POST-PRODUCTION AT IT'S FINEST

After capturing each instrument or vocal as clearly as possible, the recording is given to a mix engineer where he or she will make it listenable so that it enhances the emotional communication of the song, balances out each frequency and makes it ready for radio play. At Clear Track Studios, we have highly advanced mix engineers whose skills lie in mixing and mastering inside dedicated post-production rooms that allow for a swift workflow to maximize the quality of your final track. 

MIXING

Mixing is the technique of blending all of the individual tracks in a recording to create a version of the song that sounds as good as possible. This is called "the mix”.

The process can be comprised of:

  • Balancing the levels of the tracks that have been recorded
  • Fine-tuning the sound of each instrument or voice using equalization (EQ)
  • “Panning” the tracks between speakers to create a stereo image
  • Adding reverb, compression, and other effects to enhance the original recording

Mixing sometimes includes a bit of editing – choosing the best bits of every take of a song, and sometimes even building musical elements from scratch. Sometimes there is so much editing involved it forms a separate stage in between tracking and mixing.

MASTERING

Mastering is the process of turning a song or collection of songs into a final master for manufacturing so that it translates well across systems: CD player, radio, computer, car stereo, phone, etc. 

The process involves:

  • Balancing the level and tonal balance (EQ) of songs
  • Controlling the dynamic range - how loud and quiet each section is, for the right musical balance of variety and power
  • Compressing, EQing, M/S Processing and Limiting so the song is polished
  • Creating a secure, reliable manufacturing master, including PQ information, UPC/EAN codes, ISRCs, CD-Text

    This can vary from being a very subtle process, involving minor tweaks to polish the existing mixes, to occasionally being a complete rescue mission for problem songs, or where detailed restoration is needed.

Our Post-Production Engineers 

At Clear Track Studios, we have engineers who specialize in post-production. As mixing and mastering are different processes from tracking, their skills lie revealing every detail in a recording while being able to proficiently balance and fine-tune the song so that it is listenable and communicates perfectly to every audience.

THE necessary step to finalize your track

All commercially released music that you hear on the radio or on television has been mixed. At Clear Track Studios, you can utilize our brilliant mix engineers in our dedicated rooms for mixing to finalize your track in two different ways.

All Under One Roof
The majority of our clients choose to have their music mixed and mastered here as our tracking engineers are always thinking with the future mix.

Dedicated Facilities
Providing studio devoted to post-production, our mix engineers have all the tools necessary to shape and mold sounds with the perfect workflow for mixing and mastering.

Two Options for Mixing
Offering different post-production options that provide the best quality for your budget, clients can choose to either have their music mixed "in the box" (digitally) or more so geared toward an analog approach.