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Mastering with T-RackS

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    Tutorial 1

    Intro to T-RackS


    Get a basic introduction to T-RackS layout and functions.

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    Tutorial 2

    Introduction to Mastering


    Michael explains the basics of mastering before looking at the tools.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Loudness Wars


    See how the desire for excessive loudness has damaged music and see how some clever processing in T-RackS Brickwall Limiter tries to minimize the damage.

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    Tutorial 4



    A discussion about EQ with some examples.

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    Tutorial 5



    Learn about dynamics processing and get a first look at some of T-RackS new dynamics modules.

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    Tutorial 6

    Linear Phase EQ


    Discover the transparent sound that a fully phase compensated EQ can provide.

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    Tutorial 7



    See when to use this small and often misunderstood necessity in the mastering chain.

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    Tutorial 8

    MS Processing


    Learn how to split the mix into its mids and sides and how to process them separately from each other.

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    Tutorial 9

    Multi-Band Dynamics


    See how processing just certain frequencies of the mix gives you more control over problem areas.

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    Tutorial 10

    Parallel Processing


    Learn how two processors operating at the same time can toughen your mix.

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    Tutorial 11

    Compressors in Series


    Understand how two compressors one after the other can be used to better tame your dynamic.

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    Tutorial 12

    Stereo Width


    See how you can create a wider mix without compromising the center.

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    Tutorial 13



    Discover an alternative to straight stereo mastering that gives you more control.

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    Tutorial 14

    The Power of Comparing


    Learn the importance of having a fixed reference when mastering to keep your ears in check.

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    Tutorial 15

    Lets Do Some Mastering


    Dive into mastering four songs while using two others as a reference.

Presented by engineer and mixing guru Michael Costa and officially approved by IK Multimedia, this in-depth series shows you how to get professional radio sounding results using the IK Multimedia T-RackS.

Michael first introduces you to the powerful T-RackS Deluxe plug-in suite and then gives you a crash course into mastering your productions so they sound better while having a healthy, loud level. During your journey you'll learn about EQ, compression, dithering, parallel processing and much more. Step-up your sound today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I was classically trained in piano from the age of 7 and had a strong obsession with popular music right throughout my youth. I played keyboards in various rock bands in the mid 80's but found a pronounced leaning towards the technology and computer side of music as samplers and computers became more attainable in the late 80's.

2. What training have you had?

In 1989 I completed my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Music Technology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Much of my tech knowledge in those pre-internet days came from devouring issues of Keyboard, Mix and EM - monthly, without fail.

3. When did you get into recording?

I started getting into recording in 1984 with a Tascam 244 4-track cassette system. In 1989 I moved to a Digidesign Sound Tools II system - a true random access 2 track editor - and that was the beginning of a long association with Digidesign products. I married this hardware up to Opcode's Studio Vision for many years as well as getting in at the ground floor with Pro Tools v1 in 1991. I've been a Pro Tools user since then right up to the current day.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I've been lucky enough to work with a huge cross section of talent within the Australian music scene. Names like: INXS, Little River Band, John Farnham, Kasey Chambers and Richard Clapton. Plus music editing on breakout movies like Shine and Strictly Ballroom with Oscar nominated composer, David Hirschfelder.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I think I'm good at training because I really love this stuff - I genuinely want to show people how cool these tools are. Even as a fully grown adult, I still find myself getting excited like a little kid about the magic we can do with our systems these days and wondering how far it can go in the years to come. I hope that enthusiasm is contagious!

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    Building a DAW Mix Template

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    Kush Plug-Ins Explained

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    Mastering in the Box Explained

    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.

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Mastering with T-RackS is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great mastering course When I saw this course I thought it would be a "how to use T-Racks" course. But I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that not only it's full of that, but it is even more a real mastering course that can help you get more of T-Racks or even any other tools you use for mastering.
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top content and easy to understand I bought T-Racks about a year ago but just couldn't get on with it, there was so much to learn! But these video tutorials helped me understand exactly what all the features were. Excellent product.
Date published: 2016-06-27
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