3 Simple Mixing Tips to prepare your Mixes for Audio Mastering
1. Your song’s overall volume level should reach no higher than -3db. This is because the mastering engineer will have to enhance the dynamics of your song. This will most likely make it louder. If your song is already too loud, the mastering engineer will not have enough headroom to enhance without bumping into distortion.
· This can be done by simply lowering the master track volume until it consistently shows a -3db or below reading.
2. You should not add any compression to the master track during mixing. If you plan to get your music mastered, do not try to add compression to the master track to obtain loudness. Doing that can greatly hinder the engineer’s ability to master your track correctly.
· It is the mastering engineer’s job to get your song to its loudest level. If you add compression and the engineer adds compression on top of yours, your song can be a disaster.
3. Check every track in your mix to see if any of them are clipping the red. If any of them are, turn them down. You can add some light compression to achieve this, but do not go overboard.
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