WHY YOU SHOULD USE A MIX ENGINEER TO MIX YOUR HOME RECORDINGS
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Recording your latest song can be exciting. You spent a lot of time crafting the lyrics, melody, and chord structure. You carefully worked out the instrumental arrangement and if you’re in a band, you spent time rehearsing to get the song just right.
It’s time to record the song. You boot up your DAW and after a few different takes, you have a version of the song you really like. It’s time to mix the tracks.
But the mix is not sounding like what you hear in your head. The guitars are buried in the mix and when you turn them up, suddenly the bass disappears. The lead vocal is muddy and some of the words are hard to understand.
This happens with many home recordings. With all the inexpensive options for home recording now, musicians who are accomplished at their instruments and crafting a song are lost when it comes to making a mix sound clear, punchy, and sound great anywhere it’s played, whether it’s online streaming services and over-the-air radio, or their car stereo, computer, and home music system. Just like all the time and practice they put into their craft, mixing a song to sound great everywhere is also a craft that requires dedication and practice.
Finding someone to mix your music is a lot like finding a musician for your band. You want someone who fits in well. Someone who understands your vision for your music and can help get you to your goals. And frankly, there are a lot of accomplished audio engineers out there to choose from. But you will need to make your choice based on your circumstances.
- Do you have a deadline
- What is your budget
- How many songs do you have
- Do you need additional services beyond mixing, such as track editing, additional tracking, or mastering
As a mixing engineer, I concentrate on three main things:
- Balancing the levels of the different recorded tracks, to emphasize the important elements in each section and make the song feel cohesive and alive.
- Enhancing the sonic character of different tracks with the help of processors such as EQ, compression, filtering, harmonic enhancement, and analog warmth.
- Adding creative effects such as delay, reverb, panning, and many other creative options to make the song sonically interesting – in other words, turn it into ‘ear candy’.
If you would like additional information about the benefits of hiring a Professional Mixing Engineer, follow this link to a great article by William Wittman on the Production Expert Blog.
Feel free to contact me about helping you with your project. With decades of experience in the music industry, not only can I mix both your professional studio or home recordings, but I can also provide many additional production services.
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