The process of greatness fostering greatness has long been recognized, and is the reason why master classes are organized. The Mix With The Masters seminars are part of this tradition, offering an exchange of in-depth first-hand studio experience and knowledge that is unparalleled and not available anywhere else. Each seminar is conducted by one of the world’s top music mixers and producers, ready to share his professional secrets with a select group of a maximum of 14 carefully-screened, professional-level participants, who come from all over the world.
One factor that contributes to the enormous success of the seminars is that all tutors support the general MWTM ethos, which is about the love of music, music technology and wanting to help others. Participants also are in part selected on displaying similar, positive attitudes. The fact that the seminars last a full week is another major contributory factor, because it offers tutors the time and space to go into real depth, and the participants the opportunity to spend a prolonged time watching a master at his peak, and to ask any question they can think of.
The tutors share exclusive, insider-information on any subject: detailed technical knowledge, how to run sessions, how to handle artists, how to manage a career, right attitude, how to remain successful, and more. The tutors also assess the work of the participants, by listening to their mixes and mixing recording sessions that they bring, and providing extensive feedback to each participant on where they are at, and how they can get to where they want to be. This is invaluable and offers participants wanting to become world-class professionals in their own right a unique advantage.
Another primary factor in making the MWTM seminars exceptional is that they take place at La Fabrique, a large, comfortable, high-end recording studio located in a picturesque historic building, surrounded by huge, lush grounds, and set in the south-east for France in one of the world’s most beautiful environments. The secluded and idyllic location offers the participants and tutors a lot of space to relax and recharge, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and the all-demanding intensity of their regular professional environments.
Because the courses are residential, the participants and tutor work, eat, socialize, and sleep in the same environment. While tutors, and participants, will at times opt to retire to their private quarters, there is ample opportunity for social interaction outside of the studio environment. Participants interact extensively with each other and the tutor, making it easier to assimilate the intangible qualities necessary to be successful at the highest level—presence, focus, social skills, intelligence, creativity, right attitude, and so on.
In short, for seven days participants are able to experience mixing with a master in both senses of the phrase, mixing and interacting with him.
"It’s not about the equipment, but about what you do with it. We all use the same tools. Instead your job is to find an emotional connection with the song, and trust your own feelings. When you do, other people will get it too."
“In terms of teaching, for me the most important aspect of the Mix With The Masters seminars is to try to get the message across that it’s not about the gear. It’s about your attitude and finding a personal method at any given time. And then it’s a matter of staying true to that. Also, limitation is what fuels creativity in my world. Use what you have, and don’t look back.”
“I always imagine when going into a mix room that Mike Tyson is there, waiting for me. Mixing is like going into battle, but really it’s a battle with yourself, and one that you have to win, every day again. You’re sitting on your own, in front of a pair of speakers, and you have to believe in yourself, and in what the artist is trying to do.”
“Mixing isn’t just about pushing buttons, it is about what is going on inside of you.”
“It is one thing to learn about things in magazines and on-line, it is something else to be with someone in the room who shows it to you and is willing to stop and explain himself and go into detail as to why he makes certain decisions and why he thinks they work.”
“You can’t make a worthwhile recording or a mix when you are not able to make confident decisions. […] In the past you were mixing as you went and immediately had to move on. We can still learn from that. Your decisions may not always be the perfect ones, but that are what makes something unique.”
“With everyone having access to the same tools and the same know-how and rough mixes more sophisticated than ever, it’s more about your capacity to deal with the artists and producers, and to get their approval and put the mix to bed and deliver it.”
“The most important thing that I try to communicate to people/bands working in the studio is that making records is never easy. Everyone struggles no matter how successful they are or how easy they make it look. And I hope that knowledge helps motivate them to push through all the frustration and stress that comes along with process of making music.”
“What matters is getting to the core of music and of engineering, and of what people are trying to achieve. All this absolutely happens at the Mix With The Masters seminars, but rarely happens anywhere else.”
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from your idols, a second shot at an internship and essential knowledge all in one. An eye opening, inspiring experience that is unrivaled in our field. The team at La Fabrique put something really special together here and make this a magical gathering. Thank you so much and can't wait to go again.
The workshops have given me everything from new inspiration and techniques to use when mixing and recording, lessons in how to communicate with artists and bring out the best in their music. I've also met like-minded friends from all over the world!
There's a saying in our business: "Mixing is an art that can't be tought, only learned”. Being a mixing engineer myself for about 25 years now, I'm still learning something new each and every day. In that sense, the week with Andy Wallace at Studio La Fabrique was worth a year (or two), though. There are no actual tricks to share (Ok, maybe one or two...). The experience was mostly about a certain state-of-mind, the right attitude towards artists and their music, and good (really good) sound-engineering. Either you have an idea of what's going on, or you will miss the best part: hearing "through the ears" of an undisputed grandmaster. It made me smile for weeks and months afterwards. This was something I was hoping for when I applied for the MWTM program, and my highest hopes were exceeded.
