OnLine Mixing Services
Sorry, we have discountinued this service. We've just found it's much better to come in and work on mixes in person. Please feel free to call.
If you have a project you'd like us to mix, but you aren't able (or don't want) to be at the studio during the mix, don't despair or turn to mixing self help books. Just send me your tracks via CD or DVD - ( we can walk you through getting them burned correctly), I'll mix them, email you an mp3 for your evaluation, then make any changes you suggest.
How will you understand what I want the mix to sound like?
I've worked with hundreds of bands and artists over the years, and I have a pretty good feel for what is appropriate for a particular style. Before we start anything we'll talk about what you're looking for. I'll get a feel for how "raw" or "slick" it should be, edgy or mellow, dry or ambient, etc. Usually it's really helpful for me if you can find a song or a CD with a comparable mix to what your project is like. I won't copy the mix, and it's not going to sound the same, but it can be a useful starting point, so we know we're on the same page. Once we get the first song to where it should be, the others will tend to be easier.
What kind of stuff do you do during mixing.
In general, it's a combination of EQ, compression and getting the levels right. Getting the levels right frequently involves automation, so that a quiet word is brought up, or a squeak noise is brought down for a moment, so that as the song progresses, different vocals or instruments are ridden to maximize the impact of the song. For maximizing the tones of individual tracks we have a number of different eq and compression plug ins and outboard gear. And saturation and limiting and many different kinds of subtle ( and not so subtle) distortion.
I can easily automate out little mistakes, or possibly take missing or bad notes from elsewhere in the song. However, it usually makes more sense for you to do this before sending me the tracks. If you're doing home recording with protools, I'd prefer you delete the region, or use [apple]M rather than automation but either way it saves a great deal of time if you make the decisions about what is a mistake and what is character. Also, If you'd like I can tune and/or time correct/tighten up tracks. But only if you want it! I will NOT make your folk song sound like the autotune "cher" effect, or your blues track sound like a midi sequence, I promise! In addition, I can reinforce the drum sound with sampled drums, or room samples. This can be done very subtly, avoiding the "popcorn popping" fill sounds which are lame and can throw your drummer into fits! Again this is only if you want it!
Are my tracks good enough?
Usually I can make a big improvement over a home mix, and get closer to what you'd like. Before I start mixing I'll listen to the tracks - if there are serious problems that will make it impossible to get to the mix you want I'll let you know.
What's the process you use to mix?
I mix "in the box" with protools TDM mix cubed system. While I do use some outboard gear I'll print most of it to a new track - e.g. if I use a real plate reverb or tape echo on a vocal, I'll print the return. If the vocal needs to run through the real Distressor or LA2A or Neve EQ, i'll bounce the vocal to new track. This helps save time in recalling a mix to make later changes. On some styles of music I'll use an outboard 2mix compressor across the rhythm section or the whole mix, either a pair of neves or an SSL clone. These setting have to be written down as comments in the session, and patch in each time the mix is revisited, but it's pretty fast.