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Mastering Essentials: What Is Mastering?

Part 1 - The SOS Techniques Guide | by Ian Shepherd By Ian Shepherd
Published October 2020

In this major six-part video tutorial 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 will explore the tools, skills and decisions that can help you achieve great-sounding results.

Topics covered in this series will include:

Part 1. What Is Mastering?

Part 2. The Three Ms of Mastering

Part 3. How Loud Should You Master?

Part 4. Mastering EQ: Balance, Don’t Match

Part 5. Compression & Limiting In Mastering

Part 6. Final Delivery: Requirements & Specs

This is Part 1. New Parts will be released every couple of weeks. Subscribe to the SOS YouTube channel and click on the notifications bell to be notified when Parts 2-6 are made available.

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Published October 2020