Does anyone know of a course or playlist that shows someone how to get into the world of mixing, mastering. I'm a complete noob and would like to learn about that stuff but I don't know the first thing. Is there a course out there which takes someone through the beginner to expert faze of getting the maximum amount of sound out of your recordings? That would be incredible, if such a thing exists. So if someone does know of this kind of thing would they be so kind as to link me to it? A free course would be incredible but that may be asking for too much so don't hesitate if the course costs money, a redirection would just be awesome! It doesn't even need to be a course, even a book or DVD series would be better than nothing. Anything to get me off my feet really.
There are thousands of options. Here are some:
- Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior
- Recording Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior
- Behind the Glass by Howard Massey
- Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics by Arthur Benade
- Handbook for Sound Engineers by Glen Ballou
- Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles by Geoff Emerick (Note that the techniques pioneered in recording The Beatles at Abbey Road form the basis of virtually all music production that followed. This is worthwhile reading regardless of you opinion of The Beatles or the type of music you want to record.)
I highly recommend you start off by reading only and not posting on a forum you are new to.
- The TapeOp Message Board (TOMB) (best resource in this whole post, sorry Sound.SE)
- Sound Design Stack Exchange (Beta)
- Right here (music.stackexchange.com)
The number two thing to do to learn to record music
The second most important thing to do if you want to produce music is to learn to play a musical instrument. It doesn't matter if it's an accordion or a zither, a balalaika or a hurdy-gurdy. Learning to play any instrument (even just cowbell) will both give you an understanding of how music works and something to record when you are alone. Which brings us to...
The Number One Thing to Do to Learn to Record:
Do you have a smart phone? Then you can start recording today! Just start recording things. If you know a musician or band or you are a musician, start recording them or yourself. If you have a computer, get Audacity (free) or Reaper ($60) or Live Intro ($99) or anything and start playing around with it. Learning to record is like learning a musical instrument. Reading and research help, but...
The only way to really learn is to practice.
Most of the people who recorded your favorite albums started out with a cassette tape deck and a burning passion. Many of them never went to any kind of school for audio production. Some of them won Grammies before there was any such thing as schools for audio production. Stop reading this and go do it!
To give one more addition to Todd's excellent answer. Video tutorials are even better suited to learning about audio recording over books or other written content IMO because you can hear the techniques they are teaching in action and how it affects the sound, which you simply cannot get from written text.
A youtube channel I highly recommend is The Recording Revolution. It covers an wide range of topics and techniques and is very beginner friendly. He even did a series where he recorded and mixed a song using only $300 worth of recording equipment in total (not including instruments) to show what you can do with very little money. It really is a fantastic resource.