Both use similar tools and equipment but the goals for each process are quite different.
Mixing is the blending together (or balancing) of the multiple tracks from a recording session into one stereo mix in a way that’s balanced both in frequencies and volume, where everything can be heard clearly in its own space.
Mastering is the final stage your mixed song goes through to get it into an optimal state for release on to your format of choice and is applied only to the final approved stereo mix.
Mastering involves getting the mix louder and to the correct specification for its destination, for example, online streaming, CD or vinyl.
It also involves trying to correct any sonic imbalances that might be present in the...
I get asked regularly to critique peoples mixes and I love doing so because it gives me an excuse to listen to more music and talk to other people with a similar interest and, I hope, actually help them.
What it has also given me is a little insight as to some of the more common mixing mistakes home studio musicians and music producers make when they mix music at home.
Aside from the acoustic issues created by our small home studio mixing spaces, there tend to be some other mixing problems that are down to lack of experience or knowledge, where great gains can be made by some simple, small changes in workflow or approach.
In this video, I go over the common problems that I see over and over again and I offer advice that will help fix these issues and have you mixing faster and with more confidence.