Q: How long until I receive my masters or mixdowns after sending?
A: I will usually have your masters ready for you between 24 hours to 7 days from sending, depending of course on my current workload and the days of the week in which I take a rest from the studio. A mixdown can take anywhere from 2 to 5 weeks due to it’s back and forth nature and the communication needed to reach the desired outcome. If I am away from the studio for more than a couple of days or there are any unexpected delays I’ll always leave a note on the home page, my facebook page or let you know via email respectively.
Q: What If I’m not happy with the master?
A: Not to worry! As said on the home page, you don’t pay anything until you are satisfied – you’ll receive preview clips of your master to ensure that. If you need any changes before payment I’ll happily do that for you or if you want to leave it that’s not a problem. After receiving your payment I will do up to 2 revisions of the master(s) within the period of 7 days, providing you send me a detailed explanation of what you need changing.
Q: What’s in your studio?
A: Currently my set up consists of Yamaha HS80M nearfield monitors, AKG K702 open back reference headphones, a Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP audio interface, a Mac, Logic Pro X, high-end Cambridge Audio and Neumann cabling and a large variety of professional mixing and mastering software. Bass traps, acoustic foam and diffusers are installed around the room and finally I have a charming old Technics boombox and some iPhone earphones to make sure your tracks sound will great in the average listener’s environment as well as the club.
Q: I don’t understand some of the directions on preparing tracks for mixdown or mastering, can you help?
A: Sure no problem. I’ll do as best I can to explain anything clearly, just drop me a message!
Q: What’s the difference between a mixdown and a master?
A: Mastering is the very final stage in making music ready for the commercial market. Whilst mastering I will look over the track as a whole and use a variety of subtle techniques including EQing, compression, warming and limiting. This process has many goals such as fixing any minor mixdown issues, smoothing the music and flow to be more stable and natural sounding, and finally, achieving the power and levels of competing current music without comprising the overall quality of the original composition.
The mixdown consists of having separate control of every element in a musical composition. When mixing a track I will decide on the levels, prominance and importance of each instrument and element as well as minimising or removing any clashing or undesirable acoustic occurrences so that the composition will sound the best it can. This is very often the most time consuming part of composing music and a lot of communication is needed between the artist and myself, the mix engineer.
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