Mixing and Mastering for the Electronic Musician

Author: Jeff Baust | Course Code: OMPRD-382

Gain a greater understanding of the tools and techniques involved in mixing and mastering for electronic productions of all kinds. Essential knowledge for electronic music producers, self-producing artists, composers for visuals, songwriters, engineers, producers, and hobbyists, this course will teach you how to go beyond using plugin presets. You will learn how to effectively use tools such as EQ, dynamics processing, reverb, delays, and more.

Further topics explore advanced techniques using multiband compression, external keying (“Sidechaining”), parallel compression, and pitch processing techniques. You will work with iZotope’s Ozone to learn about EQ, compression, image adjustment, and limiting in mastering projects.

Using Apple’s Logic Pro X as the DAW platform, you will get hands-on experience working on mixing and mastering projects provided in this course. You will learn via tutorial videos, demonstration sessions, and more. You will also have the opportunity to share your work with your classmates, allowing you to receive feedback and open up opportunities for collaboration.

Berklee Online and iZotope have come together to offer an educational discount on the required software for the course, Ozone. 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 the process of mixing in Logic Pro X
  • Use EQ and Dynamics processing in electronic mixing projects
  • Use Reverb and Acoustic Space in a mix
  • Use delay, chorus, and flanging in a mix
  • Apply advanced mixing techniques such as sidechaining, multiband compression, and pitch manipulation
  • Understand the process of automation and dynamic mixing with Logic Pro X
  • Use iZotope's Ozone plug-in to master stereo mixes with Logic Pro X

Lesson 1: Course Introduction 

  • The Tools
  • Mixing and the Electronic Musician
  • Critical Listening and Mix Analysis
  • Mixing Workspace and Ergonomics
  • Logic Pro X Skills
  • Getting Ready to Mix
  • Working With Automation

Lesson 2: Mix Fundamentals: EQ and Compression

  • Introduction to EQ
  • EQ and Sound Design
  • EQ in Mixing
  • Introduction to Dynamics Processors
  • Working with Compressors

Lesson 3: Doing More with Dynamics Processors

  • Introduction to Noise Gates
  • Introduction to De-essers
  • External Keying and “Sidechaining”
  • Developing Relationships in a Mix

Lesson 4: Reverb in Mixing

  • Reverberation
  • Algorithmic Reverbs
  • Convolution Reverbs
  • Setting up Reverbs in a Mix
  • Reverbs in Mixing
  • Reverb Processing Techniques

Lesson 5: More with Dynamics and Mixing

  • Working with Large-Scale Mix Projects
  • Working with Subgroups and Track Groups
  • Parallel Compression Techniques
  • Reshaping Transients
  • Multiband Compression Techniques

Lesson 6: Adding Character to the Mix

  • Adding Color and Character to the Mix
  • Enhancing the Low End
  • Vocal Tuning
  • Pitch Effects in Mixing

Lesson 7: Working with Delays

  • Introduction to Delays
  • Long Delay Effects
  • Modulation Delay Effects
  • Stereo Image Effects
  • Doing More with Reverbs and Delays

Lesson 8: More Mix Techniques, Automation 1

  • Mix Compression
  • Splitting Tracks
  • SFX, Ear Candy and Transitions
  • Sends and Plugin Automation

Lesson 9: Shaping the Mix, Automation 2

  • VCA Mixing in Logic Pro
  • More with Mix Automation
  • Final Touches: Mix Limiters
  • Bouncing the Final Mix

Lesson 10: Mastering 1

  • What is Mastering?
  • Mastering in the Project Studio
  • Delivery to Your Audience
  • Intro to Ozone 6
  • EQ in Mastering
  • Limiting in Mastering

Lesson 11: Mastering 2

  • Dynamics in Mastering
  • Limiting and Loudness in Mastering
  • Adding Color and Character in Mastering

Lesson 12: Mastering 3

  • Image Adjustment
  • Loudness, Audio CDs, and Streaming Audio
  • Delivery
  • Mastering for iTunes

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.

Prerequisites

Completion of Producing Music With Logic or equivalent knowledge and experience is required.


Required Textbooks

None required


Software Requirements

  • Logic Pro X
  • Ozone 6 or 7*
  • OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari

*Berklee Online and iZotope have come together to offer an educational discount on the required software for the course, Ozone. 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.


Hardware Requirements

  • 4 GB RAM
  • 6 GB hard drive space
  • Ability to use 64-bit audio units plug-ins
  • MIDI keyboard controller
  • Audio interface
  • Microphone
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam

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