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!

group classes

For some material, Matt teaches groups of 6 to 8 people at a time. He can also teach custom group classes to please contact us for more info. 

Audio Engineering Basics (2 hrs)

 

In this two 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

  • Signal flow

  • Cable types and cable rolling

  • Monitoring and headphone usage

  • 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 printed and online materials detailing what was covered in the class.

 

Next class: TBD

individual classes

Matt also teaches one-on-one for a more personalized experience. Learning this way ensures that you get all your questions answered

Intro to Mixing (4 hrs)

 

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

  • Naming/labeling

  • Unity mixes

  • Volume and balancing

  • Panning and the stereo field

  • Grouping

  • Routing and auxes

  • Muting

  • EQ and carving out space in your mixes

  • Compression

  • Reverb

  • Delay, Chorus, Flange & Other effects

  • Referencing and checking your mixes

Advanced Mixing (4 hrs)

 

The advanced class is also 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 the covered content as well.

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

 

  • Automation

  • Getting that elusive vocal sound (and the elusive backup vocal sound)

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

  • Effective use of silence

  • Mono to stereo auxes

  • Advanced use of plugins

  • Duplicate track manipulation

  • Stereo dry/wet effect

  • Mastering on the cheap

  • Bass management

Intro to Mixing AND Advanced Mixing

(8hrs - split into two 4hr classes)

Want to take both classes and save money? Buying both at the same time gets you $50 off the normal rate!

Additional Instruction (hrs & price TBD)

 

Matt is also available for additional instruction on topics you're interested in. Just visit the contact page HERE and ask if there's something you'd like to learn about!

CONTACT: info@echolakestudios.com

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