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Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering

This course covers all of the processes of mastering that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover preparation for mastering, resolution of mixing errors and defects, equalization, compression, limiting, and harmonic enhancement. Applications include mastering for CD and download, meeting current market requirements for mastering, repurposing and mastering of compilations.

The course is entirely practical and is assessed solely on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating mastering techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in mastering techniques.

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Instruction
Each of the twelve modules of this course includes a practical assignment project that you can work on in your own home recording studio using digital audio workstation software. The assignments include tasks that are typical of a professional recording environment. The challenges are tough, but full instruction is given, often with audio examples and demonstrations.

Study Methods
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering. Study centers around the practical assignment projects of the course and the assessments you will receive.

Assessment
You can submit each of your twelve practical assignment projects to Audio Masterclass for our assessment, comments and advice. Our assessments are detailed, friendly and helpful. We will tell you exactly what you are doing right, what could be better, and how you can improve. Re-submissions are welcome.

Certification
You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Mastering on successful completion of the course.

Course content

Course introduction
Module structure Knowledge
Notes on file format Knowledge
Foundation content
Pre-mastering Knowledge
De-clicking Knowledge
Noise removal Knowledge
Topping and tailing Knowledge
Mastering for vinyl Knowledge
Level vs. noise in vinyl mastering Knowledge
Acceleration limiting Knowledge
Mistracking Knowledge
Vinyl side duration Knowledge
Relative stylus-to-groove speed Knowledge
The vinyl mastering engineer Knowledge
Mastering for CD Knowledge
Bit depth and sampling rate Knowledge
Maximum duration Knowledge
PQ coding Knowledge
Mastering for download Knowledge
MP3 Knowledge
AAC Knowledge
Artistic aspects of mastering Knowledge
EQ Knowledge
Dynamic range Knowledge
The mastering (brickwall) limiter Knowledge
Multiband compression Knowledge
Clipping Knowledge
Notes from a professional mastering engineer Knowledge
Mastering for acoustic music Knowledge
Check questions Quiz
Model answers to check questions Quiz
Audio examples
Unmastered audio Audio examples
Normalization Audio examples
EQ Audio examples
Compression Audio examples
Limiting Audio examples
Clipping Audio examples
Multiband compression Audio examples
Module 1: Basic mastering processes
Module introduction Knowledge
Pre-mastering Knowledge
Normalization Practical assignment project
De-clicking Practical assignment project
Noise removal Practical assignment project
Balancing channels Practical assignment project
Topping and tailing Practical assignment project
Versioning Practical assignment project
Intersample peaks Practical assignment project
Module 2: Investigation of clipping
Module introduction Knowledge
Sine wave clipping Practical assignment project
Drum clipping Practical assignment project
Clipping music Practical assignment project
Module 3: Equalizing the mix
Module introduction Knowledge
Mastering examples Audio examples
Match the frequency balance of two tracks Practical assignment project
Notes on preset EQ curves Knowledge
Module 4: Compressing the mix
Module introduction Knowledge
The loudness war Knowledge
Mastering audio examples Audio examples
Compressing the mix Practical assignment project
Normal compression Practical assignment project
Parallel compression Practical assignment project
Module 5: Limiting
Module introduction Knowledge
Problems with limiters Knowledge
Look-ahead limiting Knowledge
Limiting without problems Practical assignment project
Investigation of clipping in limiters Practical assignment project
Investigation of attack time Practical assignment project
Investigation of release time Practical assignment project
Module 6: Low-frequency merge
Module introduction Knowledge
Low-frequency merge in vinyl mastering Knowledge
Investigation of varying degrees of low-frequency merging Practical assignment project
Module 7: Crossfading
Module introduction Knowledge
Consistency of level Practical assignment project
Butt editing Practical assignment project
Crossfading Practical assignment project
Module 8: Stereo width
Module introduction Knowledge
Control of stereo width using pan Practical assignment project
Conversion to MS (mid-side) Practical assignment project
Control of stereo width using MS technique Practical assignment project
Super-wide stereo Practical assignment project
Module 9: Dropout repair
Module introduction Knowledge
Example of dropout repair Audio examples
Dropout repair Practical assignment project
Module 10: Harmonic generation and warmth
Module introduction Knowledge
Investigation of clipping for harmonic generation Practical assignment project
Parallel clipping Practical assignment project
Filtered clipping Practical assignment project
Compressed clipping Practical assignment project
Module 11: Multiband compression
Module introduction Knowledge
Example of multiband compression Audio examples
Band splitting Practical assignment project
Multiband compression Practical assignment project
Parallel multiband compression Practical assignment project
Module 12: Complete mastering project
Module introduction Knowledge
Equalization Practical assignment project
Fader riding Practical assignment project
Compression Practical assignment project
Harmonic generation Practical assignment project
Final EQ adjustment Practical assignment project
Limiting and normalization to a prescribed level Practical assignment project
Topping and tailing Practical assignment project
Dither Practical assignment project

Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering

Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering

COURSE CONTENT

  • Access to the Audio Masterclass Academy website
  • 12 modules
  • 12 practical assignment projects
  • Assessment of your practical assignment work
  • Two-year enrollment period
  • An Audio Masterclass certificate on successful completion

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IN DETAIL

This course covers all of the processes of mastering that are in regular use in recording studio operations. The twelve modules cover preparation for mastering, resolution of mixing errors and defects, equalization, compression, limiting, and harmonic enhancement. Applications include mastering for CD and download, meeting current market requirements for mastering, repurposing and mastering of compilations.

