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Mixing vs Mastering

Lesson 10 from: Music Production in Logic Pro X: Vocal Mixing Essentials

Tomas George

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10. Mixing vs Mastering

<b>In this lesson, you will learn about the difference between mixing and mastering.</b>


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Mixing vs Mastering

Hi. In this video, we're gonna talk about the difference between mixing and mastering and more specifically when does mixing end and mastering begin. So mixing is just balancing the elements in a song, balancing relative levels, balancing the staging of the instruments, mastering is taking one or a collection of songs and creating the final product, authoring and optimizing the final product. Mastering is handled best by a professional mastering engineer. But if you are mastering it yourself, I would do what you need to do to separate yourself from the mixing process and the mastering process. Either give yourself a gap in time between when you finish mixing and when you start mastering or use a different room or a different set of speakers, whatever you need to do to let go of the mixing process, commit to what you did in mixing and start mastering in the most objective way you possibly can. So when you're mixing, don't think too much about how loud it's gonna be in the master. Don't ...

think about the mastering process, give yourself loads of headroom and just mix and just try and get as close to the end product as possible. If you mix really, really well, mastering won't have to do much at all. You won't have to change the sound and at its best, that's what mastering is. It's very minimal. It shouldn't really sound different and you shouldn't really leave anything for mastering apart from get into the end loudness or peak limiting or anything like that in mixing, you should get as close to what you want to hear as possible, but just give yourself loads of headroom. So you don't have to worry about how loud it's gonna be in the end or what Lufs, it's going to be in the end. Mastering will take care of that as long as the mix is great. And when I say the mix is great, I mean, balance everything, the more balanced everything is in the mix, the much easier things are going to be in mastering and the more optimal the end product is going to turn out. Thanks for watching and I'll see you in the next video.

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