Dr Mark Bassett is an internationally experienced education director, senior lecturer, mastering engineer, and acoustician with Higher Education education management and lecturing experience in Australian, UK, US and UAE systems. He is Academic Director, Education Partnerships, for the SAE Institute's campuses in Amman, Belgrade, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dubai, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Mexico City. Bassett is also a Senior Lecturer in SAE Australia's Masters of Creative Industries program, where he teaches several postgraduate classes on programming audio-based 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 (critical listening and technical ear training) 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. His interview led off the Navitas Learning and Teaching (C&I) Podcasts Series One: Transformation in Tertiary Education, where he discussed the creation of virtual consoles within the Max software environment and the implications of digital tools for learning and teaching in SAE globally.
In October 2020, Bassett launched the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator, which he developed as part of SAE's Virtual Tools project, which he spearheads. The simulator provides students with remote access to a fully functional photorealistic simulation of the Audient ASP4816 analogue console. This was followed in February 2021 by the release of the SAE Mackie 1604VLZ4 simulator. Visit SAE's software page for more information and to download the SAE Parametric Equaliser Training application.
Bassett is a full member of the Audio Engineering Society, where he serves on the Education Committee, an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Queensland's School of Music, and the Founder of Zipper Noise - a company specialising in developing audio engineering education technology, and 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 an integral 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 served as the moderator of the Turtlerock Forum from 2004-2016.
The Mackie 1604VLZ4 Simulator is the second digital console simulator developed by Dr Mark Bassett as part of SAE’s groundbreaking Virtual Tools Project.
Ensuring students have access to specialist facilities is a significant challenge faced by many education providers, as COVID-related restrictions limit and in many cases prevent students from accessing campus-based facilities such as audio consoles. To help address this challenge, SAE has launched the SAE Audient ASP4816 Simulator, which provides SAE students with remote access to a fully-functional photorealistic simulation of the Audient ASP4816 console (of which SAE has 30+ deployed globally).
The MacOS-based software was designed and developed by Dr Mark Bassett principally as a learning / teaching tool to allow students to learn the signal flow of the ASP4816 and practice using the console while off-campus. The photorealistic simulation features identical controls, routing, and (non-modelled) audio signal processing to the physical console, in addition to interactive tutorials and custom console scenarios.
"Imagine knowing your way around the class console before you've even started your music technology course. Being able to learn the basics of signal flow from a downloaded console simulator which looks and behaves just like a real one (as far as possible) - all from the comfort of home! Amazingly this is now possible for students learning their craft on ASP4816, thanks to SAE Creative Media Institute's Dr Mark Bassett - he's revolutionised the educational experience for music tech students in Covid times - and beyond." - Audient
SAE Parametric Equaliser Training is an OSX-based technical ear training application designed to teach users to identify the centre frequency of a parametric equaliser applied to any imported audio files.
Bassett, M. (2021). Creating Authentic Learning Experiences using Max. In Walzer, D. & Lopez, M. (Eds.), Audio Education: Theory, Culture, and Practice. Routledge.
Bassett, M. (2021). 'Development of a digital photo-realistic console simulation 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. (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bassett, M. (Speaker) & Marcellino, R. (Host). (2020, August 10). Episode 1: Virtual Tools with Mark Bassett [Audio Podcast]. In Navitas Learning and Teaching (C&I) Podcasts Series One: Transformation in Tertiary Education. Navitas.
Education Partnerships, SAE Global
Navitas SAE (UK) Holdings Pty Ltd., (June 2021)
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
Audio.Education Forum, (July 2020)
Director of Academic Quality Assurance
Licensed Territories, SAE Global
Navitas SAE (UK) Holdings Pty Ltd., (Sept. 2018 – June 2021)
Licensed Territories, SAE Global
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