Category: Pre-Mastering Tips

Mixing is the process of combining finished recordings together into a song. It often requires very in-depth, specific look into adjusting levels, EQ, and editing to get the best possible sounds before a song is ready to be mastered. Not every problem with a mix can be fixed during mastering, and these tips should help provide a solid starting point for your mastering engineer.

Understanding Input Sensitivity

Part of calibrating and optimizing your studio monitors is ensuring that the input sensitivity is set to handle professional mixing and recording levels. Here’s an overview of what input sensitivity is and how to set it for your studio.

4 Masterpiece Albums You Should Study

One of the best ways to learn how to produce a great sounding mix and master is to listen to other great albums. By tuning your ears to some of the best mixes that have been produced, you will sharpen your sense of arranging / mixing and learn how your monitors behave at the same time. Here are four iconic albums that are considered by many to be examples of some of the best of music recording and production. Ignore them at your peril.

Essential Keyboard Shortcuts | Markers

One of the fastest ways to waste time in your studio is by not learning the keyboard shortcuts, or “hotkeys,” of your DAW. You might be pointing and clicking hours down the drain from your projects. That’s why we’re doing a series on the essential keyboard shortcuts for recording, mixing and mastering. In this post, we’re going to discuss markers.

How to Mix Piano Pt. 2

Tracking a great piano recording is only half the battle. Once you get to the mixing process, working with piano in the context of your other instruments requires some special attention–thanks to the piano’s expansive range of tone and color. In our previous post we discussed some tips for adding EQ and compression to the acoustic piano recording in your mix. Here, we’ll talk about using reverb and panning.

How to Mix Piano Pt. 1

The piano is one of the most versatile and expansive instruments to record and mix. It offers a massive amount of possible tones and timbres to work with. Because of this, mixing for piano can be a challenge of its own–especially when there are multiple instruments in your mix. To help you produce the best possible mix, here are some tips for adding equalization and compression to the piano in your mix.

Mixing for Radio

Radio is still the dominant medium for people to listen to and discover music. Ironically, it’s also one of the worst in terms of quality. Nearly all radio stations add a significant amount of multiband compression to their playback that kills the dynamic range. To counteract this, you can make an alternative radio mix for your music. Here are three tips on how to do it.

Use Mono to Check Your Mix

The best mixes and masters tend to sound good on a broad spectrum of listening settings. One of the best tips for creating such a mix is to mix your music in mono. If you can get your mix to sound well-balanced and musical in mono, then it will likely only sound even better in stereo…