Mastering? Avoid This Common Mistake For Better Productions

Doing everything yourself can lead to a loss of perspective on the direction of your final master. Watch Joe Albano explain why this can be a problem, and how to fix it!  

Mastering was once regarded as a dark art but now the process is available to almost anyone. But that doesn't mean it's any less of a specialised task than it ever was. In this 5 minute video, mastering expert Joe Albano runs you through one of the more common problems that people can come across when mastering: working in isolation. 

In some senses it can be great that one person now wears many hats during the production process, all the way through from performing to final master. But one downside of this can be that you become overly familiar with the material and lose a sense of perspective on where a track is heading. Joe explains why this is bad, the possible problems it can cause and how you can make sure you get at least one other pair of ears involved to make sure your tracks sound as good as possible!  

Audio Mistakes 104: 10 Common Mastering Mistakes

So many things can go wrong in the mastering process and some of them begin before you even start. For instance, even something simple like your monitoring setup, which colors everything you hear even before you start any processing, could be leading you astray! But it goes even deeper... there's EQ management, compression, limiting... So much technology to understand and apply.

Luckily our star trainer and engineer, Joe Albano, is back to help you through the mastering maze with another one of his acclaimed Common Audio Mistake courses. In this course, Joe examines 10 common mistakes that, once you "get" them, you will never let infiltrate your mastering process!

So join Joe Albano and let him make the mistakes for you. We know that it'll save you a lot of time, money and headaches. Upon completing this course, whether you're a newbie or a pro, you will look at mastering in a whole new light!


Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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