The LOUDNESS Course is designed to teach you the mixing and mastering techniques necessary to achieve dynamically loud masters for streaming services and direct sales. Loudness is more than a meter reading, it's about the perception of the listener. The more clear, solid and focussed a sound is, regardless of dynamic range, the more perceptible it will be to the listener, regardless of listening environment and medium.


Class 1: Mix Preparation for Loudness

This class starts by defining loudness. and demonstrates the most common fundamental mix approaches used to create loud mixes.

  1. Loudness Perception and Measurement
  2. Online Streaming and Loudness Standards
  3. Mix Dynamics and Setting Loudness Targets
  4. Loudness Mixing Technique #1: Dry Mono – Wet Stereo
  5. Loudness Mixing Technique #2: LCR Mixing

Class 2: Equalization Techniques for Loudness

All frequencies are not created equal. Each frequency area has a specific role to play in the perception of loudness and must be processed accordingly.

  1. Frequency Target Zones for Loudness
  2. 2 & 3 Point Equalization Techniques
  3. Digital EQ Techniques for Programmed Music
  4. Vintage EQ Techniques for Programmed Music
  5. Digital EQ Techniques for Recorded Music
  6. Vintage EQ Techniques for Recorded Music

Class 3: Compression Techniques For Loudness

Compressors are the most powerful tool for controlling the dynamics of music. This does not mean you are necessarily removing the dynamic, but rather, making the dynamic more perceptible by making it more consistent.

  1. Averaging (RMS) Compression
  2. Groove and Depth Compression
  3. Vintage Groove and Depth Compression
  4. Vintage Limiter Techniques for Loudness
  5. Digital Limiter Techniques for Loudness
  6. Compression for Hype and Focus

Class 4: Tape Saturation & Distortion Processing

Tape saturation is a powerful way to preserve warmth and dynamics while achieving loudness characteristic. Distortion processing expands on the creative processing techniques realm.

  1. Saturation & Distortion Basics
  2. Multi-Track Tape Saturation
  3. Selecting a Console Saturation Type
  4. Applying Analog Console Saturation
  5. Re-Amping & Distortion Processing

Class 5: Effects Processing for Loudness

Achieving depth with effects is vitally important step in the process of creating a loud mix and master. Whether, wet or dry, the depth created with effects will help to preserve a vital dynamic to keep you mix sounding alive.

  1. Depth Processing Overview
  2. Early Reflections and the Depth Field
  3. Short Room Reverbs for Presence
  4. Big Space Reverbs for Power and Depth
  5. Processing Enhancements for Effects

Class 6: Parallel Processing for Loudness

One powerful way to achieve loudness while maintaining control of the dynamics of your mix is to use parallel processing. It allows for quick adjustments to your loudness approach without deconstructing the mix.

  1. Parallel Processing Overview
  2. Techniques for Depth and Movement
  3. Techniques for Density and Solidity
  4. Techniques for Focus and Hype
  5. Parallel Saturation Techniques

Class 7: Mix Buss Processing for Loudness

Mix stem and Mix Bus processing are the final stages before mastering and the best place to pull together all of the loudness work from the previous techniques. There is always room for loudness here if you need it.

  1. Mix Stem Processing for Loudness
  2. Parallel Stem Processing for Loudness
  3. Mix Bus Processing for Loudness
  4. Parallel Mix Bus Processing for Loudness
  5. Mix Bus Maximizers

Class 8: Mastering for Loudness

Whether you are mastering your own work or not, you must understand these essential mastering techniques. Processing at this level is very different than on the stereo mix buss and it will help to solidify the mix and meet your loudness target.

  1. Final Mix Updates and Bounces
  2. Framing the Mix
  3. Tape Compression
  4. Mastering Compression
  5. Imagers and Exciters
  6. Maximizing the Master


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