I had a very good question came to me through email the other day. It’s a question I hear pretty often.
Here was my reply.
Mixing is taking all of the individual tracks (individual drums, guitars, vocals, background vocals etc) and crafting a blend using eq, panning, compression etc…
Usually, after it’s mixed, I’ll send my stereo “mix” to a mastering engineer. He then takes my mix and listens to it on more expensive monitors in a (hopefully) better designed room and makes tweaks to it.
Of course, I wouldn’t send it to just anyone… it would have to be someone I trust to do that sort of thing..
Sadly, what most mastering engineers do is just make a mix louder… and that sometimes comes at the expense of the balance, eq and compression choices that I made in the mix phase.
Hope that helps.
After sending this, I thought that mixing and mastering could be like:
What are some other comparisons you can think of? Comment Below