Dr Mark Bassett is an experienced academic director, lecturer, mastering engineer and acoustician, with international Higher Education education management and lecturing experience in Australian, UK, US and UAE systems. He is the Director of Academic Quality Assurance, Licensed Territories, for the SAE Institute's campuses in Amman, Belgrade, Bucharest, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dubai, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Mexico City. Bassett is also Senior Lecturer in SAE Australia's Masters of Creative Industries program where he teaches several postgraduate classes on programming audio applications within the Max software environment. Bassett's professional audio experience includes running a successful acoustic consultancy business and working for over eight years as a Mastering Engineer at Australia's largest mastering studio, Turtlerock Mastering.
Bassett's experience in academic leadership in the Higher Education sector includes roles as the Project Manager of Curriculum Development for the SAE Institute in the USA, Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at the SAE Institutes in Sydney, Dubai, and Byron Bay, and Head of Audio Engineering for the two largest creative media institutes in Australia.
He holds a PhD in psychoacoustics and a Master's Degree in Design Science (Audio & Acoustics)(Honours) from the University of Sydney's Spatial Audio and Acoustics Lab, and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching (Curtin). His research in technical ear training, critical listening, and audio engineering education technologies has been published and presented internationally. Bassett recently contributed a chapter to Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice (2021) - "a groundbreaking volume of 16 chapters exploring the historical perspectives, methodologies, and theoretical underpinnings that shape audio in educational settings" and the first ever dedicated text on audio engineering education.
Bassett is a full member of the Audio Engineering Society where he serves on the Education Committee, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Music, and is the Founder of Zipper Noise, a company specialising in audio engineering education technology.
In June 2020 he launched Audio.Education - an online forum for audio engineering educators.
Bassett began teaching audio engineering and sound production in Sydney in 2006. Below is a list of classes that he has developed and delivered throughout the years.SAE Institute - Postgraduate (Online)
Bassett was part of the Turtlerock Mastering team for over eight years, initially working as a second engineer alongside some of Australia's most respected engineers and producers, he was invited by Rick O'Neil to join Turtlerock in 2004 whilst still studying audio engineering. At Turtlerock, he worked on many of Australia's highest-selling albums including John Butler Trio's - Grand National [vinyl] (Triple Platinum, 2 x ARIA awards), and The Whitlams' - Little Cloud (Gold, ARIA nominated). He has mastered tracks for You Am I, Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) - Death Acoustic, Josh Pyke, Children Collide and Youth Group. Bassett also worked with Rick O'Neil on the restoration and re-release of The Sunnyboys substantial back-catalogue. He also served as the moderator of the Turtlerock Forum from 2004-2016.
Bassett, M. (2021). 'Development of a photo-realistic virtual console as a learning/teaching tool.' Accepted for publication at the 2021 AES Education Convention, July 22-24, Murfreesboro & Nashville, TN, USA
Bassett, M. (2021). 'Precursor criteria for assessing the effectiveness of technical ear training programs.' Accepted for publication at the 2021 AES Education Convention, July 22-24, Murfreesboro & Nashville, TN, USA
Bassett, M. (2021). Creating Authentic Learning Experiences using Max: An Alternative to Digital Audio Workstations. In Walzer, D. & Lopez, M. (Eds.), Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice". Routledge.
Bassett, M. (2018). 'The influence of training method on tone colour discrimination'. PhD Thesis. University of Sydney.
Bassett, M. (2016). 'Max as an interactive, multi-modal teaching tool for audio engineering', presented at the 141st AES Convention, September-October 2016, Los Angeles, California.
Bassett, M. and Martens, W.L. (2016). 'SAE Parametric Equalizer Training: Development of a technical ear training program using Max', presented at the 141st AES Convention, September-October 2016, Los Angeles, California.
Kim, S., Kawahara, K., Corey, J., Olive, S.E., Bassett, M. (2016). ‘Critical Listening: Ear Training in Audio Education’, Workshop, presented at the 141st AES Convention, September-October 2016, Los Angeles, California.
Martens, W.L., Bassett, M., and Manor, E. (2015). 'Deriving a perceptual similarity structure for the timbre of three types of complex tones that also varied in spectral centroid', proceedings of the 2015 Australian Acoustical Society conference, November 2015, Hunter Valley, Australia.
