Your music is your art, and you need someone who can help bring your sonic vision to life -- someone who isn't going to just throw all the compressors on full and cram your entire ensemble into a tiny box of noise (hey, even metal can have dynamic shifts); someone who will delicately craft your mixes to bring out subtle nuance and style; someone who thinks and mixes with a composer's ear; someone who likes semi-colons!*
Most importantly you need someone who wants to work WITH you.
As a composer, arranger and performer, I have worked in a wide range of musical styles, from rock and metal to jazz, classical, world music and film soundtracks. I have written, recorded and toured with eclectic national acts (Polkadot Cadaver, Tub Ring) and also released my own solo albums.
But what can I do for you?
I can promise the individual attention your recordings deserve, and I will work with you to achieve the sound you want while maximizing balance, clarity, and dynamics. I want your music to live and breathe. I want it to go somewhere. And on top of all that, I don't want to bleed you dry -- I charge far less than a studio would! For more info, check out the FAQ below.
Ready to get started? CONTACT ME HERE and let me know what you're looking for!
(* though the relevance of this is debatable)
Where do I need to be located?
Anywhere! With the advent of file-sharing sites like Dropbox and WeTransfer, you can easily upload your individual tracks from anywhere in the world, and have new mixes sent back to you for perusal in the same manner.
Can I hear samples of songs you've mixed previously?
Sure! Check out the MIXING SAMPLES box to your right to hear samples in a variety of styles.
I've barely heard of you -- how do I know what to expect? Any sort of customer satisfaction guarantees?
Yes! I typically do a rough mix of the first song for free to make sure that you, the artist, are pleased with the direction it's going in. I am always open to feedback and suggestions, and this is not a one-pass, take-it-or-leave-it deal. I want to work with you to get the most out of your music, and am happy to make adjustments throughout the process.
Once the first song has gotten to a relatively completed state, you will be asked whether you want to sign off on the project. **If for some reason you are not satisfied at this point and wish to stop the mix project, there will be no charge.** Assuming everything is hunky-dorey and you choose to continue, a half payment will be required to secure my services for the remainder of the project. MP3 reference mixes will be sent throughout the process to keep you in the loop at all times. At the conclusion of the project, the other half of payment will be due in order for me to release the final full-quality mixes to you in whatever format you choose.
What gear do you use?
I typically run Pro Tools with a constantly-expanding set of high-end VST plug-ins.
Can you track additional instruments for my recording?
Yes. If it's something I can do myself, such as basic keyboard textures, guitars, bass, etc., I would be happy to (with the cost adjusted for time spent). I also have an extensive collection of excellent virtual instruments for embellishing arrangements. Something on a larger scale involving live players, such as drumkit, a string section, etc., may need to be either hired out or tracked in a different space, which may incur additional costs -- this will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
-- SUBQUESTION: My drums sound lousy -- do you use drum replacement software?
Yes. First I try to get the best possible sound out of the live drum takes, but if they're still needing some help I am happy to use drum replacement software at the artist's request to either enhance or replace completely. Depending on the complexity of the original performance, additional cost may be factored in for a lengthy drum replacement process.
How long will mixing take?
This depends on a number of factors, including the complexity, density and length of the music, the swiftness of communication between us, and so on. Each project will be different, but typically a small handful of songs will take a few days, whereas a full album might take a week or more (rough estimate). I will keep you constantly updated on the progress, and there will never be a time that you're left scratching your head and hoping to hear something back soon. Also, as a perk to you, you are not charged an hourly fee as you would be at a bigger studio -- instead you are paying by the song, which ensures that I have no incentive to draw out the process unnecessarily. I will work to get your music mixed as quickly as possible while still giving it the utmost care and attention.
What does it cost?
- $80/song (1-5 songs)
- $70/song (6 or more songs)
Any songs under a minute or above 8 minutes will have their costs adjusted accordingly (this will be worked out ahead of time so there are no surprises on your end).
How do I pay?
PayPal is best. If you prefer another method (personal checks, carrier pigeon loaded with cash, etc.), that will need to be discussed before work has begun.