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Mastering Essentials – watch my free 6-part Sound On Sound video series here

June 22nd, 2021 BY 

Mastering is simple. Not easy, but simple.

That's the message behind this series of 6 video tutorials I made recently for Sound On Sound magazine.

In them, I walk you through my entire mastering process from beginning to end, explaining how and why I work the way that I do at every stage.

Topics include:

  • What mastering is
  • My mastering chain - it's simpler than you might think !
  • How loud should you master ?
  • Why mastering is about balance, not matching
  • How to use EQ, compression and limiting in mastering
  • How to deliver your masters - for online streaming, and everywhere else
    The un-mastered mixes in the videos are from Mike Senior's superb Cambridge Music Technology site - and you can download the same files for free to experiment with yourself, or even the full multi-tracks, if you like. For more information, click here.

    I'm using Steinberg's Wavelab for my mastering and in these videos, but the same techniques and strategies can be used in any digital audio workstation.

    And if you find the videos helpful, you might also like my free Home Mastering Guide - it's a simple PDF that makes a great companion to the videos, describing the six simple steps to releasing your music with complete confidence. It's 100% free, and you can get your copy here.

    I hope you find the videos helpful, or interesting !

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    My name is Ian Shepherd - I've worked as a professional mastering engineer for over 20 years and I run the Production Advice website with over 50,000 readers each month



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