The Audio Masterclass The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing

Become a better mix engineer in your own home recording studio.


We will LISTEN to your work and give you helpful tips and advice on how to improve as a mix engineer.

Want to make pro-standard mixes in your own home recording studio? Now you can!

  • The dream: To make mixes in your own home studio that sound as good as those made by professional mix engineers.
  • The problem: Your mixes are muddy, lack drive and impact, the instruments are confused and the vocal unclear.
  • The solution: Work with our professionally-made multitrack recordings in your own DAW, learn how to mix each one to perfection. Then use the skills you have learned in your own work.

Get great experience in mixing

  • Professionally-made multitrack recordings, compatible with all DAWs
  • Online access through the Audio Masterclass Learning Centre
  • Start by mixing drums with original recordings made in Abbey Road Studio 3
  • Continue with full multitrack recordings with all individual tracks in .WAV format
  • Styles ranging from light pop to heavy rock, including jazz, country, EDM and hiphop options
  • Detailed information and audio examples on optimizing individual instruments and vocals
  • Breakdowns and partial mixes
  • Step-by-step guides to mixing
  • Example mixes
  • The producers' own reference mixes
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment projects
  • Tutor support
  • Student advice team
  • Complete in 12 weeks or spread your course out over up to two years
  • Study when and where you like
  • Available worldwide (we have students in more than 100 countries)
  • 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee

The twelve modules of the course

Mixing Drums
In this first module of your mixing course, we will ask you to mix a recording of drums, made by Audio Masterclass in Abbey Road Studio 3. We will also demonstrate some alternative recorded drum sounds that have been very widely used over the years.

  The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 02: 'Midnite Star'

Midnite Star
Midnite Star is a song that has been very cleanly recorded and is straightforward to mix. This is great as a first step into mixing, where hardly anything can go wrong. As in all of the modules, detailed advice is given with audio examples.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 03: 'Clouds'

Clouds is another very cleanly recorded song. It is typical of the genre of cute ukulele-based songs that is very popular in TV and video backgrounds or introductions. It is very useful to learn how to mix this style of production.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 04: 'I Should've Run To You'

I Should've Run To You
As the course progresses, the mixes become more complete and more challenging. But here we are still in relatively easy-to-mix territory. Just mix it how you would like to hear it.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 05: 'Kapow!'

As a mix engineer you will need to be able to work with all genres of music. In this module you will mix a jazz song with a very solid vocal performance.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 06: 'DAWG FM'

This song has a lovely funky vibe and is exceptionally well-recorded. It is straightforward to get a good mix, but there is scope to aim just that little bit higher and squeeze every last drop of quality from the song.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 07: 'It Would Be So Easy'

It Would Be So Easy
Now we're getting to the more challenging songs! This song is well-recorded, but it is complex with multiple acoustic and electric guitars to cope with. As always, the course gives detailed advice and shows you how to construct your mix step-by-step.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 08: 'Pretending'

This module is a real challenge. Although it is possible to get a great mix from this multitrack recording, it isn't easy at all. The original tracks are difficult to blend well. It is vitally important however that you can work with all kinds of material, even the most challenging.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 09: 'The Woodcutter's Wife'

The Woodcutter's Wife
By this point in the course, you will have gained a lot of confidence in mixing. This song features an exceptionally creative bridge section that will fire your imagination when mixing.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 10: 'Hard To Let Go'

Hard To Let Go
This song is recorded to a very high level of professionalism. It isn't easy to mix however - not if you want to get the best out of it. At this point in the course you will spend as much time listening as you do operating the controls of your digital audio workstation.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 11: All Or Nothing'

All Or Nothing
We couldn't resist the temptation to include a full-on rock song in this course. The challenges in this song will prepare you to work with powerful guitars and drums, and put them together to make an even more powerful mix.

The Audio Masterclass Music Mixing Course Module 12: 'Man For All Seasons'

Man For All Seasons
Rounding off the course is this exceptionally well-recorded, but also exception challenging song. Although you will have achieved a significant level of skill by this point in the course, this song will show you that mixing is never easy - not if you want to achieve the very best results every time!


