Hello, my name is John Rogers owner of JR mastering and author of the current #1 Best Selling Audio Mastering Book on Amazon.com which is now available in a video course! Since 1999, I've mastered over 40,000 songs for over 7,500 clients. I've mastered music for grammy award winners, several songs I mastered charted #1 and top 10 in Europe, and my masters have been played by DJs in many major cities all over the world.
Why am I telling you this? Because I know audio mastering, and I would like to teach you everything I've learned since 1999, in only 4 hours! It's not a $20,000 two year class, or a $3,500 6 month course (a total waste of money), I will teach you everything you need to know in audio mastering in only 4 hours! This course and the PDFs took me over 1.5 years to create. This is some serious stuff!
As an added BONUS - I will master one of your songs and provide free access to a video of the mastering session. Continue reading for more info....
Note - You can watch the videos on your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, whatever your device is you can watch the videos. Also, video courses are genre/style specific. Course times vary depending on your genre/style of music, but you will get over 3 hours of video in all courses.
1. Audio Master Laws, Tips, and Advice (46:36)
Several videos that fill in the missing pieces that are not in other parts of the course. Tips, advice and absolute LAWS that you cannot break. Break a few of these laws, and I will guarantee your CD project will be a disaster. 45 minutes of strong advice.
2. The 4 Bands In Audio Mastering (9:32)
In audio mastering, we work in Bands. Here's a quick overview.
3. Analyzing A .Wav File Before Mastering (11:58)
This is the first step in audio mastering (after importing the song).
4. How To Correctly Set Your Song Volumes (8:10)
How do I get all my songs the same volume? How loud is my song supposed to be? Is my song too loud? All these questions are answered in this quick 8 min video.
5. Compression Made Easy (19:49)
I've listen to over 1,000 clients attempts at mastering, and masters from other studios (some charging $100 a song). 75% of what I heard, they have NO CLUE how to compress a song. Usually, they don't apply any compression at all (they just make the song louder and call that mastering) and the song breaks up miserably when played back loud. Or the extreme, they compress it to death and it has no dynamic range and it's distorted.
In this video I explain what compression is, your goals, how to use compressors, everything you need to know about compression in audio mastering is in this 20 min video!
6. Understanding Equalization And Spectral Enhancement (27:05)
Which processors are used for EQ? Most people don't know a compressor is one of them. When do you use them, what are your goals, what's the difference between EQ and spectral enhancement? Almost a half hour of priceless information you want find anywhere else.
7. "Your Genre Of Music" Step by Step Mastering Sessions (3-4 songs) (between 1:00-1:30)
In this video I master 3-4 songs in a live mastering session. You'll see I always use the same simple steps with every song, to bring it up to commercial radio standards. I also include bonus tips and advice while going through my step progression. This video brings everything together, when you can actually see me doing what I've talked about earlier, and what you've read in the PDFs or in my book.
You Can Quickly Become An Audio Mastering Expert
I've worked with sooooo many clients and studios. I've heard their mastering attempts. I've read 1,000 blog posts and watched 100 hours of free youtube video made by guys with "very little" commercial mastering experience or they're a kid living in their mom's basement (usually both).
That all being said, if you read my PDFs (why not buy the full book too) and watch all of my videos, I can just about guarantee you will be better than 75% of the audio mastering engineers online! This includes some from major recording studios. I know this because I've heard their masters and 75% are clueless in several major areas, and you will know more than them.
Now, I can't exactly "guarantee" results. That's like someone selling exercise videos and guaranteeing you will lose weight. Yes, if you do the program, guaranteed you will. But if you never turn the video on, the weight loss program won't work for you. Same thing here.
MASTERING ISN'T A TEST!
Too many people think, oh well I got some advice from this kid, and three other guys, now I'm going to master the CD that took me A YEAR to write and record. Really? Here's why this doesn't work.
I'll be generous. 20% of the information from engineers who have never done anything (other than work on their own stuff) is absolutely WRONG. Sometimes even the opposite. They make up these odd ball theories based on nothing. I've even had a few hip hop engineers make mastering decisions based on what their grandma told them about their songs. I'm not joking here, they told me their grandma said the bass was too low, so they cranked it above distortion.
Well, so what if you get a few processes wrong? You'll get 80% of your CD mastering right. That's a grade B, right? WRONG! It's an "F."
If you get your loudness wrong, you get an "F." If you get your compression wrong, you get an "F." Maybe you don't know how to increase clarity, set your bass levels, get all your songs the same level, all "F."
You could get ONE critical area wrong, and be 90% right with the rest, and your CD will be a JOKE when played against commercial songs, at the club, even your family and friends will laugh at you after leave. Ha!
Let me give you information that is 100% correct! Based on the over 40,000 songs I've mastered that have actually been played on the radio, and in clubs around the world.
