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Mixing and mastering are both involved in the post-production process of putting together an album, and they both involve using special equipment to tweak the sound of your recordings to turn them into a professional product that's ready for release.

So, what's the difference between mixing and mastering?

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What is mixing?

Mixing always comes before mastering. After you record your song, a mixing engineer listens to the recordings each instrument separately, adjusts the volume of each one so the whole song fits together nicely, and adds different effects, like reverb or delay, to each track as well as the overall mix. Finally, he puts these pieces together into a WAV or AIFF file.

What is mastering?

Mastering comes after mixing, and is applied to the completed mix. This process is what gives an album a full, balanced, professional sound that will allow it to compete with major label music.

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