Editing, mixing, and mastering our final audio output enables us to achieve a great sound on all speakers, phones, platforms, and other devices.
Over 60,000 tracks are uploaded on Spotify every day, which means that in order to stand out in this massive ‘database’, your track has to be as best as it can possibly be. It’s those first seconds that will catch the attention of your listener or will not.
There’s a chance that if the listener hears poor quality in your track, for example, poorly balanced vocals or sound that is regularly clipping, they are more likely to skip the tune.
If you’re not yet familiar with editing, mixing, or mastering, it may be worth investing in this area, to learn more and ensure your output is the best quality possible. Professionally done tracks = a professional image.
After recording your music, there is a 3 step process to finalise the tune:
There are a lot of different ways to work on your recording; for example, some musicians and composers choose to edit the track individually and leave mixing and mastering to a sound engineer. It is also possible to choose a different sound engineer for each of the 3 steps.
Some artists might choose to self-produce in order to maintain their artistic control and direction over their sound, while others will decide to work in collaboration with different producers so that producers would bring new and fresh ideas into their work.
Audio editing is the process of modifying audio to change its length, speed, volume, tone etc – it allows you to adapt, change, and manipulate your recorded output in a multitude of ways.
Some basic audio editing can be:
Mixing is the process of putting together numerous layers of audio to create a single finished sound. But to put it simply, it’s the technique for ensuring that all the audio tracks of a tune or musical work, sound connected and balanced together.
Mixing can include:
Some people approach the editing of sounds in creative ways at the same time as mixing, however many mix engineers prefer to simply focus on the process of mixing – there’s a time for editing and a time for mixing, as they require a different focus/approach by the engineer. Many mix engineers simply require stems of the tracks (fixed, pre-edited, ready to go for mix).
Mastering is the process of taking a mixed product and preparing it for different distribution outlets. This process involves unifying the sound of a music piece, keeping continuity across an album, and preparing the track for release, among other things.
With mastering’s help, we can balance and enhance particular sounds of the mixed product. This can include:
Where to find professional sound engineers?
You can find more information here: