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DIY Mastering

with Jesse Cannon

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  •   01 Introduction

    10:08
  •   03 Dynamics and Loudness

    24:10
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About The Class

mastering – from start to finish.

Mastering is often the difference between a good recording and a bad one, but mastering is notoriously difficult to understand. In this two-day workshop, sound engineer Jesse Cannon — who’s worked with the likes of Ross Robinson, Saves the Day, Animal Collective, The Misfits and Man Overboard — shares what he’s learned about mastering from working at top-tier studios like WestWestSide Music and Cannon Found Soundation. 

While there’s no substitute for having an engineer master your music, that’s just not feasible for many artists. This class is the next best thing: a comprehensive guide to DIY mastering.

Jesse breaks down the mastering process from start to finish. You’ll discover the basic principles behind mastering, and learn about the processes and tools at your disposal. Jesse will identify and troubleshoot basic rookie mistakes, discuss lesser-known essential concepts as well as share his essential behind-the-board tools as he takes you through a few real-life examples.

After two days with Jesse, you’ll have everything you need to master your tracks with affordable tools.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Introduction

    10:08
  2. 02

    What is Mastering

    25:18
  3. 03

    Dynamics and Loudness

    Jesse Cannon talks about how loudness is a mastering tool and when it works and where it fails.

    24:10
  4. 04

    Compression, Clipping, and Distortion

    17:39
  5. 05

    Compression & Distortion Demo

    35:29
  6. 06

    Headroom and Gain Structure

    24:54
  7. 07

    Bit Depth and Sampling Rate

    13:14
  8. 08

    What is Objectivity

    14:09
  9. 09

    Proper Monitoring Volumes with Q&A

    28:53
  10. 10

    Sequencing and Track Spacing

    16:28
  11. 11

    Individual Track Volumes and Demo

    18:39
  12. 12

    2:30 pm - Metadata and Key Points of Mastering

    14:49
  13. 13

    Audio Interface

    13:52
  14. 14

    Speakers

    25:10
  15. 15

    Headphones

    21:49
  16. 16

    Room and Acoustics

    16:22
  17. 17

    DAW & Meters

    18:13
  18. 18

    EQs

    13:34
  19. 19

    Bus Compressor

    29:08
  20. 20

    Multiband Compressor and Brickwall Limiter

    17:33
  21. 21

    Clipping and Distortion

    26:44
  22. 22

    Dithering

    12:29
  23. 23

    Common Problems and Solutions

    35:42
  24. 24

    Example Masters

    29:38
  25. 25

    Demo: Mastering a Dance Track

    22:17
  26. 26

    Demo: Mastering an Acoustic Track

    21:43

Meet Your Expert

Jesse Cannon

Jesse has been recording records since he was 15, when he started with a passion and recording records for the local punk bands he knew in exchange for Doritos and Snapple. Nearly 20 years later he is still at it ... read more

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  • Michael Pena

    June 2016

    This class was awesome. Jesse goes into detail about the mastering process and best practices for mastering in an easy to understand way. The live mastering session was very informative and educational.

  • Bruce Wayne Rash

    Bruce Wayne Rash

    July 2014

    Excellent class. I watched the free broadcast and bought it right away so I can reference it anytime. Full of great information to all a project studio to do good mastering work.

  • Creativelive Student

    March 2015

    This is an amazing class

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