Get an "A+" on all of your projects! Why not? Isn't you music career worth this small investment?
You get 90 pages of PDFs from my current #1 Best Selling Audio Mastering Book on Amazon.com. From setting up your listening environment, my graph of solutions to common problems, how to master different genres, to how to correctly set your song volumes, this course is packed with valuable information. You can spend 100 hours on youtube looking for free videos and half the information in my course, you'll never find it anywhere! And, even better, you won't get any "wrong" information from my course either, that will ruin your project.
Note - This option available with the FULL course only.
I want you to succeed with your audio mastering, your music career or your sound engineering business!
What better way than for you to be able to watch a video of me mastering one of your songs? You'll also get the mastered song as a reference track for the rest of your project. Lastly, if there are any major errors in your mix, I will tell you how to fix them. So, we can get a great mastering result. This is a $250 value by itself alone!
Note - How it works is after ordering the course, you can email me a song (any genre/style regardless of the course you purchased) and within 7 business days I will email you a link with access to watch your song's mastering session. If there are any errors in your mix for you to correct, you will be notified prior to your video session being created.
So, how much is my course?
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Note - You can watch the videos on any device smart phone, tablet, laptop, desktop, whatever.
IMPORTANT - Also, you will be directed to Yondo website to create an account and make payment. You will be sent a verification email or you can just go to https://jrmastering.yondo.com/login to log in and start watching the videos and download the PDFs. The entire process is very simple and the video interface is AMAZING! Very easy to use, fast, and well organized.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hello my name is John Rogers, owner of JR Mastering. I’m one of the most successful online mastering engineers, having worked with over 7,500 highly satisfied clients on over 40,000 songs since 1999.
During my career I’ve worked with a handful of Grammy nominees, several songs I’ve mastered went top 5 on the European billboard charts. I’ve mastered hundreds of songs for movie soundtracks, and for DJs who played them in clubs all over the world.
My debut book, Audio Mastering Secrets, is one of the first audio mastering books on the market that focuses entirely on “How to master audio to radio quality standards,” all from the comfort of your home studio. No expensive gear required to get amazing results!
I also have a video series that will teach you how to master your style of music in under TWO hours!
Note - If you're looking for someone to mastering your songs (and don't want to learn yourself), visit my website JR Mastering.
It focuses on how to master audio, how to become a great audio mastering engineer, and how not to be a bad one. I don’t get into the specifics of brands of gear you should buy, the history of audio mastering, 1,000’s of compressor settings (of which maybe 40 you’ll ever use), or a dozen pages on how to sound proof your room.
If you’re looking for that information, there are several other books on the market that explain those topics very well.
In audio mastering, you will face common problems like a mix being too thin, tinny, distorted, over-saturated, muddy, or not bright enough. Sometimes you can’t get the song loud enough, boomy enough, no separation, too much bass, no sparkle, and many other problems.
I explain in detail which effects processors to use and their exact settings to solve these common problems. This is a great tool to refer back to when needed.
Not entirely on theory, what I learned in school, what I heard from some other engineer, etc. I’ve mastered over 40,000 songs for over 7,500 highly satisfied clients. Why is this important?
1. Because I know the techniques and secrets that I’m teaching work very well! The proof is in the thousands of positive email testimonials I’ve received.
2. I also know which problems and situations arise very often, and which ones never happen at all. Knowing this allows me to focus only on what you will actually experience when working on an audio mastering project. Someone who hasn’t worked with a large number of customers won’t even know what areas to focus on.
Here’s where I break down the sonic qualities of sixteen different genres. How much brightness, bass, boominess, compression, etc., you’re trying to achieve for each genre. And several tips on what clients are looking for. This is a great tool to refer back to if you don’t know the sonic qualities of all the different genres very well.
In this section, I cover a series of do’s, don’ts, and facts that basically apply to all audio mastering jobs regardless of genre. I also cover several pitfalls you will experience (just like I did) as an audio mastering engineer, and how to get through them.
After reviewing hundreds of masters and re-masters from other online studios, I’ve found that most sound engineers don’t know how to properly use compression. A lot of them never use it at all! This causes their songs to break up badly during loud playback. In this book, I cover everything you need to know about compression in audio mastering. I eliminate 95% of the needless threshold/ratio combinations, which makes the entire process much simpler.
Setting Up You're Listening Environment
In this section I cover calibrating your speakers, learning your speakers, speaker placement and room size. And, the myth about soundproofing your room.
The basics of what they all do, how to use them, when to use them, and my initial settings templates.
I cover a handful of important must-know facts if you’re working with clients. Why lose jobs learning on your own (trial and error). Learn from my past mistakes!
I left out all the high-tech jargon and rarely used words that slow down sentence flow. I want everyone to learn how to properly master audio, while not having to try and figure out what I’m trying to say! Ha!
