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Mixing Vs Mastering Explained (For Beginners)

beginners mastering mixing May 08, 2020

 

Mixing and mastering often get blended into one but they are quite different and each play their own part in creating a song that sounds it’s best for release.

 

Both use similar tools and equipment but the goals for each process are quite different.

 

So what is mixing?

 

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.

 

What about mastering?

 

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...

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Top 10 Plugins for Mixing and Mastering in 2020

mastering mixing plugins Mar 28, 2020

Which plugins are best for mixing and mastering in 2020?

Check out my top 10 plugin picks for this year to help you decide.

So many plugins, so little time!

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.

 

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Gullfoss EQ Plugin - Do Automatic EQ Plugins Really Work?

eq mastering mixing Mar 20, 2020

 Automatic equalization sounds like a time saving no brainer but can the intelligent equalizer called Gullfoss really do as good a job as our ears? 

 

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.

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