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Mixing & Mastering FAQ

What is audio mixing?

Audio mixing is the process of combining several sounds into single or multiple audio channels. During the process, volume level, frequency, dynamics, and panoramic positions may be augmented to achieve enhanced sound quality.

What is mastering?

Mastering is the process of organizing and transferring recorded audio, whether it is music, dialogue, or other sounds, to a version that contains a final mix. Once stored in its final storage device, that final mix is considered the master.

What is the difference between mixing and mastering?

Mixing is a series of steps taken when manipulating and combining audio in preparation for its final form. Once the mixing has been complete, the mastering process begins. Mixing is the combining and enhancing of audio, while mastering is the final preparation for storage of that audio.

Which software is best for mixing and mastering?

While there are several mixing and mastering software products to choose from, three of the most popular options are Logic Pro X by Apple, Ableton Live, and Avid Pro Tools. Each offers high-quality mixing and master capabilities at a reasonable price.