The Stages of Music Production: From Noodling to Mastering


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Musician's Odyssey

People involved in music production bat around the terms mixing and mastering a lot. What do they mean, and how do they fit into the overall process of producing a song?

As an independent or self-produced musician, can you take some liberty and consolidate or be more efficient in any of the stages of music production?

A Total N00b

Soon after I started college in the early 2000’s, I worked part-time as a custodian, and began buying cheap stuff to build my first home studio set-up.

I produced some awful sounding recordings, even though my ideas were pretty good. At one point I sent some of my tracks to a guy I connected to back home in Atlanta who was really starting to gain traction as an audio engineer.

“Hey, man, could you tell me how much it would cost for you to mix/master my songs?”, I innocently asked.

“You…

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