What Is Mixing? And Why Do I Need it?

Mixing: Audio mixing is the process of taking recorded tracks and blending them together. Tracks are blended using various plugins such as EQ, Compression, Reverb, Volume Automation, and many other daw tools when utilized correctly, will bring out the best in your music.

The goal for any audio engineer during the mixing process is to bring out the best in your recordings by adjusting each track's individual volume levels, panning (left/right), as well as applying audio effects (reverb, delay, chorus, doubling, autotune). The goal during this stage is to sculpt your arrangement to make sense of all your tracks in relation to each other. Fine-tuning each individual piece of your song so that everything works together as a whole and compliments each other for a high-quality sound.

Listen to our before & after examples of mixing at www.TunesRecordingStudio.com/mixing

How Do I Send My Engineer Stems To Mix?

There are several key steps to be followed when you are ready to export your vocals/beat files for an engineer to mix them. This process is very similar for any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) you are using to record your music.

  1. First, save your project as a "mixing version", just so that you can always come back to the original if you wanted to.

  2. Organize all of your individual vocal takes/instruments into a designated spot on the mixer.

  3. Title/Name everything so your mixing engineer understands what is what.

  4. Have all levels at 0db, no panning, and remove/mute all plugins you may have on your vocals/instruments. The engineer needs everything sound/vocal to be in its original state.

  5. Depending on the DAW you use, the exporting process may be a little different. A quick search on youtube "How to export stems in ProTools?" will bring up several detailed videos to assist you in this process.

  6. Save your stem files in a designated folder with the title of your track.

  7. Using a large file-sharing website like WeTransfer, send your files to the engineer.

If you need any help during this process, feel free to give us a call.

Tunes Recording Studio LLC.
Phone: 919.215.5779
Email: mackgmusic@gmail.com
Address: 5606 Tomahawk Trl. Durham, NC

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