Given the deep-insider Mastering concepts and secrets revealed in this title, this tutorial is suitable for people working with any DAW, from Pro Tools, to Logic, Live, and beyond.
"Pro Tools 401: Mastering in Pro Tools" begins with an actual mix. Phil begins the tutorial by cleaning-up a mix and preparing it for the mastering process. Along the way you'll learn valuable skills like how to prepare and bounce stem files, and even how to properly calibrate your monitors so you know you're hearing the sound the way you should be!
Next, Phil takes you through a few of the indispensable tools he uses in his Mastering workflow. From there you'll move on to explore Peak Limiting, Dithering and Noise Shaping in full detail.
You've heard that compression is the center-piece of all audio mastering, but you've probably spent a lot of time wondering why. Wonder no longer, because Phil next takes you on a tour de force through the process of properly compressing the dynamic range of your master. You'll learn how to use standard and multiband compression, how to us Mid/Side compression, and a few other valuable tips like using de-essers and Dynamic EQ.
Towards the end of the program, Phil gets into the nitty-gritty of using Filters and EQ, analyzing signal flow and plugin chains, simulating the analog sound of tape, and then burning your final master disc.
This is a comprehensive tutorial, but you don't need to watch the entire show. Use the detailed menus and keyword search functions to quickly find topics of interest. For a full list of this tutorials topics, see the Table of Contents.
Although this tutorial was created in an earlier version of Pro Tools, the techniques and concepts covered in this collection of tutorial-videos are timeless and relevant to Pro Tools 10 and beyond.
This is a thorough introduction to mastering. Thanks Phil!
Paul wrote on January 20, 2015
Excellent course on the art of mastering music; perhaps the most comprehensive and detailed I have seen to date! It was nice to watch Phil Magnotti master a song from start to finish, as well as highlight some of the software he likes to use.
I would recommend this course to any budding mastering engineer regardless of what DAW they use.
bgeorge wrote on December 27, 2014
Good course on Mastering using Protools. A must see for any home producer.
Ren wrote on November 7, 2014
Phil Magnotti took me to school with mastering with Pro Tools, this course is as invaluable as MPV is to my education in the field of music.
Hector Laracuente wrote on October 3, 2014
Extremely informative. Answered a lot of questions that i had. Love the technique and theory behind every action. The only thing that i wish there was more of is perhaps some more time ear training and really being able to hear the subtle dynamic changes added to the mix. The theory behind it was well enough explained that you didn't actually need to hear these subtle nuances it in order for you to understand what was taking place in the mix.
Advanced Audio Design Llc wrote on June 21, 2014
Love it, very informative videos guide and Master Class to Pro-Tools and Others. Highly Recommended. A+++
Dell Little wrote on August 21, 2013
Finally some mastering "secrets" let loose. The curtain is pulled back. But still somewhat subjective. I hope you can find someone else and get a different perspective.
Roman Styx wrote on August 4, 2013
Thank you! Great course, very detailed. I found a few new useful tips (I do mastering for a long time)
Gino wrote on February 8, 2013
Another good video. Nice 2 see how the mastering process goes, thanks alot!