Audio mastering is the final step in the music production process, and an essential component in creating a professional-sounding recording. The best mastering engineers (such as Bob Clearmountain and Bob Ludwig) are able to hear a raw tape, understand what it could sound like, and then know exactly what techniques they need to use to make it sound that way. Far from a being a mysterious art, mastering is actually series of techniques that students can practice, learn, and employ themselves to great effect on their own productions. Berkleemusic’s Specialist Certificate in Music Production and Audio Mastering provides the skills and knowledge you need to become a better producer as well as a well-versed mastering professional.
You’ll begin the program in Desktop Music Production. This course will teach you how to turn your home PC or Mac into a virtual complete recording studio, mastering concepts like digitization, signal flow, multi-tracking, EQ, signal processing, mix balance, reverb, and MIDI. You’ll learn to choose the right tools for producing your music, configure home studio hardware components, edit and create your own synthesizer sounds, use samples and loops in a variety of musical settings, mix multi-track audio projects; make a final master suitable for distribution, and much more. And even if you have done some home production already, you’re sure to learn plenty of new tricks.
Next, in Recording and Producing in the Home Studio, you’ll gain more advanced knowledge and techniques for creating professional-sounding recordings at home. You'll study the roles of the producer and engineer in the recording process, and learn mixing, mastering, and editing techniques that will enable you to polish your demos into finished recordings. You'll examine and evaluate songwriting concepts critical to the production process, and by receiving constructive feedback from your fellow songwriters, engineers, mixers, and producers, you'll create an exceptional professional sounding master recording.
With a solid foundation of knowledge in music production, you’ll focus specifically on the art of mastering in Audio Mastering Techniques. Authored by two working professionals with a total of 40 years of mastering experience, this provides you with a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution. Audio Mastering Techniques will equip you with a professional level understanding of the day-to-day mastering process, which will enable you to create a level matched, hi-fidelity, error free, and duplication-ready master with associated documentation.
By the end of this program, you’ll have a wealth of new knowledge and skills that will make you a better producer and an experienced mastering professional. You'll have a professional-level understanding of music production, from day-to-day recording through the mastering process. You'll have the skills you need to create pro-sounding recordings yourself, and learn to output a hi-fidelity, error free, and duplication-ready master.
Take your demos through the entire music production process, and learn to apply a number of concepts and techniques that will dramatically improve the sound of your recordings, mixes, and masters no matter what recording device you are using.
Marc-Dieter Einstmann, Jonathan Wyner (12 weeks, 3 credits)
Mastering is the final, critical, step in the post-production process. Gain a thorough understanding of what is involved in creating a final master recording ready for duplication, replication, or online distribution.
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