Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering: The Breakup

The process of recording music has three steps these days.

  1. Tracking (or more simply put, recording the individual parts of the song),
  2. Mixing (making all of the adjustments, tweeks, and special effects after recording), and
  3. Mastering (Polishing up the final product).

As a producer of my own music, I often run into the temptation to get ahead of myself in these processes. I’ll hear a song I’m writing, and want to start mixing before I’m finished writing it. The next thing I know, I’ll have mastered the thing too. Big mistake! Maybe you’ve done it too. Continue reading Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering: The Breakup