Michelle Barry is a professional producer/sound engineer/audio educator from Sydney.  With a great love for music, Michelle started engineering in 1990 at Paradise Studios in Sydney. This gave her the opportunity to work with many independent Australian musicians of the time before refining her craft in studios in Australia, London and NYC.  Highlights include working with the US indie artists Jessie Murphy, In The Woods, Julian Verlard and The Pierces; UK funk and RnB artists Junior and G-Nation; as well as Sydney Hip Hop artists Maya Jupiter and Ebony Williams, along with folk group The Charm and singer/guitarist Max Gencher. Michelle founded Noisygirls, an initiative to showcase women working in Australian music as musicians, engineers and producers. Michelle shares her skills through teaching at SAE.

Music Production Workshops with Michelle Barry 


The Cad Factory is running two subsidised streams of Music Production Workshops suited to people who have a beginner to intermediate proficiency of working in a recording studio and/or home recording studio. 

These workshops are open to women, non-binary and trans folx from across the country who want to improve their confidence and technical skills in the studio. The aim of these workshops is to address the alarming statistic that estimates only 6% of professional producers and engineers are women. This percentage drops again for non-binary and trans producers/engineers.

These workshops will be using pro-tools and a combination of in-computer processing and analogue outboard gear in a professional world class studio. 

Current Workshop


Two-day workshop open to Women, Non-Binary and Trans Folx 
27 June 2020 and 4 July 2020
Six Places Available

Note: This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom 


This online music mixing workshop is designed to demonstrate the art of mixing and provide feedback for recording musicians.  The tools of mixing and effects chains are explored, along with specifications for finalising your tracks to share or stream. Developing music producers are invited to share productions in a supportive environment with their peers.  Mixing techniques will be tailored to the group's style and interest.

The workshop will be held over two Saturdays with morning and afternoon sessions:
Saturday 27 June  10:00am  - The tools of mixing, tips for what processing to use
Saturday 27 June  1:30pm   - Sharing files, mix feedback, and group discussion
Saturday 4  July    10:00am  - Mixing a participant's track
Saturday 4  July    1:30pm   - Finalising your tracks and mastering considerations

Computer with microphone and webcam, internet connection, Zoom application, headphones

Prior to the workshop, participants will need to submit a track that they have mixed/are mixing, feedback on these tracks will be given during the workshop

To apply to book into the workshop please complete the following form:

Michelle Barry Workshop - Application Form 

To keep up to date with the announcement of each workshop, please join the Cad Factory mailing list or keep an eye on our website and Facebook page. 


Past Workshops

Introduction to Professional Recording Techniques

Two-day workshop open to Women, Non-Binary and Trans Folx
Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December 2019, 10am – 4pm, Vegan Lunch Provided
Six Places Available

Note: If travelling to Narrandera, there are travel and accommodation subsidies available

Participants will be introduced to equipment and setup of a professional recording studio: from microphone to digital audio and back to listener. By capturing an acoustic performance, the process of recording and mixing, and decisions on microphone choice and audio processing will be explored.


Applications to attend this workshop are now closed.

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