Mixing is the last step in the record production process before final mastering. After the tracks have been recorded, mixing is where all the raw tracks for each song are blended together with processing and effects into a single stereo mix that can be played on a CD, online, or anywhere music can be played.
The mix is important because a proper mix highlights the song’s strengths and the artist’s performance and maximizes the emotional impact of the song. A bad mix can rob the song of feeling after what may have been months of writing and recording.
A good mix should ideally stand up next to any professionally released music by mainstream artists, and not distract the listener with tonal or level problems. It should have punch and be well-balanced and feel good with a large, clear soundstage that is clear and present without getting harsh.
This is a technical description of how a mix should be delivered, but the most important aspect of a mix is how does the song sound and feel? Is the artist’s emotional delivery shining through? Once all the parts are there, it’s up to a talented mixing engineer with an eye on the big picture of the song and the artist to make a mix that has some magic to it and showcases the song and the artist.
Sean uses multiple analog and digital mixing systems and professional mix rooms with accurate monitoring.
No matter where you are, your songs can be professionally mixed and mastered by Sean using online file transfer.
- Blending your individual tracks into a stereo mix
- High quality processing – including analog and digital EQs, dynamics, and effects
- Analog and digital consoles
- Analog and digital rack gear
- Top digital plugins
- Analog summing
- 24/32 bit processing up to 192KHz
- Online file transfer
- High resolution delivery
- Competitive sound quality
- Ears of experience
- Recallable mixes
- 1 free revision
- Mastering available
- Optional: vocal tuning, production, drum editing, and sound replacement
- Optional: Surround mixing
For mixing, please send:
- Consolidated wave files for each track
- Properly named (Examples: Kick In, Kick Out, Snare Top, Snare Bot, Lead Vocal, Guitar Solo, etc.)
- Please crossfade on cut edits prior to consolidating
- All tracks playing from start time “zero”, or Bar 1 (even if the part doesn’t come in until later in the song)
- 24 bit, 44.1 KHz preferred or higher
- Keep mono tracks mono (1 channel) and stereo tracks stereo (2 channels)
- Include a rough mix for reference if there are cues or necessary sounds in that rough mix
- Include any mix notes
- Sending a large USB drive for session backup is a good idea
Contact Sean for a quote for mixing your music HERE.
Sean mixes primarily in Pro Tools HD, Harrison MixBus, and Presonus Studio One. For those and other software sessions (Cubase, Reaper, Logic, etc), send the consolidated wave files. Analog console mixing is available. Once your project is mixed, a copy of the mix will be sent to you for your approval. If you have ordered mastering, the mix will be mastered for online distribution or replication including CD text. One Revision to the mix is included.
LIVE EVENT MIXING
For FOH / Monitor engineering, A1, A2 event audio engineering,
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