Mixing and Mastering explained by Michael Cushion Jr, CEO & Head engineer at Mikes Mix & Master.
Mixing is the process of putting more than one layers of audio collectively to make one final track, or to modify an existing record musically. Why Mastering In one sentence, will be described as the last creative step in audio production. “Mastering post-production is the last creative point in music production.
I in Mixing and Mastering, the engineer desires to achieve the following goals;
· Relative level balancing between songs.
· The volume balance for each track in an entire album
· The Dynamic volume level
· Equalization (Clarity) Sound equalization
· Song sequence editing (song compatibility) Track editing
While mixing a record, you’re tinkering with essentially the entirety of what you have recorded. You’ll do things like drop in effects, adjust fader, EQ your tracks and so on. Which is more like putting the puzzle together. You’re enhancing the standard components of what you have recorded, ensuring the whole thing hangs collectively and including a few finishing touches. When you’re perfected mixing your songs, you should be pleased with the way the song sounds and feel positive that nothing is missing musically.
In tinkering, Mastering engineer thinking is the voice of the intensity and performance of space, as well as the continuation of the mixers and singers, to express the direction of interpretation, making sure it is strengthened
Mastering is a very new technology but can be traced back to the early 1948 Ampex released. The model 200 dubbed tape recorders when the sound engineering is not so subtle so-called mastering engineer or mixer. And with the continuous progress of music technology, musicians of the way and the performance of equipment has gradually changed, music production hardware and software also has many new inventions and improvements, the requirements for sound work gradually with more and more choices and direction, gradually mastering on the late jump out. The primary target of mastering is; To have a better sound performance; and to give the general audience more impact on audio output.
Mastering is the technical and creative act like balancing, equalizing, and enhancing; mastering sound balance and creating sound quality to maintain the competitiveness of the final sound in the music market and the final musical item.
Mastering is the time for putting the final polish on an album or single. The last opportunity to make sure that everything fits together seamlessly and that the sound does not vary from track to track.
What’s the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?
The simplest thing to say is that, mixing is usually done with just finished recording. Therefore, the number of tracks in a project file may be hundreds of tracks. What the mixer will do is usually to think about the balance between the soundtracks of each instrument whether or not to use the effector to process sound information. These sounds go to individual hardware machines, and so on.
In the Mastering, Mastering process, the project file is usually only the output of the entire mixing project files L and R (left channel and right channel)
When You Can Do Just One
According to Michael Cushion Jr, CEO & Head engineer at Mikes Mix & Master, Mixing and Mastering is a crucial aspect of musical production as it is the key to modern music. If you’re planning on the use of your recording for a demo, mastering isn’t always an absolute because it requires extensive understanding and experience, which can be luxurious when accomplished by using a professional.
Mixing, is something you need to take some time to do, regardless of what level of release your track or album can be. You don’t have to be an expert; however, you need to try and give your songs at the least a sound mix that is feasible. Unlike mastering, you could do mixing at home. It requires practice and time, with some amount of dedications.