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Once a song has been recorded, it is time to begin the mixing process. Sure the individual tracks may sound great on their own; but often when combined, the differences in levels combined with conflicting frequencies and dynamics may result in a giant mess of sound that creates a poor listening experience for your audience.
The mixing process solves this by combining all of the individual elements and adjusting levels, equalization, and controlling their dynamics in relation to each other in order to create a natural, well-balanced sound that has definition and clarity. Effects and stereo panning are also used to create depth and width in order to bring a song to life. You will no longer have to ask yourself: “Why can’t I hear the singer?”, “Where’s the bass?”, or “Why are the drums so loud?”. With a solid mixing engineer working on your tracks, you can be ensured that your songs will be heard in their most optimal form.
Mastering is the final stage of the production process. It is the procedure of preparing the final mixed audio for reproduction. It involves critical listening in order to ensure that consumers will get the best sounding product for the medium which it will be enjoyed on (CD, MP3, Vinyl, etc.).
Often when recording an album, there are various factors that can contribute to differences in levels, EQ, and dynamics between songs. For example, the songs could use different studios, equipment, personnel, etc., that may lead to inconsistencies from track to track. It is the job of a skilled mastering engineer to unify your album through the use of EQ, gain, and compression. Having a fresh set of ears working on your project is crucial because it will provide a professional, unbiased perspective on your work which will determine how to elevate your project from a good production to a great one. The end result being that your tracks will have the clarity and volume needed to compete with the top selling albums in the market.
- Select the “Services” tab from the top menu, and choose the service you wish to use
- Click the button that says “Click here to get started”
- Pay via PayPal
- You will be directed to a page to upload your files
- Once we’ve got your files and payment, we’ll start working on your songs and send you the finished product within 5 days
- You can approve it or submit requests for changes.
- Once we have your approval, we’ll send a full quality master as a .WAV (24bit 44.1k) file.
Once we’ve received your files and payment, it takes us up to 5 business days to send your completed mix/masters. If you have multiple songs, it may take a bit longer. If you have any concerns, please feel free to contact us so we can meet your deadlines. If you’re in a hurry and need your files earlier, we offer a rush service with a guaranteed 48hr turnaround time. Contact us for more info
With single songs and EPs of up to 5 songs, you will receive one set of minor revisions if need be. Full albums packages (up to 10 songs) will receive two rounds of revisions. Beyond the included revisions, we can do more; however, additional charges may apply. Contact us for more info.
We use various DAWs with some of the best analog and digital signal processors you can find. With products made by Universal Audio, Ampex, Shadow Hills, SSL, Waves, and many more, we make sure that your songs will only pass through the finest equipment in order to get you the best sound quality possible.
If you wish to credit us (we always appreciate a little love), please credit “Mike Indovina of MasterYourMix.com” (eg. ‘Mixed and Mastered by Mike Indovina of MasterYourMix.com’)
- Please export all of your individual tracks as continuous audio files with the same starting location (even if there is no audio until later in the song). This allows us to import your files into our mix sessions and have everything line up properly.
- It is preferred that you turn off any EQ, compression or other effects when exporting these files. If there is a section in which any effects have musical importance (eg. A dub delay section or flanger in a particular part), please send us the files bounced with those effects.
- Properly name your files so that it is easy to identify the instrument that corresponds to the file (eg. Kick in, Snare Top, Guitar 1, Guitar DI, etc)
- Put your audio files in a folder named with the following name structure: “Artist Name, Song Name, BPM”
- If you have any reference material (demo mix, similar artists) or mix notes, please include it in the folder.
- Identify the song BPMs (This helps with editing and setting up delays that match the tempo)
- Send us a stereo audio file of your mix (ideally as a .wav or .aiff file).
- Always mix with the highest resolution possible — don’t down-sample or do bit reduction (dithering) until the very end.
- Leave any fade-ins or fade-outs for the mastering process. If you do them before you master, once the volume and leveling is fixed, the fades may sound abrupt.
- Don’t add any processing (overall EQ or Compression) to the overall mix or master mix bus, just to individual channels as you mix. This also means do not “normalize” your mixes as well. Processing completed mixes is best left for mastering.
- Listen closely for distortion during your mix. Don’t try to and get your mixes sounding as loud as possible. A few “overs” may not be audible as you listen to the mix, but may be accented if you add EQ or limiting while mastering. It’s better to leave a few dB of headroom rather than risk distortion. Let us get the highest level possible for you.
- Write out your instructions detailing what you expect from the mastering, including your concerns, ideas for fades and things you are hoping to achieve. We will ensure your engineer receives it.