Fairlight Advanced

Fairlight Advanced



This course is for those who have already seen the Fairlight Fundamentals course and want to learn more about audio mixing and advanced audio editing features.

You'll learn everything you need to know to edit, mix, and deliver your video to meet the technical specifications for digital broadcasters and TV. All within DaVinci Resolve Fairlight.

The project files include both a mixed and an unmixed version of a commercial with voice over, dialogue, sound effects and music so that you can practice.

Some of the topics discussed in the course are Elastic Wave Retiming, Zero Crossing, Audio Transients, LFE channels, and working with Flexbus. You will also get a deeper understanding of 5.1 surround mixing and a look at immersive mixing.

The footage and assets used in this course are available for download.

About the instructor

Kevin P McAuliffe is an award winning editor and visual effects creator with over 20 years of teaching and training experience. Over the past years Kevin has delivered world-class work for clients such as Warner Bros, Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Elevation Pictures.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Film editors
  • Sound engineers with background from ProTools, Logic etc
  • Audio hobbyists

Lessons overview

  • 01: Introduction
  • 02: Getting the Commercial Ready for Mixing
  • 03: Elastic Wave Retiming
  • 04: Audio Transients
  • 05: Zero Crossing
  • 06: Evening out the audio
  • 07: 5.1 Output Track Setup
  • 08: 5.1 Hardware Monitoring Setup
  • 09: Surround Sound Analyzer
  • 10: Surround Audio Pan Window
  • 11: Surround Audio Vs Immersive Audio Pan
  • 12: Surround Automation
  • 13: Creating an LFE Channel
  • 14: Working With Flexbus
  • 15: Loudness Basics
  • 16: Analyze Audio (Loudness) Levels
  • 17: Working With Loudness Visually
  • 18: Delivering the Mix
  • 19: Delivering Split Elements


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Hi, Kevin. Very nice course. I enjoyed it very much. I ran into one problem. After I applied paning automation, I coudn’t delete it through Fairlight-Automation-Erase. I could delete through range tool, but it’s cumbersome. 
I’m using davicni resolve 17.3.1, mac os Big Sur. 

thank you. 

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Thank you for this thorough course, easy to follow as always! 

I got two questions that I believe haven't been answered.

1) When creating multiple busses, how do I decide which one I'm monitoring. In L14 you send the Dialogue Bus to the Main bus but at what point in time have you categorized it as the main Bus? Is there an option or does it go chronologically down the list?

2) When creating a stereo and 5.1 Bus and I start panning individual tracks in the 5.1 space, how does that translate to stereo? Will it compress automatically, i.e. L and L s will just translate to L and ignore that separation? 

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On 12/30/2021 at 3:22 AM, Brandon Chant said:

Hi there, I think lesson 14 is titled incorrectly, might want to check it out!

Thanks for the feedback Brandon, completely my mistake. It's fixed now 🙂 

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Thanks for taking a dive into Fairlight, it's much more powerful than people give it credit for. It's been exciting to watch it develop over the past few years into a serious DAW.  Audio in general doesn't get the love it deserves considering how important it is. I'd love to see more audio centered lessons here; more advanced sound design working in AUX buses, dialogue editing , etc. Keep up the great content!

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