FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS MIXING & MASTERING?
Audio mixing is the art and science of balancing a multi-track audio recording. In other words, audio mixing is the process of taking all of the individual recordings and blend them into a stereo audio file as part of a development called "the mix-down". The mixing stage will enhance the recording and push it to its full potential. Audio mastering is the final stage of processing or 'polishing' in order to get ready for distribution and duplication. Its full purpose is to repair any mix problems to a degree, enhance the recording and ensure that it will translate equally well to a broad range of formats and playback systems.
WHY DO I NEED MY MUSIC MIXED & MASTERED?
Having your music mixed and mastered is highly recommended if you are planning to pursue a professional music career. Collecting your work at its best will prove to the public how serious and competent you are as an artist. Also, commercially speaking, in order to sale records, you will need your music mixed and mastered at its full potential. To make sales, your music has to have the clarity and presence it deserves so it can musically satisfy the public's ear.
WHAT FILES DO I NEED TO SEND?
I will need your work to be clearly labeled and organized into stems. Eventually, converted into audio files. They have to be 24 bit WAV and uncompressed, if possible. Instead of MP3 files, WAV files will keep their audio data. They must contain a uniform start point for alignment in my DAW, which means that I cannot use project files from the DAW you've recorded your music with. Also, please include any notes or requirements in great detail of how you would like your music to be mixed and/or mastered.
HOW DO I SEND MY FILES TO YOU?
Import your stems into WAV files and export them from your DAW onto an on-line file hosting/sharing service because the files will be too big to send through email. Personally, I use Dropbox and MediaFire. For an example, Mega, which it could provide 50GB of free space and it is very simple to share folders across the web. If you purchase any of the album mix and master services then I will use a file hosting service to send you your full album in a compressed/zip folder. Just make sure that you keep your music saved in an external hard drive for safekeeping.
WHAT IS A REVISION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
A revision is a edited version or copy of your song. It could be mixed, mastered, partially in-between or neither. After listening to the initial mix, you may want to consider making some changes. By doing so, in order to receive a revision, you must first make a request. In great detail, let me know what you have in mind. Each service includes two free revisions so use them wisely. Give me a clear understanding so I can comply by giving you the perfect mix in any way possible. Volume and effect adjustments are covered. Adding new instructions such as: changing the structure of your song, adding new stems/recordings/sound bits or anything else that was not mentioned before all else will not be covered. Extra revisions will result into a $5.00 fee for every additional one that will be requested because altering your work between different mixes could take a lot of my time that will eventually fill my position with laborious work. So in order to avoid fees, make sure you know exactly what you want and how you want your music recorded and/or engineered.
ARE THERE ANY SMOKE/FOOD BREAKS IN THE STUDIO?
For the safety and health of my studio, smoking, vaping and/or drinking will not be tolerated; if smoke breaks are needed, they have to be approved by me in a timely matter and it does not take away from studio time. Marijuana smoking is highly prohibited. Also, if you are under the influence and/or carry a strong scent of cigarettes or marijuana, you will not be allowed in the studio. Carrying illegal substances of any kind on the property will not be allowed. Any beverages (non-alcoholic) needed must be provided by you in a closed container and no food will be allowed. If water is requested, $1 per bottle.
CAN I SET UP A PAYMENT PLAN?
Payment plans will not be accepted; everything must be paid in full by cash or PayPal before our services begin. Depending on the size of the song(s) or project(s), half of the payment should be paid as a pledge of an agreement and, furthermore, the balance being payable later when the song is completed. Keep in mind, I will not start working on anything until all of the work has met the guidelines. Everything should be recorded before I start the mixing process. In order to avoid confusion, new songs will not be in session until the previous songs have been fully paid. Any add-ons (vocals, sound effects, audio clips and etc) will be considered at extra cost in the middle of mixing and/or mastering. In every recording session, you will be charged hourly; regardless of how long you record, within every thirty minutes of each hour you use for studio time is half of what you are being charged for.
(Example - Hours of vocal recording with basic mixing)
2 Hours -$60.00
3.5 Hours - $105.00
4 Hours - $120.00
5.5 Hours - $165.00
WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
My mission is to make you happy. If you're not happy with the results then I can proceed to make small changes, free of charge. For bigger changes, you can use your free revisions or purchase more if you've used up your free ones. Unfortunately, I cannot offer refunds as you are paying for my time and expertise, not for an audio file. My services are intangible, irrevocable goods. But rest assured, I will keep working on your track until you are completely happy. Once recording, mixing and/or mastering has been taken place, refunds cannot be issued.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO MIX/MASTER?
It depends on the length of your project. The more work there is, the longer it'll take. In all likelihood, mixing and mastering singles, it could take 3-4 weekdays. As for albums, they could take up about 2-4 weeks for both mixing and mastering, depending on my weekly schedule. As we all do, I also have a life outside of my work as well. My personal life could conflict with my work schedule every now and then; however, patience is a virtue. I like to take my time as I focus on bringing your music to life. If you need your work to be finished sooner rather than later then you can take a look at my rush delivery prices further below.
