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What Is The 7 Step Mastering Formula?

In this video, I show you an overview of my 7 Step Formula for mastering your songs to sound just as full, fat, and loud (if that’s what you want) as commercial records.

After years of trial and error trying to figure out how the pros do it, I eventually distilled everything I had learnt into this simple system that finally got me the ‘commercial-quality’ results I was looking for.

My video and eBook give you the ‘crash course’ of my Mastering formula to get you started, and I really hope it helps improve the sound of your tracks.

Download My eBook That Goes Along With This Video

As I mention at the end of the video, I’ve written a short eBook – ‘How To Master A Song’, that goes along with this video and breaks down all the steps into a little more detail.

It’s also a great overview that you can reference back to if you get stuck.

Anyway, I’d like to send it to you, NO CHARGE :)

But it gets even better… I’ve just put together a “2 Week Mastering Mini-Course” which you can sign-up for now – absolutely free.

And I’ll send you my ‘How To Master A Song’ eBook as part of the course as soon as you register.

Click here , or just scroll down near the bottom of this page, and you’ll see the sign-up form where you can put in your name and email address to register for free.

How To Master A Song : Quick Jump Guide…

If you want to jump to a specific section, you can use these times as a reference…

 

2:45 — What Is Mastering?

3:18 — The 5 Purposes Of Mastering

The 7 Step Mastering Formula:

6:37 — Step 1: ‘Prepare It’

8:06 — Step 2: ‘Fix It’

10:18 — Step 3: ‘Enhance It’

19:12 — Step 4: ‘Compress It’

23:05 — Step 5: ‘Clip It’

25:01 — Step 6: ‘Limit It’

28:53 — Step 7: ‘Reference It’

29:47 — Some Final Tips

Here’s A List Of All The Plugins Used In Order:

This is just a list of the plugins I used in THIS video, but you don’t have to use the exact same thing.

I’ve put the TYPE of plugin in brackets so you can look for something similar if you like.

 

1. Waves REQ (Parametric EQ – High Pass Filter)

2. DUY Valve (Valve Emulation)

3. DUY Tape (Tape Emulation)

4. Waves QClone (Parametric EQ – High Shelving Filter)

5. Waves Maxx Bass (Bass Enhancer)

6. Waves SSL Compressor (Compressor)

7. DUY Wide (Stereo Widener)

8. Waves LinMB (Multiband Compressor)

9. T-Racks Soft Clipper (Soft Clipper)

10. Waves L3 (Multiband Brickwall Limiter)

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For the next 2 weeks I’ll send you some of my BEST stuff and exclusive content ONLY available in this course. Honestly, this took me a LOT of time and effort to put together, and I should be charging for it. But right now, you can sign-up for it absolutely free :)

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*I hate spam just as much as you do. Your info is safe with me and I will only send you great stuff that will help you improve your tracks.

I’ve just downloaded your book onto my iPad and had a quick skim through it, and it’s kind of like a fairy godmother has just waved her magic wand and filled in most of my knowledge gaps in one swoop!

I find your writing style and approach to teaching very appealing, and I’m suddenly understanding things that have always seemed quite elusive and fuzzy. I think I’ve always been a bit hesitant to embark on a big learning curve, but your book makes a complex area of expertise much easier to grasp than I would have thought possible.”

– Geoff

 

Ok Rob, why is this FREE?? What’s the catch?

I’ve had a couple of people emailing me very suspicious about why I’m offering this course for free (pointing out that there’s no such thing as a free lunch :)

So I just wanted to make that clear over here. Yes, the 2 Week Mini-Course above is 100% free – it’s a “free lunch” on me!

But I totally understand the skepticism from some people – this kind of thing does take a LOT of time and money to put together. So in case you were a little skeptical yourself, the reason I am able to offer this for free is because of the few people who want a more in-depth mastering training, and purchase my Ultimate Mastering Formula program.

If you are interested in a more in-depth training, you’re welcome to check out that program over here: Ultimate Mastering Formula

But just to be clear: When you sign up above, the 2 Week Mastering Mini-Course is totally free! I want you to enjoy this introduction and overview to mastering, and I hope you get a ton of value out of it and it really helps you to improve your sound.

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119 Responses to How To Master A Song – The 7 Step Formula Overview

  1. Craig says:

    dude, AMAZING!! thank you for sharing this.. gonna check out your eBook now. thanks

  2. Henke says:

    Wow, you´re a hard worker! Impressive blog and ebook. I´ve been recording and mastering for years and I´ve still learned alot from your tips n tricks. Solid work! Thanks!
    Henke

  3. oliver says:

    I´ve have totaly enjoyed your course.
    This is by far the best help I got in years!
    Thank you very much for this useful tool.
    Best ,
    Oliver

  4. Clinzell Washington says:

    I haven’t had the opportunity to exercise the techniques yet but I’m sure this will bring my skills up a few notches.

