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...
Check out my top 10 plugin picks for this year to help you decide.
In this video, I’m recommending my top 10 plugin choices to you to use along with your stock plugins to expand your plugin collection to give you a few more options to create some unique and awesome sounds in your mixes.
Learning how to use an equalizer well is time-consuming, so when a plugin comes along that claims to intelligently EQ signals in an easy to use way, no matter if you are a DIY musician, mixing engineer or mastering engineer then I’m curious to give it a try.
EQ masking is a common problem when mixing music and this is what the Gullfoss plugin is all about.
In this video, I give Gullfoss a try at tackling a dull, muffled sounding acoustic guitar and then a complete mix.