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CHAPTER 4: MIXING AND MASTERING

We have explained a little about mixing and mastering, but now we go into more detail about these important production processes…
A mixer in a DAW. This is a relatively simple song, with three elements. Note the difference between the individual track channels, and the master fader

MT Feature Music Production Guide

You may already be familiar with what it means to mix a song, even if you’ve never tried it yourself. And at some point, you’re going to want to stop noodling around with that synth line and actually turn your track into something people might want to listen to.

But there is an additional step. Mixing might seem like a relatively straightforward idea – just balancing the tracks together so they sound good. But not only is there a lot more to it than that, there’s also the additional step of mastering. When you’re a rookie producer, it can often be quite confusing, and the distinction between mixing and mastering isn’t always easy to make out. In this Guide, we’re going to show you the difference between them, and what each step consists of.

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