In this book I cover audio mastering FAQs, definitions, concepts, and procedures. I also talk about working with sonic qualities, A/B comparison, working with 4-BAND processors, creating headroom and dynamic range, evaluating the mix, protecting your hearing, EVERYTHING I’ve learned in the last 17 years!
In a matters of weeks, you can learn all of the audio mastering secrets, tips, and techniques that took me over 17 years to learn!
Or with my video series, learn in only TWO hours!!
If you started audio mastering and learning on your own this year, by 2034 you might learn everything that’s in this book and video series. Ha! Why not just make a small investment and start learning right now!
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Here's a list of the best mixing technique articles written by me, John Rogers of JR Mastering.
Music Mixing Mistakes
Common mixing mistakes and how to fix them.
How To Prepare Song For Mixing
How To Create Headroom In Your Mix
Setting Mixing Levels For Each Instrument
How To Set Mixing Levels
How Should Your Mix Sound Before Mastering?
How To Mix Songs
Here's a list of the best mastering technique articles written by me, John Rogers of JR Mastering.
What Does Mastering Do To Your Song?
Exactly what does the mastering process do to a song.
Why Get A Song Mastered?
Is it just a waste of time to get your music mastered?
What Is Headroom In Audio?
The definition of headroom in music.
Why Is Headroom Important?
Do you really need headroom in your mixes before mastering?
How Much Headroom To Leave For Mastering?
Here's the exact amount of headroom you need!
Here's how your songs should sound!
Mastering A Song For Radio Play
Get your tracks ready for the radio!
Should I Go To School For Audio Engineering?
Is Engineering school really needed?
Prepare Song For Mastering
Here's all you need to know!
How To Master A Song
The basics of how to properly master a song.
How Do You Calibrate Studio Monitors?
The easy way to properly setup your studio monitors.
Speaker Placement For Your DAW Home Recording Studio
After calibration, here's the proper positioning for your speakers.
Sound Proofing Your Recording Studio
Sound proofing isn't all it's cracked up to be.
Best Recording Studio Room Size
Here are a few tips on choosing your recording studio size.
MY TOP GEAR REVIEW ARTICLES
I had to write a quick note on this, as I was reminded about it while thumbing through a popular mixing book that had a 15 page section on speaker resonance and room sound proofing. I must say, a very exciting 15 pages! Ha!
Way too much is made out of room sound proofing! I can audio master songs to perfection in an untreated basement, a huge studio room, in a bathroom, anywhere. I've done it all before. I can even master in my own backyard, with no walls!
Now, I would have to listen to a few reference tracks to learn a new environment. And some client feedback might be required. But after a couple hours, I could master anything in any space. At least 15,000 of the songs I've mastered were done in an untreated room. And my clients LOVED them all!
The proof is in the number of highly satisfied clients I've serviced, over 7,500. And the THOUSAND who were totally blown away by what I did with their music. You don't need foam or sound proofing on your walls. The important thing is to learn your environment, whatever it is.
If you want some foam or acoustic treatment in your room, buy it. You'll still have to learn how the room sounds after you install it. My point is you don't need it for audio mastering.
I've gotten in hundreds of remaster jobs that were originally mastered at studios with thousands of dollars worth of foam on their walls, and these masters were HORRENDOUS! A mash of distorted noise trainwreck! The foam did a lot of good here. Ha!
I initially mix and master at a lower level. I keep levels around 80-90dbs. I listen 10-15 minutes at these levels, then take a 5-minute break. I will do this for between 2-4 hours, then I take a full two-hour break.
When it comes time for the finalization (loud listening @ 105-110dbs) I NEVER go more than 2-3 minutes continuous and I pretty much split time. If I listen to loud music for 5 minutes, I take a 5 minute break before starting up again.
Above is what I've doing since 1999 and it works for me. Maybe you can go 100dbs for 8 hours a day and never have a problem, but I'm not risking it. 105-110dbs for 30 minutes continuous ruined my ears pretty good, and I had to make sure they didn't get any worse.
Tinnitus isn't fun. I might be going overboard a bit with my silence rests, but it's working for me. Better safe than sorry with tinnitus because it lasts A LIFETIME!
THE GUINEA PIG EXPERIMENT
I read a study online where a scientist exposed guinea pigs to extremely loud music. The results were that the guinea pigs who listened to extremely loud music continuously, say for 30 minutes, had severe structural damage to their internal ears.
The guinea pigs who listened to the same extremely loud 30 minutes of music, but it was not continuous (roughly 2 minutes of music and then a 2 minute break), the damage to their internal ears was FAR LESS severe compared to the first group.
Now remember, both groups listened to music the same total time (30 minutes). But, continuous listening was far more damaging than intermittent listening.