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New course aims to shed light on ‘dark art’ of mastering

Former SOS contributor teams with ex-Abbey Road mastering engineer for course

Taught by former SOS contributor Russ Hepworth-Sawyer of MOTTOsound and ex-Abbey Road mastering engineer Paul Baily, The Mastering Course introduces the art of music post-production. 

Intended for those with experience in the home or semi-pro studio, the course aims to shed some light on the 'dark art' of mastering. As a small group (no more than eight), students will be introduced to the history and context of mastering followed an introduction to the tools of the trade. And there will be ample opportunity to master your music with the pros.

Students on this two-day course will discuss the principles of mastering. These include an appreciation of the role of the mastering engineer in the production process; the art of mastering and the vision for the product. Commonly-used equipment will be investigated and there will also be a specific focus on professional level systems such as Pyramix and ATC Monitoring. 

Topics covered during the course include:

  •     Listening skills for mastering
  •     Acoustic and monitoring considerations
  •     Editing and mastering in digital audio workstations
  •     Signal processing in mastering
  •     Sequencing music (track order)
  •     Fades, pauses
  •     Delivery methods
  •     Re-mastering

The course is to be held in Skipton, North Yorkshire over the weekend of 11-12th March 2017 at the Digital Audio Company’s mastering studio, designed by Recording-Architecture. The course costs £145 per head and includes a copy of the Practical Mastering book by Russ Hepworth-Sawyer & Mark Cousins and a free course mug!

For more information & bookings please email or call +44 (0)113 815 3001

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