MIXING & MASTERING

 
BBC mixing engineer
 

Mixing

Many of our clients come to us to mix and master material they have recorded elsewhere. We usually provide this service remotely, though we can also set up attended mix sessions at a recording studio of your choice. Our mix engineer Myles Eastwood has worked on tracks in a number of musical styles including funk, pop, soul, bluegrass, folk, jazz, gypsy, orchestral, choral and contemporary classical. Click here to listen to examples of recent projects mixed by us.

Multitrack stems are uploaded or sent to us as wav files, which we then mix in the box using Cockos Reaper and a selection of third-party plugins by Solid State Logic, Focusrite, iZotope, SPL and 2CAudio. We generally ask clients to provide at least one reference track so we know what sound you're going for and are confident we're working from the same page. 

Mixing is more time consuming than mastering, especially if the automation is done properly, and it is here you will notice the biggest improvement to your recording. We recommend you budget accordingly. However, we can also work to a fixed budget and are happy to provide an estimate of what can be done for the price before taking on a project. 

 

MASTERING

SSL Bus Compressor mastering

On top of mixing, we also offer online mastering for a variety of different formats. A mastering engineer effectively provides the final stage of quality control in a recording. The mastering process involves broad tonal and dynamic changes to the overall mix using EQ, compression and limiting, alongside techniques like stereo width enhancement, parallel compression and the subtle application of second-order harmonic distortion. These adjustments ensure all the tracks on an album or EP sound cohesive and also allow them to stand up to other commercial mixes on the radio and online. Mastering demands considerable attention to the dynamics of a recording, which depend on the final format – music videos, film trailers and audio-only formats vary tremendously in terms of dynamic range.

We can provide final CD masters on genuine Taiyo Yuden discs, which are renowned for their reliability, or as DDP files, which are recommended as industry standard and the most reliable way to deliver a compact disk recording online. A DDP includes an MD5 checksum that enables pressing plants to verify the data before beginning a production run. It also supports PQ coding and ISRC data for each track, which allows musicians to keep track of PPL royalties, as well as songwriting credits that are then registered on Gracenote and other databases.

Due to an increasing number of our clients releasing their music digitally, we offer mastering for iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and other online distributors. Here it is important to leave the correct amount of headroom so that subsequent conversion to MP3, M4A, AAC and other lossy formats doesn't compromise the quality of the recording. ID3 tags with metadata about each track are added to MP3 files during the mastering process. We can also master recordings in high resolution PCM formats for lossless digital download (e.g. AIFF, FLAC) and offer audio restoration and digitisation of analogue and digital media. 

Rates begin at £30/hour. To discuss your requirements click here. Samples of our work can be heard below: