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Club Ready

Get that industry-standard, club-ready sound. Our 12 week mixing and mastering course, taught by Ben Remember, will demystify the mixing and mastering process. No fake language. No over-complication. Just practical and real-world knowledge.
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On this 3-month course, you will learn how to mix and master your own music to Toolroom standard, giving you the perfect finish to your tracks.

We’ll cover all the key elements that you need to understand as a mix engineer.  Creating space and depth in your mixes, understanding how to control EQ process, working with compression, plus a wide variety of top-level mix & master techniques.

But uniquely, this course isn’t just a clinical look at the process. Utilising our deep knowledge of our genre, we’ll show you a creative perspective on mixing, ensuring you understand how controlling the right sounds, in the right style and vibe all play a role in achieving the perfect sound in House, Tech House and Techno.

Club Ready is not a passive learning experience. You’ll log-in to live and interactive weekly lessons with course tutor Ben Remember, complete intensive assignments and get granular feedback on your projects.

You’ll work with case studies supplied by Toolroom, featuring real-world problems for you fix, alongside working on your own music.

  • Learn in Ableton
  • Get FREE access to Fabfilter plugins during the course
  • Live & interactive online lessons
  • 12 week programme
  • Complete challenging assignments
  • Get weekly feedback
  • Approved by the Association for Electronic Music (AFEM)
  • Enjoy membership of the Toolroom Academy Alumni Group after graduating.
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Modules

A unique curriculum giving you practical and digestible knowledge of mixing and mastering.
  • Lesson 1
    Welcome To Mixing (Track Deconstruction)
    Week 1 is all about mindset; Mixing is very different from making music, understanding this is the key place to start a more in depth approach to mixing. To help understand this we will walk through various mixdowns of different Toolroom releases, from this you will be introduced to everything that we will cover in more detail throughout the course. Ben Remember will help you understand not only what a mixdown sounds like but also looks like, whilst getting deeper into some of the more creative parts of mixing. We will finish this first session off with a talk on room acoustics and mixing space where students will be encouraged to participate and ask questions.
  • Lesson 2
    Setting Up The Mix & Preparing Stems
    Spending time setting up a project correctly is often something that’s overlooked but It’s a vital part of the process – A messy project results in a messy mix! We will discuss the mix vs creative mindset and the importance of a tidy project. We begin by looking at the actual production session, highlighting common mistakes and discuss why it is best to turn most of the mix processing off before we export the stems, from here we load the stems into a fresh project; Whilst this may seem a simple task Ben Remember will highlight common mistakes made and teach techniques to increase confidence at this important stage.
  • Lesson 3
    Sound Issues, Sound Choice, Sound Mindset
    Now we need to look at our sounds & stems. As a mix engineer, we need to be able to spot problems and understand sound! There isn’t always a trick or plugin that can make a rubbish sound work in a mix so this lesson is focused on sound choice framed into the mix mindset. We’ll be breaking down and analysing ‘problem sounds’ before replacing them. We’ll also be sorting out stem audio issues like clicks, pops and clipping before discussing how they affect a final mixdown. Throughout this lesson students will increase their understanding at the importance of reference material and how to effectively use them whilst mixing.
  • Lesson 4
    Gain Staging & Balance Tone
    The start of any great mixdown is with volume – one of the most common mistakes on mixdowns are the levels! If this stage isn’t correct the mix can soon become messy and moving forwards can start to feel like guesswork. This session will be a deep look at gain staging and the importance of a balanced mix, we’ll be exploring RMS, Peak, and LUFs as well as thinking about the creative freedoms vs the technical l restrictions. We’ll also be using techniques for controlling perceived loudness and tone.
  • Lesson 5
    Space & Depth
    Creating space and depth within a mixdown can be the make or break work for a mixdown . In this lesson we will be focusing on the stereo image of our mixdown. There are many aspects that can go wrong here but having a strong grasp of how our instruments can be placed within the stereo field is where we will start to build the best foundation, from here we will then move on to working with reverbs. We will look at every sound in the mix, adding reverb where needed but also looking at mistakes that are often made in this area – One of the fastest ways to ruining a mixdown is by not fully understanding and mastering the use of reverb and panning.
  • Lesson 6
    Everything you need to know about EQ
    Equalization is probably the most known of all mixing processes but it’s definitely one of the easiest tasks to get wrong, during this session we will look at each channel and cover what we need to EQ whilst considering common mistakes and the best way to avoid them. Working with EQ doesn’t have to be just clinical, there are creative ways we can work with equalization – this lesson is designed to give you confidence to work with EQ in any situation and with any sound.
Key Features
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    Debugging the myths
    To many, mixing is seen as a mystical thing that producers can’t quite grasp. In a REAL way, we’ll show you how to get to industry-standard sound. No fake language. No over-complication. Just practical and real-world knowledge.
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    Clinical vs Creative Mixing
    There are hundreds of mixing courses out there. Ours is different. As well as a comprehensive technical course, we’ll go deep into sound choice and style. The end result? Your track stands out in a club system.
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    Interactive Online Learning
    Interact with your expert tutors and fellow students through weekly ‘live’ online classes. Can’t make the time? Log-in after the lesson and watch it back.
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    Continuous Assessment
    The programme has weekly graded assignments that need to be completed to deadline. You’ll receive weekly feedback via a detailed video. You’ll work on real-world case studies supplied by us alongside your own music.
Course Tutor
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Ben Remember
Ben Remember is a key part of the Toolroom artist roster. Known as one of the most creative and technically accomplished producers in the scene, his tracks are instantly recognisable, and he’s been continually championed by Annie Mac on Radio 1 alongside receiving regular DJ support from the likes of Andrea Olivia, Eats Everything and Nick Curly. But Ben is no overnight success story. Having spent 10 years perfecting his craft before getting his big break, he is well aware of the work new producers must put in before they get recognition – and as such, he is the perfect person to teach the next generation of upcoming artists.
Is This Course For Me
  • I want my music to stand out from the crowd
    Nailing your mixdowns can truly separate you from the competition. We’ll show you how to get that true club-ready sound, using the expertise of a world-renowned record label.
  • I always assume mixing and mastering is too technical
    Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our aim is to demystify this world, which is full of over-complication. We avoid jargon and focus on practical, real-world techniques – that actually work.
  • I want to stop getting mix engineers to ‘finish’ my tracks
    Save yourself money and time by relying on mix engineers. Take a track from empty screen to a truly finished project all by yourself. Own the entire creative process.
  • I want to understand the mastering process
    The fullstop on the creative journey. We’ll cover the essentials of mastering you need to know.

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Success

It’s dedicated to house music and the Academy reflects that.
-Nev Scott
It's certainly opened doors and expanded my knowledge 100%.
-Vacuii
It’s dedicated to house music and the Academy reflects that.
-Nev Scott
It's certainly opened doors and expanded my knowledge 100%.
-Vacuii
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