AUDIO MIXING & MASTERING SERVICES
One of the features that audio professionals take a keen interest in is the art of audio mixing and mastering. Mixing and mastering have had very humble beginnings and now have revolved into a core aspects of any audio production. It is mixing and mastering that will ensure that a given track does not have noise and is very pleasant to the ears.
The art of audio mixing services sounds simple in theory. Mixing engineers use the simple skill of adding effects that complements the mixes to produce a perfect track. However, there are some important facts that audio engineers have to know before they start working on an audio file, commercial or podcast. As an artist, a podcaster, or a marketer, remember to have backups of your master copies of the original tracks in some back up devices such as your hard drive.
No work should be submitted for mastering if the mixing is not done in the best possible manner. For perfect mixing, there are some aspects that need to be applied. They are;
- Level: this is virtually the relative level between the instruments/vocalists used and their dynamics
- Frequency: this is in reference to the spectral content the various instruments or live feeds have and the ultimate overall mix.
- Space: this is all about the spatial aspects that the different audio sources have. Its subdivided into two namely;
- Stereo: this is in relation to the instruments’ horizontal panoramic aspects.
- Depth: this is in relation to the instruments’ front-back aspects.
The golden mixing rule for producers is that they need to produce only a clean mix. There are instances when noised together with some hiss may be an addition to the aesthetics of your track, but rarely on commercials and never on podcasts.
FROM MIXING TO MASTERING
During mixing, it’s not advisable to do excessive filtering. This is because it will be impossible for the mastering engineers to fix an over compressed and over processed tracks. This is one reason why a mixing engineer has to be a professional mastering engineer as well. Working as a mixing engineer or mastering engineer is just a way of specialization of labor. They can swap roles because they both know the principles behind both responsibilities. If the track is overworked on, the audio quality will obviously deteriorate since the produced sound may become extremely unclear.
Most engineers do their mixes on a certain “db” output. This is essential for giving headroom with preservation of the audio’s dynamic range. Without a dynamic range, the final audio sounds thin and very weak. The track is therefore always made to be as loud as possible without over mixing and over compression. This allows for the mastering engineers to efficiently run this piece of art through the expert compressors for fine-tuning.
“TO DO” WITH MIXING AND MASTERING
In a nutshell, mixing will start with an individual track being mixed to restraint levels. The exportation is done to the final mix WAV file that is forwarded to the mastering engineers. Mastering is the final stage of leveling and equalization. The result of the whole process is a nice, loud, punchy and crisp audio file that’s ready to either be broadcasted or to be released to the public. Audio Mixing and mastering are the exact services that Pure AV can assist with. Reach out today.
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