Mastering Audio Course | Los Angeles or Live Online

Our Mastering Course is designed for today’s multi-genre modern engineer. While being completely focused on mastering “in-the-box” (in a computer), we provide you with the ability to achieve that “commercial sound” thru the understanding of various analog circuits and effect processors. The end result you will leave with a fully mastered track and all the steps to continue improving and forwarding your abilities for decades to come. The techniques can be applied within any digital audio workstation.

Introduction & Mixing Recap

• Reference Tracks
• Speakers & Headphones
• Frequencies
• Dynamic Processing
• Effects
• Critical Listening

Metering and Rendering

• Gain Staging
• Meters used in Mixing & Mastering
• Mixing Groups
• Rendering your Premaster
• How to Prepare for Mastering

Introduction to Mastering

• History of Mastering
• Setting up a Mastering Session
• Overview of Ozone & FabFilter Suite
• Critical Listening


• What is Mid/Side
• History of Mid/Side
• Mid/Side Techniques


• What is a Maximizer
• Ozone Maximizer & FabFilter Pro-L walk-thru every function.
• Practical Use

Creating A Mastering Chain

• Creating an efficient Mastering Chain with Ozone & FabFilter
• Step by Step Hands-on Instruction
• In depth explanation of Modules & Signal Flow

Metering / Phase & Dithering Analysis / Stem Mastering

• Meters used in Mastering
• Phase & Dithering
• Stem Mastering for Clients

Advanced Mastering

• Expanding Your Mastering Chain
• Using Virtual-Analog Signal Processors

Mastering for Streaming Audio & Broadcasting

• Explanation & History
• Modern Day Application

Referencing, Finalizing, Exporting

• How to Reference
• Finishing Up
• Exporting
• Group Critique

You will need to bring your own laptop, with all of the software you will be learning installed. Everything else is provided in class. Contact us if you have any questions.

36 Hours | $1499 + $100 Registration if booked 14 days before start or $1799 + $200 Registration

Use the ‘CONNECT’ button below to request schedule information for our classes. One of our placement experts will follow up within a business day. For one-to-one lessons, see Mastering Audio Private Instructionand connect with a specialist on that page.

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    Our Testimonials

    The instructor was amazing. To be able to learn mixing and mastering in 36 hours is unbelievable!


    I have taken about 3 mixing courses online and learned something from each. This by far was the most helpful because it tied everything together and having a hands-on approach is the best. The instructor was super enthusiastic and patient as well. For the price and being a one week full session, nothing else compares.

    Biren M Patel

    The teacher is awesome, his enthusiasm and knowledge makes the class a blast while taking in tons of useful tips/techniques.


    Darryl Swann. Enough said. He is a passionate, humble, experienced, and incredible human. He would help any of his students in anyway he could and he loves teaching. We now work together outside of Garnish and I couldn't be happier to have connected with him through Garnish.

    Patrick McCutcheon

    I came into the class with a good understanding of my DAW (Logic Pro X course here at Garnish) but minimal knowledge of mixing/mastering. I thought the class was a great supplement to the knowledge I gained from the Logic Pro X course. I never felt lost, and now know how to achieve a clean mix and master.

    Kevin Yee

    I won't change anything. I learned and enjoyed a lot! Good location and neighborhood, nice people and easy parking.

    Mono Villa

    I've been producing music for 15-20 years and even have a recording arts degree. The instructors were absolutely amazing and helped me grasp mixing and mastering in a very relatable down to earth way. I feel like my production has finally taken the step up it needed. Loved the class and would love to take more courses at Garnish. Great learning

    Jeremy Wells

    Instructors are well-experienced and can speak from tremendous amounts of real-world experience. They are also very passionate - not just about music and working in the industry, but they are passionate about teaching and getting the students the best learning experience possible. This makes a big difference in how successful the course is for the students… We were also able to get a lot of detailed and hands-on work - which was great!

    Alan G

    Garnish mix classes helped me the strengthen and expand my knowledge in mixing and mastering techniques immensely. With Grammy-winning engineers, what more could you hope for?!

    Bernardo Passarinho

    At last I have a clear perspective of how mixing and mastering works!

    Andres Alzate

    definitely learned so much in this course. The techniques on mixing and mastering that I learned in this class really helped me take my music to another level.

    Raymond Medina