Mixing and Mastering
No recording just finishes once it has been tracked in a studio, it needs to be merged and balanced together to create a mix in post production. This step is all too often skipped or guessed at on amateur recordings and it makes them sound…well, amateur! Careful consideration of each recorded instrument and how they relate to each other is paramount, taking into account factors such as frequency, dynamics, space and effects to create a well balanced representation of your project. A good mix can also help lock your track down within a genre or give it that extra feel or energy it may have lacked while tracking. While it is always best to obtain the best possible results while tracking, mixing can help to correct or enhance issues that are noticed post recording.
Once all the separate instruments have been mixed they are bounced to a single stereo file where mastering processing takes place. This is where overall changes to the song are done often smoothing out frequency and dynamics and where all songs of an album are adjusted to help them fit and flow better together. The volume is increased to a commercially acceptable level while still keeping the quality and finishing touches a master offers.
Take a listen to the examples of unmixed, mixed and mastered versions of the same section of a track.
This example is completely unmixed and is exactly what was recorded but with a rough balance to help with comparison.
Here the track is now mixed. Each element is now heard with it’s own clarity and energy with the different instruments complementing each other, each bringing different strengths to the song.
Here is the mastered version. While a more subtle difference, this step is still hugely important to making the track stand out. Here you’ll notice the volume change, with the track sounding bigger, wider and generally more polished and with more energy. In this instance a tighter low end and clearer, more controlled highs compared with the mix.
While we offer video editing with everything we film as standard, we can also offer separate video editing with our partners at SilverSpider Productions. If you already have some footage that needs editing together then let us know! Suitable for showreels, lyric videos and open/closing credit sequences, using SilverSpider we can complete your video to the specification you want! Please click on the logo to see examples of their work or contact us for a quote! (please quote Motionsonic if contacting Silver Spider directly)