Chapter 1: Basics
Chapter 2: EQ, Dynamics and Dither
Chapter 3: Fixing the Mix
Chapter 4: Mid Side Processing and Phase
Chapter 5: More Mix Fixes
Chapter 6: Stems and Mastering
This new series from studio wiz Michael Costa shows you the basics of mastering in your computer 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, and get your songs and productions sounding their best!
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. Michael then reveals ways to solve common problems with your mixes, such as harshness, thumpyness, and the all invasive loud hi-hat mix.
Next you’ll explore Mid Side Processing and how to apply it to your masters, and more common problems with mixes and how to fix them. Wrapping it all up Michael reveals how to create Stems and how they can make for better masters, and how to setup and execute a compilation mastering session.
If you’re new to mastering in your computer, this series is an absolute must see. Take your songs and productions up a notch with high quality mastering today… Watch “Mastering in the Box Explained®” now!
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Submitted 2 months ago
learned a lot of new tracks for mastering
Submitted 4 months ago
Great video series, full of all the information for mastering.
Submitted 5 months ago
This is a wonderful start to mastering in the box! The teacher is great and his videos are very purposed and focused. Further, there is some added benefit here from his use of differing plug-ins. The only reason that it isn't five stars is that it is getting a little long in the tooth (totally not the instructor's fault) but, Ozone 8 is 10x more powerful than Ozone 5 five was, with a few more tricks.... (as an example) Also, I feel that there are two things that would help if they ever re-visit this series - 1. Getting different media in the box can cause problems (i.e. you're mastering a 10 track album, but some are digital, some are two inch and there is a DAT thrown in there kinda thing... 2. At the very least, audio restoration tools needs to be addressed or glossed over - most mastering engineers I know get most of their money re-mastering. Which often times means restoring an archived track/lost demo etc, then mastering....
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Audio Engineer, Acid, Logic Pro
Submitted 5 months ago
Well above average and worthwhile study.
I love the clear explanations and theories. Exploration of alternative methods and various relatively common plug ins. The author builds a good foundation and expands from there. I also like the "open minded" explanation of different needs and methods for our times. IE: single releases and considerations for streaming vs. old school album mastering etc. Good stuff, thanks!
I am a: Hobbyist, Musician, Producer, Mixcraft
Submitted 8 months ago
Want to understand the fundamentals of mastering?
This course is still relevant, even though the plugins are a bit dated. After all, mastering is not about the plugins. Overall, a well-paced and informative course.
I am a: Studio One
Submitted 1 year ago
Excellent tutorial! Michael really know what he is doing. A great profesional as well as instructor!
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Logic Pro
Submitted 1 year ago
Beyond the call of duty
Knowing the process from studio to the market place is so important. The sum total helps me plan my recordings on another level. Thanks for sharing this very important information.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Logic Pro, Pro Tools
Submitted 1 year ago
A good starting point for beginners and intermediates. But there's always something new to be learned.
I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Logic Pro
Submitted 1 year ago
Aesthetically Dated But Timelessly Relevant
The plugins and software used might seem a bit 'dated', but the principles in this course are relevant to every genre and iteration of the software mastering process. Recommended, no matter your DAW or plugins, for the foundation information included in the course.
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Audio Engineer, Sound Designer, Ableton Live, Logic Pro
Submitted 2 years ago
Ok, not a complete master tutorial
Great tutorial but never spoke much at all on loudness for commercial application that everyone strives for. For master tutorial you'd think they would. Or I'm missing something here.. Have to seek better explanation.
I am a: Hobbyist, Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer
Response from Customer Service:
Although the loudness is achieved through compression and limiting (which are certainly covered in the tutorial), mastering is much more than the 'loudness wars' that commercial music engages in. This tutorial will show you the full spectrum of mastering so that your projects are not just loud but professionally finished.
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