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  • Writer's pictureAlex Ravaioli

Mixing & Mastering

Updated: Jan 13, 2022

How to achieve the highest commercial quality.

Making great mixes requires creativity in combination with the practical understanding of the process of building a mix.

Initial recording and editing work tends to be less complicated because the practical aspect of recording can often be separated from the creative process. Mixing represents the process whereby the musical vision and the audio reality come together.

Making final masters requires understanding the goal of mastering and developing a specialised ear for achieving those goals.

The function of mastering is often not clearly understood and the process is often considered beyond the capabilities of a home or project studio.

My approach: MIXING

  • Setting Level

  • Processing: EQ

  • Processing: Dynamics

  • Processing: Effects

  • Automation and Recall: Fine-Tuning

  • Approaching individual elements (stems)

My approach: MASTERING

  • Listen

  • Create a reference track

  • Processing: EQ

  • Processing: Level

  • Processing: Dynamics and Effects

  • Mastering to competitive loudness - Ready for radio & distribution on CD, Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal etc.

  • Creating a Master

My Tools: MIXING

Daw: Ableton 11 Suite

iZotope: Neutron 9, Vinyl

FabFilter Pro-Q 3, FabFilter Pro-C 2, FabFilter Pro-MB, FabFilter Saturn 2

Universal Apollo Audio: CS-1, Precision Channel Strip, Precision Delay Mod, Precision Reflection Engine, Pultec Legacy, RealVerb, Softube, Teletronix, UA610-B, UA 1176LN, UA 1176SE

Waves: J37, RBass, CLA Guitars/Vocals, RCompressor, RDeEsser, TransX Multi, TransX Wide, Vitamin

Focusrite: Balancer

Oeksound: Soothe2

Celemony: Melodyne

Valhalla DSP: Valhalla Room, Valhalla Vintage Verb, Valhalla Supermassive, Valhalla FreqEcho, Valhalla Shimmer

Cableguys: ShaperBox 2


iZotope: Ozone 9

FabFilter Pro-Q 3, FabFilter Pro-C 2, FabFilter Pro-L 2, FabFilter Saturn 2

Oeksound: Soothe2

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