Sample of instruction from the course

Mixing course sample

Clips from some of the tracks featured in the course...


This course is for you if...

  • You are passionate about creating mixes to fully pro standards
  • You want to get the very best from your own recordings
  • You aspire to become a professional mix engineer
  • You realize that successful mixing is all about knowledge, skills and experience, not plug-ins
  • You want to get detailed professional advice on how to improve your mixing
About Course Designer David Mellor

David Mellor is the founder and Course Director Audio Masterclass, currently residing in the beautiful countryside of Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has worked in audio education since 1986 in hands-on training, lectures and online. David Mellor holds the degree of B.Mus (Tonmeister) from the University of Surrey where he studied music, piano performance, acoustics, electronics, electro-acoustics and recording.

Live Sound and Recording Engineer
David Mellor worked as theatre sound engineer at London's Royal Opera House, with activities including sound design, front-of-house operation, stage monitoring and electronic design satisfying the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Karlheinz Stockhausen. David Mellor toured with the Royal Opera Company to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, USA; the Odeon of Herod Atticus, Athens, Greece; the Sejong Center, Seoul, South Korea; the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.

Musician and Composer
Since 1985 David Mellor has had more than 1000 works published in the field of production music, including the Chappell and Carlin music libraries (now combined into Universal Publishing Production Music) and his own music library for which he has produced seventeen compact discs. Notable uses of his music include the BBC's Horizon, Fahrenheit 911, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Writer and Educator
David Mellor has been actively involved in Audio Education since 1986, teaching students of City of Westminster College and Westminster University, and also returning to lecture at Surrey University. He has also written for magazines including Sound on Sound, Audio Media, Studio Sound, Sound & Video Contractor. He has also written four books on audio and video technology. David Mellor now specializes in online audio education and has been Course Director of Audio Masterclass since 2001.

All enrollments have a 30-day full-refund, no-quibble guarantee. If you need it, just ask and we'll push the 'refund' button and get your payment headed straight back to you.
What will you learn in this course?

The Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing starts with rock drums recorded by a variety of methods from single-mic to fully-miked with overheads. From this foundation students of this course will learn how to mix a range of music from pop to pop/rock through country, jazz and full-on rock. Over the duration of the course students will work with professionally-produced multitrack recordings using the original studio session files of all of the individual instruments and vocals.

This course covers all of the processes of mixing that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover preparation for mixing, resolution of recording errors and defects, equalization, compression, limiting, and harmonic enhancement of individual instruments and voices, blending of instruments and voices, equalization and optimization of the master channel. Applications include mixing of band-orientated music from light pop to heavy rock.

The course is entirely practical and is assessed solely on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating mixing techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in mixing techniques.

How you will learn

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Each of the twelve practical assignment modules of this course includes a complete multitrack recording for you to mix. Fully detailed online guidance is available, with many audio examples including downloadable files, to show you how to optimize individual instruments and vocals, how to blend groups of instruments, and how to bring everything together into a rich, commercial-sounding mix. The course includes detailed instruction on level-setting, pan, equalization, compression, reverb and effects.

Study Methods
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mixing. As well as detailed instruction and guidance on how to mix the songs, you will also be given mixes created by the original producers of the songs, so that you can hear exactly the standard you will be aiming for. There are also examples of mixes made by Audio Masterclass students where you can hear different interpretations, and also defects with detailed explanations and audio examples on how they can be resolved.

You can submit each of your twelve practical assignment projects to Audio Masterclass for our assessment, comments and advice. Our assessments are detailed, friendly and helpful. We will tell you exactly what you are doing right, what could be better, and how you can improve. Re-submissions are welcome.

You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Mixing on successful completion of the course.

What our students say...

You did a great job!

Excellent material, audio and videos are really good and clear.

I appreciate the depth, very informative and useful. I increased my knowledge in the area I am so passionate about. I was able to implement a lot of new procedures in my own sound and musical projects.

