I am also a song mixing service provider by way of Music Guy Mixing.
Song mixing service rates are also discounted there at the moment at 50% off. Each mix is currently just $50 per, and every client receives a complimentary master from me with each completed mix.
If you are on this website it’s likely 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.
Head over to MusicGuyMixing.com for more information if you’re interested in my professional song mixing services.
What’s the Difference Between Song Mixing and Song Mastering?
A common question I get is what’s the difference between song mixing and song 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 song mixing stage, this collection of tracks is processed in a variety of ways by the mixing engineer. The main focus here is 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. These tools include EQ, compression, relative track level/panning/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 deal 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 song mastering, it’s that single file which represents the entire mix. That file is processed further by the mastering engineer to add that final bit of gloss and production.
The goal is to make it sound as good as possible, ensure that it’s in harmony with the other songs on the same album, and prepare it for release so that it sounds as good as it can alongside other commercial, contemporary releases.