This 4 week short course is for sound engineers and producers seeking to advance their creative and technical approach to refining and finishing their audio and music production work. We start from the assumption that you're familiar with the recording and/or production process but your mixes may lack the depth, clarity or warmth found in a professionally released track.
As a progressive education institute one of our core beliefs is that you need to spend lots of time with your own hands firmly on the gear. We call it learning by doing....and doing...and doing again. Stretch your capabilities, hone your skills in this specialist field or start to create a unique sonic identity of your own.
Develop a deeper understanding of the tools, techniques and thinking behind a well balanced, professional finished product and apply that knowledge in both commercial and home studio environments.
Your course will cover the following subject areas:-
- Mix analysis, preparation and workflow considerations
- Listening skills, mix approaches, styles and philosophies
- Pro Tools operation and workflow
- Balance and position
- EQ (surgical, subtractive and additive)
- Dynamics (surgical, parallel, multiband and combined)
- Space and depth
- Tonal processing
- Routing, patchbays and analogue/digital outboard
- Master bus finalisation
- Mastering philosophy
- Sonic analysis and metering
- Mastering chains, tools and processing
- Mastering standards and formats
- Mixing and mastering environments
- Studio and equipment considerations
This course is designed for two audiences.
The first audience are those looking for a productive way to spend 4 weeks developing their sound engineering skills to support their own projects and meet like minded people to work with. For this audience the likely progression routes are:-
- Returning to their own project with a new set of skills
- Returning to Catalyst to take one of our other short courses.
The second audience are those students wishing to progress onto one of our longer courses whom require some practical experience to help prepare them for the longer course. The most likely courses they would progress onto are:-
- HE Certificate Creative Audio Production (1 Year)
- BA Hons Bachelor Degree Creative Audio Production (3 Year)
Designed for those wishing to join our main programmes, but lacking the formal education requirements to apply through standard entry.
These free workshops run at the same time as your short course programme and cover writing skills, reading, structuring arguments, debate and understanding context.
They utilise task and project based learning methodology to ensure that you’re prepared and ready for our longer HE certificate or degree level programmes.
Our courses are taught by a team of permanent tutors & visiting international music industry professionals with a genuine passion for passing on their specialist knowledge to others.
Catalyst is a thriving creative learning community of tutors and students from more than 55 countries. It's a golden opportunity to meet up and collaborate with like minded peers from around the world. A key part of our approach to learning involves working with others whether as peers, mentors, collaborators, audience or fellow travellers. Passion is always better shared!
In the end it doesn’t matter how great we think our courses are. What matters is what our students actually do during their time with us. Have a listen, leave some comments and decide for yourselves.
The most important prerequisite for attending any course at Catalyst is that you must be passionate about building and developing your skills as a sound engineer and producer.
This course requires some prior knowledge, so please check the content and make sure you’re ready for the ride.
Our short courses are designed to be accessible to anyone so we do not require any level of academic certification to apply. To qualify you should usually be aged 18 or over. If you're coming from outside the EU a holiday/travel visa will usually suffice.
We accept applications up to 14 days before the course start date but places are assigned on a first come, first served basis so we recommend you make an application as soon as possible.
For more information please contact a member of the team. We love to chat! Please reach out to us at [email protected] or call us at +49 30 2900 9052.
Next available dates: 19 July 2021 - 14 August 2021
Course length: 4 weeks
Application deadline: 30th of April 2021 for priority application (or up to 14 days prior to course start date if spots are still available)
Get a feel for our school from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Open Days and skill-focussed Taster Workshops.
Hosted by our team and students, these online events will give you a sense of what it's like to come and study with us in Berlin.
We look forward to meeting you online soon!
Studio Recording - Short Course
The perfect starting place for budding sound engineers eager to learn the practical fundamentals of recording.
Creative Audio Production HE Cert
Using challenging real-life scenarios develop industry standard tools, technical know how and the essential techniques required to record, mix, produce and master music whilst building a sound engineer or music producer portfolio.
Creative Audio Production BA Hons
Develop industry standard tools, technical and creative techniques, industry knowledge, critical analysis and the human attributes required to pursue a rewarding and successful career in sound engineering, music production, and related areas