music Mixing and Mastering course is part of our Music Industry courses range and is available in both London and Liverpool.

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 this Mixing and Mastering 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.

 OFFICIAL COURSE PARTNER 

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This course is officially partnered with Native Instruments, students will recieve 50% off NI plugins, their Komplete Start free software bundle and access to exclusive competitions.

 ADDED EXTRAS 

Students studying this course also benefit from exclusive freebies and discounts from the following sample and plugin manufacturers:

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Synchro Arts are offering a 50% discount on their incredible VocaLine and Revoice Pro software. Samplesound are offering students a free upgraded account with a complimentary sample pack each month, plus 50% discount vouchers. FabFilter are offering 50% off their range of plugins.

Module details

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.

Signal Flow
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.

Signal Processing
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.  

Mastering Techniques
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.

NEW: Attend a free taster workshop for our Music Industry Courses, explore them here .

Course Details: London

  • Start dates: Monday 15th April 2024
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Time: Every Monday and Wednesday (7pm - 10pm)
  • Where: ICMP London, Tech labs in Kilburn and our mixing and mastering studio in Queen's Park

Course Details: Liverpool

  • Start date: Monday 22nd April 2024
  • Duration: 3 months
  • When: Tuesdays & Thursday 7pm-10pm
  • Where: SAE Institute Campus, 38 Pall Mall, Liverpool, L3 6AL

Payment Plan

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.

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Alternative format: This course is also available as a two-week intensive course running in June 2024 - view full details here

Open to International StudentsInternational Students
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.

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Key facts

  • Available in London and Liverpool
  • Next start date: ​Monday 15th April (London), 22nd April (Liverpool)
  • 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.

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COURSE TUTORS

Get to know some of the tutors that bring their vast insight and industry experience to this course, also a valuable sample of their careers and key projects! Look below to find out more.

Jamie Ellis (London)

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Jamie Ellis is a musician, producer, writer, mixer and sound designer with 12 years’ professional experience in the music industry.
 
As lead guitar player with his band Battle, Jamie was signed to Warners/Transgressive and EMI Publishing in 2005 and released an album, EP and singles. Battle toured extensively, playing with the likes of New Order, Bloc Party and Mystery Jets. Whilst in the band, Jamie developed his interest in production and the recording process through working with luminaries such as Gareth Jones, Ben Hillier and Dave McCracken.

After formalising his knowledge by doing the SSC course at Alchemea College, London, Jamie then branched out and worked with several bands such as The 1975, Chapel Club, The Rifles, Exit Calm and others. Wanting to get outside his comfort zone and develop his skills, including songwriting, Jamie started to work with more diverse artists such as Alex Clare, Jay Johnson and Jordan Mackampa. Most recently, Jamie finished the album 'Gemme' for French megastar Nolwenn Leroy, on which he produced, wrote, mixed and played. The album reached no. 3 in the French album chart.

Alessandro Favero (London)

Alessandro Favero

Alessandro Favero is a producer, recording engineer and mixing engineer.


Having learned the craft being in the studio with Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Foo Fighters, Royal Blood, Queens Of The Stone Age), Flood, Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Universal Audio), Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row), Ricky Damian (Jorja Smith, Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa), Tommaso Colliva (Muse, Afterhours, Måneskin), he works as a freelance based in London.

His distinctive trait is his passion for approaching music production from an emotional point of view, by leveraging technical knowledge and skill.
 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Ability level:

This course is for both beginners and those with intermediate skills in music production techniques. You’ll cover the fundamentals of mixing and mastering, before quickly building to an advanced level for both skillsets. To ensure you get the most from this course, you should be a confident computer user and be familiar with at least one Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as Pro Tools, Logic or Ableton Live. This course will mostly be delivered on Pro Tools.

Progression:

This Mixing and Mastering Music industry course can be paired with another of our six-month courses – Music Production and Sound Engineering – to take your sound engineering skills to the next level. Combining both courses will see you gain comprehensive professional development in the fields of music production and sound engineering in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

HOW TO APPLY

To start your application, simply get in touch with us or submit your details via the 'Enquire Here' button below. 

Our Recruitment Advisor will then contact you to discuss the course in detail, potential start dates and also outline the payment options available to you.



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