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Mixing/Mastering


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The best thing you can do for your music is to have your songs professionally mixed and mastered after recording. In today’s highly competitive industry, a highly polished song is essential to achieving a quality sound and gaining listeners. Think about a raw recording as a diamond in the dirt, and Cali Ghost Productions as an artisan gem cutter who will turn that gem into a stunning piece of jewelry.

 

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Every professional artist pays an engineer to mix and master their raw vocals. It is two essential processes that dramatically improve the quality of your recording. Mixing refers to balancing the elements of your song, and mastering refers to the optimization of the overall sound. It is an extremely complex process that takes years of training and loads of special software to truly master. If you mix and master your own vocals and disagree with this, don’t take it the wrong way, but you probably aren’t doing it right. 

Professional mixing and mastering is for any musician that wants to make a recording that sounds good. In most cases when you hear a “really good artist or singer,” you are actually just complimenting the engineer’s ability to mix and master. 

The most important thing is that your song is not clipping. You should be able to locate your master fader easily and be able to tell if the levels are below 0. If the levels are exceeding 0, the indicator will appear red to let you know your sound is distorting. Without touching the master fader, you must individually lower each track level until there is some headroom. Distortion of this kind cannot be fixed by your engineer so it is important to look out for! As an artist, you should just be focused on getting a good recording.  

Our personal tips:

  1. Do vocal warm ups. 
  2. If you aren’t recording in a professional setting, do what you can to isolate yourself from outside sound, as well as mitigate reflections within the room. In general , the smaller the room, the more you will have to do to dampen reflections. A mattress or blanket on the floor and wall can make a noticeable difference in your recording. 
  3. Use a quality microphone. We recommend a quality condenser microphone. In the recording chain, a quality transducer is the 3rd most important factor in your quality of recording. (This is why it’s 3rd on the list)
  4. Change your buffer size and sample rate. Your buffer size when recording should be as low as possible without hearing pops and clicks. (128 is standard) 48kHz is a good sample rate to export at, but you can go up to 96kHz for a small boost in quality. Exporting at high sample rates will create large file sizes. 

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Bosstin x Eazy Mac- “Run It Up” (Mixed and Mastered By Cali Ghost Productions)

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After Mixing and Mastering:

Common mistakes we see all the time in mixing are distorted sounds, (due to improper gain structure) piercing frequencies, (our ears are especially sensitive to frequencies around 2-5k hz) and slamming a limiter on the master and cranking the gain. (Creates a “pumping and breathing” sound as the dynamic range will be squashed) These are just basic signs of a bad mix that you will get to know as you work with different engineers.