Mantras for Mixing and Mastering
Some great tips from iZotope about mixing & mastering.
Mixing and mastering are two levels of music production among the most complex to learn and master.
If the mix is bad, mastering will do little to improve the final sound. Conversely, a bad mastering can ruin a perfect mix.
iZotope is the market leader in terms of dedicated mastering plugins and their advices should be for many a gold mine.
In the age of digital audio recording—an age characterized by nothing if not an exponential expansion of processing options—deciding when something is finished can be a considerable challenge. But there’s also a freedom to be found in the fact that hard drive space is relatively infinite and that every multitrack recording program now has multiple layers of “undo” options, so permanence is a relative term.
If you find you’re one to keep second-guessing yourself, can’t stop adjusting everything adjustable, or have a hard time finishing something purely because of permanence anxiety, you might benefit from a few of the simple, generally restraint-themed mixing and mastering mantras shared below.
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