Mixing is the process of taking your raw multitrack recordings and using the experience and tools to make it into a record you can be proud of. Every project is special to me, whether it is a home recording that needs elevating to release standard, or a signed band's latest single. The only difference is in the old days you had to search for a studio near you, but now we can do it all online!
How The Remote Online Mixing Process Works.
The process is quite simple: First, I’ll ask you to read my file prep guide and then to export your stems or multitracks as individual wav files. You then zip them up, and send them to me via WeTransfer.
Since we are doing remote mixing and you’re not personally here, we’ll have a discussion about your musical vision so its clear what we are aiming for, and then I’ll get down to work. What exactly does mixing a song mean? During the process I combine the separate tracks, choosing the placement of each rack within the stereo field, adjusting and balancing their relative levels and applying various processes such as equalisation and compression to individual tracks, adding reverbs, delays, tape, saturation, harmonizers and an array of effects to groups of tracks, and the overall stereo mix to make the sonic wonder that will eventually be your record!
That’s a lot of technical jargon, but music mixing is ultimately an ART, and that is where years of experience, a wide musical experience and taste comes in. There's knowing how to mix songs in theory and then there's making records!
Once I am finished, I’ll upload the mix online for you to listen to and give me your feedback. I’ll then make changes based on your notes until you are happy (usually around three revisions) at which point I’ll either give you a link to download the finished mix file, or arrange professional mastering if we have agreed on a mix and master package.
Once we have finished the mix stage with your multitrack recording, unlike many recording studios that offer online music mixing and mastering services, or one of those robot services like eMastered, Bandlab or Landr - we offer mastering by a real mastering engineer, in a real mastering suite. After we work together to make a top quality mix your audio files are then transferred from our digital workstation to our ME to apply his experience using equalisation, dynamic compression, peak limiting, imagining and other tools and techniques in order to optimise sound translation on all playback systems.
Even if your song has been professionally mixed, to get the same person to master your record is usually a bad idea. Don't confuse mixing n mastering as the same thing! Any potential EQ flaws in the audio tracks will be missed if they are mastered in the same room. That’s why almost every successful release made uses this exact process, and why your music deserves the same.
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