EP 105: Sara Carter – Mixing Live on the Radio
Sara Carter is a BBC trained, mixing and mastering engineer based in Hampshire, UK. Sara started recording and mixing music in the mid 90’s as a hobby from a small home studio after playing guitar for many years. Then, in 2000 in a bold move, she decided to sell her house, give up her established career of 16 years and relocate to London to turn that hobby into her new full-time career. She studied at the SAE Institute in London gaining an Audio Engineering Diploma and soon after secured a position as a BBC Radio Studio Manager (sound engineer) working on the UK’s most listened to radio shows, live music sessions and major music festivals across all of the BBC’s main music networks. She also created the foley and sound effects on several radio drama productions and comedy shows.
Above all, she relished working in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios where she developed her mixing and critical listening skills, working on sessions with a wide variety of artists from Crowded House to The Cure and Adele to The Black Keys to name just a few. She’s been officially credited on records from Corrine Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall and Girls Aloud amongst others. In 2009, Sara decided to take a break from broadcasting and left the BBC to explore a different creative interest and became a Brewer in a small award-winning microbrewery (Yes, I know a bit random but it still involved mixing, just not music!). In recent years, however, she had felt a strong calling back to music and engineering, returning to the industry with her online mixing and mastering business called Music Mix Pro. Sara is passionate about mixing music and strives to exceed her clients’ expectations and to make the whole process as rewarding as possible for both the artist and herself.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT:
- Putting in an effort to make great first impressions
- Working in radio
- The importance of working comfortably
- How to make your songs sound great ont he radio
- Embracing mic bleed
- How to record live off the floor in a small space
- Mixing with restraints
- Building headphone mixes that will result in better performances
- How to keep an objective perspective with your mixes
- Taking breaks while mixing
- Dealing with imposter syndrome
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August 7, 2022 @ 3:39 pm
Great interview! Love you Sara – you’re so down to earth, humble, and honest – what’s not to like!? Keep up the great work – I get so much out of your YouTube videos…
All the best,
Seattle, Washington, USA