My gratitude and best regards

Anton Strecky, Slovakia

“With my employment in health service established years ago, music and recording is an essential withdrawal from "professionalism" to me, rather than a significant possibility to provide a supplement to earned income. But with growing interest and investment, achievement of professionally acceptable quality became a must. At that point studying at Audio Masterclass had only pros and no cons to me, and no equally accessible alternatives of world-class standards.

The book "How to set up a Pro Home Recording Studio" [by Audio Masterclass] and other information concerning hardware and software helped me to find "my way" in the jungle of possibilities, and it actually had a money saving effect.

Assessments of practical assignment projects were of especially great importance to me. It is easy for the beginner like me to have an illusion that the produced work is good, while actually it is not. Additional valuable information can be derived from individually provided comments too.

It is very comforting to have tons of audio examples at hand. Even after the course I use some of them as benchmarks of specific quality.

The most special experiences along the way of the course were moments of approaching the presumed limits of creative possibilities… stepping beyond… and finding that there is something more out there. And this kind of training may have implications that are not immediately obvious, but may prove to be of great importance in any intellectually demanding/competitive situation of life. All in all, I consider that to be my greatest gain achieved at Audio Masterclass.”

Egidijus Nemanius, Lithuania

Hi David [Gatis refers to David Mellor, Course Director of Audio Masterclass], I very happy that I signed-up for your course and that I've graduated it!

Actually, before I made my mind, I did a lot of research on web about your course, because at that time I just finished my studies at America Audio Insitute, but I felt like it's not enough for me to get on next level - as I wanted it so much. So I found Audio Masterclass. I found just one review on google, where somebody told that: "you won't get what you as an engineer really need etc, it lacks of deep dive in subject... this and that...." - I thought to myself: "well... maybe this guys is all wise or he is not opened for new experience and knowledge, or he was a bad student". So I decided to take a risk as I had no clue what is will look like.

The first thing that made most sense to me is practical assignment - that is "everything"! But in many other online-schools (like America Audio Insitute or Detroit Recording institute), it's the biggest defect of the program. If you can send your material for constructive feedback, it's the most valuable learning point!

Next thing: Every time I got feedback on task, at first I started learn it with your written feedback - that had greatest value to me. Another great thing is that by reading your feedback, you really get this feeling that somebody is listening to your work and paying attention to details.

About content: the structure of the course is very similar to many other courses but the difference in content is huge! And by this I also mean the language - how you explain things and details. This is very important to me as I'm not comming from english speaking country, but here it's easy to perceive the information. There are many great recording engineers out there, but not everyone has capability to teach others - but you can teach! (and I mean it, especially if I compare with my previous courses on America Audio Insitute Detroit Recording institute).

Other student audio examples: - very good in understanding what to do, and what to avoid! Sometimes if you have nothing to compare your work with, then you might think that "oh, yeah, great record!", but when you start to listen to others ...hmmm.... it become a challenge - it's like setting benchmark.

And yes, for me, as a small studio owner, has no huge budget or possibility to try out some top-end mics, the files with pre-amp and mic samples are awesome - now I have an idea how U87 sounds! : )

About improvements - actually I don't have anything to add to this, because from all this course I can feel that it's all made with professional attitude.

Overall - I've learned a lot, but most important to me is that by having many "aha" moments, I've developed completley different mindset when I start to think about recording, mixing and mastering - for me, it's the biggest achievement! ...and I want to learn more!

Ok, again, thanks for everything - I got the certificate - it's a very important milestone for me towards my GRAMMY! : )

P.S. I've already decided, to save some money and enroll to your professional courses within few month, so see you soon!

P.S.S. I've also attached my picture from my home studio.

All the best.

Gatis Pastars, Latvia

“I have to thank you and your team for helping me better understand the complex, and sometimes difficult to discover, secrets of audio engineering ! I'm very happy with my choice of enrolling in your captivating and well structured course !

Thank you and best wishes.”

