Mixing

You have tracked all your instruments and performances at home or in another recording studio, edited and cleaned them up,  and now you are looking for a mixing engineer to help you get that final perfect mix.

Mixing Songs/Albums

Photo of a person working at a mixing boardI  can mix your tracks here at Beach House Studios in a measured and treated RFZ control room, and give you the professional polish you are looking for.  Just export your tracks or stems from your session and bring them to me on a hard drive, or send them online.  I can work remotely with you wherever you may reside in the world, or you can join me for the mixing session if you are local to the New England area.  I can bring a new perspective, a second set of ears, and twenty plus years of mixing experience to help your song reach new heights of clarity and dynamic impact.

What a Mix Session Includes:

  • An overview listening session to note the strengths and weaknesses of the song
  • Proper gain staging for maximum headroom and clarity
  • Strategic EQ to help every track find its own frequency space and sit nicely in the mix
  • Tasteful compression to create energy and balance
  • Creative addition of reverb, delay, panning,  and other effects to enhance musicality

What is not Included in a Mix Session:

  • Pitch correction (AutoTune, Melodyne)
  • Drum editing/tightening
  • Comping of multiple takes
  • Reamping or rerecording instruments or vocals

Those tasks are considered editing or recording, which are time consuming and critical processes, but need to be done prior to mixing.  I charge a separate per hour rate for audio recording and editing.  Feel free to send me a message to request a quote. If you would like to save yourself some money, make sure your tracks are edited and ready to go before you send them my way.

Your Feedback

Every mix I do includes up to two revisions based on your feedback. It has been my experience that a three mix approach (my initial mix, plus up to two more revised mixes) is the most effective way to get your critical input into the process of mixing your song. This works quickly and efficiently, gives you time to review and respond, and in the end provides you with a great mix.

Mixing Rates

For audio mixing, I work on a per song flat rate model. With a flat rate, you know exactly how much it will cost to complete your mixes before we even agree to work together.

Contact me with the details about your project to request a quote.

When you are ready to get mixing contact me to discuss your project. Let us know your style of music, and the DAW you used to record the original sessions.

  • 50% deposit to begin a project.
  • Full payment is due at the beginning of the mix session.
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Mastercard, Visa, Discover or PayPal.
  • 3% fee will be added to payments made with credit cards or PayPal.
  • Personal checks are accepted for deposits only.  Checks should be made out to “John Eye”

Deliverables

  • Master Mix  (The final mix that will go to mastering)
  • Vocal Up  (Almost the same as the master mix, but with the vocals .5db to 1db louder)
  • TV Track  (Everything but the lead vocals, so backing vocals are included)
  • Instrumental
  • Lead Vox Acapella
  • Background Vox Acapella

You may not need or want all of these different mix types, or you may want something not on this list.  Let your me know at the beginning of the project.


After the mix of your song is completed, you will want to get it mastered.  You may already have a mastering house in mind, and that is great.  Let me know what final output files they require (format and max dB peak) and I will get those to you.  If you are still looking for someone to master your finished mixes, Beach House Studios can help you with that.  Read about our mastering services on our audio mastering page.

Preparing Your Tracks for Mixing

Take a look at my article 10 Tips to Prepare Your Session for a Mix Engineer to get an in depth look at the steps you should take before handing over your tracks for final mix sessions.

Below is a brief summary of the primary article points.

When you are ready to schedule a mixing session, let me know what format your files will be in.  The most common file formats are WAV or Aiff in  16bits, 24bits or 32bits.  Give me a heads up of what your projects sample rate will be.  Most common rates are 44.1Khz, 48Khz, 96Khz or 192Khz.  Make your export in your session sample rate and in 24bits or 32bits preferably with no dithering. While uploading or preparing your tracks you can use winzip or winrar  to pack your mixes in one archive/file.  If your song was recorded to a click, note the bpm and send that info along to us.

Before exporting your audio be sure to check your headroom, fix any tracks that are clipping, and apply or bypass effects that you want or don’t want.  If you send us clean source tracks to work from, the sky is the limit.


Mixing Audio for Film

Need the audio for your film project polished for your final production export?  We have experience mixing dialog, sound effects, overdubs, foley work, and music for film.  We also consult for mic placement during your shoot to get the best location audio for complex performances.  See our Audio Post Production page for pricing and more details.