Hello guy’s, this is my first blog on my new studio tips page – Studio Insider.
I’ll be offering my thoughts on studio equipment, software and mixing and mastering tips.
I have been a working musician for 15 years and have a lot of live experience and studio experience in different professional studios. You can check out my band at www.fallenonfaith.co.uk
I will be doing a series of video’s including mixing and mastering techniques, product reviews, demo’s of pedals/guitars/amps, and home studio equipment.
So stay tuned for my first video. Any of my advice will be aimed at the beginners and intermediate producers starting out. Hopefully to help you get better at making music.
I hope you enjoy the blog as much as I will making it.
To find out more about me check out my About page.
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I haven’t blogged in some time. Things have been taking off in the studio with mixing and mastering projects.
Upgrades in the studio have been regular including new studio monitors and audio interfaces from Presonus.
I’m in the process of adding some more acoustical treatment products. Auralex Mo-Pads have made a difference to my monitoring.
So progress is good. Stay tuned I’m going to update more from now one!
Thanks again to everyone who joined me in getting a free mix / master.
I had some great tunes to work with of various styles which was a lot of fun.
I have now moved all my mixing and mastering services over to http://www.mix2master.co.uk
Nothing has changed in terms of pricing it’s affordable and staying that way.
If anyone would like to visit or share the website please do 🙂
I look forward to working with more musicians in the future…for now thanks!
I’ve just put together a dedicated website to provide mixing and mastering services outside of my blog.
http://www.mix2master.co.uk is where I will be taking orders for mixes and masters from now one.
I’ll try and keep the blog informational and more on advice and reviews.
Thanks and check out the website 🙂
I’ve just purchased these cheap speakers for the studio.
They probably sound terrible, I would imagine muddy without much definition, hardly any low end and probably no high end either with the lack of proper tweeters.
So why on earth did I buy them I hear you say? What actual use are these going to be in a studio where you need clear, balanced and honest sounding monitors?
Good question…Let me explain.
When mixing songs I use good quality monitors. This gives me a good level of detail on what each instrument sounds like and what effect my work with compression, EQ and effect has on them.
I then reference my mixes on some bookshelf speakers (the type more hifi users would own) this allows me to hear my mix in a different way. Now I can here how the hifi tuned speakers affect my mix and make it sound. That way I can hear if it sounding good on both sets of speakers.
Now the same applies to mastering tracks but with more referencing this time. If I am mastering a track from a client I will start the mastering process on monitors to hear exactly what my changes are doing to the client’s mix. I then proceed to reference the master on bookshelf speakers, my car stereo and even ear bud (iPod type) headphones.
Now that is a reasonable amount of referencing and should allow for me to make adjustments where necessary to get a master sounding good on all of the above listening platforms.
But…some people have some pretty crappy systems like boom-boxes, portable speakers and docks etc.
So ‘Grotbox’ speakers (or just plain terrible speakers) are another method of referencing. I can play back a master on these cheap very low end speakers and get yet another perspective on a final master that is close to what a lot of people will listen on.
So waste of money buying cheap speakers? Not necessarily if you use them for the right purpose. Would I listen to music on these for my own pleasure, hell no! I can’t imagine it being very nice but that’s the whole point.
Yes free! I know I must be mad…this is an offer for a limited time, see details below:
I’m offering a free mix and master to anyone who is interested!? (Offer valid for September 2013 only)
That means one full song mixed and mastered by me at no cost to you!
Thereafter I’m happy to mix or master any additional material for you for a small fee.
My rates for additional services are as follows:
- 1 Full song mixed – £40.00 (up to 40 Tracks)
- 1 Full song mixed – £60.00 (over 40 Tracks)
- 1 Song mastered – £20.00
What will you do?
For mixing I request audio files as full length stems (from start position of song 0:00 to end). I will provide you with a dropbox folder to upload the files to. I then load these into my digital workstation, edit, clean up and generally prep the files for mixing.
I will mix the song either according to your guidelines or under my own interpretation of how the song should sound.This means utilizing compression, EQ, reverb and other effects to provide a balanced mix with space and clarity.
I will then mixdown the files to a 24bit stereo file with at least 6db of headroom (-6dBFS) ready for mastering. Finally I upload the file to a shared dropbox folder for you to access. I usually provide a client with 2 – 4 alternative mix’s (with client input) to choose from.
Your audio file(s) will be loaded into my digital audio workstation (DAW) where I will adjust the tracks overall tonal balance using EQ. Compression will be used the provide a more cohesive mix and smoothing of the track. Finally the volume (RMS) of your track(s) will be optimized to a commercial level of loudness without compromising audio integrity.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org with enquiries.
Why not try me? It’s a no risk offer.
Well it’s been a busy wee while for me here recently.
Amongst the usual mixing duties I’ve been tracking guitars and vocals with my singer for my bands new material. I’m also moving home with my family to a bigger place.
Moving mean’s a studio overhaul. I’m just sorting out the placement of gear and acoustic treatment for my new studio space.
I didn’t have enough space previously for all my gear, the new studio will allow me to have all my amp’s, cabinets and guitars setup permanently which is nice.
It’s gonna be a fun job at least setting everything out exactly how I want.
Since I do mastering as well as mixing I need to get the room treated as best I can.
Bass traps will be essential along with the usual acoustic tiles and good isolation for my monitors. I’m purchasing the Isoacoustics monitor stands as they have great reviews and from the demo’s I have seen / heard they are very effective.
A new workspace (desk) and I’ll throw in a sofa for some seating. Exciting times and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll probably blog the resulting room with photo’s when I’m done.