HOW LONG WILL YOU HOLD ON TO MY SESSION FILES?
I will hold your work for two weeks whether it is completed or not. For that reason, it is not my responsibility to keep track of your saved work. My services do not include safekeeping of previous and current session files. It is your duty to know what and when you want it completed. After completion, you have two weeks to decide whether to keep your work or discard it. It is unprofessional to put your work in a lengthy hiatus and not inform me exactly what needs to be done in order to continue on with the process of getting your work completed. If you consider getting your work transfer to another source, I have prices for music transfers and exports as well. Also, new material will not be created until the previous work is finished first. For more info, go to the mixing page for further details.
CAN I ADD MORE STUDIO TIME TO MY SESSION?
If you believe you will need more time to record at a steady pace then I suggest booking a block session would be best. My block sessions will give you a fair amount of time to rehearse, record, edit and mix everything thoroughly. Use your block sessions wisely because when the session is over and you forget to complete a task then that session will be over. Therefore, you will be charged at an hourly rate of $40 per hour if additional time is requested by the client.
WHAT TO DO IF I'M GOING TO BE LATE FOR MY SESSION?
A studio session isn't something you want to be fashionably late to but I understand setbacks may appear unexpectedly from time to time. Just try to be punctual. If a time was given or scheduled between you and I, make sure to be there on time. If you are at least thirty minutes to an hour late or so, then your session will either be rescheduled to a later time or otherwise cancelled. A 48-hour notification is required in the event of cancellation or reduction of reservation. Being late so often could possibly result into additional fees if my schedule conflicts with other projects and/or studio sessions. Let me know in advance if you're going to be late. In regards to that, the further you are behind schedule, the less time you have before your session ends. I do not associate with perpetually late clients. If you're constantly late or do not show up to your sessions without informing me then I will terminate my services and our business relationship.
HOW MANY PERSONS CAN I BRING WITH ME?
If you plan to bring a guest to the studio with you, please make sure to ask me first before you do. You are granted one person in studio per session but still needs to be discussed with me beforehand and approved by me.
CAN I USE THE DAW FILES AFTER YOU MIXED/MASTERED THEM?
I'm afraid I cannot do that because every project is completely different in great measures. So as for the mixing techniques and settings that are created to give the project a great mix cannot be used, as is, for every single project. It just won't sound good. Also, every studio has a unique setup and workflow so I cannot say that my studio is identical to others. For any competitor or consumer, it is in my nature not to share any of my secrets to anyone because, from a professional standpoint, that would demonstrate poor business conduct.
DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?
I do offer specials and quantity discount prices in the mix+master packages page. You can choose whichever fits best in your budget. Prices do change from time to time.
CAN I MAKE CHANGES TO THE SERVICE(S) I CHOOSE?
As for the individual and group rates, those rates will remain the same for everyone. There won't be any adding, subtracting, dividing or mixing up different rates in order to get a price reduction. I can understand that anyone could be on a tight budget and if you are then consider looking at the different mix types that I offer that can fit into your budget. Otherwise, pressuring me into giving you a cheap deal, in a desperate or aggressive manner, that will complicate our business relationship. If that happens then that client would be at fault, and moreover, I will be expected to do a job that deals with an enormous amount of work just for such a small price. Put the matter another way, it is the same as ripping someone off. Any kind of suspicious behavior will have me question the authenticity of the job we're supposed to do from a professional standpoint. If you do not want to hire me because of my rates then I will take my services elsewhere to someone who is genuine and well-qualified enough to work with me. In my line of business, there are no reductions, handouts or shortcuts. Rules are rules. No excuses and no exceptions.
CAN I CREATE A STUDIO PACKAGE OF MY OWN?
It is unfortunate that I do not allow that because not all of my services can be combined. It wouldn't be fair to my other clients who respectively follow my line of work and I'd like to keep my business relationships intact with everyone. The mix+master packages do not include in-studio recording sessions; however, it is a package that is created as an online-service for those who have previously recorded their music and are fully prepared for mixing and mastering. Vocal and instrument recording are only offered during in-studio sessions. Our time is precious and it is quite uncertain to know how long it would take to make music (recording vocals, mixing and/or mastering) before doing so. As a consequence, it could take a lot longer than expected.
CAN WE WORK UNDER A CONTRACT?
I can offer contracts (physical and/or electronic copies) that will be applied to both parties if only you are committed to the terms I have stated on my website. Those terms will also be stated on physical copies as well and must be legitimately arranged BEFORE work has begun between the client(s) and the engineer. A deadline for the completion of the project must be added as well. The contract must be signed if you agree to my terms of service. Any faults or misused of my services on your behalf will be considered a breach of contract. More info, please read my terms of services page.
WHAT IF I NEED YOU TO RUSH THROUGH THE PROCESS?
I do offer rush deliveries for all services. Pricing (per song) is as follows:
In 48 hours: +25% of your total
In 24 hours: +35% of your total
Within 6-12 hours: +45% of your total
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