I can sense the tension.

You bristle up a little bit when you read that subject line.

You’ve probably heard some forum “guru” say something like that, and he types it with such passion and authority that it must be true.


I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to hear the word “can’t.”

It makes me want to do it all the more.

So when I hear people say you can’t master music in a home studio, I laugh.

Now, there are certainly good reasons to use a third party to master your mixes, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to do it on your own.

Sure, it’s difficult.

And there are parts of it that can be really confusing.

But overall the process is quite simple.

Enter Ian Shepherd.

I’ve recommended Ian to you at least a bajillion times in the psat, and today I’m very excited to announce a brand new class he’s launching.

It’s called Home Mastering Masterclass.

You’ve been asking me for a course on mastering for years, but I knew Ian was the right man for the job. With 15+ years of experience as a pro mastering engineer, he knows his stuff.

And he can help you learn how to approach mastering in your own home studio in a way that actually works.

It’s a roughly 2-month class, and the first round of students get in at a STEEP discount.

Check it out here:


Joe Gilder

  • Giovannivanassi

    Some mastering engineers must be desperate, this is not good for mastering engineers or home studio users. To think you can become a mastering engineer in 7 weeks is ridiculous. Times must be hard for some engineers.

    • Who said you could become a mastering engineer in seven weeks? It’s just a class that teaches a skill. All skills must obviously be practiced and develiped.

  • Hi Joe,

    Wow I’m getting a sense everyone is big into Ian’s course!  This now the 3rd blog I’ve read this morning promoting it.  I know Ian’s good but that’s kind of like amazing word of mouth!

    Hope it helps everyone.

    Have a great day brother.

  • Drawmer

    Heya Joe,

    I always tell my clients that I can master for them, but that I’m not a “mastering facility”. If you make clear to them that there is a difference between what you can feasibly hear in a less-than-perfect listening environment and a top-notch mastering house, then at least they’re informed in their decision to have you or a 3rd party dedicated facility do the work.

    It’s much much more complex than a few steps, imho, and a dedicated mastering engineer has experience that you pay for, in addition to the strange and often custom made gear they use.

    That said, I picked up Bobby Owsinski’s Mastering Handbook and it really gave a lot of insight into what to do. I’m sure your course will do the same. 🙂

    • Yeah, I agree. I tell folks the same thing. I’m better at mixing than I am at mastering, just because I’ve mixed a lot more than I’ve mastered. But I do offer to do mastering if it makes sense for them.
      But yes, I make everything nice and clear. 🙂

  • CameronN

    Thanks for telling us Joe! I am almost done with my “album” (it’s just a bunch of recordings of drums) so I will have to master it soon. Happy Memorial Day!

    • Very cool, Cameron. Let us know how it turns out!