South Padre Island, TX (October 14, 2013)—Billy Stull—referred to by Rupert Neve as a man with “golden ears”—has released the first installment of an in-depth, four-part video series showcasing the key points from his “Masterpiece School of Mastering” sessions.
Since 2006, Stull, owner of Masterpiece Mastering, has taught audio engineers from around the world the craft of commercial CD mastering at his three-day training sessions on South Padre Island, TX. Part one of his new video series, titled “21 Steps to Master a CD,” is 86 minutes in length and is now available for instant download.
The segment serves as the essential foundation, or as Stull puts it, “The important stuff you need to know before you start turning knobs.” Part One defines the goals, techniques and procedures Stull feels are vital in mastering a recording, covering a range of mastering procedures and topics, including how and what to listen for, how to determine the sonic artistic image, client relations, avoiding problems, and how to approach mastering as a business or additional income stream.
Three additional segments are currently in the works. Part two, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road,” will be a tutorial on the use of both digital and analog equipment, how it is most effectively chained in sequence, and how to use the actual tools of the trade, in detail, to adjust, remix, and improve sonics, volume and consistency, among other things.
Part three, “Billy’s Proprietary Techniques, Audio Gymnastics, De-bugging, and Emergency Room Mastering”, will cover the veteran mastering engineer’s own advanced procedures and solutions to audio problems, while part four, “Session of the Day,” will feature actual projects mastered by Stull.