  5. Juan says:

    Great stuff Rob thanks for sharing your video and e-book they were enjoyable, informative, and straight to the point. The material has been much appreciated my friend thank you! :)

  6. Nikos says:

    Hi Rob,
    I ‘m not good in English and i ‘ve never thought to master a song by my own but this e-book fills me with enthousiasm because your analysis of every step makes things so clear in both ways; understanding and hearing. Thank you soooooo much!

    Nikos Barmpoutis

  7. hendrik says:

    Thanks for eBook

  8. phil says:

    I never got the download link for your eBook

  9. Felipe says:

    Hi Rob, I’m from Colombia, I’m so happy with this video and book, you’re amazing. The way you talk is so clear. I would like to recive some mixing tips, and How to record a flute(I´m a quena player), and were(it’s sounding so room). Thanks again.

  10. Sheldon says:

    Rob,
    I am about to buy your mastering program, but after seeing the list of (expensive) plugins you use, I’m reconsidering. How much of the instruction makes use of programs I may not have, i.e., stereo widening, valve & tape emulation, soft clipping? I’m using Presonus Studio Pro with no additional plugins.
    Sheldon

    • Rob says:

      Hey Sheldon,

      Sorry for taking a while to respond, it’s just been crazy with the launch.

      It’s a great question. – Yes, I do use those plugins but simply because I know them the best, but it’s NOT all about the plugins.

      In fact, I’m not sure how long you’ve been following my stuff, but about two weeks ago I did an experiment called the “Hollywood Master Challenge” – this was done with entirely FREE plugins.

      I specifically did that to PROVE that’s it’s NOT about the plugins.

      I’ve also included a bonus session where I master a track using nothing but free software – yes, INCLUDING the DAW.

      The program really is about teaching you the SKILL.

      Things like stereo widening, valve and tape, and soft clipping are just ONE option, but there are MANY ways to go about getting the result you want.

      Hope that answers your question – by the way, look out in the next day or two because I’m going to be telling you able one of the coolest stereo widening plugins I’ve found – and yes, it’s totally free :)

      Let me know if you have any more questions about it though!

      • Ravindra says:

        hey Rob…,
        could you send me the link of that video….that…”Hollywood Mster Challenge” one….

  11. Scotty (Unders) says:

    Great video, some interesting ideas and ways of working.

    My only real gripe is why would you use MaxxBass on the Master and not at the mix stage? I don’t have any plugin that works like MaxxBass to contrast but it seems like a polish the turd technique.

    Thanks

    Unders

    • Rob says:

      Hey Scotty,

      there’s no set ‘rule’ –often I’ll actually use MaxxBass on the mix buss, and then obviously won’t use it again in the mastering process… but it’s essentially the same thing.

      It all depends what you’re trying to do and the track that you’re working on.

      For example, if you have a track that has a mixture of elements that are bassy and not so bassy, using MaxxBass probably won’t work because it will exaggerate the bassy element and make them too bassy.

      But if you’ve got a track that could just generally benefit from a bit of extra ‘fatness’, then MaxxBass can do a good job –because it’s not the same as just adding bass, it’s actually generating harmonics.

      But you’re right, as a general rule, the earlier on in the production process you get it right, the better.

      • Scotty (Unders) says:

        Thanks for the reply.
        Do you know of any other plugins that do a similar job. often to add harmonics il reach for some “analogue” imitation and drive it a little but that can be hit an miss. Hcomp for example works quite well.

  12. Sahil Makhija says:

    hey man just wanted to say I’ve been mixing and mastering bands for over 10 years and in the 30 minutes of watching your video I learnt so much and gained so much confidence in what I do. Thank you so much for the video. I’ll be following your work more closely now :)

  13. Christopher says:

    Hi Rob,

    How does this all apply to “Orchestral Music”? I can’t ever seem to find anything that focus’s on how to master Orchestral midi mockups and Piano. Would love to hear what you have to say about this particular subject and not “hip-hip and dance, rock music”.

    By the way, amazing video and thanks so much for sharing your information! Not many people would do that!

    Thanks so much!

    • Rob says:

      Hey Christopher, it’s a great question.

      Here’s the thing, how you master a track isn’t so much about the style of music as it is about the INTENSITY.

      So generally, classical and more natural styles of music will be mastered less aggressively to retain the ‘organic’ sound of the music.

      More aggressive styles of music – rock, hip hop, dance, etc. will likewise be mastered very similarly, these days that generally means a loud, full sound.

      So in other words, the way you master a song needs to be CONGRUENT with the style and vibe of that song.

