Introduction

Introduction. What makes a great recording?

Professional recordings sound great in your car, on your mp3 player, streaming device, Hi-Fi, in a store or just about anywhere else. They contain multiple tracks that are well balanced in level and frequency and include effects such as reverb, delay and modulation. Individual audio tracks are free from noise, hums, hisses, clicks, pops and unwanted ambience, equalised to bring out desired tones, compressed to reduce the difference between the quiet parts and the loud parts, and the volume level of each instrument and voice are set relative to all the other tracks contained within the recording.

A great sound will make you want to listen. If a recording sounds unpleasant your instinct might be to turn it off or skip to another song. The sonic character of a recording is as important as the components that make up the song.

For film and Television, a great sound can enhance the viewer experience and make the visual message more direct and emotive. Imagine watching a tense thriller at the movies where the underlying soundtrack lacks bass. It would of course reduce the dynamic impact of the visual thereby making the scene feel weak and anticlimactic.

This course will help you achieve great recordings, mixes and masters. It is written in a way that is easy to understand and wherever possible I have avoided complicated jargon. Recording, mixing and mastering music to a high standard requires technical knowledge and lots of practice. This course will teach you about the audio tools available and how to use them, the science of digital audio as well as how to create an acoustically accurate listening environment where you can trust what you are hearing. This course is also full of handy tips and tricks including lots from world class mix engineers and producers.

Whether you are just starting out on your journey into the world of audio reproduction, or whether you have some experience under your belt, this course is for you.

Good luck with your music projects.

Simon