Mastering Tutorial






Mastering Tutorial

Learn how to master your song without paying expensive studio rates. This is a guided step by step course by PRO Mastering Engineer Slade Templeton on how to master your tracks at home. Delve in and discover the fantastic results that can be achieved with today's plugins.

Slade works as a professional mixing & mastering engineer for Influx Studios in Bern, Switzerland .

Watch the course overview for a more in-depth look at what you'll get out of the course

15 Lessons - 2 hours - Any Genre, Any DAW

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What are you going to get out of it?

Greater Experience

Perhaps you have successfully completed one of our beginner tutorials, or you are looking to take your music production skills to the next level. These any DAW Masterclass tutorials have all the knowledge you need in order for you to bring your mixes, recordings, vocals, drums and arrangements to life.


A Higher Level Of Music Production Skills

These any DAW Masterclass tutorials are full of more advanced music production techniques, that will help you discover new producer skills. All these tutorials are made so you can jump to any specific skill or technique in the lessons, that you may be having difficulty with, and find a solution that is easy to follow and implement in your own projects.

Fresh Inspiration

In this course you'll gain many inspiring ways to help you make your own music, including the steps required to get you there. Everything from polished mixes to creative ideas to help inspire you. The possibilities are endless and you'll go away with a load of easy to repeat ideas that you can use in your own tracks.


Reward From Your Own Abilities

If you have already completed one of our beginner tutorials you will know, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction felt when you complete a song. These Masterclass music production tutorials will help you make your own songs sound much more professional, much cleaner and more creative.

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Course Structure

Course Structure

Module 1 - Foundational Knowledge & Approach (Vids 1-3)


After a short intro we'll look at exactly what Mastering is and what is expected from the Mastering process. We then move on to explain the best way how to prepare your track prior to Mastering, to ensure you get the best possible result from mastering. In the third video we show you the best way to set up your project on your DAW and talk you through the optimum settings.




Module 2 - Subtractive & Mid/Side EQ

(Vids 4-5)


The first part of the Mastering process is to listen through a few times and detect any problematic resonant frequencies. Slade then demonstrates how to effectively use subtractive EQ to tame these frequencies and achieve a more balanced mix, before going into the compressors. A compressor won't be as effective if it's receiving spikes from problem frequencies. Slade also explains what mid/side EQ is and when to use it.




Module 3 - Compression (Vids 6-7)


The next piece of the puzzle is compression. Now that corrective EQ has been applied, the next job is to start balancing out the levels of the different frequency bands with multi-band compression. This helps to gel the track together. Slade explains oversampling and how to set your crossover points when deciding on your bands. He then moves onto stereo compressors and explains the 4 main types and when to use them.

Module 4 - Additive EQ & Saturation

(Vids 8-9)


Sometimes a track will need EQ added to it as opposed to subtracting it (see Module 2). For example lifting up the high end to give the mix some sparkle. What better time to add this EQ when natural harmonics have just been added at the previous compression stage. If done correctly, these harmonics can be boosted to good effect. Slade also explains the benefits of adding warmth and excitement via saturation to achieve the desirable analog sound.


Module 5 - Limiting, Dithering & Metering (Vids 10-14)


After explaining what limiting is, Slade shows you why he often uses 3 different style limiters in a chain and the purpose and settings of each one. He then makes the complicated subject of Dithering and Sample Rate Conversion very simple as you get your track down to the desired format. After showing you 'width' plugins and the potential phase problems they can produce, he covers metering and explains the terms LUFS, RMS, dBFS, Crest and Peak.


Module 6 - Putting It All Into Practice

(Vids 15)


Here it is - the finale! We recap everything you have learned in the mastering process and put it all into practice with a live example of one of Slade's clients. Yes! - He shows you exactly what processes he applied at each and every stage of the client's project and explains in full why that particular technique was used and what the benefit was to the track. This part of the course is a priceless insight into how to master your own tracks. Enjoy!

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Slade Templeton is a Record Producer and Mastering Engineer at multi-award winning Influx Studios in Bern, Switzerland. He has produced and engineered for some of the world's leading artists and record labels, ranging from rock music to dance music and everything in-between. At 30, he already has 12 years experience in the music industry and has toured 20 countries under the names Defunkt! and Crying Vessel.

Slade reveals all his secrets and expertise to you on this easy to follow, step by step course for Mastering your tracks at home. His aim is to help you achieve similar results.

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