MIXING / MASTERING

MIXING
You've spent a lot of time on this so let's get the best we can from your masterpiece!

I've lost count of how many songs I've mixed in total, but, in the last year alone, I mixed around 80.
I'm happy with any genre and have experience with pretty much all of them; I am equally at home with rock and metal as I am with DnB and rap.

 

All my mixing is done 'in the box' using Pro Tools and all the old favourites in plugins (UAD, Slate, Waves, SoundToys, FabFilter etc.  I monitor using Dynaudio BM6a's and Yamaha NS10's - the former I've owned for 15+ years so know them extremely well!

 

What you get with a standard mix:

 

- Professional mix (up to 48 tracks, 5 minutes long)

- 24bit, 44.1kHz mix (unless requested otherwise)

- 16bit, 44.1kHz mix (ready for digital distribution, streaming and CD production)

- TV mix (track without lead vocal)

- PA mix (instrumental)

- 2 Revisions

- Mastering Included

Additionally, if you require stems, they are available but at an extra cost - please let me know at the start if you need this and can discuss it further.

F.A.Qs

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

We can work this out between us depending on your requirements; obviously, a 90-track orchestral song will take longer than a 10 track stripped-back acoustic song!  I will always endeavour to get your tracks back to you as quickly as possible.

IS EDITING AND VOCAL TUNING INCLUDED?

Not in the standard mix price but I can certainly do this too if you wish.

Mixing can already be quite a time - and brain - consuming job, so doing all the editing as well turns it into a whole new beast!  Feel free to get in touch with your requirements and I'd be happy to go through everything with you.  I'm particularly quick at drum editing, for example, so I'm sure we can work out something very reasonable there.
 

WHAT ABOUT EXTRA'S LIKE RADIO EDITS?

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY 'REVISIONS'?

Of course, if there's anything extra you need, we can arrange that.  You might want a shorter, radio edit of your song, an acapella,  or even a 'clean' (no swear words) version, just let me know and we can work out the cost for this.

 

My main aim is to get the mix right for you and for you to be happy, but it's important that you have a clear idea of what you want before we start.  It can be useful to send me examples of other commercial tracks that you like or have perhaps aimed for when recording, this means we are both connected to the same vision and I can hopefully achieve the sound you're looking for.

I'll send you the first mix and then you have two opportunities to give feedback and make changes - it might be as simple as 'please turn the reverb down a little on the lead vocal', it might be something more.

If the song still isn't quite there are these attempts then further revisions will be chargeable.  That said, I'm a very reasonable person and if you are too, then another quick change, I'm sure, will be ok!
 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN A 'TV MIX' AND AN 'INSTRUMENTAL'?

The TV Mix is a mix that contains everything except for the lead vocal.  It will have all of the backing vocals so can be useful for live, tv, or radio performances.  The Instrumental contains no vocals at all.
 

WHAT DOES 'IN THE BOX' MEAN?

It means that the mix is done solely within the digital domain - on a computer - without the use of big mixing desks etc.  It's one of the most commonly used methods these days and has worked pretty well so far for Grammy award winning mix engineer, Andrew Scheps, so it must be all right!
 

HOW DO WE GET STARTED THEN?!

Firstly, get in touch and let me know what you need.  It's best to get a clear idea and plan of attack from the start, then we can take it from there.  You can send me over your song and I can get cracking!
 

MASTERING
This is the final point in the chain before your audience experience your work, it's important to get this right!

What you get with a standard master:

 

- Professional master (up to 5 minutes long)

- 2 Revisions (if new mixes are submitted there will be a £10 charge)

- Short test master is available for new clients

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