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.

Do you offer a subscription service?

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