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The Essentials of Mixing and Mastering

Hello, you’re listening to the podcast with Audio Inventory, I am your host Aditya. In Today’s podcast, we are going to discuss a little about what mixing is and why it’s important. This is going to be a little bit about basics of mixing and might be a reminder for all you advanced folks as well.


Mixing music. What is mixing and how is it done? Well, the first process is writing the song. Every artist that wants to record has to write a song. After the song writing is done, they might want to add some instruments, then the producer comes into play. If the producer didn’t help you write the song already, will help you arrange the different instruments, arrange the music in a way that is what you want, and meant to be according to the desired outcome, if you want to make it sound more commercial, a producer will help you make a more commercial sound. Next off, after everything is produced, written and you’re done with all the creative processes, then it comes to recording. Recording is setting up microphones, a lot of levelling with the mics, choosing mics, microphone positions. It’s kind of nerdy to be honest and I would argue that it’s a bit scientific than creative in the sense that the job is less songwriting. I’m not saying that the recording process is not creative. Who knows if you put a waterproof microphone in a bucket and record guitars through that? That’s really creative but that recording is more for stuff that is less tried and processes which already work, if that makes sense.

The next step after everything is recorded and all the tracks are laid out, and you don’t want to add any tracks, and bring in the mixing processes. Mixing should not involve adding more tracks and isn’t a point to be more creative. It should already be sounding pretty good. My favorite part of the process is mixing. If we talk about mastering, it something which I believe not everyone can claim to be a master of pun intended, because it takes years of practice to really master a song. There are websites out there for mastering out there which I had tried out, audiomastering.com by mastering engineer Colin is a pretty good one. He is dope.

As far as what mixing is, mixing is about adjusting levels, compressing, eq, dressing, everything, it’s basically adjusting the tones of each individual tracks and the overall mix to portray the intended emotion of the song and enhance that intended emotion of the song and connect the artist to their audience which I believe is the big thing, we are not here to change the song, just to enhance the song. Mixing is not as time consuming as recording but there is a bullseye that you want to hit, and that bullseye is other tracks. As a mixing engineer, you must be listening to other tracks to gauge the level you want or the emotion you want. I feel my Spotify account is my textbook to learn from and take inspiration from. When new music comes out, from say Post Malone, we listen to really understand how these tracks sound and keep up with current tones and qualities in tracks that people are obviously reacting to.

In my opinion, mixing is the most fun part, the song which we work on will be stuck in our heads, even if the song isn’t great. We just love what we do. And We believe this is really the part which changes the track from good to great.

So, what does mastering do to a song once mixing is done? Let’s just say that when you mix a song it is done. Mastering is just the icing to the cake which is done. Just making a finished product unbelievably good.

As mixing engineers just showing customers before and after tracks and getting a woah reaction when they see the tracks with the changes is priceless. I can’t tell you how much fun it is! If you guys don’t enjoy mixing and mastering as much, just send it across to me. I really enjoy it. If you guys didn’t understand any part during the podcast, feel free to send us a message at Audioinventory.com. We love questions on a mix, if you send us an mp3, we’ll listen to it and give you our thoughts on it and tell you what we think. Giving feedback on a mix is a skill in itself and we feel we are very confident at that. That’s for another episode though, we can talk about giving feedback. Anyway, thank you, this has been a short podcast on mixing and why it’s important. You’ve been listening to the podcast by Audio Inventory.

Podcast 2 - What equipment should you buy for your studio

Hello! You’re listening to the podcast with Audio Inventory and I’m your host Aditya. I’m so excited, so excited about this episode because I want to tell you my opinion on gear. All of you gear geeks out there, I can smell you, oh my goodness, all of you gear geeks, don’t we just love gear? And we love equipment and half the reason of what we do is because we look really cool with gear which is true. It does look cool and there’s a value in that. Today, I’m going to talk about gear, maybe a little about recording gear but I’m going to keeping it specific to mixing.

I had a teacher in my music school, I went to Delhi Music school to learn music. So, I had this conversation with my teacher, and I agreed with what he said. He asked me what is the most important piece of gear in a studio, I was like the microphone? The computer? The software, my god uhhhh the hard drive?? He said no, it’s the monitors. What is the point of mixing if you can’t hear it? Now, there’s a lot of my personal opinion wrapped up into this which is everything hears things differently and monitors don’t matter much as long as you sound good. But I do agree with my teacher, I love the point that you need to know what your music sounds like, pick your monitors wisely, go to a store which has different monitors and listen to different monitors, sometimes you might think that these monitors sound great . So now that we’ve spoken about monitoring, let’s get into some other important stuff. Is gear important? Umm, my general answer is yes, but the most important about gear is you’re conscious about your gear, should you pick random cables of the floor and plug them in no! It doesn’t matter what you’re using, just be conscious of what effect is has on your sound. So, if you ask if you should choose Analog gear or digital gear? My answer is digital, analog has a really bad ROI especially if you’re trying to make a living out of making music not doing this as a hobby, if you’re doing this for a living just goes into the studio getting more gear. So yeah, the gear has really bad ROI, but you know what has great ROI? Your website? Oh yeah. You know what else has great ROI? Your monitors. Hey! Look at that. Okay, I think monitoring is important sure. You know what else? Hard drives and software’s for backing those hard drives, you know what else has great ROI like Instagram or social media in general or CRM software which helps keep track of your listeners. This is the stuff that really makes you money and is more important than your sweet analog gear. Umm sure, it has a vibe, you should like it, you should love it, you should invest into it if you really believe it will help you. There are other tools which will help you make money but offer a better ROI than gear. Analog gear.

I will also say that some gear is very important. You should spend money on your monitors like I’ve already said, you should spend money on diversifying your tools, now I’m not saying you should get 7 different types of autotune, I’m saying, if you don’t have an autotune, or some sort of vocal tuning plugin then that’s a tool you can do different things with. Like you weren’t able to tune vocals before, now you can. But these tools will help you do different things. You don’t need 20 different types of compressors. it’ s ultimately not completely about the gear or the equipment, or technicalities, that’s not why we do what we do. Again, it all come back to what is the emotion of a song and how’s that being portrayed, and does this gear have the ability to portray the emotion of a song. Also, if you don’t have the gear, you’ll have more money to hire someone else to professionally help you get great results. Windows vs Mac? It doesn’t really matter. Obviously DAWs are important if you are sending and receiving sessions. I personally use Logic Pro X; I personally find it beautiful and really easy to use. Now, microphones do matter and being conscious with that decision will make a huge difference. Anyway, that’s it for this podcast stay

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