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Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools

Author: Jeff Baust | Course Code: OMPRD-380

Gain a greater understanding of two key elements of production by learning the Berklee approach to mixing and mastering using Pro Tools. Essential knowledge for engineers, producers, or hobbyists who have their own home studio up and running, this course presents concepts that go beyond basic EQ and panning. Students will be exposed to more advanced mixing and mastering techniques including parallel compression, understanding reverb parameters as well as discussing compression techniques in mastering. You'll view demonstrations of engineers engaged in the processes, and by mixing and mastering Pro Tools sessions that are provided in the course, you will be able to hear, compare, and discuss the different mixes of your classmates.

By the end of this course you will have acquired a thorough understanding of the entire mixing and mastering process, information that you can apply to any mixing and mastering situation.

Berklee Online and iZotope have come together to offer an educational discount on the required software for the course: Ozone 5. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase this required software at a discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure delivery prior to the start of the course.

By the end of the course. you will be able to:

Understand and know the process of mixing in Pro ToolsUse EQ and Dynamics in a Pro Tools sessionUse Reverb and Acoustic Space in a Pro Tools sessionUse delay, chorus and flanging in a Pro Tools sessionUnderstand and know the process of automation and dynamic mixing with Pro ToolsUnderstand and know the process of mastering with Pro ToolsUse the iZotope's Ozone plug-in to master stereo mixes with Pro Tools

Lesson 1: Introduction to Mixing

What Makes a "Good" Mix Good?Mixing, Workspace Ergonomics, and You!Using Reference MaterialLevels & Panning: The Foundation of a MixThe Dynamic Mix - Mix AutomationPro Tools Automation: Automating Volume and Panning

Lesson 2: Introduction to Mixing in Pro Tools

Organizing and Managing a Pro Tools Mix SessionTrack GroupsWorking with Memory LocationsStarting a Mix

Lesson 3: Shaping the Sounds: EQ and Dynamics

EQ TypesShaping sounds with EQUsing EQ EffectivelyIntro to Dynamics Processors: Gates and ExpandersCompressors and Limiters

Lesson 4: More With Dynamics Processors: Pro Tools Busses and Routing

Cool Techniques with EQ and DynamicsCreating and Using Subgroups in a MixExternally Keying Dynamics ProcessorsManaging Time - Plug-in Latency and Time Adjuster

Lesson 5: More With Dynamics Processors; Pro Tools Busses and Routing

Parallel CompressionMore Cool Techniques with EQ and Dynamics ProcessorsListeningBouncing TracksFile-Based Processing Using AudioSuite2-Mix Compression and EQ: The Master Fader Track

Lesson 6: Reverb and Acoustic Space

Creating Acoustic Space in a MixSetting Up a Send Return Loop in Pro ToolsUnderstanding Reverb ParametersStrategies for Using Reverb in a MixProcessing Reverb Sends and Creating Multiple Reverb SendsThe AIR Reverb Plug-insSending to an External Reverb

Lesson 7: Delay, Chorus, and Flanging

Introduction to Delay and Delay ParametersShort Delays: Timbre Effects and FlangingDoubling and ChorusingLonger delays; Slapback and Tempo DelaysMore Delay TechniquesThe AIR Delay Plug-ins

Lesson 8: Automation and Dynamic Mixing 1

The Dynamic Mix: A ReviewPro Tools Realtime Automation ModesManaging Mix Automation: The Automation WindowMix Passes, Writing, and Trimming AutomationAutomation and GroupsApplying Automation: Transitions and Vocal Rides

Lesson 9: Automation, Part 2; Final Delivery of a Mix

More with AutomationSends AutomationPlug-in AutomationCreative Uses and Strategies for Mix AutomationMake My Mix LOUD!Bouncing Your Mix to Disk

Lesson 10: Introduction To Mastering; EQ In Mastering

What Is Mastering?Mastering in the Project StudioMastering With Pro Tools & Waves Plug-ins: AN OverviewEQ: Corrective and CreativeBroadband and Lowband EQ

Lesson 11: Mastering Part II: Limiting and Compression

The Mastering ProcessCompression Techniques in MasteringMore with the Waves LinMBLimiting: How Loud Is LOUD?The Waves L2 Limiter

Lesson 12: The Final Touches

Stereo Image Manipulation and M/S ProcessingDither and ReditheringMastering WorkflowBouncing the Audio and Assembling the CD

Jeff Baust

Author & Instructor

Jeff is a professor in Berklee's Synthesis and the Music Production and Engineering Departments. A composer, audio engineer, educator and multi-instrumentalist, he has created scores for the ESPN, New England Sports Network (including music for the Bruins and Red Sox), Avid, Sony, Polaroid, Sharp, Reebok, Lotus, and others. He works primarily in his own facility, Coral Sea Music. As an audio engineer, Jeff has worked on projects for such artists as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, NBC-TV, Andre Previn, Itzhak Perlman, Jessye Norman, and Dawn Upshaw, as well as labels such as EMI, Philips, Nonesuch, and many others. Specializing in digital audio production, Jeff works with technologies such as Sonic Solutions, high-resolution audio (96k/24bit), HDCD encoding, and mastering as well as forensic audio and restoration tools. Jeff holds a M. A. in Composition from University of California, Davis, and a D. M. A. at Boston University, where his primary area of concentration was electronic and electro-acoustic composition. He has been published in Berklee Today, Electronic Musician magazine, and various Internet e-zines.

This is an intermediate course focusing on mixing and mastering with Pro Tools. A working knowledge of Pro Tools and an understanding of production is required.

No textbook required.

PC Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higherMac Web Browser: Firefox (Recommended), Chrome, SafariFlash Player: current versionQuickTime: current versionAdobe Reader: current versionPro Tools 11 Earlier versions of Pro Tools, Pro Tools Free, and the Pro Tools Demo are not supported in this course.iZotope's Ozone 5

Berklee Online and iZotope have come together to offer an educational discount on Ozone 5 software. Once you enroll in the course, you will be able to purchase software at the discounted price through the Required Course Materials link on your My Home page. Early enrollment is encouraged to ensure software delivery prior to the start of the course.

Pro Tools-compatible audio interfaceiLokFor detailed system requirements, check the Avid support page:http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/compatibility/Pro-Tools-11-System-Requirements
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  • Duration
    12 weeks
  • 3-Credit Tuition
    $1,449
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  • Non-Credit Tuition Add 6 CEUs
    $1,200 + $25

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