classes

Here at Echo Lake, we offer classes for both engineering and mixing. If you've ever been interested in doing your own recording or mixing, this is a great way to learn. 

Matt Taylor has over 18 years of teaching experience with full classes, small groups and one on one. Let him share with you some of the many secrets he's picked up along the way!

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group or 1:1 classes

For Intro to DAW Recording, Matt teaches groups of 6 to 8 people at a time or individually. Please contact us for more info.

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Intro to DAW Recording (3 hrs) - $250

 

In this three hour hands-on class, you will get a fantastic introduction to the world of recording. Classes are for larger groups. Topics include:

 

  • Microphones (patterns, types and capsules)

  • Miking techniques for drums, bass, guitar, vocals and more

  • Mono vs stereo miking techniques

  • Gain vs volume

  • Mic, line and Hi-Z signals

  • Signal flow

  • Phase issues

  • Cable types and cable rolling

  • Monitors vs speakers

  • Monitors vs headphones

  • Recording tips, tricks and techniques

 

Students will get hands on instruction and will have an opportunity to mic instruments and vocals themselves. As well, there will be time at the end for Q&A and each student will go home with digital materials detailing what was covered in the class.

 

Next group class: TBD

Next 1:1 class - contact us!

individual classes

Matt also teaches one on one mixing classes for a more personalized experience. This ensures that you get all your questions answered.

Intro to Mixing (two 3 hour sessions) - $350 total

 

This class is conducted one on one between you and Matt. This will allow you to take the class on a schedule that fits your needs, for the time to be more hands on and for you to ask questions in an immediate way. You will receive printed materials on all the covered content as well.

In the introductory class, you will be exposed to the basics of studio mixing. Topics will include:

 

  • Training your ears/critical listening

  • Eliciting emotion through mixing

  • Naming/labeling

  • Creative uses of volume, panning and muting

  • Stereo vs mono

  • Pre-fader vs post-fader

  • Inserts, grouping, routing, busses, auxes, sends and returns

  • Room Treatment

  • Mixing on headphones vs monitors

  • Types of EQ and carving out space in your mixes

  • Frequency masking

  • Compression

  • Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flange & other effects

  • Referencing and checking your mixes

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Advanced Mixing (two 3 hour sessions) - $350 total

 

The advanced class is also conducted one on one. This will allow you to take the class on a schedule that fits your needs, for the time to be more hands on and for you to ask questions in an immediate way. You will receive printed materials on the covered content as well.

In this class, more advanced mixing techniques will be covered including:

 

  • Automation

  • Getting a truly pro lead or backup vocal sound

  • Advanced drum, bass, guitar and keyboard mixing tips

  • Mixing spaces/creating perception/advanced use of the stereo field

  • Effective use of silence/attenuation

  • Mono to stereo auxes

  • Advanced use of plugins

  • Duplicate track manipulation

  • Best uses for stereo dry/wet effects

  • Mastering at full price and on the cheap

  • Bass management

  • The art of shifting focus while mixing