      If it’s a mellow acoustic song, you’re not going to master it to be as loud and edgy as the latest Greenday album.

      Where’s if you’re doing black death metal… well, the louder the better right? :)

      That’s why I put together my Ultimate Mastering Formula program, to give you a whole range of different styles and perspectives.

      I actually do a mastering session of a live orchestra recording.

      But basically, for orchestral music – if you’re going for a ‘classic’ and natural sound, I would leave out steps 4 and 5 (compress it and clip it) without a doubt.

      You DEFINITELY don’t want to be clipping that! :)

      I would also go easy on the enhancement, maybe just a bit of stereo widening and reverb (if you haven’t already got enough in the mix phase)

      Remember, if you’re going for that natural classic sound, compression is the ENEMY!

      You WANT those dynamics in there.

      If on the other hand you’re going for a more modern ‘pop’ orchestral / piano sound, then you could experiment and get a bit more creative.

      That’s the thing about music, it’s subjective, and it all depends what you’re for.

      Anyway, hope that makes sense! –Let me know if you still have questions about it though and I’ll try and explain better :)

      • Alexander says:

        Another thing to note is that a little bit of upwards expansion, of say 2-3 dB, can go a long way when doing orchestral music as you generally want to have a very large dynamic range.

  14. Ladarrius Turner says:

    i want to know what plugin did you have on the master fader

  15. kay says:

    I am a beginer in all this, i am new this all software and mix and mastering….can you plz help me how can i learn basic of mixing , it will be grt help u if u let me knw how to start things. i hav rode nt1a and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and pro tools and m wrking as a home studio….help me

    • Rob says:

      Hey Kay – right now I’m just focusing on mastering… but will be putting together some mixing stuff soon!

      • Ramon says:

        I will be looking forward for Mixing Tutorials.. I just saw your video… and came to this page checked it all out and seemed legit to me… I just purchased your program and signed up for the 2 Week thing… thanks a lot bro!

        • Rob says:

          Hey thanks Ramon, hope you’re getting stuck in! – The Ultimate Mastering Formula is really the “meat” and goes into ALL the details of my mastering system – but the 2 week course (including the How To Master A Song vid) provides a great overview and introduction to mastering to get you started. So you’re all set to soon be mastering like a pro! :)

  16. Kevin says:

    Wish you had more youtube videos

  17. Rob says:

    Hey Rob,
    Honestly I got to hand it to you man. I found your video on YouTube and as soon as I played the video for a few seconds, i scrolled down to the description and saw a link. I paused the video and clicked the link and was taken to this site. To tell you the truth i thought I had just run into another AD that mentions some tips but doesn’t really give you the information behind the tips. I was just about to close the tab when i noticed the video from YouTube right there, so i clicked it and much to my surprise 32 mins later I realized that i had not only not moved an inch from my screen, i was frantically looking all over the page for more TIPS! I have never learned that much from a tutorial that quick. I was really blown away by the clear and accurate information that you gave that was not only helpful but was EASILY UNDERSTANDABLE. I immediately signed up for your 2 week crash course. I’m telling everybody I know about you and your formula. I mainly work with Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B and i cant wait to put your formula to work. I know I’ll be back to ask some questions but bottom line is Thank you. As soon as I get done with this 2 week course i’m gonna start setting aside some money to purchase your program.
    Thanks Again Bro
    From one Rob to another

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Rob! Haha – I know what you mean, I’m exactly the same.. it’s like our minds have evolved to avoid spammy ads that try to lure us in :)

      Anyway, you should have received my eBook (which is basically a breakdown of the vid), and I’ll kick off the rest of the course on Monday – chat to you then!

  18. Mark says:

    Hi Rob! Thanks for your great recommendations. Btu I have first question to you :) : Do you put limiters (L2 / L3) when doing mix (for example on snare drum) or only when Mastering the Track? Or both?

    • Rob says:

      Hey Mark, great question. This was actually one of the things I would do when starting out, I would literally put these on everything in the mix – BIG “rookie” mistake!

      As a rule of thumb, you really should have no need to use a brick wall limiter in the mixing phase (except in very specific conditions in which case I probably wouldn’t use the L2 / L3 anyway.)

      These really are designed to squash the maximum level out of a track, which you shouldn’t need to do in your mix because you can alter the individual track levels.

      Of course, if you want to use them for a certain “effect”, then by all means :)

      That said, I did once hear that Chris Lord-Alge (super famous mix engineer) will sometimes use the Waves L1 to even out a lead vocal a bit – so there are instances.

      But to use it on a snare – which is already most likely going to get squashed in the mastering, seems a bit pointless if you know what I mean.

      Hope that helps!

  19. Sweet P says:

    Hi Rob,

    What can I really say but you are amazing, the tips you gave just out standing i will be putting this to good use Thank you so much for taking the time to do this it’s very well appreciated just keep doing what your doing and I know God will Bless you thank you..

  20. Alejandro says:

    How does the 2 Week Course work?
    Is it a online Course where you get videos and all that stuff send via e-mail?

  21. Jesse James says:

    Hey, I’m really impressed with your work! Thank you for great quality with out a price (I’m just getting started and this has taken the Mystery out of Mastering). I’m sure I will be investing in you and your products. :-D

    • Rob says:

      Hey thanks Jesse! …And hopefully I’ll not only remove the mystery, but also give you the SKILLS to master your tracks to sound GREAT :)

  22. john says:

    Hey Rob,
    I have a audio technica 3525 microphone. Can i still get a great sound out of that? Can the best plugins make my mic sound just as good as the u87 or the sony g series mic? Or am i just wasting my time? One last question. How do you feel about the antares mic modeler? I’m trying to get something without having to spend that kind of money.
    Rob i think your a very humble dude and i respect you. Talk to you soon.

    • Rob says:

      Hey John! – This isn’t really about mastering… but it’s a great question so I’ll answer it anyway :)

      Ok, so there’s good news and bad…

      Let’s start with the bad news.

      The bad news is that I’ve messed around for DAYS with all kinds of mic modeling plugins etc. and in general I’ve found them all to be rather “gimicky”.

      However, to be honest, I haven’t tried any new ones that may have come out in the last year or two.

      I just found that they ended up doing more harm than good – and if anything, they were really just EQing the sound slightly.

      Ok, now for the good news.

      It doesn’t matter that much! :)

      Seriously, I remember being in exactly the same situation as you – wondering whether I was going to have to drop $3000 on a decent mic.

      Well, one day I was tracking an album and thought I’d just hire a U87 to hear how it would turn out.

      No doubt, it was really nice, very warm and full sound to it.

      So we tracked most of the album using that.

      But there were still a couple of songs left and for some reason I couldn’t get hold of the U87 so I used my regular Audix CX 112 (A very moderately priced mic).

      Long story short, besides the change in mic – it was the same singer / gear / engineer etc. and in the end you couldn’t really tell which tracks were done with the U87 and which were done with the Audix.

      Now, I will add ONE caveat…

      This was for a contemporary alternative / pop / rock style track – so there was a fair amount processing done to the vocals – not crazy, but the usual EQ, compressor, a bit of autotune, reverb, delay etc.

      If you were recording something more natural, like a jazz piano for example, or a classical orchestra where you’re not going to process the tracks so much – THEN having a really great sounding mic/s can really make a difference…

      Of course, in this case you’d NEVER use a mic modeling plugin anyway! :)

      So that was a bit of a long answer, but hope that helps and answers your question!

  23. Patrick 'Oxigin' Aziken says:

    This like Diamond in the Dirt that ain’t been found…a lot of producers and sound hunks would kill for this. I would like to advertise this post on my blog. I am not directly posting any content, am only advertising it with reference back to your website and your contact info incase anyone would like you to do something for them. So permission to do so?

  24. Jason Farnham says:

    HI Rob-
    just watched your youtube video-
    really great and informative- thank you for posting! I do have a couple questions:
    I notice that you are mastering a finalized 2 channel stereo track-
    I’m just curious if I could get your advice on this-
    I think what I have been doing is not the right way-
    as I’ve been inserting the mastering plug-ins on my Submaster and Master tracks (in the actual session) – does that make sense?
    In other words: within the actual session, I create a submix track- and feed all my tracks into that one, and on that track I insert McDSP Analog Channel, followed by Waves Center (to widen stereo image)
    Then right next to that, on the stereo Master track- I insert the Waves LinMB, followed by the L2. This is all within the actual session. Would you recommend not inserting any of these types of mastering plugins in the actual mix (except where needed on individual tracks, etc)- but first bounce to disk, creating a 2-track stereo mix, and THEN adding the plugins?
    And if so, when I bounce to disk (the first time, before mastering)- should that be a 48khz, 24 bit WAV file, or AIFF?

    Finally – I really like the plugins I’ve been using- but the ones you are using seem great too- can you suggest a combination or order based on what I already have? And possibly including some of the plugins you were using as well?
    Thanks and sorry for all the questions! Just trying to make sure I do this correctly.

    Cheers
    Jason

    PS- I see the list of plug-ins you are using- are they all available for Native or are some of them only TDM?
    Are you mixing at 96khz or 48khz (I’m at 48khz – Pro Tools LE 8.0.3, so all my plug-ins are Native)

    • Rob says:

      Hey Jason! Ok so let me see if I can make it through all your questions… ;)

      1. What you’re doing is totally fine – in fact, I OFTEN do that these days because it saves a lot of time. If a client wants something in the mix changed, I don’t have to go through the whole process of changing the mix, exporting, re-importing into the mastering session etc. – The only time you can’t do it that way is if your mix session is really big and your CPU can’t handle the load of the mastering plugins… that happens often to me and then I’ve got to either internally bounce tracks in the mix session, or export the mix like this and create a separate mastering session.

