Get a loud, fat, full sound for your songs.
Mixing is not a simple job: you have written a song, worked hard on the arrangement in your home studio. You spent countless sleepless night at your DAW just to find the right sound, the perfect kick drum, a wall shaking bassline. But now it’s time to put it all together, because your song must sound like a commercial release: punchy, polished, loud.
You need a pro mixing engineer, someone who knows what he is doing because he has been doing it for years.
It’s a delicate job, and it’s all about details: it takes a lot of experience, a great set of speakers in a well treated room (like our control room!).
Mixing and mastering: what we do
ONLINE MIXING AND MASTERING: PRICES AND TURNAROUND TIME
How much does your mixing and mastering service cost?
You can have your home-recorded tracks mixed by a pro starting from €150/song. Our fee includes mixing and mastering: in case you need further editing please specify.
To get a free quote please fill out the form or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about revisions? What if I don’t like your mix?
Sharing the artist’s vision and understanding the client’s need is our top priority: that’s why we always have a chat with our clients to define the right direction for each mix, and we usually get the job done on our first mix.
Still, we give you 2 free revisions for each song.
How long does it take to you guys to deliver?
Once you sent all the tracks, and we made sure that every file in the session is OK, we take about 4-5 working days to finish a single mix. If you need to master a whole album or EP, please get in touch and we will give you a precise delivery date!
PREPARING AND SENDING YOUR TRACKS FOR MIXDOWN
How do I prepare my tracks for the mix?
We need a separate file for each track or instrument. Please export each single track from your favourite DAW and deactivate every effect on channel inserts (compressors, equalizers, reverbs, delays…). If you used guitar amp emulators like Guitar Rig, please send us both the “wet” and “dry” tracks, so we can keep the Amp Sim track as a reference and use the DI for a reamp, just in case.
Please name your tracks in a clear and coherent way, and send us a demo mix that we can use as a rough reference. If you played to a click track, please write the BPM (beats per minute) of every song, so we can organize our session on a grid for a more precise editing.
Send wav or aiff files, at least 44Khz and 24bit. Do not send MP3 files!
Where do I send the tracks for the mix?
You can use WeTransfer and send everything to email@example.com. Please don’t send your tracks by e-mail, or our mailbox will explode, our studio will catch fire and many innocent microphones will suffer a terrible death.
RECORDING INSTRUMENTS AND VOCALS: A FEW TIPS
How can i get good drum recordings?
Start with a pair of overhead microphones, placed in X/Y configuration. Just put them over the head of the drummer, not too close to the cymbals. Use the snare as a reference point for the center. X/Y is the easiest way to record drum overheads, because it does not create phase issues and gives a good overall image.
Once you have set up your overhead and you are satisfied with the way they sound, you can set up the other microphones. Usually, you put a microphone on every piece of the kit: kick, snare, toms, and hi-hat. It’s a good idea to put 2 microphones on the snare drum, one on the top and one on the bottom. The bottom microphone is useful for capturing the “crackle” of the snare, while the top mic gives you a more “overall” snare sound. If you are short on microphones, you can avoid miking the hi-hat. If you’re recording in your reharsal space, or in a small/untreated room, you should probably avoid using room microphones.
If your song has sampled drums or drum machines, just send each instrument on a separate file (kick, snare, hi-hat, cymbals etc).
How do we record and prepare our bass tracks?
You can either record it through a DI box, or put a good microphone in front of a bass amp. However, we strongly advise you to record through a DI, and use the miked bass amp only as a reference point. The DI signal is our preferred choice for mixing, because it can be manipulated and reamped in case the song calls for it.
How do we record and prepare our guitar tracks?
Usually, a good microphone in front of a good amp will do the trick. There are a million ways of recording a guitar amp, so the best way is to experiment. Anyway, we strongly advise you to get a DI box/splitter so you can send your guitar signal to the amp and record the dry signal simultaneously. This will give us two versions of the same track: one played through the amp, and one direct from the guitar, that we can use for reamping and further manipulation. It is easier if you are using virtual amps like Guitar Rig: just send us an extra unprocessed version (virtual amp bypassed) for each guitar track.
Acoustic guitars sound best when recorded with a microphone, a DI signal from a piezo pickup will usually sound very thin and unnatural unless you are going for that specific sound.
How do we record and prepare our synth and keyboard tracks?
Just send each instrument on a separate track. It’s fine to keep the effects on the tracks, but only if they have musical value: for example, a tremolo or phaser on a rhodes piano, or a synced delay on a synth track. Export in mono or stereo according to the source.
How do we record and prepare our vocal tracks?
Please use a pop-filter in front of the mic, it really makes a difference, even with handheld dynamic microphones. Don’t turn the gain too high on the preamp, especially if the singer has a wide dynamic range. If the vocal is track is distorting, there is not much we can do to restore it. We can tune your vocals in the mix but keep in mind that the more you edit a vocal track the less natural it will sound.
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