Music Producer Camp: Mixing Techniques


Are you ready to take your mixing and production skills to the next level? This camp will introduce you to the artistic and technical skills needed to mix professional-sounding, release-ready music. Working in a state-of-the-art facility, we will learn how to shape a mix for emotional impact, how to make musical elements fit together, and how to tighten pitch and timing of recorded parts. We will learn how to use EQ, panning, automation, dynamics processors, and spatial effects to make your music shine. At the end of camp, we will present a listening party showcasing the tracks you have produced!

2023 Objectives

  • Digital Audio and DAW Operation using Ableton Live
  • Drum Machine Programming
  • Synthesizer Programming
  • Using effects and mixing tracks
  • Identifying and writing in different musical styles
  • Song structure and form–strategies for composition
  • Elements of live performance using Ableton Live and Music Technology

Tentative Schedule

Day 1: DAW Operation / drum machine programming / building song structure using drum patterns

Day 2: Scales, basslines, bass synthesizers, and MIDI recording/quantizing

Day 3: Chords, chord progression basics, chordal instruments, final project decisions

Day 4: Effects processors, recording audio, and final project work

Day 5: Mixing tracks, using EQ, titling tracks, and preparing for final project presentations.

Ages: 12-17

Dates: July 22 – 26, 2024
9:00am – 4:00pm

Tuition: $467

Location: Mason Community Arts Academy Building in Fairfax, VA

Program Faculty

Casey Yates


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Casey Yates is a music composer, theorist, and educator. As a composer, Casey has written music professionally for narrative media such as video games and film. A former software engineer, Casey is passionate about using technology to create music and to educate others. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Technology from George Mason University in 2022.

Todd Wilcox (Coming Soon)


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