Mixing and Mastering with Pro Tools


Authored by Jeff Baust


Course Code: OMPRD-380

Next Term Starts September 24

Level 3

Level 3

3-Credit Tuition


Non-Credit Tuition


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.

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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. 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 Tools
  • Use EQ and Dynamics in a Pro Tools session
  • Use Reverb and Acoustic Space in a Pro Tools session
  • Use delay, chorus and flanging in a Pro Tools session
  • Understand and know the process of automation and dynamic mixing with Pro Tools
  • Understand and know the process of mastering with Pro Tools
  • Use the iZotope's Ozone plug-in to master stereo mixes with Pro Tools
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Mixing

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

Lesson 2: Introduction to Mixing in Pro Tools

  • Organizing and Managing a Pro Tools Mix Session
  • Track Groups
  • Working with Memory Locations
  • Starting a Mix

Lesson 3: Shaping the Sounds: EQ and Dynamics

  • EQ TypesShaping sounds with EQ
  • Using EQ Effectively
  • Intro to Dynamics Processors: Gates and Expanders
  • Compressors and Limiters

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

  • Cool Techniques with EQ and Dynamics
  • Creating and Using Subgroups in a Mix
  • Externally Keying Dynamics Processors
  • Managing Time - Plug-in Latency and Time Adjuster

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

  • Parallel Compression
  • More Cool Techniques with EQ and Dynamics Processors
  • Listening
  • Bouncing Tracks
  • File-Based Processing Using AudioSuite
  • 2-Mix Compression and EQ: The Master Fader Track

Lesson 6: Reverb and Acoustic Space

  • Creating Acoustic Space in a Mix
  • Setting Up a Send Return Loop in Pro Tools
  • Understanding Reverb Parameters
  • Strategies for Using Reverb in a Mix
  • Processing Reverb Sends and Creating Multiple Reverb Sends
  • The AIR Reverb Plug-ins
  • Sending to an External Reverb

Lesson 7: Delay, Chorus, and Flanging

  • Introduction to Delay and Delay Parameters
  • Short Delays: Timbre Effects and Flanging
  • Doubling and Chorusing
  • Longer delays; Slapback and Tempo Delays
  • More Delay Techniques
  • The AIR Delay Plug-ins

Lesson 8: Automation and Dynamic Mixing 1

  • The Dynamic Mix: A Review
  • Pro Tools Realtime Automation Modes
  • Managing Mix Automation: The Automation Window
  • Mix Passes, Writing, and Trimming Automation
  • Automation and Groups
  • Applying Automation: Transitions and Vocal Rides

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

  • More with Automation
  • Sends Automation
  • Plug-in Automation
  • Creative Uses and Strategies for Mix Automation
  • Make My Mix LOUD!
  • Bouncing Your Mix to Disk

Lesson 10: Introduction To Mastering; EQ In Mastering

  • What Is Mastering?
  • Mastering in the Project Studio
  • Professional Mastering Studios
  • Tweaking Your Studio Space
  • Mastering With Pro Tools & Ozone: An Overview
  • EQ: Corrective and Creative
  • The Ozone EQ
  • Ozone Digital EQ Mode
  • Digital EQ Surgical Mode
  • Broadband and Lowband EQ

Lesson 11: Mastering Part II: Limiting and Compression

  • The Mastering Process
  • Compression Techniques in Mastering
  • Using the Dynamics Module
  • Multiband Compression with Ozone
  • Loud Mastering Issues
  • The Ozone Maximizer

Lesson 12: The Final Touches

  • Stereo Image Manipulation and M/S Processing
  • The Ozone Imager Module
  • The Exciter
  • Dither and Redithering
  • Dither and Ozone
  • Noise-Shaping
  • Mastering Workflow
  • Bouncing the Audio and Assembling the CD



Completion of Pro Tools 110, or equivalent knowledge and/or experience.

No Textbook Requirements

Software Requirements

  • Pro Tools 11 or 12 - Note: Earlier versions of Pro Tools, Pro Tools Free, and the Pro Tools Demo are not supported in this course.
  • iZotope's Ozone 7 or 8 (either Standard or Advanced versions, not Elements!)*

*Berklee Online and iZotope have come together to offer an educational discount on Ozone 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.

Mac Users

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Windows Users

  • Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Hardware Requirements

  • Pro Tools-compatible audio interface
  • iLok
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed ( http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)

For detailed system requirements, check the Avid support page: http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/en_US/Compatibility/Pro-Tools-12-System-Requirements



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.


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