Mixing and Mastering

Discussion in 'Tracking / Mixing / Editing' started by stormrider_gr, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. stormrider_gr

    stormrider_gr Active Member

    Hello everybody,
    I'm a new member from Cyprus. I own a recording studio and working with Mixing & Mastering Studios in Greece that helps me with the process.

    I'd like to ask you that:

    Who hard is for one person (in that case me) to record, mixing, and mastering the projects? Is it better to continue collaborate with other people and only have the recordings ?

    I'd love to learn more about the mixing and the mastering process. For now in my own projects and some songs I'm writing, I'm using some mastering tools as iZotepe 4 that for now get the job done.....

    What you think ?

    Best Regards
  2. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    All things considered, it is always best to collaborate with others. No one can progress in a vacuum.

    Cheers :)
  3. stormrider_gr

    stormrider_gr Active Member

    Thanks a lot Mo Facta. But do you know any good sources for me to start learn mor about mixing and mastering techniques ?
  4. Mo Facta

    Mo Facta Active Member

    There are many resources, of course. You're on one right now in this forum. The problem with the internet, however, is that there is a mass of misinformation to sift through. It's often difficult, for example, to find definitive answers that could replace experience gained first hand from observing a professional.

    That being said, there are many good books out there that could get you started:

    Modern Recording Techniques by David Miles Huber and Robert Runstein
    Music Technology: A Survivors Guide by Paul White
    Zen and the Art of Mixing by Mixerman
    Mastering Audio: The Art and Science by Bob Katz
    Mixing With Your Mind by Michael Paul Stavrou
    Platinum Mix Masters by Mix Magazine (Maureen Droney)

    There are many more. I've read all of those books with the exception of one (mixing with your mind) and they were extremely helpful.

    The problem is that you can read as many books as you want, but will only gain a starting point. The bulk of the process is application, experimentation, trial and error, and simply listening to your results. It's the only way.

    Just keep searching and lusting for knowledge in the field and you will get there. What I will say is that if you make wise gear choices from the get go, especially when it comes to DA converters, monitors and microphones, along with proper acoustic treatment of your control room, it will make the journey a lot less bumpy and allow you to eliminate the guessing game from your work. This is key. If you don't know what you're hearing is verbatim, how will you ever know whether it's good or not?

    Hope that helps.

    Cheers :)
  5. stormrider_gr

    stormrider_gr Active Member

    Thank's a lot for the analysis and the explanations. I'll search all of these book you mentioned above....
    Again thanks.

    Take care

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