You put your heart and soul into your music.
As a musician myself, I understand your situation, and will work to bring your vision to reality.
From start to finish, planning to final master, I will be with you and help guide your songs to have the most impact.
I can give you input and feedback on technical questions about mix prep, best practices for engineering and editing your songs, instrument choices, string choices, or anything else that can impact the result of the final product. See the education section of The Mix Shed website for some tips and tricks.
The better the source audio, the better the final product will be.
I’ll be here to help wherever I can to make sure everything is the highest quality possible before you send it to me.
Guitar and Bass Re-amping
If you are using a guitar, you may well have spent a great deal of time coming up with your own tones.
As a fellow musician, I respect that 100%.
But there’s just one problem: those sounds were created in a “vacuum”.
This means that whilst your tones may sound AMAZING by themselves (or in a rough mix), they were created without any context of the other elements that might be in the final mix (including drum and bass tones).
This is where my experience and re-amping services come into play.
I will work with you to find tones that best fit your final mix. This may be as simple as tweaking your initial sound, or it may be a case of creating new tones entirely.
Either way, we always work with what best fits the final mix.
When mixing modern music, drum samples typically play a large role in the final sound. I love to use the natural drums wherever possible, but this is entirely dependent on external factors that are out of my control.
In most circumstances, I will blend the drum samples in with the natural drums in order to create “the sound” that this genre is known for.
In rare cases, I will 100% sample-replace the drum shells.
This is the bulk of the work.
This can include, but is not limited to:
EQ, Compression, Parallel Compression, Limiting, Normalization, Saturation, Automation, Delay, Reverb, Creating Busses and Sends, Balancing Levels, Making Stuff Sound Excellent, Etc.
Mastering seems to be the elusive dark art that no one understands.
Here’s the most simple explanation I could find:
“Mastering is the final step of audio post-production.
The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting and stereo enhancement.
There are several considerations in this process: unifying the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, and preparing for distribution.”
There are a few key techniques that I use to ensure that the clarity of the mix is upheld, while creating a full-bodied and competitively leveled master.