Fairlight Fundamentals



Learn how to edit, record and mix audio in DaVinci Resolve Fairlight. This 4 hour long essentials course is taught by the award winning editor, sound designer and instructor Kevin McAuliffe, who works with clients such as Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and Walt Disney Studios.

Expore audio editing basics, recording and mixing techniques the fast and easy way. The course break down complex concepts like equalization (EQ), noise reduction, busses, compressions and limiters, audio bouncing, automation and much more so that you can dive into the world of audio with confidence.

This is the ultimate course for film editors, hobbyists, or sound engineers with background from other tools such as ProTools and Logic that are looking to transfer to DaVinci Resolve Fairlight.

The footage and assets used in this course are available for download so that you can easily follow along.

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: Organization
  • 02: Understading the Fairlight interface
  • 03: The basics
  • 04: Recording Voice Over
  • 05: Working with audio track layers
  • 06: ADR basics
  • 07: Mixing
  • 08: Automation
  • 09: Working with busses
  • 10: Audio bouncing
  • 11: Setting up deliverables
  • 12: Exporting your master audio
  • 13: Working with EQ
  • 14: Limiters vs compressors
  • 15: Noise reduction


Software required

DaVinci Resolve

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Nice work demystifying an aspect of Resolve that has intimidated me since it was added.  I'd like to see a second class that dives deeper into other features in Fairlight.  Maybe talking about some of the other effects, other bus types, 5.1, 7.1 etc. Also a little more on how the edit tab and the fairlight tab interact with one another.  Thanks you!


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Great course, however I would love to see some sort of workflow from star to finish. I would also like to see explanations of why you are using the various tools for various situations -  This would be extremely valuable. 

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I would like to clarify one thing from Lesson 09 Working with Busses because there is some wrong information given :)

Mr. Kevin saying that when you have mono tracks like FX tracks in his session you should use mono bus. 

Doing that will rob you from opportunity of panning individual mono tracks because they still going into mono bus. 

So to correct this statement for anyone who's watching this remember "even if tracks are mono, if you want to use pan on any of them you need to create stereo bus, because you want to move them in stereo space" 

Same apply to different formats 5.1, 7.1 etc.


PS. of course after mistakingly creating mono bus you can easily change its format later in Fairlight>Bus Format 

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