How to master a song
Watch the above video to learn what mastering is, the 5 Key Objectives we must accomplish in every master, and a practical step by step walk-through of my 7 step mastering formula. Make sure to also download my ‘How to Master a Song’ eBook that goes along with this video and breaks down all the key points.
How to master a song – 7 Step Mastering Formula eBook
Click here to sign up free for my ‘Mastering Mini-Course’ and get instant access to my ‘How to Master a Song’ eBook that goes along with this video and breaks down all the key concepts.
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.
This free video and eBook give you the ‘crash course’ of my mastering formula to get you started, and I hope they provide valuable insights to immediately 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.
Since shooting this video and writing the book, I’ve put together a 2 week mastering mini-course where I give away some of my best insights into producing great sound sounding masters.
The best part is that you can sign up for it absolutely free :)
As soon as you sign up you’ll get access to my ‘How to Master a Song’ eBook as part of the mastering mini-course. Click here to sign up and get the book.
How To Master A Song : Quick Jump Guide
If you want to jump to a specific section in the video, 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)
Rob, very good informative video. Thanks for posting it. You helped solve some issues for me that I have been struggling with. I have a much better understanding of the mastering process than I had before. Great tips. Thanks again.”
Damn I could’ve done with this about a year ago when i was given a mastering lesson at uni..which we were just told to use a compressor and eq…no wonder i failed xD”
Great tutorial and the best: IT WORKS!!!”
Iv seen almost all the available tutorials on mastering, AND THIS ONE IS THE BEST, HANDS DOWN ! cheers”
Clear, concise, interesting. Fabulously presented in a quality lit environment. Well done! You should be on TV dude”
God bless you for sharing these secrets!”
Very well done vid, I have not found any other post that actually spells out the process in such an orderly and logical fashion. Thanks.”
I really love this vid this is hot and free boom”
I LOVE YOU!!! I have been mastering for about a year now using Izotope Ozone, but I had no Idea about clipping! Also the waves plugins, which I already have, are probably better than Ozone. I spent 400hours on Reaper in the last 3 months and this video has changed the game!”
Want to improve your masters? Sign up free for my Mastering Mini-Course.
If you’ve been looking to improve your masters, and you found the video above helpful, sign up for my Mastering Mini-Course where I’ll be sharing with you some of my best insights into producing great sounding masters. I’ll also send you my ‘How to Master a Song’ eBook that goes along with the video you just watched. Best of all, it’s 100% free :) Click the button below to sign up now.
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: The 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.