Those unaware of mixing or mastering services will probably have doubts about the working of these processes. Lots of technical talks and knowledge leads even the most experienced professionals to feel confused, so that outside of the engineers themselves, few people know what happens during these final stages.
Moreover, this confusion leads to a lot of misconceptions— many consider these 2 processes the same, or eliminate them as not required one if the music composition is good to initiate. To clarify further, we’ll have a closer look at key factors and what difference these make to the music you listen to:
What Is Mixing?
In mixing, an engineer balances different tracks in a single session to make them sound good when played together. The tools used are equalizer, panning, compression, and reverb their disposal. Also mixing engineers cut-down instrumental clashes, constrict grooves, and highlight crucial song elements.
What Is Mastering?
In mastering, engineers do the eventual touches to a project from a bounced stereo file of the mix. The limitations of this file format are a chunk of what makes the mix phase crucial as there is a little bit to be done with a stereo recording. Although mastering engineers cannot bump into a project to create a kick drum, filter a synth, or uncover vocal parts, make broad enhancements and adjustments to the entire mix, in respect to the artist’s vision and market standards.
Which Is Important?
As per the opinion of many professionals working in the same field; Mixing is more important since a well-mixed song can stand on its own without mastering. It can perform well but it can’t stabilize a bad mix. Also, it can enhance a decent mix or improve a mediocre one, but if there are rooted problems in a mix itself, no amount of polish can fine those cracks.
Are you looking for professional mixing & mastering services? Contact us for turning your idea into a masterpiece all-ready for commercial acclaim with our mixing, mastering and music production services.
June , 2022
Although both the terms are used in together, there is a big difference between the two. Being a sound engineer myself, I can say that this is the best ever explanation of the difference between the two. Briefly explained in easy language and their objectives have been mentioned too.
May , 2022
Both mixing and mastering are important parts of any composed music. This blog states their role and aspects in any music. The language used here is quite easy and it explains it in deep. Even a person like me without technical background could understand it easily.
Amir Prasad Basu
April , 2022
Being a sound engineer myself, I can say one thing this article explains the difference between mixing and mastering very clearly. Language is quite simple and easy to understand.