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. This could be done for CD, TV, the Internet, video games, etc.
"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
Mastering aims to make your audio to sound properly on any kind of audio system, device or application (home system, earphones, club, theaters, etc.). A well-mastered song will have the right volume, avoiding those unpleasant volume changes from song to song. Mastering also brings more clarity and punch to the music, so it can compete with other professional productions.
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.
With practice and patience while following the recommendations, you will get better results each time and your music will sound more professional and well-finished.
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. You can study a couple of lessons in just 15 minutes each day! It takes you in a step-by-step process, from file selection to audio bouncing for CD or web platforms (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, etc.). The lessons include topics like:
Audio file Editing and noise reduction
Serial, parallel and multiband processing
Control and balance of stereo image
Stereo L-R vs M-S processing
Use of reverb and harmonic enhancers in mastering
Limiters and levels for CD and streaming platforms
Loudness, LUFS and dBs
All these techniques can be applied on any music style: Pop, rock, latin, hip-hop, EDM, urbano, ballad, country, etc. The information in the course is also valuable for other kinds of audio productions, like:
At the end of the course, you will get the knowledge and examples to start mastering your own songs and music productions. You will know how to use your available audio plugins (VST, AU, AAX, etc) in a mastering setup.
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 and a top instructor on Udemy, so academic quality is guaranteed. Join more than 8,000 students worldwide and learn more about audio!
*The course shows the use of specialized mastering processors, like iZotope Ozone, yet the use of these processors is optional.
**Este curso también está disponible en español.