In sound recording and music production, audio mixing is the process in which individual track recordings are combined into a final mono, stereo, multichannel, or surround-sound format. Levels, panning, and effects such as EQ (Equalizer) and compression are put on the tracks to make them sound cohesive. Mastering is the post-production stage of your audio, which involves preparing and processing your audio mix into its final form to make it ready for distribution. This may include transitioning and sequencing the songs in your mix.
Some of the top qualities and skills of great mastering engineers are as follows: they've had extensive education in the art, they are passionate about music, they have great hearing, they're able to adapt to new technology, they have the ability to bring out the emotions in music, and they understand audio balance. Nowadays, musicians have easy access to recording software and equipment. What is good about this growth in self-recording, is that it enables independent musicians to create their own multi-track recordings in the comfort of their own surroundings and at their own pace. We use a variety of tools, not only to adjust levels, but also, in some cases, to change the space, structure and positioning of the track components.