The Art of Mixing & Mastering

The Art of Mixing & Mastering

Mixing & Mastering Music Production Course | Miami

Is there something missing from your mixes that stops them sounding professional? Do you understand the basics, but can’t quite elevate your finished product to the required level? If you’re looking for a way to lend your mixes the depth, punch and clarity they deserve, your search is over! Learn all you need in a nurturing environment of small classes where the art of high-end mixing and mastering is finally revealed.

Today’s modern music market means your mix has to stand out to gain recognition. Our mixing and mastering course will teach you both classic techniques and newer, cutting edge tricks and tips used by those at the forefront of the industry. We have a superior roster of instructors waiting to share their skills and knowledge to guide you to be able to create your own finished masters. You could save a fortune by removing the need to hire someone else to do these jobs for you!

You get 36 hours of class time, including some focussed Q&A with your instructor and also with like-minded fellow students who are looking for the same things you are. There’s nothing like learning under these conditions, where you can learn even more from the different viewpoints of the other creative minds sharing the room with you. Mixing is as much about perspective and choices as technology, and in these sessions you will all listen and feedback on mixes in an acoustically-treated studio to further your understanding and appreciation of the artform.

It doesn’t matter what DAW you favour, or PC or Mac – the skills and principles of mixing and mastering are fundamentally the same. We supply extensive notes for the course that cover everything that’s on the syllabus. These have been put together by the developers of our course.

On the course, students will get to use Fabfilter, a piece of third-party software that runs on all popular DAWs. It’s not essential for students to own this if using Pro-Tools, Ableton or Logic but here at Garnish we do heartily and thoroughly recommend it. Better yet, if students do wish to own it, as a Garnish learner you qualify worldwide for a healthy 50% discount.

You can save more money if you bring along your own laptop to the course, too (we’ve made space for that). However, if you’d like to hire one of our fully-loaded new iMacs, it’s only an additional $75. Simply add the supplement at the time you book the course to ensure you have a machine reserved. We’re always able to supply controller keyboards, audio interfaces and headphones as required, too.

As a bonus, all Garnish learners are able to catch up if they miss a session, and normally on the cycle you first choose. The same applies if you’d like to repeat some aspect (or even all) of your course. We like to leave our door open for Former Garnish learners.



EQ, Environment, Acoustics, and Separation

  • Studio monitor speaker design
  • Acoustics and acoustically treating your home studio
  • All about mono, stereo and 5.1 in your software DAW
  • The art of balancing and panning
  • EQ workshop


  • Hearing dynamics
  • In-depth with all the parameters of dynamic controllers
  • Types of compression circuitry, their digital emulations, what to use & why
  • Parallel dynamic processing
  • Gates and de-essing tips
  • Dynamics controller tips to achieve clarity in your mix

Reverbs, Delays and Other FX

  • Types of reverb and delay, where to use them
  • In-depth with all the parameters
  • Spatialization with convolution reverbs and delays
  • Phaser, flanger, chorus, pitch shifters, harmonizers and creative FX
  • Tips on how to make your records come to life with FX


Vocals, Automation and Getting Creative in the Mix Process

  • Filtering and samples
  • Vocoder, Ring Modulators, Envelopers, Auto panning, distortion and bit crushing
  • Preparing vocals, vocal comping and tuning vocals
  • Getting separation between lead and BVs
  • Tips on automating levels (rides)

Mixing Electronic Music

  • Side-chaining dynamic controllers and filters for ducking, FX and punch
  • Getting creative with reverb and delay
  • Making thin sounds bigger
  • Mixing techniques which only apply to electronic music but are very useful to know for everyone
  • Electronic music listening critique (bring in your tracks if you wish)
  • Electronic music mix analytics – analyze the mix elements of your favorite tunes

Introduction to Mastering

  • Using references to get your EQ and separation. A/B’ing
  • EQ, brick wall limiting, levels and phase
  • Using mastering plugins – dos and don’ts
  • The best metering tools
  • Live music listening critique (bring in your tracks if you wish)
  • Live music mix analytics – analyze the mix elements of your favorites live and acoustic tracks

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    The instructor was amazing. To be able to learn mixing and mastering in 36 hours is unbelievable!


    I have taken about 3 mixing courses online and learned something from each. This by far was the most helpful because it tied everything together and having a hands-on approach is the best. The instructor was super enthusiastic and patient as well. For the price and being a one week full session, nothing else compares.

    Biren M Patel

    The teacher is awesome, his enthusiasm and knowledge makes the class a blast while taking in tons of useful tips/techniques.


    Darryl Swann. Enough said. He is a passionate, humble, experienced, and incredible human. He would help any of his students in anyway he could and he loves teaching. We now work together outside of Garnish and I couldn't be happier to have connected with him through Garnish.

    Patrick McCutcheon

    I came into the class with a good understanding of my DAW (Logic Pro X course here at Garnish) but minimal knowledge of mixing/mastering. I thought the class was a great supplement to the knowledge I gained from the Logic Pro X course. I never felt lost, and now know how to achieve a clean mix and master.

    Kevin Yee

    I won't change anything. I learned and enjoyed a lot! Good location and neighborhood, nice people and easy parking.

    Mono Villa

    I've been producing music for 15-20 years and even have a recording arts degree. The instructors were absolutely amazing and helped me grasp mixing and mastering in a very relatable down to earth way. I feel like my production has finally taken the step up it needed. Loved the class and would love to take more courses at Garnish. Great learning

    Jeremy Wells

    Instructors are well-experienced and can speak from tremendous amounts of real-world experience. They are also very passionate - not just about music and working in the industry, but they are passionate about teaching and getting the students the best learning experience possible. This makes a big difference in how successful the course is for the students… We were also able to get a lot of detailed and hands-on work - which was great!

    Alan G

    Garnish mix classes helped me the strengthen and expand my knowledge in mixing and mastering techniques immensely. With Grammy-winning engineers, what more could you hope for?!

    Bernardo Passarinho

    At last I have a clear perspective of how mixing and mastering works!

    Andres Alzate

    definitely learned so much in this course. The techniques on mixing and mastering that I learned in this class really helped me take my music to another level.

    Raymond Medina

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