Mastering is a critical final step in your music making progress and one you don’t want to skip before releasing your music into the world.

But I think many home studio musicians have the wrong idea about mastering – thinking it’s where your music is truly transformed into radio ready gold. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Often confused with the mixing process, mastering should not be where you do the heavy lifting in making your song sound awesome. Instead it should be a straightforward process of finishing touches.

In this video I’m going to walk you through the 4 tools you need (and 1 critical trick) to making sure your masters sound balanced, punchy, and commercially viable.

The good news? You likely already have these tools in your DAW – and mastering should only take you about 10 minutes per song.

From Beginning To End

If you’ve been following what I’ve been doing the past few months then you should be very familiar with this song.

Starting with just a rough idea on my acoustic guitar I showed you the process of actually mapping out and recording this song from scratch using free software and only $350 worth of gear.

Then I gave you a step by step plan for mixing your music – and I walked you through this song from raw recording to final mix.

Which leads to today’s video – mastering.

Many of you have expressed interest in the song as it’s been progressing and I appreciate the kind words and encouraging comments. If you care to get your hands on the final version of this song you can download your copy from the iTunes and Google Play stores, or pretty much anywhere you listen to music!

Thanks in advance for the support!

Now get out there and release your OWN song using all that you’ve learned from these series of videos! I can’t wait to hear your success story.