Being a child, my inquisitiveness let me learn that my favorite soundtracks have many segments and instruments played not all together but separately and then mixed at the end. It baffled me! I thought about how it is even possible to make such brilliant creations sitting in a room! The more I imagined, the more my curiosity grew.
I decided to become a music producer. In this contemporary world of brilliant equipment and instrument, it is easy, as well as, intricate to mix and master music. I learned to play a keyboard and imbibed how every part of the song or music has to be balanced to comply with each other and create a perfect symphony that will become an ear-candy. This is where mixing and mastering skills come into the picture.
Mixing: What things involve in it?
Mixing has more importance in the music production industry than ever. It has now brilliant functions where you will have to do more than adjusting the sound of the sections recorded separately.
Here are the steps that are involved in mixing.
It is the mixing engineers who will decide where each instrument will enter in the spectrum. A clean mix will deliver every part of the song element prominently. In fact, the perfect balance needs to be maintained between all the elements and it can be achieved via panning.
The necessity of EQ comes into the picture when you have to introduce multiple instruments or elements in the track at the same time and segment of the music. If not balanced, the sound will appear to be muddy and bland.
An avid mix engineer will take advantage of EQ very seriously to equalize lows, mids, and highs perfectly in between the music track so as to create a clean sound. This is where the mix engineer will decide where to increase or reduce the frequency of an instrument.
In some cases, the entire recording is done with effects. Most of the avid engineers recommend introducing effects later when you are mixing the sounds produced. In this case, you will find various effects such as reverb, compression, delay, etc will come into the scene.
It totally depends on the intuition of the mix engineer where he will add effects and tweak them. Here, you will need state-of-the-art plugins and processors for better effects.
There are different tracks in mixing part that need to be in the front at specific times such as drums, base, guitar leads, and vocals. This is where it is really hard to find the ideal feature. It is one of the hardest parts of mixing a soundtrack during production.
This is where the soundtrack or the music needs to be trimmed or mastered so that it sounds well in a state-of-the-art studio monitor, as well as, in a home studio or computer speakers.
Mixing and mastering are the last stages of producing music that will need a fresh mind, intuition, and supreme knowledge along with experience. Check here how professionally mixing and mastering are done in a studio.