MIXING AND MASTERING
From Start to Finish
NEXT CLASS STARTING Mar 1
LEARN THROUGH A STEP-BY-STEP CURRICULUM
“You can make a great track, but if the mix isn’t right, you won’t get to your audience. It doesn’t matter if you are playing at home or at Berghain”. This course will teach you a systematic method to achieving a great mix, from gain-staging and panning, EQ and compression, sound coloration and stereo imaging, to mastering and finishing touches. Learn to bring out the flavor in your productions, and to achieve a polished, release-ready mix right on your laptop.
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY
DISCOVER THE WORLD OF MIXING AND MASTERING
Learn the craft of mixing and mastering with our guided step-by-step curriculum taught by our expert instructors.
Frequency overview & the Science of Sound
Principles of psychoacoustics
Bussing, send + returns, and setting up a mix template
Metering and commercial/broadcast audio normalization protocols
Gain staging, leveling, and headroom
Common mixing plugins overview
Order of operations in audio effects processing
EQ and filters
Compression + limiting
Reverb + delay
Mixing vocals: pitch correction, de-essing, coloration
Panning and stereo imaging
Finishing touches and bouncing to stereo
ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING GREAT
HEAR WHY STUDENTS LOVE OUR MIXING CLASS
Hundreds of students have taken this class as their first music mixing and mastering class ever, and they have all ended up making amazing music!
Are you ready to mix like the pros?
- Finish a release-ready mix
- Learn from world-class instructors and get personalized feedback
- Learn the method and structure that will get you results every time
- Learn with a peer group and meet like-minded music makers
Classrooms & Studio Space
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is this class for?
This class is for producers who have been either sending their music out to get mixed or have been trying to mix on their own, without getting the results they are looking for. The course will give students a solid foundation and overview on how to approach mixing and mastering, and think like a mix engineer. By the end of the course students will be able to mix their own tracks, and have a system to approach this artform.
What is the time commitment and class schedule?
We offer classes that meet from once per week to several times per week, so you can choose a class that suits your schedule best. You will be expected to devote about 3 hours of time per week, outside of class, to practice the concepts covered each week.
What equipment do I need to take this class?
All you need is a laptop with a DAW of choice installed and a pair of headphones. You don’t need any particular plugins, and we encourage you to use the plugins that you might already own. We will be using mostly FabFilter and UAD software in class, but will be showing you that most plugins have parameters that are shared amongst manufacturers.
Do you offer discounts on Ableton Live and other software?
Yes, as a 343 Labs student, you are eligible for a 40% discount on an Ableton Live license and can get discounts on most software and hardware through us. Just let us know, and we will help. If you prefer to try out Live before buying, you can download a free 30-day demo here.
Will there be homework, and will I get feedback from my instructor?
Yes, you will be getting assignments after every class to practice and apply the concepts you learned. You will also be working towards completing your first track and presenting it to the class on the final day. Students will present their assignments at the beginning of every class, and the instructor will be giving feedback and making improvement suggestions.
What happens if I miss a class?
If you miss a class, you can watch the recording, or refer to the class notes emailed to you by your instructor after every class. You can also arrange a makeup class with your instructor for €50.
Do you offer refunds if I change my mind?
Yes, we do. You can read our full refund policy here.
Can you transfer me to a different class if the class is too easy or hard, or if my schedule changes?
We would be happy to transfer you to a different class if you let us know within the first three sessions. We usually don’t charge for making a transfer.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, we do. Please contact us to arrange it.
Why are you called 343 Labs?
Sound travels at 343 meters per second. We thought that would make for a pretty cool name.