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Part IV: Mixing Audio > Mixdown and Mastering

Chapter 15. Mixdown and Mastering

Now that you’ve built and shaped your mix to your liking (and, hopefully the liking of others), just one mixing step remains: final mixdown. This is where you combine all tracks, edits, effects, and automation events into a final two-track stereo master.

There are two basic ways to save a final mixdown in Pro Tools: You can output the main stereo mix to a two-track digital or analog recording machine such as a DAT or 1/4-inch tape machine. Or, you can bounce the final mix directly to hard disk, where it’s saved as a new audio file.

This chapter will show you how to perform a final mixdown using the latter method. I’ll cover the correct method for bouncing, as well as how to configure bounce output options according to your needs. I’ve also thrown in a brief discussion of mastering, which will help you understand how individual mixes are processed to create a sonically consistent final album.


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