Get a quick holistic look at the mastering process and some of what you'll be covering with Michael in this series.
What Happens & Why12:20
Michael discusses his thought processes that underly the art of mastering.
EQ, Dynamics and Dither
Join Michael for a discussion about the mastering approach to using and applying EQ.
Learn about single band bus compression, its purposes and examples of three popular models.
Discover the function of the peak limiter in mastering, for tone and protection.
Explore the subtle but integral part of delivering your final master.
Fixing the Mix
The Harsh Mix8:32
See how fixing a harsh element in the mix with something other than EQ might be a better choice.
The Thumpy Mix9:23
Learn how a dynamic EQ can tame an overly thumpy kick drum while retaining more of the warmth in the track.
The Loud Hi-Hat7:45
See how to tame a specific overly loud instrument in the mix to hopefully blend it in better with the rest of the track.
Mid Side Processing and Phase
Michael introduces the concept of MS processing, showing some plug-ins that exploit it and pave the way for the tutorials that follow.
MS Fix Imbalance6:38
Learn how to rebalance the left and right of your lopsided mix without adversely affecting the center.
Explore making a mix wider, first by using widening plug-ins, and then by manually tweaking your own MS processor.
Learn about the issues faced when an element in a mix has phase issues.
More Mix Fixes
Discover the things you need to keep in mind if your intended medium is vinyl.
The Flat Mix #112:55
Watch Michael deal with a problem mix that lacks punch and excitement.
The Flat Mix #219:45
The second of our flat mixes is a bigger challenge - an old bedroom mix that is too boomy and too bright while still lacking depth and impact.
Stems and Mastering
Stem Mastering Pt. 111:08
See Michael introduce the concept of mastering with stems, explaining some of the many advantages as well as showing two different ways of creating the stems.
Stem Mastering Pt. 214:24
Now watch Michael process the stems individually to create a better final master.
See Michael put together many of the things already learned and run a fictitious compilation mastering session to get numerous disparate tracks to gel.
Everyone who uses a DAW at some point will attempt to "master" their production. Many however, will fail. This new series from studio wiz Michael Costa will show you the basics of mastering in the box using typical plug-ins and how to address many common issues found in recordings, as well as as more advanced techniques to solve other trickier problems.
Michael starts off with an introduction to mixing in the box as well as a video on what happens during mastering and why. He then dives in and shows you the basics plug-ins used for mastering and how to apply them and when.
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