      2. They plugins you’re using are great – I honestly don’t think it’ll make a major difference… but if you’re curious, give them a try, you’ve really just got to experiment with different things, different orders etc. until you find YOUR sound. I’d suggest downloading the demos and just checking them out! …All of these plugins are native.

      3. One advantage of mastering in a separate session is that you can up the sample rate to say 96khz – I do like this, I find that it “holds up” better to the mastering. Ideally (and computers are catching up) you would keeping the sample rate at 96kHz+ all the way from the recording. I’ve actually tested this, and there’s no doubt the lows are fatter and more defined, and there’s less high end distortion – probably not something the “average” person would notice, but us muso’s are always obsessing about every little improvement right? :) – So to answer your question, most of the time I record and mix at 48kHz because of the size of the sessions, and then either do the master in the session, or if I have the time and I’m going for the best results, I’ll export and convert to 96kHz and then master at that.

      Hope that helps!

      • Jason Farnham says:

        Thanks for the response, Rob! I’m so sorry to respond so late to this – I was traveling for a bit and and now just catching up on a lot of emails-
        but thanks again and I would love to sign up for your ebook!
        email: jfarnham2@yahoo.com

        One question- you mention it’s best to start the recording process at 96khz- I have Pro-Tools LE (version 8.0.3) and the max I can do is 48 khz- is there a way to go to 96 now without having to invest in Pro-Tools HD?
        thanks – I was curious.

        • Alexander says:

          You don’t need to go to Pro Tools HD but there are crossgrades to Pro Tools (the regular full version). The HD systems requires hardware aswell as software and cost you way too much cash but the regular full version is not too expensive (around 300 €). Anyways the answer is no, you cannot unless you get the full version. The 96k could be good for mp3 and in the mixing stages etc but so can 196. Since CD is still only 41.2 kHz you will still get a good sound out of your system. (This reply does not consider Pro Tools 11 which is just about to be released).

  25. dexter says:

    Thank you sir you are a blessing God bless yir family and all your effort and kindness to helping us
    God bless your journey…………..

  26. Victor says:

    Hey Great Sounding mastering you did. Hope I will get that wisdom you are sharing with others on here and youtube. if you can send me that ebook to thecoke16@hotmail.com

    Thanks
    Victor

  27. wagnner portela says:

    Não estou encontrando os plugins DUY para baixar, como faço?

  28. wagnner portela says:

    Gostaria de baixar os plugins DUY, tem como? Abraços

  29. Teejay says:

    Great video and cool tips, but, there’s no such thing as a free lunch these day’s, I’d like to know what costs are incurred in your program after signing up.

    Cheers

    • Rob says:

      Hey Teejay!

      Haha very true :) Ok, so I’ve actually had a few people ask this so let me just clear this up – the 2 week course is TOTALLY free. It’s both a great intro and overview of mastering – and for many people, mainly those who already have quite a bit of engineering experience, it’s all they need to start getting great results mastering their tracks.

      However, I soon realized that there were a lot of people who really wanted to go ‘deeper’, and so I do sell my Ultimate Mastering Formula program which takes you through the whole mastering process step-by-step and just goes into a lot more detail about everything. (The reason I need to sell this is because it cost me a lot of time and money to put together, and it also helps me to offer you more great resources like this free mastering course :)

      And BTW, although it’s “free”, it really is ONLY GREAT STUFF and it too took a lot of time and effort to put together! I only tell you this because I think so many people give away a bunch of junk and then expect you to pay for the ‘good stuff’.

      So just to be clear – there’s NO OBLIGATION at all to get that!! If you think the extra training might be something you want to invest in, I’d encourage you to check it out. If not, I just want you to enjoy the free course and I hope you get a ton of value out of it.

      So hope that clears that up – and you’re welcome to email me if you have any mastering questions!

      Rob

  30. xevi C says:

    congratulations!!! very interesting!!!!!!! thanks!!!!!!!!

  31. Trippfan says:

    Great tutorial…best I’ve seen yet. Btw, WHAT is the song? I love it!

  32. Vinz says:

    Hi Rob,
    I’ve read with a great attention your mini-course…
    And I’ve finally purchased the complete formula this morning…

    What a great program here !!!…

    I’ve learned a lot just in the “FIX IT” module…
    It helps me to “understand” and focus my mistakes in the mix…
    Mixing objective analysis (PAZ or plugin) and subjective (ears) is a real real good thing…
    That’s what I needed…
    Clear and Simple !
    (even for a frenchy guy ;-)

    Thanks for this great tutorial…

    Do you plan to create such an amazing “Mix Formula” ?

    • Rob says:

      Hey thanks Vinz!

      Haha, I get asked this ALL the time – let’s just say, I am working on some new stuff and will keep you posted! :)

  33. Diego says:

    I wanna cry
    Thanks a lot

  34. Darren Weeks says:

    Thanks for your tutorial, interested in signing up for the course, what are the times, is it full time for 2 weeks or just in the evening, plus I’m in the UK…

    thanks again for your tutorial mate…

  35. AJ says:

    What band/song is used in this video. Sounds great!!

  36. sinayobye patrick says:

    which software have you used for that 7 steps (name of software) thank u brother

  37. Rajdeep Das says:

    great stuff.. really helpful

  38. hany says:

    THX Rob

  39. Scott says:

    Hi Rob,

    I saw your short mastering YouTube video and am interested in your 2 week course.

    How does the class work… meaning, do we all log in into a webinar at the ‘same’ time or do we watch pre-made topic videos on our own time?

    I’d guess this is not actually “live”?

    Is it every night for the 2 week period or possibly 2 long classes once a week?

    … or can you describe the details please?

    Thnx,
    Scott

    • Rob says:

      Hey Scott – I decided not to go the webinar route because there’s people from literally all over the world, and picking a time is just impossible as you’d imagine :)

      So it’s not “live” in the sense that it’s happening at a specific time, but I will be emailing you every 3 days with some cool stuff that you can check out as soon as you have a chance.

      You can give me a shout if you’ve got mastering questions!

  40. Amaury says:

    Hi Rob,

    Nice thing you managed to offer all this for free !

    I’ve considered setting up a video like this in french for quite some time… now I discover someone’s set the bar really high ;-)

    I have random thoughts coming out of my head at the moment so I’ll just drop them down as a form of contribution (for what it’s worth :-))

    I think it might be useful to add a word on the common “traps and pitfalls” :

    Most often than not, when performing a mastering session on a 2 tracks mix, the balance of the mixes gets radically changed in the name of “loudness”.

    Heavily compressing a whole mix as the side effect of bringing up EVERYTHING that wasn’t loud like reverbs, small percs, …

    To get around this problem, I usually put some multiband compression/limiting on the whole program in the midst of my mixing session, once the main elements have found their place.

    I believe low budget productions choosing to perform the mastering on their own should consider aiming for a “mastered mix” and not perform the two processes apart.

    The fact that, in the digital world, you can come back over and over again on your mix truly allows for this.
    I usually use at least 10 iterations for a track before I’m satisfied, which means 10 times burning a cd and listening at every place I can so I can get a grasp of how people will perceive it.

    Maybe a word on Pro Audio DSP’s Dynamic Spectrum Mapper plugin ?
    I use it a lot and think it’s quite effective and unique in it’s genre.
    For me, it’s a massive time saver when aiming for that louder than loud type if sound without the percussive elements ending way behind the rest (which typically happens when limiting too much).
    (I’m not related with them in any ways :-) )

    I’d love to hear you talking on the evolution of “sonic taste” over the course of years.
    The race to loudness that happened… why it’s become the standard way of mastering while it’s quite arguably more and more distorted… good examples of loud mastering vs audiophile type mastering would be interesting… these are just two different goals.

    Also, could you shed some light on the sonic differences between, say, a radio master and a club one ?

    Vinyl doesn’t support “out of phase”, so people might want to check for this when mastering.

    Cheers !

    Amaury

  41. Jonathan Ramos says:

    Great! Thanks! I normally don’t do mastering, because I think that I don’t have the proper acoustics in my home studio, especially at the low end, though I have bass traps… that don’t really work :). I know what sound I am after, but It’s hard to find people that do it right for you. Obviously it is subjective… Whether you like an overall sound or not. I notice that when I have been doing some sort of mastering that I already was doing a lot of your steps, but it’s good that someone else reinsures that you’re on the right path. Again: thanks a lot for this!

  42. Eric Gettinger says:

    Hi Rob,

    I love your videos! The one thing I was wondering is what is the band you are mastering and is there a place to buy or download that song you use in your 7 step video?

    God Bless!
    Eric

  43. Gerald says:

    How do I watch the mini course?

  44. George Sax says:

    Hi Rob thanks for the cool tips awesome video,Im trying to sign up for your course but it wont let me, can I do it this way?

