Dr Mark Bassett is an experienced academic manager, lecturer, mastering engineer, and qualified acoustician. He possesses international academic management and lecturing experience in Australian, UK, US and UAE Higher Education systems and has developed audio engineering / production curriculum at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for multiple schools throughout Australia and the United States. He has guest lectured at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie University (Sydney), Ex'pression College in San Francisco, and the SAE Institute in London. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney's Spatial Audio & Acoustics Lab, a Master's Degree in Design Science (Audio Design)(Honours) and a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching. His research on technical ear training has been published and presented internationally.
Mark previously held the position of Head of Audio Engineering for the two largest audio schools in Australia, ran a successful acoustic consultancy business in Sydney, and for eight years worked alongside Rick O’Neil as a Mastering Engineer at Australia's largest mastering studio, Turtlerock Mastering. At Turtlerock, Mark 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 Grinspoon, and You Am I, Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) - Death Acoustic, Josh Pyke, Children Collide and Youth Group. Mark also worked with Rick O'Neil on the restoration and re-release of The Sunnyboys' substantial back-catalogue.
From 2012-2014, Mark was based in the Middle East where he gained international academic management and lecturing experience at SAE Dubai as Academic Coordinator and Senior Lecturer. In 2014 Mark relocated from the UAE back to Australia to continue in the same position at SAE Byron Bay.
In 2016, Mark relocated to San Francisco to work as the Project Manager of Curriculum Development and serve as the Chair of the Audio Curriculum Committee for SAE USA. In June that year, he released SAE Parametric Equaliser Training, an OSX-based Technical Ear Training application designed to teach users to identify the centre frequency of a parametric equaliser. The app was downloaded more than 1,000 times across 63 countries in its first seven weeks and reached 3,500 downloads within the first 12 months of release. The app has since been downloaded over 8,000 times and is in the top 200 free Education apps in the Apple App store.
In 2017, Mark relocated back to Byron Bay, Australia, where he works as the Director of Academic Quality Assurance, Licensed Territories, providing academic oversight of SAE campuses in Amman, Belgrade, Bucharest, Bogotá, Cape Town, Dubai, Jakarta, Johannesburg, and Mexico City.
Mark is also Senior Lecturer in SAE's Masters of Creative Industries program and recently joined the University of Queensland's School of Music as an Adjunct Lecturer. He is a full member of the Audio Engineering Society where he serves on the Education Committee and he is the Founder and Developer at Zipper Noise, a company specialising in audio engineering education technology.