Mixing and Mastering


You can experience online mixing and mastering like working in the studio with Mix Studios. Every detail of your vision you provide to the engineer will contribute during the mixing process. When it’s time for revisions, we can broadcast your session audio to you live to get them done quickly! First-time buyers get a money-back guarantee on their first song or service! The whole project, from mixing to stemming, will be done the right way and you will receive exactly what you need in the end. Every mix we do gets the same quality effort as the one before.

Price

Ranging from: $139 – $299


Turnaround

4 – 8 Days

Mixing and Mastering


You can experience online mixing and mastering like working in the studio with Mix Studios. Every detail of your vision you provide to the engineer will contribute during the mixing process. When it’s time for revisions, we can broadcast your session audio to you live to get them done quickly! First-time buyers get a money-back guarantee on their first song or service! The whole project, from mixing to stemming, will be done the right way and you will receive exactly what you need in the end. Every mix we do gets the same quality effort as the one before.

Price

Starting at $139


Turnaround

4 – 8 Days

The Complete 8 Step Process

Below you can read about the complete 8 step process that every song, no matter size or style, goes through when our engineers are tasked with the job of making your song sound great. Each step below is included with every mixing purchase at no additional cost.



1. Custom Pricing


Tip: You can use our form to price your entire project before purchasing!

We wanted to make pricing as fair as possible. There are many different songs and song types. Each song requires different workloads. Some songs have 100 tracks and some songs may have 10 total tracks. (What Are Tracks?) We wanted our customers to be able to tailor their cost to exactly what their song needs, per song.

Our pricing is based on the size of your song. In other words, your track count determines the cost of your song. A song with 10 tracks is priced differently than a song with 100 tracks. But, what’s great about our service is that no matter what size your song is, it will always receive complete A – Z treatment. You can read more about included treatments below.

When you’re ready to purchase, you will be directed to our “purchase form”. This form allows you to select every detail about your song(s) and select which options you’d like to include with each specific song if you happen to be purchasing more than one. With this, you’ll be able to tailor your project to fit your budget.


2. Editing


As soon as your song files come into our inbox, we download and setup the session. From there, we go through each individual kick, snare, guitar, vocal, etc.. and clean the clicks, pops, hums, and anything else that isn’t suppose to be there!

In this stage we will start to determine if there are any tracks we’d like you to resend or even in some cases re-record. We want to make sure everything we have will contribute to making your song sound great, not worse.


3. Timing Corrections


This is where the song really starts to come together, especially songs that were recorded with a full band playing together. First, all the drums are aligned. This sets the base foundation for the rest of the song. All other instruments and vocals are then aligned into the drums. If your song doesn’t have any drums, the most important element will be Time Corrected first and then used as the foundation for everything else.

This can make for a pretty dramatic difference with Before and After at this stage. It can take a song from amateur sounding to sounding professionally performed.

4. Pitch Corrections


After everything in your song is aligned and sounding together, we move on to the Pitch and Note Corrections. This includes your vocals, basses, keys, guitars, etc..

Each elements is opened up in one of our various pitch editing programs and tweaked. We are meticulous with this process and use pitch correction with our ears, not our eyes. We never lock any pitch moves to a grid and always consider how everything sounds together, not in isolation.

Light autotune may be used after the initial manual pitch correction process is complete to really lock in the small subtleties. Autotune may also be used an as effect if the sound of the song calls for it!


5. Drum Replacements


In the stage, we listen to the recordings of the drum kit. Are they mic’d correctly? Are they mic’d well? Can we hear the full body of the kick and snare? Can we make them hit and snap?

We determine if the drums need help. Sometimes all we need to do is add another kick and another snare. Sometimes, we need to replace the kick completely. There are times where we feel that the kick and snare supplied sound great but we could really use better Toms or Crashes. At this point we will begin modifying these elements to our satisfaction.

6. Mixing


In this step, we do everything we can to make your song sounds the best it can. Our mixing process is in-depth and includes everything you want in a good mix, like punch, clarity, depth, space and separation. We love getting creative, so we always approach your mix asking ourselves what will bring it to life.

We are big on getting a more analog sound, so we focus on using lots of analog simulation plugins from Softube and UAD. Along with a few analog outboard units, we can really dial in the sound we’re pleased with while still allowing us to be very easily adaptable to revisiting the session later down the line for revisions or changes if requested by the client.


