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  • What’s the difference between mixing and mastering?

    Posted by dan smith on September 20, 2023 at 9:18 am

    I want to become an underground artist making and composing music in his basement; what are some tips I can learn about mixing and mastering after composing a song?

    Anna Levina replied 1 month, 1 week ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Paul Watkins

    Member
    September 20, 2023 at 9:45 am

    Starting as an underground singer may look easy to you but becoming an underground artist is something you need to work on. Once you’re done writing down music, the first step is to record it. This is the end of the composing process.

    Mix and mastering are the latter steps determining your progress as an artist, not just a singer. After you’re done recording a song, you’ll listen to it, and to enhance the parts and pieces which you don’t like or have room for improvement will go through the mixing process. This is the art of combining tons of recorded tapes to get one solid version of your music. Mastering is the smooth playback and rendering once you’re done making your music. In short, you need two different applications and processes to complete mixing and mastering.

  • Austin McKenzie

    Member
    October 18, 2023 at 1:53 am

    This is so funny. I was literally asking my artist friend the same thing yesterday. Apparently mixing is putting effects and stuff on the sounds. Mastering is regulating the volume.

    • charlotte doherty

      Member
      October 19, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Well that is a very simplified approach on the topic.

  • Anna Levina

    Member
    November 1, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    That’s a great aspiration for any aspiring music composer! Mixing and mastering are crucial aspects of music production school, and they can greatly enhance the quality of your music. Here are some tips for learning about mixing and mastering after composing a song as an underground music composer:

    1. Education and Resources: Start by studying the fundamentals of mixing and mastering. There are numerous online courses, tutorials, and articles available that can provide valuable insights into the process.

    2. Practice and Experimentation: The best way to learn is by doing. Experiment with your tracks, adjusting levels, applying effects, and trying different techniques. Practice will help you develop your skills.

    3. Use Quality Tools: Invest in decent mixing and mastering software or plugins. These tools can make a significant difference in the quality of your final product. Many affordable options are available for home studios.

    4. Reference Tracks: Listen to professionally mixed and mastered tracks in the same genre as your own. Use them as references to understand the standards and nuances of the style you’re aiming for.

    5. Acoustic Treatment: If possible, improve the acoustics of your basement studio. Acoustic treatment can reduce unwanted reflections and improve the accuracy of what you hear.

    6. Get Feedback: Share your work with fellow musicians or producers and seek their feedback. Constructive criticism can help you identify areas for improvement.

    7. Mastering Essentials: When it comes to mastering, focus on tasks like EQ, compression, and limiting. These are essential for polishing your tracks and making them sound professional.

    8. Avoid Over processing: Be cautious not to over process your tracks. Sometimes, less is more, and excessive effects can degrade the quality of your music.

    9. Stay Updated: The music production field is always evolving. Keep up with the latest trends and techniques to ensure your skills are current.

    10. Patience and Persistence: Remember that mastering these skills takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged by initial challenges; persistence is key.

    By dedicating time and effort to learning about mixing and mastering, you can enhance the quality of your music compositions and bring them closer to the standards of professional production. Good luck on your journey as an underground music composer!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Anna Levina.

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