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Chapter 1: Basics

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    Introduction (3:43)


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    What Happens & Why (12:20)


Chapter 2: EQ, Dynamics and Dither

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    EQ (10:15)


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    Compression (17:24)


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    Limiting (14:59)


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    Dithering (5:03)


Chapter 3: Fixing the Mix

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    The Harsh Mix (8:32)


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    The Thumpy Mix (9:23)


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    The Loud Hi-Hat (7:45)


Chapter 4: Mid Side Processing and Phase

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    MS Intro (6:00)


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    MS Fix Imbalance (6:38)


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    MS Widening (14:22)


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    Phase (9:29)


Chapter 5: More Mix Fixes

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    Vinyl Considerations (7:35)


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    The Flat Mix #1 (12:55)


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    The Flat Mix #2 (19:45)


Chapter 6: Stems and Mastering

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    Stem Mastering Pt. 1 (11:08)


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    Stem Mastering Pt. 2 (14:24)


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    Mastering Session (25:29)


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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RolandK
Submitted 3 weeks 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


Tubarao2
Submitted 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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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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    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 in the Box Explained® is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2018-04-28
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