  45. Minh says:

    Hi Rob!
    Great video…
    Thank for your ebook..it’s useful…

    Minh
    I’m from Vietnam…

  46. Paul says:

    Hello my friend
    the vid is an inspiration, i am new to home recording, recording my own music.
    I was mixing all my instruments but never thought of mastering, so was always disapointed with end results.You have put a big smile on my face this morning, the sun is shining through my window, i will have a great day. Thank you Rob

    Paul : A Scotsman down under in Oz.

  47. ORESTIS says:

    I love this course!!!I was wondering,do you recommend a specific book,youtube video,video or article on how to mix ???One that you like!

  48. John says:

    I was just curious as to what are the hours of the free 2 week course and how does it work? I would like to sign up but I would like to know that I can be here for them due to time refraints of work.

  49. Jeff Dunsmore says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge on mastering Rob. I have been recording from home for 10 years and learned more from your video than a ton of books, videos, and all my trial and error over the years.

    Best Regards,
    Jeff

  50. Gabriel says:

    Amazing info!!
    I just master 4 songs with your Technic and its sound really good!
    Thanks! !!
    I only add on one tracks the vintage compressor 670, because the song need it it.
    Just kissing it : )

    Question how do you assign to each song the names so when you burn a cd the tile of the song comes up on the player?

    • Alexander says:

      It depends on the software you are using. In for example pro tools this information is added (there are different options as to which information you add) as a part of bouncing the mix. What software are you using?

  51. Alexander says:

    Hey!

    Just finnished reading the e-book and it’s great!

    Something you might want to add in step 7 (Limiting) is a short note on the K-scale. For example how the K-14 could be a good overall (in my subjective opinion) guideline as to how loud you want your mix to be when you go to reference it.

    Anyways great stuff, signed up for the 2-week course, great work! More professional than most payed-for services.

    Does the course cover more advanced mastering techniques? Thinking about for example parallell compression or line phase EQ’s vs zero latency and such.

    How do you avoid getting “muddy” (high level low mids) mixes when using a bass booster in the master? I often find that trying to go for bell shaped eq boosts and such will tend to make your mix muddy rather than fat. Do you apply bass boosts with eq carvings?

    Cheers!
    Alex

  52. Adi says:

    Hi,
    First of all – thank you so much for the effort you put into this. Also, you explain it so well and make it look much more possible, accessible and painless!
    Second, I would like to ask you to kindly recommend a good sounding and reliable Stereo widener that you wouldn’t hesitate to use on your stuff.
    Thanks, and like some of my fellow music lovers on here I’m looking forward to Recording & Mixing lessons when you’ll get the chance. I would probably be willing to pay for those even before Ultimate Mastering to be honest with you.

  53. daniar says:

    when i watch a tutorial video < I just don't understand what does (attack,, release) mean !!!!!!!!!
    or how they work
    when i changing them in fruity Compressor thy don't change or i don't feel any thing
    is there any tell me what the fuck this thing means

  54. Branden says:

    Hello Rob.
    As an amateur producer, the realm of mastering a track is still new to me. I have had a lot of previous experience with recording, but not with adding a bunch of plug-ins, as you were showing in the video. I am very interested in the course. I will be signing up. Thank you for the video, for it did open up a lot of new ideas for my own mixes for my solo project!

    -Branden

  55. alaa lilou says:

    thanx rob so much this is amazing
    can you please post a video about how to master a song in adobe .rap mastering please

  56. Andras says:

    Hi Rob, thank you very much for your tutorial, it’s awesome!!!:) it helped me a lot, i tried it and it made my mix so much better. i appreciate your help!!!

  57. Dual Mic Records says:

    Nice Video! Perfect!

  58. Jeff says:

    should I be doing my recording projects at 96kHz 24bit….. i noticed that logic dfault was 44kHz 24bit……. and does my share to itunes for a stero mix do it at the right rate ?

  59. Ian says:

    Hi Rob;
    Great course info.
    I can’t find any online 411 on the stereo widening VST “dewey stereo widener.” Do I have it spelled correctly? I didn’t find any blogs that dealt with this VST. What gives?
    All the Best,
    Ian

  60. yam yehoshua says:

    HI Rob,
    Amazing video. There might be a problem with the 2 weeks course, could you please send me the confirmation mail?
    Thank you!!

  61. clayton says:

    Hi Rob Been trying trying to contact you…. I know you are busy
    Did you get my email about the course on the USB (Flash Drive) Regards Clayton

  62. Fenox says:

    Hey Rob!
    it is sooo awesome and amazing that u spent so much time writing this.simply awesome.
    I can learn so much of ur e-book and i really respect ur hard work.
    btw this made me laughing so hard.
    Rob: ” if your master is sounding louder than the latest Greenday record, you’re probably missing something!”

