Mastering Tutorial

Mastering in the Box Explained®

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Basics

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    3:43

    Get a quick holistic look at the mastering process and some of what you'll be covering with Michael in this series.

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    Tutorial 2

    What Happens & Why

    12:20

    Michael discusses his thought processes that underly the art of mastering.

EQ, Dynamics and Dither

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    Tutorial 3

    EQ

    10:15

    Join Michael for a discussion about the mastering approach to using and applying EQ.

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    Tutorial 4

    Compression

    17:24

    Learn about single band bus compression, its purposes and examples of three popular models.

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    Tutorial 5

    Limiting

    14:59

    Discover the function of the peak limiter in mastering, for tone and protection.

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    Tutorial 6

    Dithering

    5:03

    Explore the subtle but integral part of delivering your final master.

Fixing the Mix

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    Tutorial 7

    The Harsh Mix

    8:32

    See how fixing a harsh element in the mix with something other than EQ might be a better choice.

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    Tutorial 8

    The Thumpy Mix

    9:23

    Learn how a dynamic EQ can tame an overly thumpy kick drum while retaining more of the warmth in the track.

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    Tutorial 9

    The Loud Hi-Hat

    7:45

    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

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    Tutorial 10

    MS Intro

    6:00

    Michael introduces the concept of MS processing, showing some plug-ins that exploit it and pave the way for the tutorials that follow.

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    Tutorial 11

    MS Fix Imbalance

    6:38

    Learn how to rebalance the left and right of your lopsided mix without adversely affecting the center.

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    Tutorial 12

    MS Widening

    14:22

    Explore making a mix wider, first by using widening plug-ins, and then by manually tweaking your own MS processor.

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    Tutorial 13

    Phase

    9:29

    Learn about the issues faced when an element in a mix has phase issues.

More Mix Fixes

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    Tutorial 14

    Vinyl Considerations

    7:35

    Discover the things you need to keep in mind if your intended medium is vinyl.

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    Tutorial 15

    The Flat Mix #1

    12:55

    Watch Michael deal with a problem mix that lacks punch and excitement.

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    Tutorial 16

    The Flat Mix #2

    19:45

    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

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    Tutorial 17

    Stem Mastering Pt. 1

    11:08

    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.

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    Tutorial 18

    Stem Mastering Pt. 2

    14:24

    Now watch Michael process the stems individually to create a better final master.

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    Tutorial 19

    Mastering Session

    25:29

    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.

Tubarao2
Submitted 6 months ago

Very good!

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

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Cool Breeze 711
Submitted 7 months 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

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Macaroni
Submitted 7 months ago

Excellent tutorial.

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

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SkyMakai
Submitted 8 months 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

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jjdecks
Submitted 9 months 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:

Thank you so much for the review! It's appreciated.
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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Ciprian
Submitted 9 months ago

Very well put together

Some good tips in this.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Producer, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live, Cakewalk Sonar

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Audios
Submitted 10 months ago

Fabulous

Great explanations; many, many many detailed comparisons (bring your "magic ears"); greatly clarifies the challenges of mastering vs. mixing.

I am a: Hobbyist

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Ricky
Submitted 10 months ago

Awesome tutorial!

This mastering tutorial was awesome! I would like to see more teaching on knowing when to handle noise in a master.

I am a: Student, Audio Engineer, Mastering Facility, Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Reason, Studio One

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Matheus
Submitted 10 months ago

Very nice one!

I'm learning a lot! Thanks!

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Producer, Beat Maker, Mastering Facility, Ableton Live

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krafidStudio
Submitted 10 months ago

Awesome one!

I should finish the tutorial first to decide, don't i!

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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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    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 in the Box Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very good! Excellent tutorial! Michael really know what he is doing. A great profesional as well as instructor!
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial. A good starting point for beginners and intermediates. But there's always something new to be learned.
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very well put together Some good tips in this.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fabulous Great explanations; many, many many detailed comparisons (bring your "magic ears"); greatly clarifies the challenges of mastering vs. mixing.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Awesome tutorial! This mastering tutorial was awesome! I would like to see more teaching on knowing when to handle noise in a master.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very nice one! I'm learning a lot! Thanks!
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome one! I should finish the tutorial first to decide, don't i!
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! I want to do my own mixing and mastering. This course is clearing up much of the confusion I had about mastering, as well as explaining how to deal with various issues seen in mastering.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Nice intro to mastering Clear and effective. Lots of A - Bs. Highly recommended
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well explained Michael is very well spoken and is quite mindful of the "little" things that we can/will miss when getting a ton of info thrown at us, he's does well at "coming back to that" throughout the videos.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very good for Mastering I liked it very much one of the best and the examples are great mostly the last video.
Date published: 2016-11-06