MIXING & MASTERING

Does my song need to be mixed and mastered?

We get asked this question a lot! When tracks are recorded they are usually captured as cleanly as possible but unless the recorded elements have been mixed, the final piece of music will most likey sound unbalanced, low in volume, raw in tone and lack an effective listening experience. Mixing is the process of arranging the multiple, edited tracks into a coherent piece of music, treating them with EQ, dynamics and effects if desired, and ultimately mixing them down into a balanced stereo format that sound professional.

Mastering is the final stage in creating a finished version of an audio project. The stereo mixes are treated to overall EQ, dynamics and effects processing increasing the overall quality of the audio. If the project is an EP or full album, the gaps between tracks and the balance of their relative levels are carefully considered. Finished master tracks are then exported to the standard audio CD resolution of 16bit/44.1kHz.

“We have a strong ethos of focusing on creating a hi-quality dynamic range relevant to the style of the piece of music and do not just “slam” the volume up on tracks.”