Mixing and mastering are not the same thing. Alot of people new to recording look at these two processes as the same.They are two different processes that require different skill sets. Think of mixing as editing and adjusting each individual track with the goal of getting each individual track it’s own space, sound and volume level in the overall mix. Your working to make each individual track sound good while playing together.
Think of Mastering as adding that sparkle and final touch to your overall mix. Your taking the mixdown version of a song and adding that final sparkle. At the mixing stage, you work with individuals tracks. At the mastering stage, those multiple tracks have been mixed down to a single stereo mix and you’re tweaking that stereo mix.
Record your source
- Use a pop filter in front of your mic
- Try to add in a little compression in your audio chain to control volume peaking
- Record on unique tracks. This allows you to edit individual sources as needed
Edit your takes
- Remove as much unwanted noise as possible (Odd breaths, smacking, stutters, burps)
- Edit timings. If the artist rhythm gets off-beat, correct the timing or do a retake
- Ensure that all words are pronounced clearly and retake as needed.
- Process the dynamics as needed. Listen to your audio and add processing and effects sparingly.
- Adjust your volume levels until your mix sounds sweet.
- Listen to your mix on multiple sources and adjust as needed.