What Is the Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?
If you’re not a mixing or mastering engineer, you probably have questions about how the two processes differ. The technical talk and knowledge of gear leave even the most experienced musicians feeling confused, so that outside of the engineers themselves, few people really know what happens during these final stages.
And this mystery leads to lots of misinformation—some people consider the two processes one and the same, or discard them as unnecessary if the music composition is good to start. To pull back the curtain, we’ll look at five key differences between the two phases and offer insight into why they are important to the music you make and listen to.