In Theory Module 1, Justin breaks down the secrets of mastering in a comprehensive overview of the process. Learn more about each of the tools and main elements of the mastering process, as well as the goals and mindsets of great mastering engineers.
In Theory Module 2, Justin walks you through the process of EQing when mastering, showing you exactly what to listen for and how to approach your EQ, as well as more advanced topics like dynamic EQ and more.
Compression and limiting are two of the mastering engineers’ most essential tools. In Theory Module 3, you’ll learn how great mastering engineers set their compressors and limiters, and get actionable tips on how much to compress, how to stack you compressors, and the hows, whens and whys of using multiband compression.
Theory Module 4 is all about the finishing touches, including one of the most popular mastering tools of today: Stereo Wideners. Learn how to use them without abusing them, and learn all about Mid-Side processing, stereo compression & EQ modes, de-essers and other special processors, plus a whole lot more!
In practical module 2, Justin cracks open iZotope Ozone to show off more advanced concepts like multi-band compression, saturation, dynamic EQ and more on two electronic mixes. Hear how much of a difference choosing the right limiter can make, and learn how to control unruly low end resonances without losing power or impact.
Hear the effect of mastering on a powerful acoustic singer-songwriter track. Learn how to help showcase a vocal-driven performance, and make it more captivating, while protecting what makes the singer—and the entire arrangement—unique.
In Practical Module 1, Justin shows you how to master a track from start to finish using only simple stock plugins that you’ll find inside your DAW! Then compare the results to the sound of a high-end analog master to hear just how close they can become with a little bit of strategy and a little bit of time.
Mastering Demystified distills all the best practices of great mastering engineers into a fun and easy to follow guide to the process, complete with audio examples. Through this course you will:
Justin Colletti has been obsessing about audio for more than 20 years, and working in the field for nearly 15 years. He is probably best known for his role at SonicScoop, where he writes and edits articles about music production and studio business, conducts feature interviews with acclaimed producers and engineers, and creates some of the most popular tutorials on the web. When he's not at SonicScoop, Justin works as an in-demand mastering engineer for JLM Studios, and has served as an audio educator, acting as the one of the youngest department chairs in the history of SAE.
No specific hardware or software is necessary for this course. It is advised that you listen to the practical portions of the course on good, studio-quality headphones or monitors. If you'd like to use the session templates, they are available in Pro Tools and iZotope Ozone, but the settings in these sessions can be recreated in any DAW.
Each practical module comes with the audio files used, as well as practice sessions, either in Pro Tools or iZotope Ozone. The session settings can be replicated in any DAW using the audio files provided. The exercises described in each of the theory modules can be done in any DAW.
Mixing Breakthroughs is a 4-hour course that dives deep into teaching you how to become a better mix engineer. You'll learn techniques, mindsets & approaches for getting a better mix.
Mastering Demystified is a 4+ hour course that teaches you everything you need to know about the tools, techniques and mindsets for getting great sounding mastering results.