In this video Luke Hopper interviews Point Blank tutor Doug Shearer who has worked with the likes of Kasabian, Jamelia, Guillemots, and Gorillaz amongst many others.
Doug talks about how he originally became a mastering engineer, the sort of projects he has been involved with, why mastering is so important and how it is different from mixing, as well as discussing the Point Blank Audio Mastering courses which he has developed and tutors for Point Blank London and online. He also demonstrates one of the example projects used in the courses. Check it out below:
The aim of the Audio Mastering courses is to help you understand the role of the mastering process, develop/tune your ears, learn about EQ techniques, compression, limiting, as well as advanced techniques such as mid/side processing and multiband dynamics, and much much more. Each week you’ll master a choice of tracks yourself and get 1-2-1 video feedback (DVR) on your work from your tutor.
Other contributors to the development include JC Concato (Mix engineer: The Cure, Erasure, US3), Jim Lowe (Producer, engineer: Stereophonics, The Charlatans) & Bunt Stafford Clark (Mastering engineer: Thom Yorke, Manic Street Preachers, Aloe Blacc) and we’re pleased to be running them in association with the fantastic Waves plugins (although the skills you absorb can be applied to any mastering software or hardware).
Waves Audio CEO, Gilad Keren had this to say:
“Mastering is one of the most important stages of the production process and we’re delighted that Point Blank have gone with Waves as their plugins of choice”
For more information please get in touch with our course advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org