Studio Production and Mastering Industry Course

Tom Aston

Spirit Studios Manchester
Advanced Recording, Production & Mastering

Working in our highest-level studios, our Studio Production and Mastering course is for advanced music producers and engineers who are looking to refine their recording and mixing techniques before developing new skills in mastering. 

With recording, editing, mixing and mastering at the core, this evening-based course will give you the opportunity to further develop your critical ear, learn how to produce work to the highest commercial standards and achieve your goals as a professional mixing or mastering engineer.

Building on your knowledge of spatial sound, our Studio Production and Mastering course explores psychoacoustics and the way sound navigates, interacts and responds in different enclosed spaces and environments. 

Moving beyond digital recording and processes, you will have the opportunity to learn the process of live recording and transferring digital recordings to tape. Working with our Studer tape machine, you will develop the confidence to work with audio paths and levels, as well as striping tape and syncing to Pro Tools.

To help you develop your skills even further, you will gain a thorough understanding of how to build your brand and business as a freelance engineer, as well as receive in-depth sessions on licensing, sync, distribution and more.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about our Studio Production and Mastering course or if you would like more information on how to apply, please contact our admissions team on 0161 276 2100 or

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to see our music studios and facilities, meet our tutors and get a feel for what life as a Spirit Studios student is like.

Course Content

Equalisation Techniques

This topic takes you beyond the basics of EQ. You will learn the importance of considering a sound's role in the mix before making any creative decisions and how all EQ adjustments need to be made in the context of the mix. You will also examine how the genre of a track should be taken into account when it comes to treatment of individual components of the whole mix.

Advanced Use of Dynamic Controllers

Here you will explore the different approaches to applying dynamic control. Practices such as New York Compression, Frequency Conscious Compression and Ducking will be explored. You will also consider when limiting might be preferable to compression and why. Not to mention the various effects you can achieve by triggering dynamic controllers externally.

Analogue Tape

Far from being an outdated technology, analogue tape is still very much in demand when it comes to producing music. You will get first hand experience using our Saturn 624 24-track tape machine, learning how to use it to its full potential as well as basic maintenance.


Taking your finished stereo mixes to the final production master, this course will develop your skills in a wide range of current mastering techniques, and explore the creativity and sonic qualities achieved through both digital and analogue workflows. You'll develop confidence in using EQ for tonal balance adjustments and corrections, applying compression and limiting techniques to achieve loudness and impact without compromising the dynamics of the mix. Finally, you will learn how to compile a complete production master to professional standards for current listening platforms.