1. Do you prefer a complete session (Protools, Logic, Cubase etc...) or single audio files for mixing?
I actually prefer single audio files! They are much easier to work with and there are no problems with incompatible software versions, plugins, or missing audio files. Nevertheless you can also send me a Pro Tools session but please print all plugins which are not Avid stock plugins to minimize the problem of missing plugins.
2. How shall I prepare audio files for mixing?
Consolidate (bounce to disk) each track into solid "flattened" audio starting from the beginning of the session. A ‘flattened’” file is one segment of digital audio that plays continuously from the start of the track to the end. All files must have the same start time of 1:00:00:00
If your DAW is capable of bouncing and exporting files in 32 Bit float please send them in 32 Bit float and original sample rate (44.1 KHz/48 KHz/88.2 KHz/96 KHz/192 KHz). Otherwise please save files in their original bit depth (24 bit/16 bit) and original sample rate (44.1 KHz/48 KHz/88.2 KHz/96 KHz/192 KHz).
Please leave the tracks unprocessed, there should be no level adjustments or plugins processing on individual tracks nor the master bus. All essential (i.e. special effects) plug-ins should be printed to another track.
If you recorded guitars with a amp simulation plugin, please ALSO send me the naked DI tracks, so I can move some air and re-amp them through my highly modified Marshall rig.
Rename all audio files and try to leave tracks organized in a logical order (drums, bass, guitars, keys, vocals). Include Bpm-tempo information.
If you send me a Pro Tools session please make sure that all audio files are located in the audio folder and delete all audio files which are not used within the session. Please also print all tracks with non standard Avid plugins so we don´t have a problem with missing plugins.
3. How do I send my files to you?
After payment you will be invited to join a shared dropbox folder, where you can very easily upload your files by simply dragging and dropping.
4. How much does a mix cost?
A full blown analog mix costs 490€ including mastering. You can pay via Paypal.
5. Are there any additional costs involved for the analog tape?
No, the usage of 2" tape and 1/2" tape during mixing is all included. If you want to receive an analog master on 1/2" tape you would need to pay for the reel and the shipping.
6. The final mix? What format will it be in and how will I get it?
You will receive not one but two finished masters. The first is called "Mastered for Loudness" and is intended for CD release, Soundcloud, DJ playlist or if you just want to impress A&R managers. This master uses all of the loudness potential of your track and competes with the loudest commercial releases out there. The second master is called "Mastered For Fidelity" and is intended for Streaming Services, Radio, TV and Vinyl release. This master complies with the "Mastered for iTunes" (MfiT) standard and is mastered with lower integrated loudness (LUFS). All of the mentioned media uses their own loudness normalization which means that if you send a too loud master they will simply lower the volume of your track.
All files will be delivered digitally via our shared dropbox folder.
7. How long does mixing one song take?
I need half a day for mixing and half a day to revise the mix, if necessary, according to your requested changes. So the turnaround time for a mix is as little as 1 day. After a few hours I`ll send you the first Mp3 of the mix. Now you have time to listen to the mix intensely and write me an email with changes you would like me to make. I’ll start revising the mix as soon as I get your list.
8. How will we communicate during the mix session?
Mostly by email... but you can, of course, also call me by phone or Skype or we can have a text or video chat. What I really need from you, however, is a detailed briefing via email before the mixing session begins and an email with feedback and revision requests, if you have any, after you receive the first MP3 of the mix.
9. What if I dońt like the mix at all?
In all my years of experience, that seldom happens. If you really love music, you will be truly amazed by the big wide, warm, punchy sound I can put into your mix, with my vintage Helios console. Granted, there may be certain things you want to improve in the mix, but I will work on it to make sure the final mix fulfills all your expectations. In the rare case that you still dislike the mix and are not happy at all, I have a very fair refund policy in place. Check it out here.
10. Is there a difference between "mixing" and "online mixing"?
To be honest, the term Online Mixing is a bit confusing, because the process of "online mixing" is exactly the same as just "mixing"! The word "online" just refers to the fact, that the service is offered online via a website. The process of mixing your music is actually identical to wether you book a studio in your neighborhood or if you book a online mixing service via the internet. There is no magical "online studio gear" which the client can control over the internet. The internet is just involved to transfer the clients files to the mixing studio and to make communication easier via email, skype chat or video conference.