Becoming the Future - Michelle Barry Web


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 


These workshops were open to women, non-binary and trans folx from across the country who wished to improve their confidence and technical skills in the studio. The aim of these workshops was 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.

Applications to attend these workshop are now closed.

If you are interested in future workshops of this type please let us know at


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

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.


Mixing Workshops

Two-day workshops open to Women, Non-Binary and Trans Folx 
27 June 2020 and 4 July 2020

25 July 2020 and 1 August 2020
15 August 2020 and 22 August 2020

Note: These workshops will be delivered online via Zoom 


These online music mixing workshops are 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.

Each workshop will be held over two Saturdays with morning and afternoon sessions:
1st day morning session 10:00am  - The tools of mixing, tips for what processing to use
1st day afternoon session  1:30pm   - Sharing files, mix feedback, and group discussion
2nd day morning session    10:00am  - Mixing a participant's track
2nd day afternoon session    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

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