Best Audio Engineering Courses

Find the best online Audio Engineering Courses for you. The courses are sorted based on popularity and user ratings. We do not allow paid placements in any of our rankings. We also have a separate page listing only the Free Audio Engineering Courses.

audio engineering: EQ and Compression for beginners

this course will teach you EQ and compression used in audio engineering

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 25943, Price: Free

Students: 25943, Price:  Free

Eq and compressors play a very important role in controlling and shaping music, movies, and TV shows. So it shouldn't be a surprise its the most used tools in audio engineering. Eq is widely used even outside of the audio world. Anything you do adjust the bass or treble of a sound is using eq. Car stereos, ipod, smart phones music player, computers, all have eq controls. Even when you adjust the sound presets on your TV you are using eq. With the EQ spread use of EQ in our everyday life you can see why its so important to get EQ right when we are engineering. After completing this course you will see just how powerful EQ can be.

Compressors aren't widely used as EQ outside of audio engineering, but is still very important to learn. Using compression is the most understood tool used in audio. And because there are so many different compressors its no wonder they can be confusing.

This course will teach you the basics of EQ and compression. Two tools vital to becoming a good audio engineer. With over 15 years of experience in audio I will share with ways to understand what eq and compression does, as well as how its used. After this course stay tuned as I will more courses coming soon. Since Compression is always a hot topic in audio I have a few more courses on compression planned out. This course is for beginners, but even if your past a the beginning stages of engineering I encourage you to still subscribe to this course. You may learn something you didn't already know. This course will take one hour to complete and will be followed by a quiz. If you want to further your knowledge about compression check out Basics of Compression course. Any questions my contact info will be provided in the course.

Audio Engineering: Signal Flow

Learn about signal flow and why it is important to learn as an audio engineer

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 12134, Price: Free

Students: 12134, Price:  Free

Ever wondered how your audio signal gets from the mic through your DAW and out of your speakers? This course will go over basic and advanced signal flow of audio signals. After this course you should be able to understand what signal flow is, how it works, and why it is important to know as an audio engineer. You will be able to understand basic as well as complex signal flow for your recording signal chain. You will also learn basic and more complex signal routing in your DAW. Once completing this course you will be able set up routing for your effects, properly use busses and aux tracks, and learn some techniques for setting up your session through busses in the daw. This will be a powerpoint presentation. This course will be 30 minutes long. This course is for anyone wanting to learn about the path their audio takes to get into their recording software and back out to your speakers. My teaching method is simple and straightforward to make sure everyone can understand and follow along. This course is designed for beginners who are just getting into audio engineering. Signal flow is one of the first things aspiring audio engineers need to learn. Its understanding will not only help you in the home studio, but it will help in the recording studio as well. Everything from recording to troubleshooting is based around signal flow. Once you have a grasp on signal flow you will be able to go from setting up your audio interface to setting up recording signal chains with compressors and eq's. The better you understand signal flow then the more you will able to do with signal routing. This course will go over the following and more:

  • What is signal flow
  • Why is signal flow important
  • Inputs and outputs
  • The two different types of signal flow
  • Patch bays

Audio Engineering: How to prepare and share sessions & files

Learn how to get your tracks and sessions to other the right way

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 2768, Price: Free

Students: 2768, Price:  Free

Learn the proper way to prepare, export, and share your tracks with others. This course will teach you everything from preparing the tracks, to exporting, to sharing. Producers will learn how to track out their beats and artists will learn how to share their verses with others to collaborate. Sharing sessions and files the right way is often overlooked, but something everyone needs to know how to do.

This course will teach you how to prepare, export, and share your tracks, beats, and sessions. Any artist or producer who needs to share and collaborate with others can benefit from this course. Producers will learn how to properly deliver beats to artist after they purchase a track, or an engineer when it time for mixing. Artist will learn how to deliver sessions to mix engineers, or how to send a verse or instrument track to another artist to collaborate. By following the steps in this course you will be shown how to send your music to others in a professional way.

After completing this 30 minute course you'll be ready share your sessions and tracks with others. This course will show producers how to separate all their sounds before exporting, and will teach artist how to consolidate or bounce their files before exporting. I'm still shocked at the number of people who don't know how to share files correctly. Remember, you only have one time to make a first impression. Don't miss out on work and collaborating with other because your files aren't shared correctly.

This course will teach you the following

    • How to separate all of your sounds
    • how to label all of your sounds
    • how to gain stage your beats
    • how to deal with arrangement of tracks for artists
    • how to consolidate or bounce your verses
    • preparing a whole song to be exported
    • how to export your tracks
    • sharing your sessions, tracks, or files.

Audio Mastering: the complete guide

The step-by-step course about mastering engineering. Learn how to improve the audio quality of your music

Created by Marco Galvan - Avid, Steinberg Certified Audio Engineer, Instructor


Students: 2569, Price: $94.99

Students: 2569, Price:  Paid

We can describe mastering as the final process in audio and music production. In this stage, we optimize the track's mix and final volume to get a professional result. Mastering can improve the quality of a music production and get it ready for commercial distribution. This could be done for CD, TV, the Internet, video games, etc.

"A way of maximizing music to make it more effective for the listener as well as maybe maximizing it in a competitive way for the industry." -Bernie Grundman

"Mastering is the last creative step in the music production process, the bride between mixing and replication.. -Bob Katz 

Mastering aims to make your audio to sound properly on any kind of audio system, device or application (home system, earphones, club, theaters, etc.). A well-mastered song will have the right volume, avoiding those unpleasant volume changes from song to song. Mastering also brings more clarity and punch to the music, so it can compete with other professional productions.

In this new course, you will learn the most common audio processes for mastering music. The concepts learned in this course can be applied to any kind of audio project. All this knowledge comes from the experience of great mastering engineers, like: Bob Katz, Greg Calbi, Bernie Grundman, Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, among others.

With practice and patience while following the recommendations, you will get better results each time and your music will sound more professional and well-finished.

A course designed for a step-by-step approach

This course has been designed to be clear and effective. Each lesson explains the most important topics related to music mastering in a clear and direct way. You can study a couple of lessons in just 15 minutes each day! It takes you in a step-by-step process, from file selection to audio bouncing for CD or web platforms (iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). The lessons include topics like:

  • Monitoring considerations

  • Audio file Editing and noise reduction

  • Equalization techniques

  • Dynamics processing

  • Serial, parallel and multiband processing

  • Compression techniques

  • Control and balance of stereo image

  • Stereo L-R vs M-S processing

  • Use of reverb and harmonic enhancers in mastering

  • Limiters and levels for CD and streaming platforms

  • Loudness, LUFS and dBs

  • Dithering

All these techniques can be applied on any music style: Pop, rock, latin, hip-hop, EDM, urbano, ballad, country, etc. The information in the course is also valuable for other kinds of audio productions, like:

  • Video game audio

  • Audio for Video

  • Podcast production

  • Audio for mobile or web Apps

  • Multimedia

At the end of the course, you will get the knowledge and examples to start mastering your own songs and music productions. You will know how to use your available audio plugins (VST, AU, AAX, etc) in a mastering setup.

You only need any DAW (Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, etc.) and its native processors (plugins) to get started!*

You will be guided by a certified audio instructor, with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels, from seminars to college-level classes and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed. Join more than 8,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!

*The course shows the use of specialized mastering processors, like iZotope Ozone, yet the use of these processors is optional.

**Este curso también está disponible en español.

Audacity Software Audio Engineering 4 Online Course Creation

Audacity Free Audio Production Software: Audio Engineering and Audio Editing for Online Course Creation

Created by John Colley MBA, MA(Cantab) - Investment Banking | Business| Entrepreneurship | Finance


Students: 2523, Price: $19.99

Students: 2523, Price:  Paid

Discover the magic of Audacity Software Audio Engineering to repurpose your content!

With Audio Content, a whole new range of options is opened up for you!

Do you find you have more time to consume audio content than video content?  So, what about your students?

Hello, I am John Colley and welcome to my Course. I am really looking forward to working with you.

I realised that if I converted my video courses to an audio format I could do so much more with it!

  • Give it as a bonus

  • Use it as a Lead Magnet Give Away

  • Sell it as an Extra offer at the end of your Video Course

  • Upload it as a Limited Series Podcast on iTunes

Would you like me to show you how easy this is?

What if I told you that you can do this using completely free software? Audacity Software!

Discover how to:

  • Install and use the basic commands in Audacity

  • Export your audio track from your existing video course

  • Professionally structure your audio book from the start

  • Create opening and closing credits

  • Edit your audio chapters in Audacity

  • Create a prologue for your audio book

  • Export your audio chapters to both MP3 and AIFF

  • Use Levelator to get a standard audio level across all your chapters

  • Compile your audio book into a single file for ease of listening by your audience

My first Audio Book made $200 and got over 600 enrolments in its first month with very little marketing?

What are you waiting for?

Don't forget - there is a complete 30 Day money back guarantee = No Risk for you at all!

Enrol in this course and start making your Audio Books today!

Best regards

John Colley, The Six Minute Strategist

Business Strategist, Online Course Expert and Founder and Host of the Online Learning Podcast

Your First Home Recording Studio – Audio Engineering Basics

Learn how to set up your first recording studio. Study audio equipment with real life examples!

Created by Mike Migas - Audio Professional, Composer, Writer


Students: 917, Price: $99.99

Students: 917, Price:  Paid

In the age of social media, everyone has a voice.

And if you want to make your content sound amazing, this course is for you.

It is the only place where you will see real life examples of different recording equipment and associated cost. Immediately you will see where you should invest your money.

I understand, you have a burning passion for writing, teaching, creating.
You want to make your ideas tangible, release it to the world.
And yet sound recording, a crucial part of content creation, is seen as an obstacle, an unfortunate necessity.

Tell me, how many times after listening back to your recordings, you felt like it is an impossible task, and just wanted to hit delete?

Or not even that.
How many times you wanted to start a podcast, online course, a YouTube channel, but when it came to audio equipment and recording, you were lost?

Why is this course right for you?

Over and over I see people confused about recording setup and sound equipment. They don’t know where to start.
This course solves that issue.

You will learn basics of sound recording, audio equipment, and fundamental recording techniques.

You will learn that recording is a fun and exciting process, not a necessary barrier to jump.

And what is most important you will learn from real life examples.

I worked with bands; I have done audio for games and movies.
The theory is fine; I enjoy reading and learning too.
But there is no better way to learn than doing and testing.

I understand that it is not always possible to test what works best for you. You just want to start.

And that is why I recorded and filmed many examples of different recording equipment.
From basic and cheap options to expensive, semi-pro.
It will give you a clear idea where you should invest your money, and where you should begin.

You will not find this anywhere else; it is the only sound recording course that offers you a real picture of your options.

The course structure

Learn the basics – that is my mantra.
You will start with learning about the most important piece of your equipment – the microphone.
In several lectures you will understand the differences between microphones on the market, you will learn the essential characteristics of a microphone.
But what is more important, you will see what choice you have available to you right now.

You will progress onto other recording equipment, gear that is sometimes overlooked, nevertheless, important.

In the middle of the course, you will see and hear how each of the options sounds like and how easy it is to set it all up.
You will start thinking which way you wish to go.

You will learn important recording techniques.
Some basic ones and other less known tricks too.

You will also find information on the psychology of a recording, and theory behind some recording terms.

Each section will start with an introduction where you will see what lies ahead.
After the main content, you will finish with section summary.
You will also find a Call To Action, a short video with a small task that you can do.
And a Quiz to test your knowledge.


I know that time is the asset.
I composed this course because I wanted to give you ‘straight to the point’ information, no unnecessary talk.

So after your first viewing, you may find it all a bit overwhelming.

Don’t worry!

I included Closed Captions and graphics throughout the course to make the learning easier.
We are visual creatures; we learn most with our eyes.
So I made the course as visually pleasing as possible.

And yet it is still not all!

Sometimes you need to remember something in an instant.
And you don’t have time to rewatch the lecture, or maybe you can’t remember where to find the information.

I took the main points of the course, stripped it down to basics, and I created an ebook just for you.

You will find it in the Course Summary lecture.
Use it anytime you want.

Choosing your first sound recording equipment is hard, I know that.
So the best way is to listen and test different ways.

My goal is to show you the possibilities, the options and the real cost of buying a recording gear.

This knowledge will put in miles ahead of the competition; it will make your content stand out from the crowd.

In the age of social media, everyone has a voice.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of noise out there.

Take the first step, make the world sound a little better.


Audio Engineering: Mixing with Studio One

This course shows me mixing a rap song in Presonus Studio One

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 849, Price: $19.99

Students: 849, Price:  Paid

This course I mix a song from scratch in Studio One. I use all Studio One plugins. Though I use studio one the mixing techniques in this course can be applied to basically any DAW. I have included a before and after file so you can compare. I am also attaching a file with my contact info. Make sure your listening on a good pair of headphones or speakers for best results. 

Engineering Sound for Home Recording and Music Production

How to Get Best Audio For Home Music Studio Recording Engineer Your Best Recordings : The Theory of Sound Teaches You

Created by Jim Britton - Honor Graduate Audio Institute of America: Audio Engineer


Students: 806, Price: $24.99

Students: 806, Price:  Paid

Home Recording Music Production, and Studio Sound:

If you want to get the best sounding recordings the best place to start is by understanding the principles of sound as they relate to recording. This is the theory that is the foundation of knowledge for all Sound and Recording Engineers. By the end of this course, you will :

  • Understand the Main Characteristics of Sound Waves. 

  • Be aware of the idiosyncrasies of human hearing that can cause recordings to not sound as good as they could. 

  • Understand how and why sound behaves the way that it does. 

  • Make better sounding recordings because you will know how to control sound within your recording environment.

This course is put together with your understanding in mind. There are added experiential stories to help explain concepts. Creative illustrations are effectively used to illuminate points so that through a combination of sight, and sound, you can easily grasp the nuances of each lecture

There is a series of challenging quizzes that are designed to reinforce the most important concepts from each lecture as you go along. The goal is always to emphasize your understanding of each piece of the broader subject, and there are times when foundational concepts are re-visited in order to solidify your learning knowledge. Best of all you can go at your own pace!

This course is designed for YOU, the home recording hobbyist. This is the course that will show YOU how to take your recording to a higher level. Whether you are a beginner who is just learning, or a more experienced individual who wants to know more about the theory of the sound, this is the course that will help you reach your goal of getting the best sound possible. This course is also a great introduction for anyone who wants to get more serious about audio engineering in a broader sense. Completing this course is the most efficient way to gain inside knowledge that you might not ever learn on your own. They don’t teach this stuff in recording software manuals!

Introduction to Audio Engineering

learn basic information every aspiring audio engineer should know

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 679, Price: $49.99

Students: 679, Price:  Paid

Are you just starting out in audio engineering? This course will cover what an audio engineer is, does, and much more. Audio engineering is a very competitive field. But don't let that discourage you if you have a passion for audio engineering. There are a ton of skills and experience needed to become a good audio engineer, and this course will get you started on some things you need to know. If you've been going about audio engineering blindly this course will help you see things clearer. Sharing some of my 15 years of experience working in the audio industry, I will help you get started in your career in audio engineering. Not knowing audio terms and basic knowledge in audio can make engineering very intimidating. This course is for those who are just getting into engineering and need some help getting on their feet. It focuses on the ins and outs (pun intended) of audio engineering on a beginner level. This is a power point presentation from the MIA conference I spoke at in Dallas, TX a few years ago. Everyone enjoyed it so much I thought it would be a great idea to put on Udemy for everyone to learn from. My method of teaching is straightforward and simple to make sure everything is easily understood. After this course you should be able to understand enough to take you to the next step in engineering. If you have blindly jumped into engineering this course will help you see things clearer. This course has over an hour of content and will teach you the following and more:

  • What is an audio engineer
  • Different types of audio engineers
  • DIfferent types of audio files
  • Sample rate
  • Signal flow
  • Audio converters
  • Different types cables
  • Troubleshooting tips
  • Recording tips
  • Choosing gear for your studio tips

Audio Engineering: All About EQ

learn all you need to efficiently use EQ in recording and mixing

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 426, Price: $49.99

Students: 426, Price:  Paid

EQ is one of the two most commonly used signal processing tools audio engineers use everyday, the other being a compressor. EQ is very powerful because allows to alter the frequency of a track, instrument, or vocal. Anyone interested in learning more about EQ should subscribe to this course. In this course I start with learning frequencies. Its incredible how some engineers can pinpoint problem frequencies. I will show my approach for learning frequencies when you hear them. After a lot of practice you will be grabbing an EQ and adjusting problem frequencies with confidence.

You will also learn the difference in parametric and semi parametric EQ's. Also I go over fixed frequency eq's. Knowing the difference between these will help you know which ones to reach for and when. EQ curves can take on many different settings with its different shapes of curves. In this course I go over the different settings listed below.

    • High pass filter/ Low cut
    • Low pass filter/ High cut
    • peaking
    • Low shelf
    • High shelf
    • Band pass

The way an EQ boost and cuts can have unique shape of its own. In this course I go over the following curve types.

    • Asymmetrical
    • Symmetrical
    • Proportional
    • Tilt
    • Baxandall

I also cover the different EQ types such as a dynamic EQ. I will go over how to use a Pultec style EQ. This the most awkward EQ's you will come across because of its unique design and labeling. After the learning how to use a pultec eq and hearing what it can do its no surprise why this type of EQ in heavily emulated as plugins and recreated as hardware. In course I will go over my approach for Eq'ing a vocal. Vocals can one of the hardest things to eq because every vocal is different. Prepare to spend more than an hour with me as I tech you all about EQ.

Audio Engineering Fundamentals

Understand how sound systems work, their connections and components

Created by Marco Galvan - Avid, Steinberg Certified Audio Engineer, Instructor


Students: 416, Price: $49.99

Students: 416, Price:  Paid

You can learn the basic concepts of Audio Engineering and Sound Systems in this course!

Sound systems are very important for the modern world. We all have enjoyed (or suffered!) with them. We can find sound systems in many different situations, like:

  • Concerts

  • Recitals

  • Schools

  • Theatres

  • Weddings

  • Houses of worship

  • Restaurants

  • Clubs

  • Sport arenas

  • Theme parks

  • etc.

We use sound systems even in other less evident situations, like: stores, malls, airports, train stations, etc. So, sound systems are essential for many modern-day activities.

Nowadays, it's easier and cheaper to get our own audio gear for any particular application. However, to properly operate a sound reinforcement system, you need some basic knowledge of audio engineering. In this way, you can avoid unpleasant or even hazardous situations.

Unfortunately, it's very common to find systems that "sound bad". This is so common, that it's almost a cliché to hear a feedback coming out of every sound system! It's rare to find situations where everything sounds right, clear, loud and you can really enjoy the show. Most of the times, this is due to a lack of technical knowledge.

In this course, you will learn the Fundamentals of Audio Engineering. This will be your first step to understand any kind of sound system. You will know the basic "blocks" or stages in any audio system, its importance and applications.

Sound systems evolve, brands and models change but fundamentals don't. The basics of sound engineering remain the same, if you learn these concepts you will understand any audio system: analog, digital, virtual, vintage or modern!

You will learn topics, like:

  • Sound and audio

  • Audio signals

  • Frequency, hertz, decibels

  • Sound pressure level

  • Preamplifiers

  • Audio processors

  • Systems, mixers, pros and cons

  • Power amplifiers

  • Crossovers

  • Loudspeakers

  • Cables and connectors

  • Conventional arrays and line arrays

You will also identify the causes and solutions of common problems in sound systems:

  • Feedback

  • Noise

  • Distortion

  • Misuse of microphones

  • Bad loudspeaker positioning

This will help you to avoid damages in the equipment (or people!) and to improve the audio quality.

This course is an ideal start for anyone who wants to learn about audio engineering and to operate pro-audio equipment properly. The course is also useful for technical staff that already have practical knowledge but lacks the basic theory of sound and audio.

The course has been carefully designed to be a self-paced, step-by-step process right from the beginning, so you won't need any previous knowledge. You can even study a pair of lessons in just 15 minutes a day!

You will be guided by a certified audio instructor (Meyer Sound, Avid, Yamaha), with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels, from seminars to college-level classes and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed. Join more than 8,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!

*Este curso también está disponible en español.

audio engineering: All About Compression

learn everything about compression from different types of compressors to different compression techniques.

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 379, Price: $74.99

Students: 379, Price:  Paid

Ready to take your compression skills to the next level? In my All About Compression course I move on to more advanced information about compression. I will go over advanced compressor controls such as mix, knee, and side chain. If you've taken my basics of compression course then consider this course the next step to continue learning about compression. In All About Compression I will cover the different types of compressors, different kinds of compressors, uses for different type of compressors, classic compressors and how to use them, and much more. I also go over different compressor techniques and examples of use. This course will expand your capabilities with a compressor and introduce you to new ways of how to use them. I've been engineering for over 15 years now, and in that time I've gotten to use a lot of different compressors. And I've gotten to know some compressors very well. The more you use and learn about compressors the more the confident you will become in using them. And this course should help boost that confidence. Because all compressors are different it can be difficult to find the right compressor the job. I will go over my approach to choosing a compressor for a track. Anyone taking this course should have a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) with a compressor plugin so they can go over and practice these techniques. The DAW being used in this course Presonus Studio One. However the DAW you use is not important, as all DAW's will come with a compressor. By sharing some of my knowledge of 15 plus years in audio this course will teach you the following:

  • Different compressor types
  • compression techniques
  • Multi band compression
  • De-essing and how to set a de-esser
  • choosing the right compressor
  • parallel compression
  • serial compression
  • side chain compression
  • using automation with compression
  • how to set a compressor for general compression
  • how to set a compressor for mix bus compression
  • classic comperssors and how to use them

audio engineering: Basics of Compression

This course will teach you the basic compression skills you need to start using a compressor

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 232, Price: $49.99

Students: 232, Price:  Paid

Using a compressor and understanding compression is one of the hardest things for entry audio engineers to grasp. With so many different compressors and compressors types its not hard to see why people struggle with compression. Compression is critical to getting good mixes in music today, and without a proper knowledge of compressors and how to use them your mixes can easily turn thin and lifeless. Compressors can add color to tracks, crush drums, smooth out vocals, and add weight to a bass. Compressors can add to an track, or it can take away. For example, with a compressor you add punch to a kick drum, you can take the punch away. It all depends on how you use it. And there are many, many ways to use a compressor. Using compression properly will help improve your mixes by keeping dynamics controlled. My Basics of Compression course will teach you everything you need to know to get started with compressors. Attack, release, threshold, ratio, I explain them all. I also will go over advanced controls such as the mix knob, knee, and side chain that you might see on some compressors. I also answer some frequently asked questioned about compression.

So if your just getting into engineering and you are struggling to understand compression this course is for you. My teaching method and analogies should give you confidence you need to use compressors.

For more on compression including compressor types, kinds, examples, uses, using classic compressors, and more please subscribe to my audio engineering: All About Compression course (Coming Soon!). By sharing some of my knowledge of 15 plus years in audio this course will teach you the following:

  • what is a compressor
  • how is compression used
  • controls on a compressor
  • how use the controls on a comrpessor
  • the difference between compressors and limiters
  • analogy for understanding compression
  • examples of how compression controls work

Audio Engineering: Adjectives of Audio

This course will teach you how to understand some of the popular adjectives used to describe audio.

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 166, Price: $49.99

Students: 166, Price:  Paid

This course consists of the explanations of popular adjectives used to describe audio.

  1. Dark - this means the signal sounds vintage, to understand what vintage sounds like listen to some old recording and study the tone. Dark sounding also falls under colored.
  2. Bright - this means the signal has more high frequencies. If you want to make something sound brighter add some high frequency to it. Bright being the opposite of dark can be great on some vocals.
  3. Clean - clean means your signal is pure and accurate. This is a modern sound, the opposite of vintage. For example a clean mic pre means it doesn't change (or color) your sound. So what you put in is what you get back. Solid-state or transformerless is generally clean.
  4. Colored - this is the opposite of clean. Coloring your sounds means changing the tone from the original signal. Colored can be associated with vintage and sometimes dark. Different gear has different colors. If you listen closely you can hear differences between different pieces of gear.
  5. Muddy - this the second hardest term to explain, but here we go. Mud is a build of low mid frequencies (200-500hz) that makes the signal sound cluttered. Mud is not a positive thing and should never be taken as a compliment. It took me a long time to distinguish what mud was.
  6. Sterile - sterile means ultra clean. This is good for say orchestra where you usually want as little color as possible. Sterile can also come off sometimes as “too clean", meaning its so clean it's boring. These type of pres are crystal clear though.
  7. Transparent - this another word for clean and it's mostly associated with compressors and eq's. A transparent piece of gear means its not going to impart any color on the original signal during its processing. If you're happy with the tone of your signal but need to further process it then you need to reach for something thats transparent.
  8. Smooth - this to me differs in compressors, eq's, and mics. For compressors smooth means its compressing but you can't really hear the compression, even at high gain reduction. Any compressor, except maybe aggressive ones (more on that next) can be made smooth with the right settings.
  9. Aggressive - in a mic pre this means in your face, very forward sounding. The API 312 and 512 have been described as an aggressive mic pre. In a compressor this means it really clamps down on a signal even with gentle settings. FET compressors are known for being aggressive and being capable of a very fast attack time.
  10. Warm - this is the one you all have been waiting for. Warmth is the most used word when describing the sound of a piece of gear. Its the hardest one to describe because people who have no idea of what warmth is use the term freely. So what warmth is to you and how you perceive it will be different from others because the term is used so loosely. Where bright deals with high frequencies, warmth deals with the low to low mid frequencies. Tubes are associated with warmth because they add harmonic distortion (the good kind of distortion) to the those frequencies. This is what people are referring to when they say tube warmth.

Audio Equalization, EQ: Engineering HOT Sound With Equalizer

Audio Equalization complete training! Learn how to EQ music effortlessly with standard equipment and practical examples.

Created by Marcin Rajski - Independent, self-taught music producer for 10 years


Students: 147, Price: $69.99

Students: 147, Price:  Paid


My name is Marcin and as a self-learned music producer for 10 years I know how to help you with audio equalization. I'm giving expert advice to beginner musicians who struggle with using an equalizer.

Some time ago I decided to create a comprehensive course that solves ALL common EQ problems. Have you just started making electronic music or you already have some experience? Is music your passion? I am more than happy to teach you new equalization skills.