Tudor Rogoz, Romania

"I personally found Audio Masterclass's Course Director David Mellor extremely helpful and always very positive in his feedback. I can't think of anything that David has failed to be constructive with and he has demonstrated that his overall knowledge of Sound Engineering is astounding. " - John Beaty, Fast Forward Studio
"Audio Masterclass was my turning point. It took time and effort. I still have a lot of work to improve my skills but things are happening. The lessons have been the most important source of reference and inspiration I've ever had. For the first time I'm having my money coming back from music. I always have fun producing and recording but it's a very good feeling being paid for it." Jorge Assis - Former Audio Masterclass student
"Since completing your course I have been awarded admission to a university in Florida. I am currently pursuing a career in Media Production at AIU Florida there is an institution in London also. I am doing some of the general education requirement courses online then I will be travelling there to finish up my core courses. Thanks again for everything." - Kwesi Johnson - Former Audio Masterclass student
"I found the course enlightening, easy to read, good at going through detailed technical instructions on an action by action basis. I have been reading up on this technology for many years, but your course distilled all the detail into a 12 week study block" - Karl Madden
"Your course is perfect. I have learnt a lot from the classes I took. Your knowledge and teaching strategies are great. You have been one of my favourite teachers and you will always be. Thank you so much." - Girish Gorkhali
"Already, you have saved me hundreds of dollars in recording, because now engineers get the idea that I know a bit more about what they are doing. You have helped me keep them on there toes, not so much, with my strict business attitude, of which I'm known for, but that I'm paying more attention with an understanding of the technical recording process." - Norman A. Woods
"I have to tell you that your course had gave me a lot of useful information that will help during my career in movie editing." - Zeina Nehme
"I would just like to say that the tips and information that you provide is very useful and handy as I'm studying Music Technology at South East Essex College! Most of the thing's we've covered, you've also covered but you explain it better, such as microphone placements, and the top 50 tips on how to be a good producer really appeal to me! Thanks once again and keep up the good work!" - Ross Kevan
"You can never know everything about this business and your site has been a wealth of knowledge. Thank you so much for reaching out there with this website, e-books, and training. Keep up the awesome work David. It is a great site and we are glad you keep it going. Sincerely." - Kevin Schmitt
"I would just like to say that the tips and information that you provide is very useful and handy as I'm studying Music Technology at South East Essex College! Most of the thing's we've covered, you've also covered but you explain it better, such as microphone placements, and the top 50 tips on how to be a good producer really appeal to me! Thanks once again and keep up the good work!" - Ross Kevan
"With regard to your course content I was struck by how thorough the units were, in fact I learnt new things too, which was good for me as I thought I might be just going over old ground that's not to say I know it all, far from it, but, for a course for non professionals (yet) I was impressed by how informative the units were." - Leon Benning
"I found the units of the course that i received  are very good, the work is well illustrated and very organized ,simple, interesting." - Mohaned Elwany
"I'd just like to say thank you regarding the Audio Masterclass course. I found the course very informative, very well structured and, with the check questions, really helped me know what to expect. Ideal preparation!! I couldn't ask for more!!" - Justin Farrow
"Just a quick line to thank you for your course and your expert tuition. I'm soon to be moving into the studio as an assistant at my work (Electronic Arts - the computer games people). It'll be mainly dialogue and Foley stuff, but that suits me OK. I've really enjoyed the course, and am really proud of ny acheivment! Many thanks, and best wishes." - James Kneen
"By the way, I subscribe to SOS and have read all your articles on their web site. I didn't realise that I've been reading your work for years and going over the old articles has been educational and enjoyable." - John Zorzi
"I took your Audio Master Class last year…… Fantastic" - Valentine Fadayomi
"I remember enjoying the course. I went on to work for Stage Miracles on live events after that." - James Hatch
"I want to say how pleased I am at having purchased your course. I have learned so much PRACTICAL knowledge that is never obvious from academic texts- of which I have read many. I believe value for money is exceptional and the embedded questions really point the student in the direction of understanding the subject matter. As someone with a 35 year long interest in the subject of audio recording and experimentation- I can say that the course is hard but thorough- it does tax me at times, but rarely have I found the text to be so enlightening. My light bulb has lit many times over the past months." - Karl Madden