HOW TO MASTER A SONG – 7 Steps to Loud, Fat, & in Your Face

HOW TO MASTER A SONG – 7 Steps to Loud, Fat, & in Your Face

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…

Intro:

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.”

STBonaccorsi

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”

Twistyfish

Great tutorial and the best: IT WORKS!!!”

HoneyMoonMusic

Iv seen almost all the available tutorials on mastering, AND THIS ONE IS THE BEST, HANDS DOWN ! cheers”

Rijul Victor

Clear, concise, interesting. Fabulously presented in a quality lit environment. Well done! You should be on TV dude”

TheGollyWally

God bless you for sharing these secrets!”

Serachi

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.”

Desana11

I really love this vid this is hot and free boom”

Jamel Newton

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!”

Matt Glass


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.

Sign up free

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.


10 Comments

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

    Reply
  2. 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

    Reply
  3. 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

    Reply
  4. 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! :)

    Reply
  5. 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

    Reply
  6. Awesome Video! This showed me Exactly what to look for when trying to master this type of song. This is a sound I’ve been trying to get during the mixing process for so long, and I always end up making everything sound mushy. Thanks for the info, man!

    Reply
  7. 40+ years of reading album credits and always wondering what the heck does “ARRANGED by so-and-so”, or “MIXED by so-and-so”, or “MASTERED by so-and-so” or “MIXDOWN Engineer is so-and-so”, actually mean???
    well, now finally, I know what all of that techno lingo really meant. A Million Thanks Rob! Your courses have really Opened my eyes.

    Reply
  8. Very well done sir. This is being bookmarked for referral purposes when I’m mastering. question though. I get confused a lot during the final stages. For the most part I’m doing what you explained in the video. But when I’m comparing “meters” (i.e. the levels meters on the limiter, vs. the main out bus level meter), all the numbers are right (-1; -6 etc.) but the VU Meters are still showing me going way over 0db in te main output. Limiter readings will say I’m well inside the safe zone, K-meter I use to gauge says I’m still under zero db, but the main out level says I’m somewhere around +3. So this confuses me. Which of the meter levels is the correct one? Like it or not I still have not got good reference monitors. Often I will load the wav file of the final mix into my looper and play the song back through my “Acoustic” Guitar Amp for a better reference of the song. Sounds good, but… still not sure if I’m too loud, or what?
    Advice?

    Reply
    • Hey Martin.. It’s hard to say exactly without checking it out myself, but it seems as if the main meters may be set to a different scale.. or possibly they’re emulating an analog VU meter. If your other meters look correct, I wouldn’t worry about it though!

      Reply
  9. where can i get the book and what is the name of the book

    Reply

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10 Comments

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

    Reply
  2. 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

    Reply
  3. 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

    Reply
  4. 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! :)

    Reply
  5. 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

    Reply
  6. Awesome Video! This showed me Exactly what to look for when trying to master this type of song. This is a sound I’ve been trying to get during the mixing process for so long, and I always end up making everything sound mushy. Thanks for the info, man!

    Reply
  7. 40+ years of reading album credits and always wondering what the heck does “ARRANGED by so-and-so”, or “MIXED by so-and-so”, or “MASTERED by so-and-so” or “MIXDOWN Engineer is so-and-so”, actually mean???
    well, now finally, I know what all of that techno lingo really meant. A Million Thanks Rob! Your courses have really Opened my eyes.

    Reply
  8. Very well done sir. This is being bookmarked for referral purposes when I’m mastering. question though. I get confused a lot during the final stages. For the most part I’m doing what you explained in the video. But when I’m comparing “meters” (i.e. the levels meters on the limiter, vs. the main out bus level meter), all the numbers are right (-1; -6 etc.) but the VU Meters are still showing me going way over 0db in te main output. Limiter readings will say I’m well inside the safe zone, K-meter I use to gauge says I’m still under zero db, but the main out level says I’m somewhere around +3. So this confuses me. Which of the meter levels is the correct one? Like it or not I still have not got good reference monitors. Often I will load the wav file of the final mix into my looper and play the song back through my “Acoustic” Guitar Amp for a better reference of the song. Sounds good, but… still not sure if I’m too loud, or what?
    Advice?

    Reply
    • Hey Martin.. It’s hard to say exactly without checking it out myself, but it seems as if the main meters may be set to a different scale.. or possibly they’re emulating an analog VU meter. If your other meters look correct, I wouldn’t worry about it though!

      Reply
  9. where can i get the book and what is the name of the book

    Reply

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