Mastering Tutorial

Mastering in the Box Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Basics

  • 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.

  • What Happens & Why 12:20

    What Happens & Why

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

Chapter 2 : EQ, Dynamics and Dither

  • EQ 10:15


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

  • Compression 17:24


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

  • Limiting 14:59


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

  • Dithering 5:03


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

Chapter 3 : Fixing the Mix

  • The Harsh Mix 8:32

    The Harsh Mix

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

  • The Thumpy Mix 9:23

    The Thumpy Mix

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

  • The Loud Hi-Hat 7:45

    The Loud Hi-Hat

    See how to tame a specific overly loud instrument in the mix to hopefully blend it in better with the rest of the track.

Chapter 4 : Mid Side Processing and Phase

  • MS Intro 6:00

    MS Intro

    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 Imbalance 6:38

    MS Fix Imbalance

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

  • MS Widening 14:22

    MS Widening

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

  • Phase 9:29


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

Chapter 5 : More Mix Fixes

  • Vinyl Considerations 7:35

    Vinyl Considerations

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

  • The Flat Mix #1 12:55

    The Flat Mix #1

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

  • The Flat Mix #2 19:45

    The Flat Mix #2

    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.

Chapter 6 : Stems and Mastering

  • Stem Mastering Pt. 1 11:08

    Stem Mastering Pt. 1

    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. 2 14:24

    Stem Mastering Pt. 2

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

  • Mastering Session 25:29

    Mastering Session

    See Michael put together many of the things already learned and run a fictitious compilation mastering session to get numerous disparate tracks to gel.

Product Overview

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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