What's the difference between mixing and mastering?

Mixing is the process of adjusting the individual elements of a song; mastering usually only deals with the output of a mix. Mastering comes after mixing and is the last creative musical process before release. A good mastering engineer can make a collection of songs feel like an album, gluing them together.

How do I prepare my files for mixing?

I'm glad you've asked. Here's a link to an extensive blog post I've written about this exact topic.

When it comes to exporting the files, when you book a project using this website, you'll be asked what software you use to record. Once you choose your DAW, you'll get specific instructions for your software on how to export the tracks for mixing.

Let me know if you're using a piece of software that's not in the list so I can add it.

How do I prepare my files for mastering?

When you book a project using this website, you'll be asked what software you use to mix, and the site will display specific instructions for your software on how to prepare your mixes for mastering.

In general, the best files to send to mastering are .WAV files, peaking below -6 db, with tasteful compression and no limiting plugins on the master fader/bus/stereo track.

Do you master for vinyl?

Yes! Vinyl is a medium that has special requirements when compared to digital. Ideally, I should master two completeley different versions.

The vinyl masters are much less compressed and the bass EQ is set in such a way so as to avoid any chance of the needle jumping out of the groove.

If you'd like me to master two versions of your project, all you'd need to do is book two separate mastering projects. I can master whichever version you want first; once approved, I'll master the second one as well.

What gear do you use?

That's a great question! Here's why I don't post a gear list:

I strive to run my business with the highest level of integrity. Getting into a 'who-has-the-best-gear war" with the many engineers who post fake gear lists isn't worth doing. You can't fake great mixing and mastering.

If you like the samples I have on my website, and you're curious as to how your songs would sound like if I were to mix and/or master them, contact me via the Contact form.

Do you charge extra for revisions?

I offer unlimited revisions until you're happy with the end result. The only limitation is that the revisions must be requested within 30 days of the files being delivered.

My goal is to be your mixing/mastering engineer for life.

If you have revision requests outside the 30 day window for free revisions, I charge an hourly rate of $25 per hour, with a minimum of 30 minutes paid.

Do you offer a subscription service?

I do! Contact me via the Contact form and we'll set one up.