Take your mastering skills to a professional level
What you'll get:
- Unlimited Access to the Private Mastering Course Videos
- Access to dozens of mixes for mastering
- Comment directly on the lessons for questions
Learn how to be a professional mastering engineer from a professional mastering engineer.
(NOTE: The replay edition does not include private lessons which can be purchased separately)
Class 1: The Mastering Mindset
This class introduces the mindset of the professional mastering engineer and how they approach the process of mastering. The listening techniques covered in this lesson will be a foundational part of the the rest of the course.
Class 2: The Tools of Mastering
This class introduces some very familiar tools but from the perspective of the mastering engineer. It also introduces some less familiar tools that are specific to mastering and loudness.
Class 3: Equalization Techniques for Mastering
Mastering EQs are designed with precision, transparency and musicality in mind, and the mastering engineer’s approach to equalization is exactly the same. The techniques used differ greatly from those of the mixing engineer and that is exactly what this class will focus on.
Class 4: Compression Techniques for Mastering
Compression in mastering is all about focus, imaging quality and depth perception. Understanding the different types of compression and how they affect these qualities is as important as understanding the techniques used to create them.
Class 5: Harmonic Enhancements for Mastering
The class will focus on the powerful world of harmonic enhancements to bring warmth and listenability to your masters. The information here will provide a foundation for all of your vintage EQ and compressor processing decisions.
Class 6: Imaging and Depth Processors
The ultimate goal of a great mastering is to get the music to “escape the speakers”. 3D sound field specific processing is an important part of that process. This class will teach you the techniques that help create depth and width in your mastering work.
Class 7: Multi-Band Processing for Mastering
Multiband processing is primarily a product of the digital realm. It can bring life to stubborn mixes, control sibilance and harshness, dynamically balance a master, and provide precision transient control. They can also tear a master apart. This class will teach you techniques and specific guidelines you can use to take advantage of these very sophisticated processors.
Class 8: Mid-Side Processing Techniques for Mastering
Mid-Side processing goes all the way back to cutting lathe and mastering for vinyl records. The most powerful elements of a mix, including vocals, bass, kick and snare are often panned center in the mix with complimentary elements panned to the sides. This provides the ability to process primary and secondary elements of a mix independently. This will guide you through the advantages and pitfalls of this approach to processing masters.
Class 9: Loudness Processing and Gain Maximization
Regardless of your feelings about compression and limiting, the competitive marketplace dictates that artists will want you to make their masters as loud as possible. Understanding how to create loud masters that feel present and dynamic without the need for excessive processing is the focus of this class.
Class 10: Mastering Singles
Now that you have covered the fundamentals of processing masters, it is time to put your processing skills to work. Each mastering demonstrated in this class will detail specific problems and the solutions used to solve them. All off the techniques used will draw from the information provided in the first 9 classes.
Class 11: EPs/Albums Part 1: Structuring the Album
Mastering EPs and Albums limits some of the freedoms you have with mastering singles. Because the songs will be sold as a collection, they must sound like they belong together with each song leading to the next fluidly and with equal perceived loudness. This class features techniques that will teach you how to establish a signature sound and deal with the inevitable imbalances that will occur from song to song.
Class 12: EPs/Albums Part 2: Finalizing the Master
This class continues the work of assembling an album or EP and covers the differences in creating digital release masters and physical CD masters.
Bonus Class: Exporting Final Masters and DDP Files
This class will discuss the process of exporting the final masters and creating a DDP file.