Going to La Fabrique to attend a seminar is a better investment than buying a new piece of gear. To me it was a life-changing experience!
It's a life changing experience. I had really big expectations and they were surpassed by far! It's like you walk 10 years in a week! I already attended two sessions (Michael Brauer and Al Schmitt) and I will be back soon!
I participated in the 2012 MWTM with Tchad Blake. I've been a fan of Tchad's work for over 20 years. If, like me, you're a self-taught engineer/producer, the MWTM sessions are possibly a very revealing confirmation that you're doing things... right! This was worth it for me. A major confidence boost to have a respected industry veteran listen to your work and like it. That's what this was for me. It was a blast to pull up some of Tchad's mixes and find out how he achieved certain sounds and effects. I also enjoyed hanging out with like-minded people from all around the world, including our wonderful hosts at La Fabrique, and our 'teacher!'. My mixes sound way better too... Thanks to Victor, Maxime, Hervé, Isabelle and Tchad!
I knew it would be something special. It was an utterly transformative experience. I think I went into the seminar expecting to learn technical knowledge that would help me understand how to be a better mixer. But what I came away with was a mental reset and eye-opening inspiration to mix not on a technical level, but on an emotional level. I can't begin to tell you how fascinating and inspiring it is to learn face to face with these hosts. They are the best in the business for a reason. Not to mention, you meet a dozen new friends from all around the world who all share the same passion. They are relationships which my group has maintained for 2 years now. Incredible program, impeccable hospitality, and an amazing sense of community. If you feel this career path as an unshakable calling in your blood, I can't recommend MWTM enough. Nothing else like it on this planet.
MWTM was for me like years of experience in a studio learned in one week. That's you right in the spot, looking each track with a microscope... Absolutely mind blowin'!
To meet these guys is great. To find out that they are honestly trying to help you become better at your craft is humbling. You could spend more money on equipment or you could invest in yourself, and your gear will sound better! And on personal note you will make some amazing friends.
For some people it might have been a great learning experience, for some, game changing. For me it was: life changing! I was at Michael Brauer's seminar in 2011, and still learning from my notes I took during the seminar! Incredible facility, incredible people, incredible knowledge !!!
So glad I went to the MWTM seminar with Manny Marroquin! Taking a step back from the usual tech talk and getting into the philosophy of mixing was a real mind opener. Of course there was plenty of tech talks after that (how could there not be with a room full of engineers!) but getting into the psychology of mixing and analyzing how we go into a mix really made me adjust my approach. I highly recommend taking a MWTM seminar to any serious engineer who is looking for an extra edge and wants to learn from the best in the business!
Great place, great people and great seminar. The best investement I could make for my studio.
As a professional mixer I was curious which new tricks to get out from the masterclass but MWTM blew my mind. The days at La Fabrique changed my whole emotional approach towards the role in the studio and especially my mixing! I´m looking forward to going back!
Originally, I just wanted to get to know some of those great guys behind the desks of some of my favorite albums. Ended up with not only tons of impressions, insight in highest-end pro-productions, tips for everyday job-life, but also with deliberate concepts of life in its whole (not joking)! It is so easy now for me to get out of bed early in the morning – I can’t wait to be at my DAW - every day! Mixing and producing music is surely one, if the greatest, professions in the world – I want to contribute to something larger, now. I love my job, and all self-doubt is gone.
My name is Paul Andrews, owner of Bridge Studios in Colorado. After hearing of the MTWM program my interest peaked when I learned about the top-notch engineers and producers they were working with. I then saw that Al Schmitt was scheduled, and knew I needed to attend! My experience at La Fabrique was amazing… Everything from the sessions with Al, to meeting and working with all the attending engineers from all around the world, to the MWTM staff... and the wonderful food... Ahh the bread, Bon Appetit! As an engineer, my skills set increased tenfold. I walked away with more information, and learned more fantastic techniques in that week then I would in 6 months of school. Not to mention, I also made some great friends! Thanks again Al, and everyone at MTWM. I'll be back!
MWTM was the greatest experience of past few years for me. It's 100% what I've expected from those seminars... But just ten times more. One of the stunning things there is that you feel yourself involved into production process, you can listen and watch, how one of those great guys approaches it, but you also can push the "pause" button anytime, ask a question, and get your answer. Sometimes this is all you need. Thank you, guys!
A milestone in my professional and artistic journey. This week changed drastically my way of mixing for the better. All the knowledge shared is still infusing more than a year later, and the bonds created within the group hold strong. All that in one of the slickest studios in the world! Definitely a must for anyone whose passion for people equals passion for music.