Decide what elements are essential to the mix. This includes the important instruments in the arrangement as well as peripheral sounds that make a recording special. Listen to your song carefully. Decide what elements are absolutely essential. Figure out what instruments and sounds add something magic to the song. Get rid of sounds that detract from the overall vision of the song. This is often a difficult decision, but a necessary one to make a song as direct as possible. Of course, if you’re mixing down a sound collage or an experimental piece, the rules apply in a slightly different way.
Make sure as a singer or vocalist you are well rehearsed, physically comfortable, and under no psychological pressure. Most singers perform best standing up in a room that has a comfortable but not over-warm temperature. If they are distracted by other members of the band or by hangers-on, send everyone but the engineer (and producer, if you have one) out of the studio.
Don’t settle for anything less than the best vocal performance you can get, and don’t expect to get it all perfect in one take. More often than not you’ll have to punch in and out around phrases that need re-doing, but if you have enough tracks, get the singer to do the whole song several times and then compile a track from the best parts of each take. You can do this on tape by bouncing the required parts to a spare track, but hard disk editing is much more flexible in this respect.
Mastering Rates $190.00 per song or $850 for a full lenth Album up to 12 songs.
No song is complete without a master. Our mastering service brings more depth, maximizes loudness, widens the stereo image, and brings all of the parts of your song together! We pride ourselves on giving you a record that is commercial release quality; “radio ready” is the term in the business. Each song is carefully tweaked and crafted to perfection, not just run through a couple of presets. It doesn’t matter whether you want to do 1 song or a full album make your songs stand out with our mastering service.
Analog or digital? YOU choose!
The debate over using analog tapes, warm tube compressors and enhancers vs. precise, high-performance digital equipment will always be a hot topic. The truth is that it depends on the style of music.
If you’re making an rock album (a la U2 or The Killers) OR a jazz album you’re better off using analog gear. If you’re making an pop album you’ll want to use digital equipment to give it the sonic clarity of today’s commercial pop songs.
When you order mixing from StudioPros, YOU can choose the way we master your song, or you can let us choose for you.
What do you need to send us?
You need to send us a your tracks, as individual WAV/AIFF files bounced from the beginning of your project in the highest resolution possible. You’ll be able to upload it directly to our site after completing your order, or you can mail a CD to our studio. Our turnaroud time is 48 hours from the moment we recieve your files.
* You don’t have to upload your files right after completing your order. You can order now and upload your files in a few weeks.
Here are a few tips:
– Save yourself the stamp and upload your files directly to our site. This is the fastest way to get your mix done. You can upload up to 3GB – which is more than enough.
– Zip/(Archive) your files before uploading them. It will make the upload process shorter and won’t damage your files in any way.
– No ‘pre-mixing’ is needed. Don’t send us a mix you’ve tried to master yourself. Simply send your mix without any compression and, if possible, no limiting.