In this six-part series, produced in association with Steinberg, well-known mastering engineer Ian Shepherd takes us through his approach to mastering. Whether you’re polishing individual tracks or assembling EPs or albums, Ian explores the tools, skills and decisions that can help you achieve great-sounding results.
Mastering Essentials: What Is Mastering?
In this six-part video tutorial series, produced in association with Steinberg, well-known mastering engineer Ian...
Mastering Essentials: The Three Ms of Mastering
Without a firm grasp of these three ‘core concepts’ of mastering, you’ll always struggle to get great results. In Part 2 of his series for SOS, mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes his “Three Ms of Mastering”, and why he thinks they’re so important.
Mastering Essentials: How Loud Should You Master?
How loud is loud enough, and how loud is too loud?
Mastering Essentials: EQ - Balance, Don’t Match
EQ will make or break your master. It's the single most important factor in mastering, once you've decided the loudness...
Mastering Essentials: Compression & Limiting
Compression in mastering is different — both the goals and the methods. Mastering engineer Ian Shepherd describes three different mastering compression techniques — how and when to use them, and why the goal is to be invisible.
Mastering Essentials: Final Delivery, Requirements & Specs
In this final episode of the SOS Mastering Essentials series, Ian Shepherd reveals the best specification and file formats for submitting your masters — both online, and for CD and vinyl.
Cubase Pro: Mix Mastering With Multiband Tools
We explore how Cubase’s multiband tools can help you master your own mixes [includes Audio Examples].
Mastering In Cubase 11
Want to try a spot of DIY mastering? You can do so in any version of Cubase 11, including Elements.