How to Mix and Master Your Own Audio
Modern mixing and mastering plugins offer an overwhelming set of features. For example, iZotope Ozone and Neutron offers codec control, dynamic EQ, machine learning and AI. As a result, learning which tools to use and how to use them can be a real challenge! So, I’ve created a series of short, helpful lessons to illuminate the most important features of the most popular mixing and mastering plugins.
Get Started for Free
Firstly, anyone can take these lessons free of charge – you could start learning iZotope Neutron and Ozone right now by signing up for a free account. However, my lessons will dive deeper than the feature list. You’ll learn the concepts, the theory, technique and style related to mixing and mastering your tracks. Furthermore you’ll notice yourself achieving more and more professional results.
Learn Professional Software
Since mixing and mastering is essential to professional productions, it is essential to learn professional tools. Therefore, you’ll be focused on pro-grade software that offers the same features that the pros are using in the industry. No doubt, there are amazing tools for recording, mixing and mastering music. However, you need more than just a software license – you need an experienced instructor, live support and personal guidance.
This special educational series is designed to encourage focused progress and clear results. In other words, each student gets live instructor support and a custom-designed curriculum that will match their personal goals. Each curriculum is as thorough as it is aggressive, offering students an effective combination of live training, thoughtful assignments and hands-on projects. So, naturally, Music Protest students experience sustained progress while staying focused and motivated. Learn more about (just some of) the topics included in this program:
Arc of Your Success
Music Protest teaches practical skills based on years of teaching success through video lessons, live instruction and support. However, I understand how important a personalized, targeted approach is for my students. Music Protest offers both – tried-and-true lesson materials and a flexible curriculum.
During your education on Music Protest you’ll access lessons and exercises based on your preferred learning style. So, students can follow the automatic Learning Path or choose their own focus during each daily check-in. In the end, students get personalized instructor attention no matter what! Your customized path means focusing on what you need to learn rather than wasting time on knowledge you’ve already got. Below are some examples of the the many concepts you’ll have the opportunity to focus on.
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Balancing a Mix in Neutron
Unmask, Sculptor and Dynamic EQ easily fix muddy mixes. Discover these modern, powerful tools and how to use them effectively.
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Neutron 3 Workflow Tips
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Mixing Low End in Neutron
CourseAudio & Production Level 3 Sampling in Your Cubase Productions
Learn an intuitive approach to creating sample-based virtual instruments for your next Cubase production using Sampler Track.
CourseAudio & Production Level 3 Rapid Rock Production in Cubase
If you’re producing rock with Cubase and looking to up your skills with Cubase’s built-in tools then this course will get you there.
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Learning Cubase MediaBay
Find out how MediaBay can boost your productivity by organizing your content, samples and loops using tagging and favorites.
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Cutting Through the Mix with Neutron
Use iZotope Neutron to overcome one of the biggest challenges in making a great mix – getting specific tracks to ‘cut’ through.
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 DIY Pre-Mastering with Ozone from iZotope
CourseAudio & Production Level 2 Neutron Mix Assistant Explored
CourseAudio & Production Level 3 Discover the Cubase Chord Track
If you’re a seasoned Cubase user who isn’t taking advantage of the Chord Track, this course will offer you a quick jumping off point.
CourseAudio & Production Level 1 Mixing Essentials: EQ & Compression in Cubase
Perspective and walkthroughs that show which tools to use and how to get the most from your EQ and Compressor in different mix situations.
Since mixing and mastering are such hands-on skills, all students get access to exams and projects. For instance, Music Protest students can sharpen their skills on real-world mixing challenges by downloading multitrack-for-mixing projects like those below.
Whether you prefer to mix in ProTools, Cubase, Logic or any other DAW is up to you. Music Protest always offers common-format audio files for multitrack mixing in any DAW.
Skill-BuildersAudio & Production Level 2 Multitrack Mixing (Gospel)
Practice your mixing skills with a collection of audio stems capturing a verse of Amazing Grace.
Skill-BuildersAudio & Production Level 2 Multitrack Mixing (Rock Band) Read More »
Most computers post-2015 are capable of handling the signal processing required for audio mastering (e.g. with iZotope Ozone). Feel free to contact me if you’d like to know if your computer is up to the training. Check out my concept page for CPU Optimization for examples.
iZotope Ozone is the industry standard audio mastering software. Mastering with Ozone offers the advanced features that professionals demand. But, using iZotope Ozone is simple and intuitive enough for independent producers to make sense of. Check out my course on Do-It-Yourself Pre-Mastering with Ozone to get started.
Mastering with Ozone is easier because it uses machine learning and AI to assist you as you master your audio. For example, Ozone can process a reference track and match mastering characteristics to your favorite tracks. Feel free to ask me your iZotope questions.
Beginners will get Master Assistant in Ozone Elements – arguably the best feature for anyone new to mastering.
More experienced users may want Ozone Standard to get Match EQ – a power tool for dialing in lows, mids and highs for more professional results.
Ozone Advanced is probably a no-brainer for any professional. Check out my lessons about advanced features like Low End Focus and Tonal Balance components offer such rapid and outstanding results.
Mixing audio is the process of blending the recorded elements in a multitrack recording (drums, vocal, etc.) into a cohesive ‘mix’. Mixing is very subjective. iZotope Neutron is an advanced suite of tools for mixing multitrack recordings.
Mastering audio is the process of preparing a final mix (typically a single stereo audio file) for distribution to the public. Mastering is very objective. iZotope Ozone offers a variety of tools for measuring and manipulating an audio mix to be optimized for distribution.