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6 Important Differences Between Mixing and Mastering

6 Important Differences Between Mixing and Mastering

These two processes are pivotal in shaping the final sound of a song, yet their differences can sometimes seem nuanced to the uninitiated. Mixing and mastering serve distinct purposes, each contributing uniquely to the music creation process. This article aims to demystify these roles, clarifying the main differences between audio mixing and mastering and explaining […]

Mixing Vs. Mastering – Explaining The Main Differences

Mixing Vs. Mastering - Explaining The Main Differences

Mixing? Mastering? Is there even a difference? Many people, especially those just starting in audio engineering, ask themselves this question daily. I’ve heard this question countless times over my 15 years as a sound engineer from my customers, producers, and artists. And really, this question stems from two main reasons: Many do not understand the […]

The Pros and Cons of Online Mixing and Mastering Services

The Pros and Cons of Online Mixing and Mastering Services

The music industry has undergone a profound transformation in today’s digital age, with artists and producers increasingly turning to online mixing and mastering services. This shift allows musicians to have their tracks professionally processed and enhanced by skilled engineers without ever stepping foot outside their homes or studios. While the allure of convenience and accessibility […]

My Selection Of Best Plugins for Measuring LUFS

My Selection Of Best Plugins for Measuring LUFS

Measuring LUFS (Loudness Units relative to Full Scale) is essential to modern audio production, particularly in the mastering phase. To accurately measure LUFS, various plugins and tools that integrate seamlessly with most digital audio workstations (DAWs) are available. Here’s a guide on how to measure LUFS and some of the best plugins for measuring LUFS […]

How I Use Cableguys ShaperBox 3 in Mixing and Mastering

As a sound engineer, I’ve always sought tools to add more creativity and precision to my mixing and mastering workflows. That’s where Cableguys ShaperBox 3 has become a game changer for me. In this post, I’ll delve into how I use ShaperBox 3 to enhance my projects, offering creative inspiration and practical solutions to complex […]

Mixing Vocals: How To Use The Waves R-Vox Compressor

When it comes to sculpting iconic vocal sounds that echo across genres and generations, the Waves R-Vox compressor stands tall as a revered tool in the arsenal of seasoned engineers. Embraced by industry luminaries, from Drake’s producer Noah “40” Shebib to Grammy®-winning engineers working with the likes of Beyoncé and Billie Eilish, R-Vox has etched […]

Mastering Dynamics: How To Use The Waves MV2 Plugin

Waves MV2 Plugin How To Use Tutorial

In the sonic realm of audio processing, and audio mixing & mastering, the Waves MV2 plugin stands as an exceptional audio plugin, wielding capabilities beyond the traditional scope of compressors. As an experienced sound engineer, understanding the intricacies and nuances of this powerhouse plugin is key to unlocking its full potential in shaping the dynamics […]

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in DIY Audio Mixing and Mastering

5 Common Mistakes to Avoid in DIY Audio Mixing and Mastering

In the digital age, the accessibility of audio production tools has empowered musicians to take on the roles of mix engineers and mastering technicians. While the DIY approach can be rewarding, it comes with its set of challenges. Understanding the common pitfalls to avoid in DIY audio mixing and mastering is crucial for achieving professional […]

Should You Master Your Own Mixes? Pros and Cons

Should You Master Your Own Mixes - Pros and Cons

Mastering music is an art. It’s the final polish that elevates a track from good to exceptional, enhancing its sonic characteristics and ensuring it sounds its best across all playback systems. Yet, the question persists: as a producer or audio engineer, should you venture into mastering your own mixes? Let’s unravel the complexities, weighing the […]