Manor, E., Martens, W.L., and Bassett, M. (2015). 'Determining the odd to even harmonic amplitude ratio at which the ‘clarinet-like’ timbre of complex tones becomes dominant', proceedings of the 2015 Australian Acoustical Society conference, November 2015, Hunter Valley, Australia.
McKinnon-Bassett, M. and Martens, W.L. (2013). ‘Experimental comparison of two versions of a technical ear-training program: Transfer of training on tone colour identification to a dissimilarity-rating task’, presented at the AES 50th International Conference on Audio Education, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Martens, W.L., McKinnon-Bassett, M. & Cabrera, D.A. (2012). ‘Perceptual evaluation of stochastic-event-based percussive timbres for use in statistical sonification’, presented at the 132nd AES Convention, April 2012, Budapest, Hungary.
Kim, S., Kawahara, K., Ko, D., Legarth, S., Marui, A., McKinnon-Bassett, M., Olive, S.E. (2012) ‘Listen professionally or Train your ear!’, Tutorial Seminar, presented at the 132nd AES Convention, April 2012, Budapest, Hungary.
McKinnon-Bassett, M. and Martens, W.L. (2012). ‘Individual differences in the relative salience of percussive timbre dimensions’. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 131, Issue 4, pp. 3434-3434.
Martens, W.L. and McKinnon-Bassett, M. (2012). ‘Relating timbre discrimination to perceptual distances between interpolated percussive timbres’. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Volume 131, Issue 4, pp. 3434-3434.
Dash, I., Bassett, M. & Cabrera, D. A. (2010). Relative importance of speech and non-speech components in program loudness assessment’. Presented at the 128th AES Convention, May 2010, London, UK.
Bassett, M. (2010). ‘Importance of speech in determining perceived loudness of broadcast applications’. Masters Dissertation (Unpublished) – University of Sydney.
Director of Academic Quality Assurance, Licensed Territories
Navitas SAE (UK) Holdings Pty Ltd., (Sept. 2018)
Senior Lecturer, Master of Creative Industries
SAE Institute, (Apr. 2017)
Founder / Lead Researcher and Developer
Zipper Noise, (Jan. 2018)
University of Queensland's School of Music, (June 2018)
Founder / Administrator
Academic Manager, Licensed Territories
Navitas SAE (UK) Holdings Pty Ltd., (Sept. 2016 – Sept. 2018)
Project Manager of Curriculum Development
SAE Institute Group, Inc. USA, (Jan. 2016 – Jan 2017)
Central Queensland University, Mackay (Apr. 2015 – Apr. 2017)
Visiting Academic Consultant
SAE London, (Apr. 2016 – May. 2016)
Academic Coordinator / Senior Lecturer (Audio)
SAE Byron Bay, (Sept. 2014 – Jan. 2016)
Freelance (Aug. 2010 – Sept. 2016)
Youth Connections Computer Clubhouse, Lismore (July 2015 – Dec. 2015)
Co-owner / Mastering Engineer
Studio 7 (Feb. 2012 – Oct. 2014)
Academic Coordinator / Senior Lecturer (Audio)
SAE Institute, Dubai (Sept. 2012 – Sept. 2014)
Mastering Engineer (Mar. 2004 – Sept. 2012)
Turtlerock Mastering, Sydney
Academic Coordinator / Senior Lecturer (Audio) (Nov. 2011 – Sept. 2012)
Senior Lecturer (Audio) (Sept. 2011 – Nov. 2011)
Lecturer / Unit Coordinator (Feb. 2009 – Sept. 2011)
SAE Institute / QANTM College, Sydney
University of Sydney (July 2010 – Nov. 2010)
Head of Audio Engineering - Melbourne (Jan. 2008 – Feb. 2009)
Lecturer - Audio Engineering - Sydney (Aug. 2006 – Dec. 2007)
JMC Academy - Melbourne / Sydney
Freelance (1998 – 2005)
Second Engineer (Aug. 2003 – Mar. 2004)
Milkbar Studios, Sydney
Second Engineer (Jan. 1999 – Feb. 2002)
Popfront Studios, Port Macquarie