We can describe mastering as the final process in audio and music production. In this stage, we optimize the track's mix and final volume to get a professional result. Mastering can improve the quality of a music production and get it ready for commercial distribution.
"A way of maximizing music to make it more effective for the listener as well as maybe maximizing it in a competitive way for the industry." -Bernie Grundman
"Mastering is the last creative step in the music production process, the bride between mixing and replication.. -Bob Katz
In this new course, you will learn the most common audio processes for mastering music. The concepts learned in this course can be applied to any kind of audio project. All this knowledge comes from the experience of great mastering engineers, like: Bob Katz, Greg Calbi, Bernie Grundman, Bob Ludwig, Doug Sax, among others.
A course designed for a step-by-step approach
This course has been designed to be clear and effective. Each lesson explains the most important topics related to music mastering in a clear and direct way. It takes you in a step-by-step process, from file selection to audio bouncing for CD or web platforms (iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). The lessons include topics like:
All these techniques can be applied for any music style: Pop, rock, latin, hip-hop, EDM, ballads, country, etc.
At the end of the course you will get the knowledge and examples to start mastering your own songs and music productions. This will improve the final quality of your music, videos, podcasts, video games, recordings, etc.
You only need any DAW (Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, etc.) and its native processors (plugins) to get started!*
You will be guided by a certified audio instructor, with more than 15 years of teaching experience at all levels, from seminars to college-level classes, so academic quality is guaranteed!
*The course shows the use of specialized mastering processors, like iZotope Ozone, yet the use of these processors is optional.
An explanation of how mastering fits in the music production process and its importance.
We describe the characteristics of the audio files before being mastered.
We cover basic recommendations about monitoring and acoustics for better mastering results.
An explanation of important aspects when editing in the mastering process.
A practical example about editing a song for mastering. You can download the mp3 for practice. Although mp3 files are not recommended for professional mastering, they work for didactical purposes.
Here we show how to remove background noise from old or bad recordings
A practical example of how to use EQ
An explanation of the compressor and serial compression
An explanation of how to set parallel compression
A practical example on how to apply parallel compression
Description of multi-band compression
A practical example using multi-band compression and its effect
An explanation about what harmonic exciters do
An example using exciters
An explanation of Mid-Side processing
A practical example of how to use MS processing.
The explanation about how reverb is used for mastering
Practical example of the use of reverb
How we can control the stereo image in a file
Practical example of how control stereo image
How we can measure loudness for our audio files
Practical example about limiting and loudness
A brief quiz about audio processors.
The importance of proper dithering in mastering
The different kinds of files and formats for delivery
Examples of finished files
Marco Galvan has been active in the music and audio business for more than 15 years. He holds a B.Eng with a major in Acoustics from the National Polytechnic Institute. He is a professional musician, arranger and composer with studies at Berklee College of Music and he holds Certificates in Music Theory and Keyboard Performance from the ABRSM and Trinity College London. In the audio field, he studied at Alchemea College in London and holds several certifications like: Pro Tools User, Meyer Sound System Design, Nexo and DiGiCo operator among others.
Currently he is an Associate Professor at Anahuac University, with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Many of his former students currently work for companies like: Sony Music Entertainment (Grammy Award winner), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; and for international latin artists like Emmanuel and Alexander Acha, performing in world-class events like Festival Viña del Mar.
Marco Galván ha estado activo en la industria de la música y el audio por más de 15 años. Tiene el grado de Ingeniero con especialidad en Acústica por el Instituto Politécnico Nacional. Es músico, arreglista y compositor profesional con estudios en Berklee College of Music y cuenta con certificados en Teoría Musical y Teclados por la ABRSM y el Trinity College London. En el terreno del audio cursó estudios en el Alchemea College de Londres y tiene diversas certificaciones como: Operador Pro Tools, Diseño de Sistemas Meyer Sound, Operador Nexo y DiGiCo entre otras.
Actualmente es profesor asociado en la Universidad Anáhuac, con más de 10 años de experiencia docente. Muchos de sus antiguos estudiantes trabajan para compañías como Sony Music (ganador de premio Grammy), Televisa, TV Azteca, OCESA, Meyer Sound; y para artistas internacionales como Emmanuel y Alexnder Acha, actuando en eventos de clase mundial como el Festival Viña del Mar.