The course is entirely practical and is assessed solely on the learner's practical assignment work. Text and graphic support materials are provided as appropriate, and the course includes audio example files demonstrating mastering techniques.

The outcome of the course will be an enhanced level of knowledge, skills and experience in mastering techniques.

Flexible Learning
You can study the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering online or by downloading all of the course materials to your own computer. The course can be completed in 12 weeks, or you can spread it out over up to two years if you wish. You can work on the course at any time you choose, and take breaks whenever you like.

Instruction
Each of the twelve modules of this course includes a practical assignment project that you can work on in your own home recording studio using digital audio workstation software. The assignments include tasks that are typical of a professional recording environment. The challenges are tough, but full instruction is given, often with audio examples and demonstrations.

Study Methods
This is the fully-assessed version of the Audio Masterclass Professional Course in Mastering. Study centers around the practical assignment projects of the course and the assessments you will receive.

Assessment
You can submit each of your twelve practical assignment projects to Audio Masterclass for our assessment, comments and advice. Our assessments are detailed, friendly and helpful. We will tell you exactly what you are doing right, what could be better, and how you can improve. Re-submissions are welcome.

Certification
You will receive the Audio Masterclass Professional Certificate in Mastering on successful completion of the course.

Course content

Course introduction
Module structure Knowledge
Notes on file format Knowledge
Foundation content
Pre-mastering Knowledge
De-clicking Knowledge
Noise removal Knowledge
Topping and tailing Knowledge
Mastering for vinyl Knowledge
Level vs. noise in vinyl mastering Knowledge
Acceleration limiting Knowledge
Mistracking Knowledge
Vinyl side duration Knowledge
Relative stylus-to-groove speed Knowledge
The vinyl mastering engineer Knowledge
Mastering for CD Knowledge
Bit depth and sampling rate Knowledge
Maximum duration Knowledge
PQ coding Knowledge
Mastering for download Knowledge
MP3 Knowledge
AAC Knowledge
Artistic aspects of mastering Knowledge
EQ Knowledge
Dynamic range Knowledge
The mastering (brickwall) limiter Knowledge
Multiband compression Knowledge
Clipping Knowledge
Notes from a professional mastering engineer Knowledge
Mastering for acoustic music Knowledge
Check questions Quiz
Model answers to check questions Quiz
Audio examples
Unmastered audio Audio examples
Normalization Audio examples
EQ Audio examples
Compression Audio examples
Limiting Audio examples
Clipping Audio examples
Multiband compression Audio examples
Module 1: Basic mastering processes
Module introduction Knowledge
Pre-mastering Knowledge
Normalization Practical assignment project
De-clicking Practical assignment project
Noise removal Practical assignment project
Balancing channels Practical assignment project
Topping and tailing Practical assignment project
Versioning Practical assignment project
Intersample peaks Practical assignment project
Module 2: Investigation of clipping
Module introduction Knowledge
Sine wave clipping Practical assignment project
Drum clipping Practical assignment project
Clipping music Practical assignment project
Module 3: Equalizing the mix
Module introduction Knowledge
Mastering examples Audio examples
Match the frequency balance of two tracks Practical assignment project
Notes on preset EQ curves Knowledge
Module 4: Compressing the mix
Module introduction Knowledge
The loudness war Knowledge
Mastering audio examples Audio examples
Compressing the mix Practical assignment project
Normal compression Practical assignment project
Parallel compression Practical assignment project
Module 5: Limiting
Module introduction Knowledge
Problems with limiters Knowledge
Look-ahead limiting Knowledge
Limiting without problems Practical assignment project
Investigation of clipping in limiters Practical assignment project
Investigation of attack time Practical assignment project
Investigation of release time Practical assignment project
Module 6: Low-frequency merge
Module introduction Knowledge
Low-frequency merge in vinyl mastering Knowledge
Investigation of varying degrees of low-frequency merging Practical assignment project
Module 7: Crossfading
Module introduction Knowledge
Consistency of level Practical assignment project
Butt editing Practical assignment project
Crossfading Practical assignment project
Module 8: Stereo width
Module introduction Knowledge
Control of stereo width using pan Practical assignment project
Conversion to MS (mid-side) Practical assignment project
Control of stereo width using MS technique Practical assignment project
Super-wide stereo Practical assignment project
Module 9: Dropout repair
Module introduction Knowledge
Example of dropout repair Audio examples
Dropout repair Practical assignment project
Module 10: Harmonic generation and warmth
Module introduction Knowledge
Investigation of clipping for harmonic generation Practical assignment project
Parallel clipping Practical assignment project
Filtered clipping Practical assignment project
Compressed clipping Practical assignment project
Module 11: Multiband compression
Module introduction Knowledge
Example of multiband compression Audio examples
Band splitting Practical assignment project
Multiband compression Practical assignment project
Parallel multiband compression Practical assignment project
Module 12: Complete mastering project
Module introduction Knowledge
Equalization Practical assignment project
Fader riding Practical assignment project
Compression Practical assignment project
Harmonic generation Practical assignment project
Final EQ adjustment Practical assignment project
Limiting and normalization to a prescribed level Practical assignment project
Topping and tailing Practical assignment project
Dither Practical assignment project