HNC’s Applied Music students have recently taken part in a specialist workshop on audio mixing led by Dr Mark Mynette, a senior lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield.

Audio mixing brings together multiple sounds and combines them into one or more audio channel- a process that enhances those sounds, ensuring that the final track appeals to the listener. Audio mixing is a key module in Applied Music and a critical skill for students to develop throughout their studies. This enlightening workshop, led by Dr Mynette, was designed to stretch and challenge the group’s knowledge of the topic. Throughout the workshop, students listened to a range of audio recordings and were tasked with identifying faults in the recordings, then as a group discussed how to fix them. Throughout the session, students looked at a range of standard approaches to resolve the identified issues through equalisation, compression and reverb, and applying them to the different instruments featured in the recordings.

James Dash, Teacher of Applied Music, comments “Our close working relationship with the University of Huddersfield means that our students have plenty of opportunities to engage with high level workshops. Dr Mynette, an expert in the field of Music Technology, delivered a genuinely inspiring workshop that had the group really thinking about the intricacies of audio mixing and how even the smallest of faults can result in a final product that does not appeal to the audience. This is a key skill that will support our students far beyond their time at HNC”.

If you are hoping to progress to a career in the music industry, join us at our open event on 30 November to find out more about our Applied Music courses, meet our subject specialists and explore our state-of-the-art music facilities. Find out more here.

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