THE MIXING WORKSHOP – Professional In-Studio Ear Training and Mixing Training Course
Originally established by Sean Shannon in 2007, The Mixing Workshop is a hands-on audio training course held in a commercial recording studio in central Florida. Call it vocational training, call it an audio boot camp, this professional training program covers audio engineering from ear training right through mixing and mastering.
Learn how to record and mix records at the workshop under the hands-on guidance of professional engineers. There are many careers available to someone with a trained ear and operational knowledge, and in-studio mentored training is designed to both sharpen your critical listening awareness and improve your audio engineering skills. Set yourself up for a career in audio, whether it’s mixing records, on tour mixing concerts, or making soundtracks for movies and games by training your ears and learning how to make people sound great.
Call now: (407) 900-9695 or use this form to contact Sean and get more information.
“If you can make people sound great, they will pay you for that!” ~Sean Shannon
Here is the curriculum:
The Mixing Workshop – 10 In-Studio lessons
Courses Level 100
These are the topics covered in The Mixing Workshop. Some of these may be taken individually or as add-ons as available.
101: Sound, Setup, and Digital Audio
102: Routing and the Basic Mix
103: Spectral Balancing, or How to Use an EQ
104: Understanding Dynamics Processing
105: Applying Effects
106: Vocal Production Techniques
107: Drum Production Techniques
108: Advanced Mixing Techniques
109: Mastering Records in a Digital Age
110: Single Song Mix and Master Session – Final Exam
Additional Courses for The Studio Live Workshop
Courses Level 200
These are the additional classes covered in The Studio Live Workshop. Some of these may be taken individually or as add-ons as available.
201: Recording Techniques
202: Song Production Techniques
203: Live Sound – Mixing FOH (Front Of House – Audience mix)
204: Live Sound – Mixing Monitors (Foldback – Artist mix onstage)
Certificate Course Packages
Courses Level 300
Course 301: The Mixing Workshop™ – 10 lessons
Certificate Awarded (includes the Ear Training Kit*, practice sessions, plus all 100 level classes)
The Mixing Workshop™ is the original in-studio ear training and mixing training course for engineers and musicians. It’s a combination of classes, tutorials, and practice sessions covering the recording and mixing process in it’s entirety, from initially setting up your session to final mix and master.
The Mixing Workshop includes the Ear Training Kit™ and all 100 level courses. This is designed to shave years off the amount of time it normally takes through trial and error to learn how to produce professional sounding audio anywhere.
Course 302: Studio Live Workshop™ – 14 lessons
Certificate Awarded (includes the Ear Training Kit*, practice sessions, plus all 100 and 200 level classes)
The Studio Live Workshop is an extension of the Mixing Workshop, and is the complete training course. In addition to ear training and mixing training, this workshop prepares you for recording, song production, and live sound (mixing front of house and monitors), so you have a better chance of landing good gigs.
- This course shaves years off the amount of time it takes to learn to mix at a pro level
- Get almost 60 hours of in-studio mentored ear training and mixing guidance
- Get hands-on training with professional audio engineers
- Learn how to use Pro Tools and Harrison Mixbus software
- Learn how to mix on analog and digital consoles
- Learn about studio recording, mixing, mastering, and song production
- Learn about mixing front of house and monitors for concerts
- Build your portfolio to open the door to career opportunities in audio
- Get student pricing on Harrison Mixbus
- Get multi-track practice sessions
- Get your mixes critiqued for rapid imrovement
- Get The Ear Training Kit™ and the Spectral Balancing book
- Benefit from a proven curriculum
- Get a Certificate of graduation from The Mixing Workshop
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Take advantage of our “learn in our studio, work in our studio” program and engineer your own paying sessions.
Once you graduate from The Mixing Workshop, you can book sessions at Studio Live USA and engineer them so you can make some money. Our studio becomes your studio. We like when graduates bring clients to the studio! Contact us for more details.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why should you choose the Mixing Workshop™?
- You need professional ear training and hands-on mentored mixing training,
- You don’t have the time or the budget for a college program,
- This combined training is not available anywhere else,
- The best way to learn audio engineering is in the studio, not in a classroom,
- You want to learn from working professionals in a working commercial studio,
- You want to start making great mixes,
- You want “time in the seat” plus ear training.
What are your options for learning audio engineering?
- Intern at a studio, and learn the craft slowly over a period of years from watching working engineers
- Go to a college that teaches audio topics and learn in a classroom over a period of years
- Buy studio equipment and train yourself over a period of years by practicing alone
- Learn from tutorials on YouTube one technique at a time over a period of years
- Enroll in The Mixing Workshop and get experienced mentoring in a short period of time with lifetime use of the training tools
Why was the Mixing Workshop established?
Years ago, the only way to learn audio engineering (and how to mix records) was to hang out at a local commercial recording studio and watch how everything happens, if they would let you. Many times they didn’t because the artist and crew did not want any distractions, and sometimes extra people would just get in the way.
If you had electrical engineering experience, that was a big plus because all of the equipment was analog electronics, and it was important to understand how it all worked, how it was connected, and how to maintain it. And the gear was expensive – tape decks and mixing consoles could be anywhere from $80,000 to half a million dollars each, and that would require a mortgage.
If you were lucky, you could start helping out on the sessions and you’d learn by getting involved and being mentored, and eventually, you might actually get to engineer an actual session. All of this could takes years as you learn a little bit at a time, make lots of coffee, and slowly get yourself some hands on experience. This was called “working your way up”, but you were on your own for ear training, which could only be achieved through practice and learning from your mistakes.
Then schools started offering audio training classes, and eventually large audio schools appeared, and thousands of up and coming engineers could enroll and get some formal training. One downside to this approach is that college takes a few years to complete, and there are lots of diversions. Also, you are usually not working in high pressure client driven sessions, so the classroom is not a realistic environment. You would basically get gear training, but no professional ear training, and some of the schools are prohibitively expensive.
Fast forward to today, where a large portion of records are made on a computer, and much of the process is digital. You no longer need electrical engineering experience to operate software plugins, and you can have a complete studio on the computer in front of you for relatively little money, so you can make music whenever you want. This is liberating and fantastic, with all these modern tools at your disposal, but when you are trying to learn how to use all this stuff to mix a record, it’s frustrating to work in isolation.
You can certainly use YouTube to learn lots of things, and you can find a video on almost any topic, but to cover all you need to know to make your mixes great, you’d have to spend a lot of time watching a lots of videos, jumping from topic to topic, and some of the information is questionable. Connecting the dots can take years.
The Mixing Workshop combines the benefits of modern focused training instruction with yesterday’s mentored training, and adds ear training and mixing practice for a comprehensive course.
This workshop puts you in the engineer’s driver seat and gives you the information you need to know to make great mixes. You mix and train in a working recording studio environment with engineers that are currently making records every day, so you get training on current and vintage equipment.
How do I Enroll in The Mixing Workshop?
Choose the classes or workshop you want to take from the pull-down menu on the left. Add the items to your cart and checkout. Once you place your order, you will receive an email about scheduling the classes.
Flexible scheduling. Call for details (407) 900-9695 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*The Mixing Workshop™ is sponsored by Izotope, WaveMachine Labs, Blue Cat Audio, Harrison MixBus, SoundToys, Sample Magic’s MagicAB, and Har-Bal, with music by Pat Travers, Black Canvas, The Jam Campaign, Outbound Road, Barry Myers, Rocket 88, Ray Mercier, and other great artists.