What’s the difference between Mixing and Mastering?

These are the important phases that transform a musical concept from your imagination into a finished work of art ready for manufacture and distribution. Each requires unique skills and tools to ensure the best quality results and thereby, the success of the project.


Mixing is the blending of the many recorded tracks. This is often the most time consuming part. It encompasses editing, choosing and assigning effects, and adjusting volumes track by track and often within each track. Mixing is a delicate balance of the many elements so that every part has its own space to live within the mix. A well mixed song is far more than just a sum of its parts.


CD mastering is the final step, the process that fine tunes a good mix into a great, radio ready song or CD. We first analyze the recording and clean up noise, or any unwanted artifacts, and apply fades. We then optimize the tracks for level and EQ, giving your recordings clarity, depth, and articulation. Next, we enhance the song to give it the punch and desired intensity specific to its musical genre. And finally, when multiple songs are to be included in a collection, we master them all to fit together on a release.

Why Digital Mastering?

Now more than ever, with the rise of the personal home studio, it is important to have your music listened to by a professional who has the experience, know-how, and equipment to give your songs the professional edge needed to compete. In today’s music market place, song or CD mastering is more important than ever and it is critical to have a mastering job that makes your CD compete with other commercial releases. Don’t leave this critical step to an amateur! All professionally released CDs are mastered, yours should be, too!


With our Pro recording package, Mixing and Mastering is Included in your Studio Rental.That price is for projects recorded at another location.

Mixing and Mastering can be purchased on the STUDIO page 

***Package rates are available after 5 songs
           Mastering is sophisticated audio processing that enhances and technically prepares your final mix for CD duplication or replication. This includes "P&Q" subcoding, and other processes / information that are essential for a properly mastered record. Expensive mastering gear like tube compressors, specialized equalizers, and accurate reference monitors separate true mastering facilities from edit rooms with inexpensive digital audio software. The Manley MU Variable Tube Compressor is used by the top professional mastering studios doing major record label projects. Its many applications include adding "warmth", "punch", and an overall smoothness to the finished product.Steinberg Wavelab 7 frequency analisys allow us to work with the individual frequencies to increase the clarity. associated with compromised recording and / or mixing.
Get Great Results through Blak Marigold Pro Mastering

The bottom line is results! We will listen to your mix and analyze what is needed, setting a plan for where it needs to be. Our goal is to Master your music to the highest possible fidelity so that it stands out from the crowd and sounds the way you intended it to sound: Clean, Clear and Rich!

If you are doing a complete album with us, we take it one-step further and make sure that every song sounds consistent with the others. After the audio mastering of each song, we then listen as a whole to the album and make critical adjustments so that no song is louder or lower than the rest. Care is taken to assure a consistent sounding CD. We also will handle all of the editing, song fades, trimming and spacing between songs, as requested by you. The bottom line is CD mastering will make your CD ready for duplication, radio play or club spins. If you request a CD master, it will be Red-Booked. Nothing else will be needed to be done.

***For best results be sure to give us room to work. Do not apply any final compression or normalization. Accepted formats are 24bit/48Khz or 16bit/44.1Khz .WAV or AIFF. MP3s are also accepted . We will return your finished master at 16bit/44.1K unless otherwise requested.

For Mixing and Mastering Services please email or call Us first.
We support Protools and any .WAV formats that already arranged.
Please allow 1-3 days upon completion of your project.
Dropbox account email is BlakMarigold@Gmail.Com