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Mastering In Depth with Piper Payne

Create powerful masters using basic & advanced techniques, taught by a top mastering engineer
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Step Up Your Mastering Game


Learn how to achieve powerful, professional masters that sound great on any system. You will learn both basic and advanced mastering techniques from industry-leading mastering engineer Piper Payne, based on her years of mastering experience for top major and independent artists.

Benefit from 4 hours of instruction covering every aspect of the mastering process in detailed depth:

  • Learn how to listen like a mastering engineer: What to listen to, which issues to focus on
  • Learn how to start a master—which issues to handle first in order to start on the right foot
  • No prior knowledge required: Start with basic techniques, but go all the way to advanced
  • Learn advanced techniques: Mid-side, dynamic EQ, linear phase, and more
  • More than loudness: Learn why good masters need to juggle loudness vs. a fat low end
  • Learn tips for mastering prep, file formats, stem mastering, client communication, and references
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Course Highlights

  • Learn from an Industry-Leading Mastering Engineer

    Learn how to make informed choices when mastering—and how to avoid common mistakes—from award-winning mastering engineer Piper Payne, chair of the Recording Academy’s Producers and Engineers Wing, who masters music for both major and independent artists (Dolly Parton, Madame Gandhi).

    Features: Glue Mixes without “Squashing”
  • Develop Critical Listening Skills: Mastering vs. Mixing

    When you listen to a song you are about to master, you are flooded with a ton of auditory information. The #1 key to mastering a song successfully is to find the right focus in the midst of all that information, and objectively take stock of what’s in the song. You will learn several ways to achieve that, based on years of professional experience—as well as how to listen to the qualities of a good master vs. a good final mix.

  • Learn How Loudness and the Low End Interact

    Go beyond just “meeting loudness standards”: Good mastering is not only about getting the song at the right loudness levels for streaming platforms and other playback media—it’s about a lot more. Learn why good masters need to juggle loudness vs. a fat low end – and how to find the right balance between the two.

    Features: Fast and Efficient Operation
  • Go from Basic to Advanced Mastering Techniques

    Whether you’re taking your first steps, or have some mastering experience but want to deepen your knowledge—this course will take you quickly from basic to advanced techniques, including dynamic EQ for a consistent low end, mid-side techniques for big, open masters, the importance of linear phase EQ to avoid phase issues, subtle compression moves to enhance both tone and loudness, and much more.

    Features: From Vocals to “The Ringo Drum Sound”
  • Best Mastering Practices: References to Revisions to Final Formats

    You will learn information-rich tips for preparing your mix for mastering, the pros and cons of stem mastering, what you need to know about mastering file formats for both intake and delivery, the importance of using references—all the way to managing client expectations and feedback, if you are considering to master professionally for others.

    Features: Multiple Modes Fit Different Material
  • Workflow: How to Start a Master—and How to Finish

    What do you reach for when you start mastering a song—a compressor? An EQ? A limiter? Do you first adjust levels? Tone? Width? You will learn a way to order your steps in an efficient way, with many real-life examples. You will also learn how to finish your masters in a way that delicately balances loudness, stereo image, frequency distribution, and tone, to ensure all of these work together to the song’s advantage.

    Features: Precision Modeled Transformers
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