Give your tracks a professional sound

With every single lecture, you will gain a new skill. Throughout my course, you will meet various practical examples of equalization techniques. I'm teaching them in simple words, free of complex theory, or talking about nothing. If you're interested in real, practical skills and knowledge then you'll love my course. After my course you will:

  • Give more energy and clarity to your instruments

  • Remove unpleasant resonances from sounds

  • Fix tonal balance between low, mid and high frequencies

  • Improve stereo image with mid/side and left/right processing techniques

  • Solve issues with phase shifting affecting your mix

  • Recognize frequencies and resonances with trained hearing

  • Pair your equalizer with a compressor to achieve even better sound

Forget about your equalization struggles

In past, I experienced similar problems as you, when I was using an equalizer. I designed my course in a way, that will stop you from worrying about:

  • A lifeless percussion sound

  • Flat-sounding basslines

  • Cluttered, muddy vocals

  • Weird resonances in various instruments

  • Unpreserved tonal balance

  • Messed up stereo image

... and much more!

Suited for both beginner and intermediate musicians

4 hours full of essential knowledge make this course an all-inclusive equalization guide. Starting from the first section, as a novice producer you will learn:

  • Utilizing any equalizer plugin and its features

  • Picking a right EQ filter type to achieve the desired goal

  • Avoiding most common equalization mistakes

If you're an experienced musician, you will find lectures for yourself as well. You will learn:

  • Equalizing a group of instruments

  • Equalization at the mastering stage

  • Taking advantage from pultec, tilt and spline equalizers

Extra features

After buying my course you will not only access from one place everything you need to know about EQ. Besides quick results and professionally edited lectures you will gain:

  • Instructional track project (with comments inside) and .wav stems for training FOR FREE

  • Many practical examples of equalization

  • Guaranteed help from me on private message

  • Access to my private Facebook group for music producers

  • My recommendation of FREE plugins to improve your mixes

Everything you 're looking for about equalization... is already here! Enroll now and save yourself tons of time. Learn audio equalization like a pro and take YOUR music to the next level.

The complete guide to sound design and tuning using Smaart®

From basics setup to 5000 audience shows, practical guide to system sound design and audio engineering using Smaart ®

Created by Ofer Dvir - Touring sound engineer


Students: 106, Price: $89.99

Students: 106, Price:  Paid

Smaart ® is a product owned by Rational Acoustics
Thank you for having an interest in sound design, audio engineering and understanding of my workflow and take on system calibration
in this course we go over from the basic setup and uses of Smaart ® Di2  to making any live show sound better and any audio sound system preform correctly

My take on this subject is easy straight forward and pure result oriented
that means that we will spend as little as possible on mathematical equations or the physics theories of the big bang...and jump right into working on real scenarios

seeing how to really work with Smaart® in the daily manner in a professional and practical way

first we will go over some general principles, then we dive in to the software
and by the end of this course you will be able to work as a system tech engineer for any size show
having deep understanding of the work flow and work faster and more efficient than ever before!

You will learn

  • system sound design

  • speaker alignment

  • live sound system tech

  • Audio engineering

    hope your excited to start!

    *This course is not an official course from Rational Acoustics
    Smaart® is a registered trademark of Rational Acoustics. The author of this content is not affiliated with or endorsed by Rational Acoustics

Sound Engineering Level 2 – EQ (Equalizer)

Learn how to EQ anything using a variety of different types of audio equalizers and EQing techniques

Created by Liam Davin - Sound Engineer and Technical Trainer


Students: 52, Price: $79.99

Students: 52, Price:  Paid

Sound Engineering Level 2 - EQ (Equalizer)

This course makes EQ theory understandable, and gives many practical examples and comparisons. Instead of just giving settings for EQs, this course provides the knowledge so that the student can work out their own settings for any given situation. It gives a solid grounding, moving forward in the use of EQ


A comprehensive breakdown of everything you will learn in every section of this course

A recommendation to do the course in the order it's presented to get the most out of it and why

How to contact the tutor if you have any questions.

