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.

Fundamentals of Mixing Drums Before Mastering

It is no secret that drums are the foundation of mixing across the majority of contemporary genres. They drive an immense amount of feel and emotion to any given song without much melodic context. Drums and their overall aesthetic alone can easily make or break any mix. Why? They are complex in nature, and they […]

How to Prepare Drum Tracks Before Mixing and Mastering

Aside from vocals, drum tracks serve as the most prominent elements in most forms of modern music. Not only do drums provide the rhythmic foundation of to a song, but they can also cover the entirety of the audible frequency spectrum. As engineers, becoming proficient in the art of treating and mixing drums is one […]

How to Use Plugin Automation During Mixing to Create Music with Impact

Have you ever listened to a song and noticed that the snare sounded a little brighter during the chorus, the kick had more of a thump, and the vocal effect had changed from an eighth-note to a quarter note delay. A mix tends to get boring hearing the same sonic textures from beginning to end. […]

Workflow Tips for Audio Engineers | Production to Pre-Mastering

Everyone wants to make hit records, but little do they know of the hundred small steps that go in to getting a client and taking them to a finished mix that is ready to be sent off to mastering. One of the most common pitfalls that new and even seasoned engineers run into is having […]

How to Equalize EDM Tracks

In EDM, some inexperienced listeners and engineers misunderstanding equalization, thinking that it’s all about bass. The truth is that every mix comes down to creating space and balance. Does everything have a space or does it blend in? Is it muddy and confusing or well defined? The EQ (or equalizer) takes the highest priority in […]

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.