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Audio Mastering 101: A Beginners Guide to Modern Music Mastering

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Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more. On Skillshare, members come together to find inspiration and take the next step in their creative journey.

About This Class

In this class, I will teach you the basic concepts of Modern Audio Mastering and show you how you can create a great-sounding ‘Release Ready’ Master.

Mastering is often seen as a ‘Dark Art’ and in this class, I will be dispelling some of the ‘Myths’ surrounding Mastering whilst teaching you the fundamental techniques that I use as a Professional Mastering Engineer. 


In this class, you will learn the basic Mastering techniques as well as background knowledge needed to ensure you create a Mastered Song that will translate well on all platforms.

The class is divided into easy-to-digest sections that include the following:

What is Mastering?

Common Mastering Terms

Loudness Normalization - The Basics

How to setup a Mastering Session

Quality Control

Limiting 101

Compression - 'Do I need a Compressor for Mastering?'


Final Export & Rendering

The skills and techniques shared in this class are the core concepts that I use in a Professional Mastering capacity. I have Mastered commercially for many artists and have worked on releasing music that is widely available. But not only is Mastering my passion but I also love to share my knowledge and have released over 90 educational videos under my brand Mastering In The Box. 


This class is very much a beginners guide to Mastering so is perfect for:

  • Anyone who wants to understand the basic concepts and knowledge required for modern music releases.

  • An Independent Musician or Band who wants to learn how to release your own music.

  • A Mixing Engineer who wants to offer a Mastering Service to your clients.

  • Someone who is looking to get into the field of Mastering as a bespoke service. 


If you fall into one of the above categories then this class will be perfect for you.

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