Full Title:Advanced Mixing PR 2014
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:53022
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2014/15 ( September 2014 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module aims to advance the student’s skills in the artistry and science of mixing multi-track audio through the study of the concepts, practices and tools that are central to achieving commercial release standard mixes.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Establish, and communicate, a strategy for the development of a mix by evaluating both the individual, and the collective, audio materials and performances associated with a multi-track production.
  2. Modify the spectral, dynamic and spatial aspects of individual, grouped and global elements to bring about tangible improvements in the overall sound and presentation of a first draft mix.
  3. Carry out, document and summarize a critical peer review of completed or developing mixes with the aim of bringing about further enhancements to the overall mix of a production.
  4. Organise, catalog and produce a collection of mix-down, and stem, variations in preparation for mastering.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Monitoring and reference material
Familiarization with the main characteristics of the listening environment.
Arrangement and management
Content auditioning, editing, phase checking, issues of compliment, dis-chord, complication, redundancy.
Mix analysis
Mixing vision, referencing and analysis, mix stategies, case studies of professional mixes.
First drafting
Setting the relative volume levels of the different instruments to achieve a working 'mix in progress', evaluation.
Contructive critical peer review
Auditioning the work of other group members, what to listen for in the developing mix, forming and framing a critical commentary, giving and receiving constructive feedback, responding to feedback
Creating a sound field
Manipulating instrument positioning in the stereo and surround stages.
Spectral considerations
Familiarization with the basic frequency content/range of the various instruments, allocating instruments to specific sections of the frequency domain, similarities between instruments, major differences in frequency balance.
Controlling dynamics
Manipulation of both individual and grouped source dynamic contours to achieve greater integration of perceived performance.
Spatial enhancement
Reverberation, real and artificial, ambiance, delays, chorus, panning.
Creating interest through movement
Textural change, active panning, singular and group amplitude dynamics, variable spectral content, reversals.
Mixing strategies
Processor sequencing, the iterative approach, mixing objectives, mix variants, mixing 'in the box', analogue console mixing, final mix.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Clear indication of the overarching mixing strategy as referenced to the core audio materials and performances of a production. A 500 word outline of the strategy is to accompany the actual Pro Tools mix session. 1 15.00 0 0 Week 4 0
Continuous Assessment The production of an evaluation Mix as influenced by the stated Mix strategy and the application of spectral, dynamic and spatial enhancement processes. 2 35.00 0 0 Week 8 0
Continuous Assessment A summary of the findings from a critical peer review of the 'evaluation' mix and as a consequence, a statement of intent in relation to how the 'Mix Development' proceeds to a conclusion. 3 15.00 0 0 Week 12 0
Continuous Assessment The production of a (pre-Mastered) finished mix as an audio CD plus the complete Pro Tools session folder containing the finished mix, mix variations and stems. 4 35.00 0 0 Week 14 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical Developmental stages of the mix process. 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Tutorial Workshop demonstrations dealing with solving specific mixing issues. 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.42 Every Week 3.42
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.42
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • R Izhaki 2008, Mixing audio, Concepts, Practices and Tools, Focal press [ISBN: 9780240520681]
  • B Owsinski 2006, The Mixing Engineer's Handbook, 2nd Ed., Course Technology Inc [ISBN: 9781598632514]
  • Moylan 2006, Understanding and Crafting the Mix: The Art of Recording, 2 edition Ed., Focal Press [ISBN: 978-024080755]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_MMPAR_8 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in the Production of Music and Audio 7 Mandatory