In this 3-hour course, Ian Vargo teaches you how to get great sounding mastering results at home using exclusively plugins in the box. Includes thirteen topic-specific workshops and eight different genre walkthroughs, plus all the song files so you can practice along with the course.
Learn techniques for using EQ to fix harshness, rumble, and other mix issues — or to enhance, brighten and embellish.
Learn the functions and characteristics of various plugins that are particularly valuable for an in the box mastering chain.
Demonstrations using stock plugins as well as the same processing on more sonically colored analog emulations.
How to use saturation and why saturation or compression can sometimes be a better choice than EQ for manipulating tone.
Learn about different types of dynamics processing plus the characteristics of various higher-end compression plugins.
Ian covers essentials like EQ, compression, limiting and more. Whether you're an aspiring mastering engineer or just looking to level up your mixes, this course teaches you how to get there.
Watch and learn how Ian improves the sound of eight different songs. He takes you through the choices he's made and what to watch out for when practicing along with the included songs.
All eight of the songs Ian uses as source material for the genre walkthroughs are included in your download folder so you can practice alongside the tutorial or anytime after watching it.
Ian Vargo is a musician, engineer, and educator currently living in Los Angeles, California. He has worked on dozens of major label and independently produced records, in a variety of roles including producer, recording, mixing and mastering engineer. He also enjoys binge watching television while sitting on the couch with his wife Erin, Italian Greyhound Luigi, fluffy cat Babycita, and baby daughter Vera. You can hear examples of his work at ianvargo.com