Mixing and Mastering

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In service of my clients…
I titled this page "Services" for a reason. I view my job as a service profession. As such, I put client satisfaction at the forefront. In my work I rely on my experience and creativity, but I leave my ego out of it. The focus remains on the client's vision and what's best for the song. My overarching mindset is: how can I help? I want to be your partner in making your music sound its absolute best, whether I'm mixing, mastering, recording, or just offering advice and tips. A big part of my job is simply to make your life easier.

Take a look at these testimonials and read what past clients have said about working with me.
Mixing
Mixing is a complex task with a lot of minutia, so I find it helpful to keep a broad goal in mind. For me, mixing is about identifying what is most special about a collection of recorded tracks, then knowing how to emphasize those special qualities and turn all those tracks into a song. Mixing is about guiding a listener's focus when they listen to that song, highlighting the special things for them. When I'm mixing, I always keep this broader goal in mind. My decisions all hinge on my emotional reactions to what I'm hearing. When the music stirs me more, I know I'm on the right path.

That explains my mindset when mixing. But the whole process starts first with a conversation, in order to understand the song and the vision of the artist or producer. Actual mixing work is done with a hybrid analog/digital setup. I choose my analog gear carefully for characteristics that cannot be found in the digital world, thereby offering something unique. Since the "brain" of the studio is digital, recalls are still quick and easy. It's the best of both worlds. Read more about my studio here.


My rate for mixing is $275 per song, which includes:
  • Up to 3 revisions
  • Noise reduction and click removal as needed
  • Vocal and/or instrument tuning
  • Basic mastering*

Discounts may be possible for mixing an EP or LP. Please get in touch with the details of your project to discuss a complete quote.

*A mix is delivered at release-ready loudness. So a single may not need further mastering, but it is always a good idea. In the case of EPs and LPs, further mastering is needed to properly sequence the album.
Mastering
These days, mastering can mean anything from a straight transfer to a complete reimagining of the tonal landscape of the mix. The first step is a conversation with the client to understand what is wanted out of mastering.

In general, my approach to mastering is guided by the precept to "do no harm." I respect the vision of the mix and only make changes when I am confident of an improvement. And while mastering can involve minute changes, I still prioritize emotional impact. It can be surprising how small adjustments can affect the feel and impact of a song. As always, I let my emotional reactions guide my decisions.


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My rate for mastering is $60 per song which includes:
  • Mix evaluation to help make the mix as good as possible prior to mastering
  • Up to 4 revisions
  • High resolution master at 24 bit and 96k sample rate that meets the Mastered for iTunes criteria. Outlets like Bandcamp and HDTracks will also accept high res files.
  • CD quality master at 16 bit and 44.1k sample rate
  • AAC file for easy emailing or reference on a phone (not intended for release)
  • Masters prepped for vinyl available upon request. Referals to cutting engineers and pressing plants available.
  • DDPi for CD manufacturing available upon request