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The Secret to Achieving a Commercial Sounding Finish

Do you sometimes do your own mastering? If so, do your masters sound crisp, clear, loud, spacious, dynamic and big?

If you're in the majority then the answer is probably no. Doing your own mastering can be frustrating as they rarely turn out how you'd really like. I have spent the last few years putting together an easy to follow formula for getting your own masters in line with commercial releases.

My name is David Eley and welcome to my free mastering tutorial (yes free). I carry out all mastering projects at TGM Audio Mastering (UK based high end mastering facility). I have been mastering since I was a kid and I've run my own mastering business since my early twenties. As well as mastering, I mix live sound and have taught audio tech at 'The Oldham College' UK.

Most people don't have access to high end mastering equipment, you're probably one of them. With the growing popularity of websites like SoundCloud and YouTube, having the skills to do a decent job of your own audio mastering is becoming increasingly more important. Many artists/producers simply can't afford to pay a mastering service to do their mastering every single time they'd like to upload a new track for their fans to check out.

This course explains and demonstrates how to achieve a commercial sounding finish using software found in any typical home/project studio. You may wonder if that's possible but I know it can be done. I started an audio mastering business using nothing more than standard plugins and clever techniques. I can only assume that I must have been doing something right as customers kept coming back. Over time as my business built up, I was able to buy more expensive equipment, but I still stick to the original techniques that I know will get a commercial sound, no matter what tools are used. Here's why:

About the first 90% of getting that commercial sound is technique. The final 10% is the tools you use. So before you go and buy the most expensive compressor and EQ, it's a lot more financially worthwhile to instead invest some 'time' rather than money into learning the techniques used to get a commercial sounding finish. It can be done with what you already possess.

This course is split into two main parts. Each of the two parts have been conveniently packed into two easy to read downloadable eBooks with multiple formats available including PDF (PC/Mac or for printing out), MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB (Nook, Kobo etc).

Part 1: The Audio Mastering Blueprint (20 chapters).

This part is arranged in a course like fashion designed to set the foundations. It's a set of rules that you will find yourself sticking to almost all of the time. Here you will gain a deep understanding of why mastering is so important. By the end of this part you will be a master of you EQ, single-band compressor, multi-band compressor and limiter. You will have the skills to realise a commercial sounding finish with these tools alone. It's very important that you become a master of these four tools before you move on to the advanced techniques found in part 2.

Part 2: The Secret Notebook of a Mastering Engineer (18 chapters).

This part is full of clever techniques that many top engineers are using to give their masters the edge. As the title suggests, this part is very much a book of all my findings over the years as I've mastered thousands of tracks for people all over the world. Once you have the solid foundation gained from part 1, part 2 explains how to then make your masters sound bigger, louder, more spacious, dynamic and much more.

I have willingly made part 1 completely free to read so go ahead. And just because it's free, that doesn't mean it's the lesser of the two. If you only read one part, it should be The Audio Mastering Blueprint - it is by far the most important part of all that I offer. I apply The Audio Mastering Blueprint to every master I do. The techniques in part 2 are used as and when they are required.

Please note that part 2, The Secret Notebook of a Mastering Engineer costs less than 10 GBP (less than 15 USD) so don't worry that you won't be able to afford to move to part 2 once you've completed part 1.

Download The Audio Mastering Blueprint here...