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Mastering In Depth with Piper Payne

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What You’ll Learn
Learn how to achieve powerful, professional masters using both basic and advanced mastering techniques.

4 hours of instruction covering every aspect of the mastering process in detailed depth, with industry-leading mastering engineer Piper Payne, based on her years of pro mastering experience for top major and independent artists.
  • LEARN TO LISTEN LIKE A MASTERING ENGINEERHow to take full stock of what’s in the song and learn to focus on what’s important
  • HOW TO START A MASTER—AND HOW TO FINISHWhat issues to handle first, and how finalizing your master is a careful balancing act
  • GO FROM BASIC TO ADVANCEDLearn mid/side techniques, dynamic EQ, linear phase, and more advanced mastering workflows
  • MORE THAN LOUDNESSLearn why good masters need to juggle loudness vs. a fat low end – and how to balance the two
  • BEST MASTERING PRACTICESFrom intake to delivery: Learn tips for mastering prep, file formats, stem mastering, reference, client communication and more
  • NO PREREQUISITESThis course will take you into advanced techniques, but no prior knowledge is required
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Learn practical techniques using the plugins demonstrated in the course: You can choose to purchase the course with or without the plugins.
EXCLUSIVE WEBINARS + PRO FEEDBACK
Attend webinars with your instructor, exclusive to course participants, with the chance to receive feedback on your own mastering work: Details below.
Course Highlights
Learn from an Industry-Leading Mastering Engineer
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).
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.
Develop Critical Listening Skills: Mastering vs. Mixing
Learn How Loudness and the Low End Interact
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.
Go from Basic to Advanced Mastering Techniques
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.
Best Mastering Practices: References to Revisions to Final Formats
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.
Workflow: How to Start a Master—and How to Finish
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.
Exclusive Webinars & Pro Feedback for Course Participants Only
Exclusive Webinars & Pro Feedback for Course Participants Only
As a bonus, all course participants will be invited to join exclusive webinars with your instructor, Piper Payne, where you will be able to get your questions answered in detail. Course participants will also be invited to send in your own mastering work: Piper will review your work, and provide detailed feedback on selected examples during the webinars.