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Master Seminar

Short description:
24-week complete course, which conveys extensive knowledge and practical exercises on all aspects of modern mastering

Long description:

Units: 24 x 2 hours (partly live and partly streamed content) plus Q & A sessions adjacent to streamed modules
Additional supplementary videos
Exercises & Training Material

The MASTER SEMINAR is a 24 week curriculum including these individual modules:
(Modules marked with (*) can be booked separately as focus modules from mid 2020. Upgrade options can be agreed with our consultants.)
Unit = at least 2h [1E]

Mastering Workflow A [1E]

  • Working with WaveLab Pro
  • File & folder handling and naming concepts
  • Advantage of peak normalization
  • Making sure to have sufficient pre roll
  • The Mother Master Principle
  • Principles of bit resolution
  • # Exercises

Mastering Workflow B – Finalizing the WL Montage and producing the deliverables [1E]

  • Dithering
  • DDP
  • PQ-Editing
  • CD-Text
  • CD-Protocol
  • QA
  • MfiT (become registered APPLE Mastered for iTunes / DIGITAL MASTER mastering Engineer after the examination)
  • High-Res
  • Vinyl
  • Online Distribution Deliverables
  • ISRC & EAN
  • # Exercises

Mastering Workflow C [1E]

  • Advantage of corrections through P2 rounds
  • Working with a regular DAW
  • Alternative workflows
  • Setting up a proper A/B environment

The importance of the time domain and how to deal with different Sample Frequencies    [1E]

  • Hearing Resolution & Psycho Acoustics
  • The obstacles of Sample Rate Conversion
  • Best Practice Guideline about how to deal with SF
  • Hearing samples
  • # Exercises

Loudness Management & Metering     [2E] (*)

  • Understanding SPPM & True Peak
  • Understanding Momentary & Short-term loudness and the use of max M & max S
  • Understanding and interpreting integrated loudness
  • The relation between macro dynamics and their effect on Short-term and integrated Loudness
  • Other loudness metrics
  • Understanding the absolute and relative scale
  • Loudness targets for different deliverables
  • How to find the perfect Point of Trade Off in terms of loudness positioning?
  • Loudness perception and psycho acoustics and what makes music feel louder
  • Understanding Title and Album Loudness Normalization
  • What metric is useful to align loudness of a series of songs for an EP or album
  • Understanding the different dynamic measurement metrics LRA, DR, PLR & LSR
  • Understanding the difference between FFT & RTA
  • Understanding and interpreting of Goniometer, Correlation Meter and Multiband Correlation Meter
  • Important aspects regarding Loudness Wars
  • Level stageing and level management throughout the mastering process
    # Exercises

Building your Chain & Aligning the Frequency & Loudness Balance [1E]

  • Working through a first mastering project

Mastering Compression (Single Band)   [2E] (*)

  • Gear knowledge
  • Understanding Feed Forward – Feed Backward
  • Understanding Peak vs. RMS Compression
  • How to get use of Sidechain Link-Unlink function
  • How to get use of Sidechain Lowcut
  • How to get use of Dual Release
  • Parallel Compression in mastering
  • Upward Expanding in mastering
  • Building your personal sound flavor library
  • How to create a sense of unity with a compressor
  • How to integrate an detached kick into the mix
  • Other Use Cases
  • # Exercises

Mastering EQs    [2E] (*)

  • Understanding minimal and linear phase architecture with their benefits and disadvantageous
  • Understanding the difference between serial and parallel EQ architecture
  • Understanding general EQ technology and topologies with their sonic advantageous and disadvantageous
  • Back and forward EQing
  • Gear knowledge
  • Building a personal library of EQ sound flavors
  • General EQ strategies and guidelines for mastering
  • First EQ then dynamics or vice versa?
  • First MS and then Stereo or vice versa?
  • Tricks for more air
    # Exercises

Mastering Depth Enhancement   [1E] (*)

  • Tools to create depth
  • Working with reverb
    # Exercises

Special Tools for Special Tasks     [1E]

  • Transient treatment
  • Multiband- & splitband tools
  • De-Essing and HF limiting
  • Width enhancement
  • Spectral editing
    # Exercises

Mastering with Outboard Gear 2E

  • Working with mastering controller
  • Gear knowledge
  • Working  samples
  • Analog vs. Digital

Stem Mastering     [1E]

  • When is a good moment to ask for stems
  • How to teach clients to deliver stems properly
  • How to deal with stem mastering in WaveLab and Cubase
  • How do I charge for this extra service
    # Exercises

Mastering Worksamples: Dealing with a wide variety of challenges and tasks [7E]

  • We work through a number of different mixes with a wide variety of obstacles
  • How to find the individual Point of Trade Off in regards of loudness
  • Approaches for loud masters
  • M/S mastering techniques
  • Listening strategies in mastering
  • Bass – mids – highs – balancing
  • How to treat a cardbord-alike sounding mix and create space in the lower mid-range
  • EQ layering techniques
  • How to deal with phase problems
  • Application of tape saturation
  • How to figure out the proper order of your mastering chain
  • Documentation of mastering jobs
    # You will get training mixes with reference masters

Dealing with Customers         [1E]

  • Getting into the business
  • What price point is proper
  • How to make sure to get hold of the money
  • How to deal with mix revisions
  • Attended & Non-Attended Sessions
  • ftp-Handling und sicherer Audiodaten-Transfer


For enrollment information please register for a free personal phone consultation.

Overview off MASTERING ACADEMY programs:
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Master Seminar Impressions of our discontinued 5-day classes:



April 2015 Hamburg: A group with participants from 5 countries

June 2014 New York:

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March 2015 New York

















Masterclass Beijing

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