How do I prepare my music for mixing?

  1. Remove all temporary or unwanted audio files.

  2. Double-check all edits. Trim, fade, crossfade until all tracks are free from audible edits and/or extraneous sounds.

  3. Apply timing-correction and pitch-correction to your liking and render to new audio files

  4. Render all MIDI and Virtual Instruments to audio

  5. Consolidate (aka. render, merge) all tracks from the same start point.

  6. Name all audio files with a short description of the sound to expect. 

  7. Export wav-files, in 32bit-float with no change in sample-rate.

  8. Zip all wav files, name the zip with:

    • the artist name and song title and

    • bpm and key.

  9. Use the uploader on the contact page to upload your zip 

 

What about plugins? And how do I get the files out of my DAW?

First, have a close look at all plugins you may have used so far.

Leave the ones that you definitely want to keep, usually:

-MIDI / Virtual Instruments

-Amp simulation (if you're happy with it)

-Pitch correction tools, such as AutoTune, Melodyne or ReVoice

 

Bypass all others, such as:

-EQs, Filters

-Compressors / Limiters

-Expanders, Gates

-Reverbs, Delays, Chorus, Phasers, etc.

If a special FX, such as a certain delay is important to you, export a wet and a dry version of that channel (add 'wet' and 'dry' to the filenames)

In the box below, click on your DAW for the multi track export workflow:

Ableton​ Live

 

Do you accept files via dropbox, wetransfer, hightail etc?

Actually, I'd prefer another option.

There's a super-easy uploader build into the Contact page of this website. If you use my uploader, files synchronise automatically to my computer.

This means I spend less time managing files and more time mixing your songs.

Here's a brief explanation, you'll see it couldn't be easier.

 

How is Mix Artist different from other services?

What makes my mixing special is my sense of musical excitement, which I bring forward with tasteful fader-rides. It's actually all coming from the ear, not from the gear.

Don't just work with a mix engineer - work with a Mix Artist.

Have a listen to my work here or on Tidal.

 

What are your rates?

This depends on the number of songs, the number of tracks/signals per song, and the recording-signal quality.

To give you the best rate, I'd first like to learn about your project and understand what you're working on. So, let's have a chat about your project - contact me to book a free consultation session.

 

What gear do you use?

I have different DAWs, hundreds of industry-standard plugins, quality speakers and headphones, and all the other tools one needs for mixing - but I don't want to bore you with too much technical jargon here.

 

Rest assured that I have the experience to chose just the right tools for your music.

 

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

Do I have to pay extra for mix revisions?

Mix-revisions are included because I want you to be absolutely happy with the results. There's no limit for all reasonable revision requests. Only very few limitations apply, which are laid out in the Terms & Conditions.

 

Rest assured that you have nothing to worry about if you share my drive for completing your project to your satisfaction in a timely manner. 

 

So, why not request a quote?

 

What is mixing? And how is online mixing different?

Mixing

Mixing is a very involved process that requires substantial technical expertise as well as creativity, taste and musical feel.

Mixing requires a laser-sharp focus on musical nuances and performances. For example, how you can make the vocal evoke more emotion or the bass player carry the groove a little more.

As you can imagine, mixing is an involved and time-consuming process. 

Online Mixing

 

Nowadays, you don't have to book a studio to get your songs mixed. Online mixing services are accessible 24/7 via cloud collaboration. 

You need a decent internet connection to upload your files. After a few days, you'll receive your mix via email or sharing services. 

There is a large variety of different services; some are high quality and very expensive, others are cheap but may not produce the best sounding results.

 

Why don't you fill out the contact form to find out what Yarn the Mix Artist can do for you?

 
 

What's the difference between mix and master, and can you do both?

Mixing is the tasteful blending of individual signals (eg. Kick, Bass, Vocal...) into one beautiful-sounding stereo mix file.

Mastering turns a collection of mixes into a cohesive sounding album or EP, and prepares your music for release.

Although I have mixed and masters on some occasions, I'd generally suggest hiring a professional mastering engineer. 

 

My recommendations for external mastering engineers are: