I recently got in contact with Ian Shepherd, a professional mastering engineer with a 15 years of solid experience in mastering. He is the owner of Mastering Media Ltd and founder of Production Advice. His client base includes such artists and clients as Keane, Tricky, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Deep Purple, The Orb, Leslie Garret, Culture Club, Porcupine Tree, Andy Weatherall, The Las, Ozric Tentacles, Christine Tobin, New Order and King Crimson to name a few.
Ian has recently released an eBook and HD quality video tutorial covering the subject of mastering with multiband compression and I had an opportunity to review the material.
Here’s my review:
Compression is a very important tool in mastering and multiband compression is something that can take your mix to a next level if used right. With that said, its essential to first understand how multiband compression works in order to be able to use it properly. Mastering with Multiband Compression by Ian Shepherd is a package that helps you to get on top of it.
What’s included in the the package is an eBook of 42 pages (.PDF), 1 hour long HD video (.MOV) and 10 audio example files (.WAV).
The eBook will get straight to the point. You will learn WHAT the multiband compression really is, HOW it will affect to the sound and WHY you might want to use it in mastering. It will go in-depth on how the different bands and parameters such as crossover, attack, release, threshold and ratio affect to the sound. What I really liked about was that Ian actually shares some of his default settings and gives suggestions on different parameters to get you started. He also helps you to understand the basics of mastering in general which is important before you are able to use multiband compression effectively. The guide also teaches you WHAT to actually listen to with multiband compression which is essential for one to be able to decide what settings to use. The importance of EQ and limiter and how to set them up properly in the mastering chain will be covered as well. Also, there’s a chapter which’ll focus on some of the advanced multiband compression techniques so you’ll learn plenty of awesome tricks if you want to experiment a bit more with your audio material. Ian also shares a ton of tips and rule of thumbs based on his own experience and personally, I think these tips are GOLDEN and they come in very useful in my own electronic music production!
In the video Ian shows the multiband compression in action in his DAW (Logic). There’s an example song which’ll get treated with various different compression settings and Ian explains clearly what details you should pay attention to and what to listen to get the most out of your mix. The video will really deepen your understanding of multiband compression.
There’s also 10 audio example files, processed with different compression and EQ settings. You can load them to your DAW and compare the differencies to understand (and see) how the compression affects to the audio.
Before reading the eBook and watching the video, I already had some basic knowledge on mastering and multiband compression, but this package kind of opened my eyes to see how to really use it and how powerful tool it can be when it comes down to mastering.
So, to sum this up: what do I think about this package? Awesome! Do I recommend it for electronic music producers? Absolutely! The same “rules” will apply to electronic music as well.
There’s two different versions of this package: Basic and Enhanced. Basic has only the eBook and its $57.00. Enhanced includes the eBook and in addition to that, 1 hour long HD tutorial video and audio examples and its $67.00.