Section 2: Frequencies

Spectrum Analyzers
Using one plugin and two audio files

What is a Spectrum Analyzer, what it does, and how it can be useful

A description of the plugin

A step by step guide to setting up the plugin

Saving settings as a pre-set

Useful features of the plugin

Solving a problem using the Spectrum Analyser and the Reaper EQ

Harmonic Series Part 1

The plugin and audio file that are used

The different ways and terms of measuring the capability of human hearing

The direct relationship between frequencies and musical notes

What the harmonic series is

An explanation of the Harmonic Series Chart

Harmonic Series Part 2

Hearing the different harmonics within an audio note

What effect it has when the different harmonics are turned down

Having a first look at a spectrogram

Using the EQ to remove individual harmonics and hearing the difference it makes

Frequency Ranges

Explanation of what's on the screen

Dividing the sound into 3 frequency ranges

Listening to how cutting the different frequency ranges sounds

Using the EQ to boost the high frequency

Section 3:  EQing Effectivel7

High Pass Filters

High Pass Filters on vocals

The plugins being used in this lesson

Why you use a high pass filter when it's hard to hear any difference

Looking and listening to below the turnover frequency

What we are listening to

The two main reasons to use a High Pass Filter

Shelf EQs

High shelf and Low shelf Eqs

What they are really effective for

Alternative ways to achieve a similar effect

Listening to and fine tuning the EQ

Examples using High and Low shelf EQs

Frequency Sweeping Part 1
Why we use frequency sweeping

The three different frequency sweeping techniques

How each of them work

Using solo and sweep with Reaper's EQ and then with SPAN.

Frequency Sweeping Part 2

Frequency sweeping for problem solving to be turned down

Enhancing "sweet spots" by turning them up

Bell EQ

A closer look at the Bell EQ and extending its usefulness

Using two Eqs to change the shape of a Bell EQ and hearing the effect

How the ColourEQ works

All its functions and its pros and cons

EQing by Microphone Placement

Looking at what an EQ is

How to alter the tone of the audio with careful microphone placement

Listening to how the different mic placements affect the recording

Combining different microphones

Section 4: Frequency Juggling

Lecture 13 Frequency Masking

Using two audio files and two plug-ins

Looking at how the new plug-in works

Understanding why we use frequency juggling

Examples of when frequency juggling isn't wanted

Visuals of different instruments playing the same note

Panning option pros and cons

Pitch shift option

Boosts and Filters

Frequency juggling within the context of a small mix

Where to use EQ boosts and why

Using frequency sweeping to find the nice and less nice sounding frequencies

Listening to before and after using EQ

Using Filters to affect the backing vocals and make them blend with the rest of the track

Kick and Bass

Explanation of basic filtering of the tracks used in this lecture

Listening to tracks with and without kick and bass

Looking at the spectrum analyser to see the frequency ranges in the kick and bass

Using boosting and cutting to help both kick and bass to be clearly heard

Section 5: Spectral Editing

Spectral Editing Intro

The audio and plugin used in this lecture

What Spectral Editing means

Looking at the various ways of visualising audio

Information about Spectro

Opening the plugin

An example of the plugin in action

Spectral Editing - Fixing

Example of fixing in action in a drum loop

Example of fixing in action in a guitar loop

An overview of Spectro and the buttons not already covered

Demonstrations of the fixes

Spectral Editing - Enhancing

The audio used in this session

Where we want to enhance

Before and after using the enhancement

Section 6: EQ-ing With Your Ears


The huge importance of training your ears, rather than completely relying on visual aids

An introduction to this section

An in-depth explanation of the SSQ plug-in (with minimal visual aids) used in this section

Exercise 1, Single Track

Starting by EQ-ing a single track

Watching volume levels and why

Deciding on beefing up the kik and making it tighter

Enhancing the ride cymbal

A full explanation of what I am doing with the SSQ plug-in

Listening to the "before" and "after"

Exercise 2, Mixing

Mixing a section of the multi-track session just using EQ and to show what a big part EQ plays when mixing

Using and naming the 6 tracks being used

The plugin which will be used

Referring to many techniques used in previous lectures

A point to remember when Mixing

Getting a general mix before EQ-ing

Listening to the drum overheads and using EQ to adjust and balance

Listening to the bass, and making both the bass and the drums work well together and hear each clearly

Making sure the guitar and bass can be heard clearly

Bringing in the snare

Listening and EQ-ing the rhythm guitar

Listening and EQ-ing the lead guitar

Using EQ to sit well together

Audio Engineering: All About Microphones

An Overview of all things mics for anyone needing to gain a better understanding of microphones

Created by Christopher "Czar" Smith - Independent Audio Engineer


Students: 50, Price: $19.99

Students: 50, Price:  Paid

With so may mics on the market it can be challenging knowing what mics are used for what and what to know about mics before purchasing them. This course for anyone who wants to learn more about microphones. Microphone types, kinds, and popular microphones and what they are used on are just a few of things covered in this course. This course is over 30 minutes of content.