I hope you´re doing marvellously well.
I´ve been getting several questions about how to master in your home studio from my subscribers.
– And rightfully so!
Being able to master your own mixes has become more and more important to mixers and producers:
With budgets decreasing, a lot of people will ask their mixing engineer or even their producer (YOU!) to master their songs.
Nowadays, being able to create a radio-ready master of your mixes can be the difference between getting a mixing gig and being left behind for someone who can. – That´s just the reality.
To give you more insight into the mastering process in your home studio, I´ve reached out to my friend Ian Shepherd, who has been a professional mastering engineer for over 20 years and has become an authority in teaching mixers and aspiring mastering engineers how to master their work from their home-studio.
Ian has written a very helpful article for us, explaining some of the challenges of mastering in your home-studio and how you can overcome them:
– Note: If you want to learn more, please feel free to sign up to Ian´s Free Home-Mastering Course: Mastering With Plugins –
Home mastering is hard – but it’s not impossible!
Firstly, it’s hard to be objective:
Lots of people struggle with knowing what a master ‘should’ sound like – how loud it should be, what the ideal EQ is, whether it needs some special ‘secret sauce’ to make it sound professional. It can feel like you’re working in a vacuum, sometimes.
Secondly, it’s hard to listen with fresh ears
And finally, you may just be going ‘ear blind’
To gain objectivity and help you listen listen with fresh ears:
And there’s more
I hope you´ve enjoyed this article and you have gotten some insight into the strategies you can use to get better masters in your home studio.
If you´d like to learn more, please feel free to sign up to Ian´s Free Home-Mastering Course HERE.
Want to dive deeper?
Ian is about to launch his in-depth mastering program:
The Home Mastering Masterclass is an in-depth 8 week program, in which Ian will teach you all the techniques and principles you need to know to make your masters stand up to professional releases. Learn more about the modules and tutorials offered in this masterclass HERE.
We´ve managed to work out a special deal for you:
As a follower of Produce Like A Pro, Ian will offer you a £50 discount on the Home Mastering Masterclass. Please use the code: “PLAP50” in the cart section, to claim your £50 discount.
Do you have any questions about this masterclass? Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. We´ll be happy to assist.
Have a marvellous time recording, mixing and mastering!