I am also an audio mixing service provider by way of Music Guy Mixing. Audio mixing service rates are also discounted there at the moment at 50% off. Each mix is currently just $30 per, and every client receives a free master from me with each completed mix.
It’s likely that if you are on this website that your music has already been mixed and is ready for the mastering stage. If not, however, or for future consideration, consider Music Guy Mixing if you’re looking to get the best result out of your music as well as the best deal in mixing and mastering.
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What’s the Difference Between Audio Mixing and Audio Mastering?
A common question I get is what’s the difference between audio mixing and audio mastering? Audio production can essentially be broken down into three linear phases: recording, mixing, and finally mastering.
After the recording phase, you’ll have a set of unprocessed audio and midi tracks which you recorded. The volumes of the tracks are all over the place and there is no separation between them; this is simply the raw audio of each track.
In the audio mixing stage, this collection of tracks is processed in a number of different ways by the mixing engineer with the main focus being to attain a sense of cohesiveness between all of that audio. A number of tools/effects/techniques are used in order to achieve a cohesive mix, including EQ, compression, relative track level and panning setting and automation, and much more.
If some of those names sound familiar, it’s because they are many of the same tools used in mastering. The major difference is that on a mixing level you’re dealing with the individual tracks/stems which make up the song. Once the song is mixed, it is rendered down to a single file (typically a WAV or AIFF file).
Conversely, in audio mastering, it’s that single file which represents the entire mix that is processed further by the mastering engineer to add that final bit of gloss and production. The goal is to both ensure that it’s in harmony with the other songs on the same album/release as well as prepare it for release so that it sounds as good as it can alongside other commercial, contemporary releases.