7. Mastering


When your song is going in for Mastering, you can be assured it’s going to get the final touches it needs and deserves. Our Mastering Engineer’s know the demand and sound for different music around the world. You can expect punchy, clear and exciting results. Every mix is treated with analog shaping techniques, analog plugins and analog converters to give it the final warm low punch it needs.

We also offer Stem Mastering, which allows us to more so “Mix” the very important elements in your song (Acapella and Instrumental) together before proceeding with mastering. This allows for a very effective option for dialing in your sound.

8. Live Stream & Revisions


How cool is this?

We can stream your song directly to your studio or even your phone!

As soon as we send you your first mix, we’ll ask you when you’re available for a Live Stream. After we set our date for our live stream, you will then start to take notes of the changes you’d like to hear in your mix. You can then email those revisions back to us so they are ready for our scheduled live stream session.

How it works: Once we’ve set a date, you and your engineer will meet on the Mix Studios website chat. Your engineer will then send you a link to paste into your browser. That link will connect you to our stream. As your engineer hits play in the DAW, you’ll be hearing your song in real time as well as any changes being made. This is as close as we can get to having you in the studio! It works great and really allows us to wrap up your song to your satisfaction rapidly for a speedy completion!


The Complete 8 Step Process

Below you can read about the complete 8 step process that every song, no matter size or style, goes through when our engineers are tasked with the job of making your song sound great. Each step below is included with every mixing purchase at no additional cost.


1. Custom Pricing

We wanted to make pricing as fair as possible. There are many different songs and song types. Each song requires different workloads. Some songs have 100 tracks and some songs may have 10 total tracks. (What Are Tracks?) We wanted our customers to be able to tailor their cost to exactly what their song needs, per song.

Our pricing is based on the size of your song. In other words, your track count determines the cost of your song. A song with 10 tracks is priced differently than a song with 100 tracks. But, what’s great about our service is that no matter what size your song is, it will always receive complete A – Z treatment. You can read more about included treatments below.

When you’re ready to purchase, you will be directed to our “purchase form”. This form allows you to select every detail about your song(s) and select which options you’d like to include with each specific song if you happen to be purchasing more than one. With this, you’ll be able to tailor your project to fit your budget.

2. Editing


As soon as your song files come into our inbox, we download and setup the session. From there, we go through each individual kick, snare, guitar, vocal, etc.. and clean the clicks, pops, hums, and anything else that isn’t suppose to be there!

In this stage we will start to determine if there are any tracks we’d like you to resend or even in some cases re-record. We want to make sure everything we have will contribute to making your song sound great, not worse.

3. Timing Corrections


This is where the song really starts to come together, especially songs that were recorded with a full band playing together. First, all the drums are aligned. This sets the base foundation for the rest of the song. All other instruments and vocals are then aligned into the drums. If your song doesn’t have any drums, the most important element will be Time Corrected first and then used as the foundation for everything else.

This can make for a pretty dramatic difference with Before and After at this stage. It can take a song from amateur sounding to sounding professionally performed.

4. Pitch Corrections


After everything in your song is aligned and sounding together, we move on to the Pitch and Note Corrections. This includes your vocals, basses, keys, guitars, etc..

Each elements is opened up in one of our various pitch editing programs and tweaked. We are meticulous with this process and use pitch correction with our ears, not our eyes. We never lock any pitch moves to a grid and always consider how everything sounds together, not in isolation.

Light autotune may be used after the initial manual pitch correction process is complete to really lock in the small subtleties. Autotune may also be used an as effect if the sound of the song calls for it!

5. Drum Replacements


In the stage, we listen to the recordings of the drum kit. Are they mic’d correctly? Are they mic’d well? Can we hear the full body of the kick and snare? Can we make them hit and snap?

We determine if the drums need help. Sometimes all we need to do is add another kick and another snare. Sometimes, we need to replace the kick completely. There are times where we feel that the kick and snare supplied sound great but we could really use better Toms or Crashes. At this point we will begin modifying these elements to our satisfaction.

6. Mixing


In this step, we do everything we can to make your song sounds the best it can. Our mixing process is in-depth and includes everything you want in a good mix, like punch, clarity, depth, space and separation. We love getting creative, so we always approach your mix asking ourselves what will bring it to life.

We are big on getting a more analog sound, so we focus on using lots of analog simulation plugins from Softube and UAD. Along with a few analog outboard units, we can really dial in the sound we’re pleased with while still allowing us to be very easily adaptable to revisiting the session later down the line for revisions or changes if requested by the client.

