Mixing: Turning a Song Into a Masterpiece
Hey all, this is Brian your studio manager here to fill you in on what’s to come in the fall!
With an awesome Summer behind us, we’ve got a lot to look forward to as far as new music goes. The energy in the studio was absolutely insane over the past couple months as we recorded some impressive singles and some crazy beautiful projects. A huge shout out to everyone who came and contributed to the studio’s energy and allowed us to help you do what you do best.
As we approach the fall and the release dates for a lot of these projects, our engineers are hard at work mixing and mastering. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the mixing process, what it entails, and how it works, so I wanted to give y’all some info on it so we can help you get the quality you’re looking for.
There are 3 types of mixing here at the studio.
The 2-track mix:
This means you provide a single export of the beat on one track, and your vocals on another. The engineer will do what he does best and apply Eq, compression, and adjust all the details that they can.
The upside: It’s quick and it sounds beautiful, as long as the instrumental you export is top notch
The downside: The engineer won’t be able to get as surgical and intricate as he’d like as the instrumental is all in one piece. Most people like to give the engineer some more flexibility and control. That’s how we get to the stem and full mixes.
The Stem mix:
This means you send over the pieces of your instrumental in groups. For instance, an export of all your bass tracks, an export of all your drums together, an export of all your effx, etc.
The upside: There's much more our engineers can do with this than a 2-track instrumental and it allows us to shape the sound with more control and address the subtleties in your your sound. . As long as your sounds are in good shape and you’re feeling good about the grouped sounds, you’re good to go!
The downside: This gives the engineer less control than they'd have in a full mix, and still doesn’t let them do what they do best and get into the individual sounds.
The FULL mix:
A full mix means you are providing every individual sound from your instrumental separately.
The Upside: This gives the engineer full control of each sound, they can apply specific EQ’s, compression and bring out the best individual elements in your mix. This method is industry standard and will result in the best final product possible. It's more time consuming, but in return you get a product that reaches its full potential and really helps show the depth in your sound.
The Downside: There really isn’t one, but it has to work for you and within your budget.
Hope this description helps to shine some light on what our engineers love to do, and why they got into this profession.
No matter what kind of mix you choose, we’re excited to work with you and planning and setting up your project with our team.