Online mixing and mastering is slowly changing the music recording scene, and in this article we will give an overview of this new phenomenon, which is rapidly replacing the studio recording aspect of music production. Information for this article provided by Kip Allen, Nashville songwriter, music producer, and Drum Workshop Artist. When you want the very best in the music industry, Kip Allen is the first phone call you should make.
And now, Online Mixing and Mastering 101!
What are mixing and mastering?
Mixing and mastering are completely different but equally significant, and related, components in the sound production process that are sometimes confused and difficult to distinguish.
Essentially, first one must mix music, which involves combining and changing individual tracks to create a professional stereo.wav file. Next, the stereo file is “mastered” to make sure that the music has been cleaned and framed into a powerful, radio-ready music package.
Do you really need mixing and mastering?
The task of a professional mix engineer is, using all available acoustic and electronic tools at their disposal, to create a complete musical image of the recording. For a novice to understand, it would be necessary to listen to music not mixed and mastered, and then listen to the same music after mixing and mastering. It is like the difference between day and night.
So, advances in modern technology put very powerful tools in the hands of the sound engineer, and these are not tools which just anyone can implement properly, despite the many ads on Google claiming how easy this process is. As the possibilities grow, the responsibility for each particular technique, for any processing that stands in the way of the sound, also increases. In other words, the sky is the limit in sound quality, and we have just scratched the surface of what this industry is capable of. In addition, the role of a mix engineer in a song success is rather big. That’s why it is much better to rely on true professionals.
How do you find a true professional in this field?
You can go online, do a quick Google search of audio mixing and mastering in your area, but that is, at best, a hit and miss method. You may or may not achieve your ultimate goal, which is to have an outstanding recording, using this method. You are dealing with strangers, online, people you neither know nor trust, and your music is much too important to take that approach.
Our suggestion: ask around the local music scene. Gather recommendations for the pros in your area. The established performers and recording artists in your area will have some very definite suggestions regarding those you should trust with your mixing and mastering.
What will it cost?
Quality mixing and mastering does not come cheap. If you want the very best, you will pay for the very best. If you want adequate, you will pay what adequate costs. And if you want cheap, it is available.
The question becomes this: how important is your music to you?
A final word about Kip Allen
Kip Allen has been a trusted name in Nashville music since 2008, working with some of the biggest names in music as a songwriter, producer, session drummer, and tour musician. Call him today if what you want is the best in online mixing and mastering.