Posted in : Forum : Mixing , Mastering And Production Techniques
Youve created a track but how do you give it that polished edge ? Discuss the art of mixing and mastering and swap production techniques.
I have been a member since 2012 but not had any interaction on this site, I don't think I've even posted prior to today but I would like to put a question or request out there.
I am a 24 year old student on his finals (BA-Bachelor's) studying Music Technology: Recording, Production and Mastering. It's a three year course based in London, United Kingdom (EUR)
Do you have any multi-tracks or stems of a session? It could be live or done at home (single-layer tracked), preferably something that has more than 5 instruments + drums + 2-3 lead instruments, vocals would be great but not essential.
I have credentials in Mixing and Mastering as well as being an arranger (5 years) and musician myself (8 years) however for this particular project I need to outsource material. My fellow students all had bands they knew and I don't have that available, so, if anyone would like to have their stems/record mixed PROFESSIONALLY and using extremely good equipment which is accessible to me at the university campus then please get in touch, you would be helping me a great deal and in return you would have a mix. Since it's your material I would be willing to sign a document giving exclusive rights to you, I just need this for my final assessment.
The ideal session would contain:
4-8 drum mics on a drum kit
a bass track through DI and AMP
guitars, keys, piano, clavinet
Vocals, Guitar, Synths
Percussives and vocal harmonies.
Basically, the more unbalanced the track, the harder for me (and that's the aim). I would start my getting the -8 to -10dB headroom on all tracks and mix pre-fader.
AUDIENT 8020SP (mono) 24 track in-line (48 track poss.)
Neve 75 Console with famous G.SSL compressor (24track I.L)
Otari MTR90 MK2 24 track analogue console
Outboard Hardware Units (HU)
All. UAD plug_ins
Apogee Symphony AD/DA
Preamps by Focusrite and Neve
Focusrite Compounder x 3
TF Pro P38
AKG C414 x8
Neumann U87, TLM
best ribbon mics
VOX AC30 valve amp
Orange semi-amp (60W)
Any particular signals (guitar, bass) can be re-amped through the aforementioned units and mics.
My mixing style is balanced, I always balance signal, then I do mild EQ, then use effects Correctively then EQ and then cosmetically and lastly creatively.
Since every EQ or HPF/LPF messes with phase, everything has to be done according to a particular chain.
Balance>EQ>balance>Gate>Comp>Sends to Rverb>EQ>Gate etc
I believe in CUTs below 41Hz for everything except Bass since OpenE is 41.
I will Parallel Compress Kicks and Snares labelled //K or //Snr.
I also will setup a Comp bus (typically 4:1 at -18dB) for drums, usually OPTO (slow) and sends to that.
If it's a jazz piece or a piece where dynamics are needed, compression will be very light (2:1:1).
If you're interested please drop me an email, I would be glad to mix someone's work.
EDIT: also, smaller projects are welcome too!
swgroup.eu at aol.com
swsproductions at yahoo.com
Dated 27 March, 13:55hrs. London, UK.
Thank you and God Bless.
If you are looking to practice you could check out the cambridge mt library
They are free for practice purposes and it's quite a big selection. Alternatively you can try the ultimate metal forums for more metal and rock oriented stuff
Gearslutz also has a similar section where guys post files and look for engineers
You can also review some songs here and ask people directly if they need such services.
PS: Tell 'em to sell that neve and buy an SSL :p
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