7. Mastering


When your song is going in for Mastering, you can be assured it’s going to get the final touches it needs and deserves. Our Mastering Engineer’s know the demand and sound for different music around the world. You can expect punchy, clear and exciting results. Every mix is treated with analog shaping techniques, analog plugins and analog converters to give it the final warm low punch it needs.

We also offer Stem Mastering, which allows us to more so “Mix” the very important elements in your song (Acapella and Instrumental) together before proceeding with mastering. This allows for a very effective option for dialing in your sound.

8. Live Stream & Revisions


How cool is this?

We can stream your song directly to your studio or even your phone!

As soon as we send you your first mix, we’ll ask you when you’re available for a Live Stream. After we set our date for our live stream, you will then start to take notes of the changes you’d like to hear in your mix. You can then email those revisions back to us so they are ready for our scheduled live stream session.

How it works: Once we’ve set a date, you and your engineer will meet on the Mix Studios website chat. Your engineer will then send you a link to paste into your browser. That link will connect you to our stream. As your engineer hits play in the DAW, you’ll be hearing your song in real time as well as any changes being made. This is as close as we can get to having you in the studio! It works great and really allows us to wrap up your song to your satisfaction rapidly for a speedy completion!

MIXING FAQ


You can either send us your Pro tools, Studio One or Logic session.

If you don’t use any of those 3 daw’s then you will need to export each track as a WAV file from the beginning of the session so that when everything is dropped into our DAW it all lines up correctly.

Because we use a variety of different plugins and outboard units, this is not possible. Instead, we can “Stem” all of your individual tracks.

What’s a Stem?

As stem is basically a “printed” version of, let’s say, the kick. The plugins and processed we used on that kick and “printed” to the track. That way when you open the stem in your software, you’ll hear the exactly kick used in the mix without needing the plugins.

Currently we use 3 DAW’s.

1. Pro Tools
2. Studio One
3. Logic Pro X

This means that if you use one of these DAW’s, you can send your session to us without having to export everything into WAV form.

A 4-Stem Pack is a 4 track collection of the most important elements in your completed mix.

(Unmastered)
1. All Bass
2. All Drums
3. All Vocals
4. All Instruments

These 4 stems are printed with all the plugins/tools used in your mix so when you open up your 4-Stem Pack in your DAW, you can hear the exact mix we hear in our DAW. You can then use these files to modify your mix.

For timing and pitch correction dry files are best. But if you’re certain that you’ve locked in a great sound on your guitars or keyboard, etc.. You can definitely send wet versions of those files.

You can also send Wet AND Dry files in two separate folders. We will use our judgement to determine which we should and shouldn’t use. This is most likely the best option and provides the greatest degree of usability.

Yes.

Compressors, EQs, Delays, and Reverbs can have an impact on the overall sound of the song. When you put all these elements together they need to fit correctly.

If you have requested to leave a processed track from your demo in the mix, that is okay because it is still focused on one track that we can place and enhance as necessary.

When you put these effects on your master bus, this is a global effect that will process every track in the project which can keep us from bringing out the overall sound that we need to for your project to be done correctly.

You can export them at 44.1, 48 or 96Khz and 24 or 32Bit

Which is best?

Which Sample Rate?

It’s an on going debate in the audio world whether we can actually hear a difference between 44, 48, 96, 192khz. So we can’t really give more input on that then there already is. But we do know that the higher sample rate you go, the bigger the file gets. So let’s just keep it between 44.1 and 96.

Which Bit?

32bit is better than 24bit as it allows for more headroom. But 24 bit is definitely sufficient.

Yes.

There are a few things you can do to decrease the amount of tracks you are turning in for your project.

Comp background vocals: If you have four tracks that sing a backing harmony together, you can comp these to one track if you have the exact sound you want out of them. Just know that we will not be able to tune grouped vocals like that or manipulate them as much as we can most. Only comp backing vocals together like that if you are sure you want them to sound just like that, we will not be able to adjust three vocals relative to each other if you comp them.

NEVER comp a lead vocal with your backing vocals.

Comp SFX and Occasional Sounds: If you have 7 tracks that have random sounds or audio compliments, you can comp them together as tight as you can so long as they do not overlap. If you have 20 tracks with sounds but none of them overlap, comp them to one track and save yourself money when buying your mix.

We will work on your song until you are satisfied with it. Our main tool for completing your song effectively and efficiently will be our live stream sessions.

We will work over live stream for as long as it takes to get your song finished.

Yes.

As you are filling out our purchase form you will notice there is an active discount when selecting multiple songs. The discount percentage is determined by how many songs are added.