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Learn how to master tracks to the highest professional standards

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10 WEEK COMPREHENSIVE MIXING COURSE

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Learn all of the mixing skills to achieve hit record level mixes

Course Start Date: Sat 25 November

10 Live Classes, once a week, with Aubrey

Learn how to mix professionally with Aubrey during 10 live classes. Ask questions through the class, interact, or sit back and watch Aubrey delve into the core concepts of modern mixing.

Suitable for all skill and experience levels

The course has been designed for all skill and experience levels. Whether you want to learn basic mixing, or want to delve into more advanced techniques - this course covers it all!

Lifetime Access to all course materials

Need to watch a class again? Watch any or all of the class modules as many times as you like as each class is recorded with lifetime access to all recordings and course materials.

Suitable for users of all DAWs

Every technique taught throughout the course can be replicated in any DAW you choose; whether that's Pro Tools, FL Studio, Ableton or Cubase. Aubrey uses Logic Pro.

Printable class resources with each module

Each module also comes with a selection of printable class materials such as desktop guides, guidance booklets and  infographics to further support your learning. Available with lifetime access.

Course Certificate Upon Completion

At the end of the course you'll get to submit a mix for review/feedback. You'll also earn a Certificate in Professional Modern Mixing, accredited by Echodrop Records.

10 in-depth modules on modern mixing

Each module will focus on a particular mixing skill and will include live mixing demonstrations, plugin tests and deep-dives and walkthrough of key mixing techniques and tools.

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Module 1: The Art of Modern Mixing

This first module will focus on the tools you need to create top level professional mixes as well as optimising your studio room (whether in your bedroom or in a studio space) so that you get the best mix response from your studio gear. Once you have set up your studio properly, your mixes will improve tenfold before you’ve even started!

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

  • The role of the modern mixing engineer

  • Skills needed to create top level mixes

  • Mixing trends in 2023

  • 80/20 rule in mixing

  • The 3 Tier Mixing System

  • Top/Down Mixing

  • Developing a mixing template in your DAW

  • Your studio set-up: is it the best it can be?

  • Monitors: monitor selection 

  • Ensuring your room is optimised for mixing

  • Soundproofing and acoustic treatment

  • Monitor calibration 

  • Mix referencing

  • Mixing on headphones

  • Benefits of Analog Summing

  • Mixing depending on genre

  • The learning curve for mixing: just how long will it take to get where you want to be?

Module 2: Achieving a Balanced Mix

This module will focus on how you can set up, and start,  your mix for optimal results. There are many ways to start your mix, and which option you choose will depend on the genre you are mixing and your own preferred approach. This module will explore all of the different mixing approaches that you could choose from as well focussing on getting the balance right at the start of your mix.

 

Specifically, this module will take a look at:

 

  • Ensuring the mix is ‘clean’ (no hiss, pop, clicks etc) and how to fix these

  • Starting a mix

  • Pre-mix checks

  • The Mixing Checklist

  • How to achieve a ‘static mix’ on the faders for a good, balanced volume 

  • Mixing approaches of the pros

  • The different ways to approach a mix

  • Correct Gain Staging approaches

  • Working with bus/aux channels and sub-mixing

  • Go-to mixing plugins

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Module 3: EQing the Mix

This module will focus on the next important mixing tool which is EQ (or Equalisation) and how you can use EQ to create the separation of instruments within a mix so that every element can shine. We will study the frequency spectrum so that you understand where each instrument sits and how you can sculpt EQ to make certain instruments cut through a mix, or blend into  a mix.

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • Using EQ to sculpt space in the mix (masking)

  • Cutting vs boosting EQ

  • The different EQ filters and their uses

  • Understanding the frequency spectrum

  • Tonal EQ vs Surgical EQ 

  • Separating the kick and bass in a mix

  • Dynamic EQ

  • Mid/Side EQ

  • EQ using sidechain

  • Using DeEssing on vocals

  • Recommended EQ plugins

Module 4: Dynamics Processing

This module will focus on one of the most powerful, but hugely misunderstood mixing tools, of compression. Using compression properly can create brilliant sounding smooth, well balanced mixes. Overusing compression, or using it incorrectly can result in squashed, lifeless mixes. During this important module, we will go right back to basics and take a look at a compressor and how to use one properly. Then we will take a look at the different compression types and how you can use it properly on vocals and drums for brilliant results.

 

Specifically this module will cover:

 

  • Compression: What is it?

  • What the controls on a compressor do

  • Submixing and pre-fader vs post fader

  • Parallel Compression

  • Sidechain Compression

  • Multiband Compression

  • Buss Compression

  • Serial Compression

  • Clean compression vs ‘coloured’ compression

  • Best settings for compressing vocals

  • Best settings for compressing drums

  • Expansion vs compression

  • Limiting vs compression: what’s the difference and how to use it correctly

  • Recommended Compression Plugins

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Module 5: Creating Depth & Space in the Mix

Creating depth and space in the mix is an important mixing approach. It is what can make a dull, flat mix sound exciting and colourful. The core of this module will therefore focus on the correct application of both reverb and delay to create space, depth, width and colour in your mixes. We will explore the different reverb and delay types and how to get the best out of them.

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • The different types of reverbs & their uses

  • The different types of delays & their uses

  • Tempo syncing

  • Good use of panning for a wide, deep mix

  • Saturation for powerful drums, bass  and thick vocals

  • The stereo field and creating a wide mix

  • The basis of phase issues and the phenomenon of  phase cancellation

  • Comb-filtering

  • Noise-gating

  • Audio resortation

  • Recommended reverb & delay plugins

Module 6: Vocal Producing

Vocal Producing is a whole skill of its own. From recording high quality vocals in the studio, to comping, editing, tuning and alignment vocals for a modern vocal sound. This module will take an in-depth look at the entire vocal production process from start to finish.

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • Microphone choices for vocalists

  • Prepping the singer for a vocal session

  • Gain Staging during the recording process

  • Getting the best performance out of the vocalist

  • Recording vocal practices

  • Layering backing vocals, ad-libs and harmonies

  • Comping vocals for the ultimate final vocal take

  • Tuning vocals using Melodyne

  • Vocal sync and alignment

  • Developing a vocal chain

  • Recommended vocal chain plugins

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Detailed feedback on your mixes by industry pros

Submit your own mixes for feedback and suggested improvements

At the end of the course you will be given an assignment to submit a mix of your choice for feedback and review. Your song will be listened by at least 2 mixing professionals, including Aubrey. Improve your mixes even further and consolidate what you've learnt during the course.

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Module 7: Creative Mixing Techniques

Now that you have learnt how to use the three most crucial mixing tools (compression, EQ and reverb/delay) we will now move onto the fun and creative approaches of mixing to really make your mixes shine. From using particular creative approaches in your DAW to creating your own effects, and to making use of automation and effects to take your mixes to the next level.


Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • Adjusting volume using automation

  • Automation and its use in effects

  • Modulation effects

  • Creating effects such as filters, reverse effects, stutter, tape etc

  • Use of multieffects, including autotune

  • Resampling and how it can benefit a mix

  • Re-amping guitars for realistic results

  • Recommended effects, saturation and phase plugins

Module 8: Mastering & The Final Mix

The final module will focus on preparing your mix for either mastering or release. We will take a look at important mastering principles so that you can ensure your mixes will meet the standards set by streaming platforms, but that will also sound competitively loud on the radio.

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • How to get competitively loud mixes

  • Metering: LUFS, True Peak & RMS

  • Mastering your own tracks

  • Pre-master checks

  • Mastering checklist

  • Spatial awareness

  • Buss compression in mastering

  • EQing in mastering

  • Using a 'clipper' for perceived loudness

  • Role of the limiter in mastering

  • Exporting your mix

  • Alternate mix edits

  • Mono and stereo testing

  • Testing your mixes 

  • Final quality checks

  • Backing up your mixes

  • Recommended mastering plugins

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Accredited Course Certification

Earn a qualification in Professional Modern Mixing

At the end of the course you will be awarded with a Certificate in Professional Modern Mixing that you can use as a professional qualification. Your digital certificate also comes with integrated sharing with LinkedIn and social media.

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Module 9: Live Mixing Session

During this session you will watch Aubrey mix a song from start to finish, incorporating all of the techniques learnt throughout the course. 

Students will be able to submit their own tracks for this live mixing session and receive a free copy of Aubrey's mix for commercial release.

Module 10: Building a Successful Career in Music

During the final module you will learn how to build your career as a music producer, artist or mix engineer. You will learn how Aubrey built her career and how you can get paid work, work with record labels, and work with major label artists. You’ll also learn about optimising your releases on the likes of Spotify and how you can make a track go viral.

 

Specifically, this module will cover:

 

  • How to create multiple income streams to sustain a long healthy career in music

  • How to create professional branding for yourself

  • How to get regular, paid work as a producer or writer

  • Collaboration 

  • Relationships and building a network

  • Producer etiquette and code of conduct

  • How to work with the major labels

  • How to get work producing major label artists

  • How to optimise the Spotify playlisting for maximising streams

  • How to use TikTok to accelerate your career

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NEW! BOOK IN A PRIVATE ONLINE MIX SESSION WITH AUBREY DURING THE COURSE

IF YOU REALLY WANT TO ENHANCE YOUR LEARNING ON THE COURSE, YOU CAN NOW BOOK IN A PRIVATE ONE-TO-ONE MIXING SESSION WITH AUBREY DURING THE COURSE. THE 60 MINUTE ONLINE SESSION WILL TAKE PLACE OVER ZOOM AND AUBREY WILL WALK THROUGH YOUR MIXES WITH YOU, OFFER ADVICE AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

PRIVATE ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS AS PART OF THE COURSE ARE LIMITED AND AVAILABLE ON A FIRST COME, FORST SERVED BASIS.

HOW TO BOOK YOUR PRIVATE MIX SESSION:

SIMPLY ENROL ON THE COURSE AND YOU WILL RECEIVE A WELCOME EMAIL WITH THE OPTION TO ADD ON A PRIVATE MIX SESSION WITH AUBREY.

ENROL FOR THE COURSE HERE:

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE

GET DETAILED FEEDBACK ON YOUR OWN MIXES FROM INDUSTRY PROS

ACCREDITED COURSE CERTIFICATE FROM ECHOROP WITH SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION

ONE-TO-ONE SUPPORT WITH AUBREY THROUGHOUT THE COURSE.

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JOIN A THRIVING COMMUNITY OF PRODUCERS AND ARTISTS VIA THE STUDENT WHATSAPP GROUPS

TONNES OF SUPPLEMENTARY DOCUMENTS, GUIDES AND PRESETS WITH EACH CLASS

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ABOUT YOUR COURSE TUTOR

Aubrey Whitfield is a Music Producer, Songwriter and Mix Engineer from the UK. She has worked with the likes of Little Mix, Kelly Clarkson, James Arthur, Simon Webbe (Blue), George Shelley (Union J) and is a go-to writer/producer for EMI, Universal and BMG. Many of her songs have been featured in TV and film, including Netflix Shows Love Is Blind, Love Never Lies as well as popular shows Love Island, Coronation Street, Catfish, Bake-Off, Home & Away and Hollyoaks.

Aubrey has been teaching music production and mixing to her 120k+ Instagram followers for a number of years via a mixture of informative posts and Reels. Due to demand, she started running online Masterclasses in 2022 and has since successfully run over 10 online courses.

Check out what other students are saying:

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Nyssa Ray

“I'm so glad I signed up to do this course taught by UK producer power house Aubrey Whitfield. It was beyond valuable to learn new techniques and even re-learn some fundamentals I'd forgotten about mixing and mastering. I've been implementing her teaching into every project since taking the course and my clients couldn't be happier with quality of my productions. Thanks Aubrey”

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Jo Maloney

"I have learnt more from Aubrey’s courses in the last 6 months than I have in 6 years and I can now actually visualise making a career in music production. You are provided with support and feedback whenever you need it from Aubrey and I never once felt silly when asking her a question. Aubrey has a knack for making all of her students feel incredibly comfortable no matter what your skill level. Aubrey’s courses have been a game-changer and I can’t wait to start my 4th one later on in the year.”

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@dragnfly.industri.music

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Lisa McKenzie

"I’ve taken several courses with Aubrey so far, and I’ve been growing so much as a producer as a result. She is so generous with her knowledge, expertise, and making her courses accessible, that it’s obvious she really wants everyone to grow and thrive in their music careers. She has a knack for clarifying complicated concepts and processes and making goals feel so much more achievable. I highly recommend Aubrey as a teacher and mentor!”

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@porch.songs

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Lily Brokenshire

“I learnt things in producing and mixing that I never knew existed! I am so pleased I found Aubrey and her courses because I’m able to learn online with a really energetic and warm producer/teacher and my skills have sky rocketed. I have just bypassed years of learning in 6 weeks”

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@apexxsongs

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Steven Jackson

"I took Aubrey's Mixing and Mastering Course and it was outstanding! I learned a lot from the entire course but what stood out to me was how she took one of the most complex and misunderstood subjects of mixing (Compression) explained and demonstrated it in the most clear and concise way I have ever seen. She makes it all so clear. A true worthwhile course".

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