Welcome back! This edition of Spinnup Academy covers one of the most important features of your track: the MIX and the MASTER. Led by the incredible Universal in-house engineer Marc Lazarus (Rolling Stones, Ronan Keating, Lewis Capaldi, Michael Kiwanuka and JP Cooper), we break down his words below:
The main reason to mix and master your tracks is out of respect for the work and effort you put into creating the track: in getting a proper mix and master, you then elevate the sound and performance of your track, enabling your track to rightfully stand in comparison with professional releases.
MIXING: taking the audio files in your track and combining them into one finished file format (which can either be in mono, stereo or surround sound)
MASTERING: the final process of creating a track which comes after mixing your track. This includes subtly tweaking elements in your tracks to make them professional standard.
This can be a costly process. To effectively budget this, reach out on music production forums and collaboration websites to find up-and-coming mixing and mastering engineers. There are also resources such as SoundBetter which enable you to hire engineers online.
Finally, if you’re serious about your career in music, get serious about how you distribute your tracks. Start with Spinnup today!
That’s all for this lesson! Did you miss last weeks lesson? Click here to get up to scratch! Huge love to the incredible Lucy Lu for soundtracking this lesson with his track ‘Crucial‘, be sure to check him out on his instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Join us next week when we take you through ‘Playlisting & Streaming’ and have a sneak peak at the rest of our series here.