  63. Jarred Brown says:

    Great youtube vid

  64. Joey says:

    Hey Rob! ive been needing to watch a great tutorial about mastering & this is perfect! You explain everything so easy! but the problem is that i’m on Logic Pro X & not on pro tools & there are some plug ins that i do have on here but there are some that i do not have & they are basically the ones i need. If you have any ideas or know how to master on LPX please get back to me ASAP! i just got done with a song & i want it loud & POLISHED AS POSSIBLE! thank you! :)

  65. tasos says:

    Very nice video i enjoyed it.
    Some things went in place on my mind.
    i am waiting for the second one.
    peace

  66. Alejandro Tonda says:

    Hey, Rob. First of all, thank you for the teaching…
    I want to know if the DUY plugins come in VST, instead of just RTAS. I ask you this because i’m trying to do both mix and mastering in FL Studio, and wanted to know if i’d need to buy Pro Tools or if i can stick to FL. I’m running Windows 7 on my pc.

    Thanks!

  67. david says:

    I have not been able to sign up it is not load your page properly. Thanks

  68. Gus Quick says:

    Great job on the video – Very professional!

  69. SoJay says:

    Hey Rob. Is there a way/link to download your videos? Especially the ones you showed how to mix/master

  70. Ted says:

    Hi,
    nice program. Professional mastering services are not very expensive these days, and audio engineering schools teach mastering too. I find the goal of mastering is not to make the other song softer than the other, maybe in style, but all tracks should have even average levels because people listen to any playlists with different artists without having to adjust the volume between songs. I liked the mastering video overall, very nice! Thanks :)

  71. Alron says:

    Hi there
    do you do one on one lessons?
    I am in jhb, I am a professional guitarist and producer, just want some tips for mixing

  72. shafi says:

    hey Rob

    im from Saudi Arabia ..

    and i wanna thank u for this video .. verry helpfull

  73. Mariano says:

    Hi Rob,
    Thanks so much for that!
    Was really nice and educative saw and listened your work. Now i`ve new information for my works and my life. You are a good man. I`m waiting for you MINI-COURSE.
    Sorry for my english, I`m studying the language this year for first time in my life.

    See U Soon ,
    From Argentina, Buenos Aires.

    Mariano.

  74. Brendan says:

    Hi and thanks. If you are making elctro music what is the best mixing program

  75. Julian says:

    thank you for taking the time and making this video, your work is greatly appreciated…my songs are 10x better now, thank you:)

  76. Gabriele says:

    Hello Rob, amazing guide, there should be more people like you on earth. Could please send me the ebook at: lelectronicroom@libero.it
    regards Gabriel

  77. Benni says:

    That was just brilliant lad! I’ve been recording for over a decade and I’ve always had problems with my mastering, and have left that with others most of the time, but this is just amazing! Learned a whole bunch!

  78. kylstile says:

    yu helod with the major minor issues with my mastering skills fullsail didnot teach me thanx yu are grreat

  79. Eran says:

    i cant get the email to your course.. it is not in the spam folder also

  80. butters says:

    do you have an idea how mix like get lucky by daftpunk, i found an article here,,,do u think that maybe is possicle to get a similar at least in 60% sound like that song? theproaudiofiles.com/daft-punk-mixing/

  81. Richard Ewen says:

    this is big

  82. sergio says:

    hola soy de argentina. puedo obtener estos videos. me gustaria comprarlos. saludos, espero respuestas

  83. facundo says:

    Is The Ultimate Mastering Formula in Spanish? and also, can i buy it for individual modules? Thanks!

  84. Steve Handoyo says:

    Hello Rob.
    I used sonar 8 for mastering, and I used Izotope ozone 5 for mastering…
    Can you help me for guide to used both…
    Thanks for your attention…

  85. Luke says:

    Hey rob, your tutorials are great to watch and its easy to break down the components of mastering, I was just wondering if you know how to use the Ableton 9 interface, and if so, do you have any mastering tutorials in Ableton 9?

  86. ZYX says:

    Hey, if there is ANYONE who would like to master tracks of our band, please let me know. I tried hard, but i dont get that sound… Thanks :) … you can contact me better here: facebook.com/zyxik

  87. Stephen says:

    Hi a have a question where i find the duy plugins for windows? Help me please

  88. Jonathan Saint-Dic says:

    Hi
    I have a question about the 2 weeks Ultimate Mastering Formula. Do I need to stay connected to the internet to follow the class?

  89. Joel says:

    Hi Rob,

    I’ve noticed that the majority of people that I have met use a Macintosh for their mastering. Is using Windows inferior to using a Macintosh for the purposes of mastering and producing audio tracks? If not, could you recommend any mastering software for windows that is competent enough to produce high quality audio?

    I am really interested in producing my own audio tracks, and even though I am a musician, I really do not know much about process of producing a song. Any help is appreciated!

    Thank you very much

    Regards

    Joel

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