Learn a basic workflow and how to set up a simple mastering chain.
Learn strategies for EQ, compression and limiting that give overall good results.
Learn how to export your master and do quality control.
Monitoring for mastering
Setting up your DAW and what plugins to use
Finding reference tracks
EQ Basics – The 4 common filter types and how to use them
A Simple Workflow and Why Loudness Matching is Important
EQ and Tonal Balance – How to set the EQ Using a Reference Track
Compression Basics – Strategies and Starting Points
Parallel Compression – Increasing the Density
Why Do We Need Peak Limiting?
Loudness Normalization and Targets
Peak Limiter Strategy and the 4 Common Artifacts
Hearing distortion more easily
Editing end exporting
Mastering Example – Tony Naima – “Better Then”
Course length: Approximately 4 hours.
We have been mastering professionally for 20 and 14 years and started out in a traditional mastering studio. We were fortunate to have access to high-end analog equipment and acoustically treated control rooms with big loudspeakers right from the start. In essence, we learnt the craft of mastering in a very old school way. In the years following, we proceeded to build two studios on our own using high-end analog outboard. During this period we could see the plugins getting so much better. As time went by, we were increasingly replacing analog with digital tools and our workflow was rapidly advancing during these years.
In conclusion, we have now refined our way of working to using headphones and mastering in-the-box. This has surprisingly turned out to be the method that gives us the absolute best feedback from our clients.
Between 2009 and 2018 we taught mastering at university level in Sweden. During this time we discussed mastering techniques with many young engineers and learnt to see audio mastering from their perspective. This inspired us to create this course.
We can tell you that mastering is by comparison way easier to learn because of the modern tools available!
We surely want you to be happy with this course and your feedback is very important to us!
If you after all feel that it is not what you expected, simply contact Thomas or Sofia within 7 days of purchasing the course. Let us know what you did not like about it and we will refund your entire order. No hard feelings!
Mastering is the thing you do after recording and mixing. During mastering everything seems to fall into place. You can also say that the mixes get that final polish that make them shine.
You will also create the final master and do quality control. The step after mastering is then CD manufacturing or online distribution.
Yes, audio mastering is necessary! You do these three very important things in mastering:
If you are a mixing engineer you may choose to do the mastering yourself. You can also choose to send it to a dedicated mastering engineer.
In any case, it really is a logical part of music production that happens some way or the other.
Historically, you needed very expensive equipment to be able to do proper mastering. In addition to that, it was a very “secret” area of expertise. Mostly, it was the specialized studios that had access to the knowledge and equipment to do the job. You basically had to leave it to the professional mastering engineers.
Nowadays, mastering is a much simpler process. You can master using good headphones, an audio interface and a laptop and get great results.
You will still have to train your hearing and understand different genres. The good news is that you nowadays have access to a lot of music through the Internet. Mastering engineers are also increasingly opening up about how to do these things. In truth, it is just a matter of finding good sources.
The simplest and in our opinion most effective way to learn mastering is to: