My online mixing service is for those artists looking to achieve a quality mix down before sending their track to a mastering engineer.
This service is suitable for:
- Producers working in home studios or project studios that don’t have a consistent, reliable listening environment
- Artists looking to get a fresh pair of ears to listen and mix their production
- Those who simply don’t have as much experience or comfort with mixing and are looking to outsource that step
Why You Need Mixing Services
As a producer, you spend countless hours listening to a track over and over again. During this process, you become accustomed to how the track sounds in your environment – with your speakers and acoustics. Your ears have been trained to hear the song as it is, and they may not pick up on subtleties in the overall mix.
If you composed the track, you need this service even more. Being the composer of a track makes it difficult to shift your attention away from the writing and arrangement phases to strictly the mixing phase. It is hard to listen to your own productions with a critical and unbiased ear. This is why I always have someone else check the mix down on my tracks before having them mastered.
Artists looking to purchase this service should first send me a rough bounce mix of their track. I will listen to it, and get back to you with a time estimate. The estimate will vary depending on a few factors:
- If you produced the project in Ableton Live, then simply send me the Ableton Live Set (zipped), and I will begin mixing from there. Be sure to perform a “Collect All and Save” to ensure I get all the necessary audio files too.
- If you used Pro Tools for production, send me the full Session (zipped) and I will start mixing from there.
- If you did not use either Ableton or Pro Tools, then you will need to send me the raw audio stems. This will add a bit more time to the overall mixing process, thus leading to a slightly higher estimate.
Preparing Stems For Mixing
If you used any third-party VSTs or plugins, you need to render each track to audio before sending me your session. If your project only contains native Live Devices or Pro Tools factory plugins, then you don’t need to render the tracks. Simply send the project files as they are.
Before you render any tracks, first go to the beginning of your production and insert one bar of silence.
Make sure there is NO processing on the master channel. No compressors, equalizers, or limiters.
When rendering tracks, it’s important that all the stems are the same length from start to finish. This means there will be rendered sections of silence. If you do this correctly, I should be able to drop all of the stems into a new session and the arrangement should play back perfectly in sync. In other words, I won’t need to realign your individual tracks.
To render the stems, solo the track to be rendered, and simply export (bounce) the track just as if you were bouncing the full track. DO NOT change the volume from how you had it mixed. This will give me a better starting point and therefore won’t take as much time to complete – lowering your cost. If you send me all the stems at 0.0 dB, I’ll be starting from scratch and it will take much longer.
Render each track individually; try not to sum anything together. This includes drums – the kick, snare, hi-hat, etc. should be separate stems.
Title each stem accordingly, i.e. Kick, Snare, Bass 1, Lead 1, etc.
- Be sure to check the export/bounce settings. You should export stems as WAV or AIFF files at 16-bit, 44.1kHz or higher.
- Be sure that any NORMALIZE or DITHER settings are turned OFF.
- If you’re using Ableton, be sure to perform a “Collect All and Save” before you send me your project.
- If you’re using Pro Tools, be sure to “Save A Copy” of your session to send to me.