A mix engineer (also known as a mixing engineer) controls how all the different elements in a recording (such as drums, vocals, bass, effects and so on) are combined, and how they blend together into one fluid, beautiful sounding song. In other words, I take your recordings and make them sound professional!
The music industry is constantly changing, and today, more music than ever before is recorded in small project studios or even at home by the artists themselves, rather than in major studios by experienced engineers. While this can be very liberating for artists because they get to spend all the time they need without the clock ticking, the sound quality often suffers. That is where I come in.
If you’re located anywhere outside the EU, my rate is SEK 3200 per song. However, if you’re located in Sweden or another EU country and do not own a business, 25% VAT will be added which makes the total SEK 4000.
If you’re in another EU country, do own a business and can provide me with a copy of your european tax-id, you won’t have to pay me VAT. It is however your responsibility to report and pay the local VAT rate to the Tax Authority of your country.
Payment is always due up front.
Once you have sent me all the audio files for the song, I will first check that everything opens up correctly and look through the material for any obvious mistakes or missing files. Then you will receive an invoice. If you’re outside of Sweden, payments are made via paypal. Within Sweden, bank transfer is the preferred method.
Once the payment has cleared I will begin working on your mix.
Usually it takes me about one day plus an hour or two the following day to mix a song. It’s important for me to not try and complete it in one day as a good night’s sleep does wonders to clear your mind. I usually do more in the first half hour
the following day than I did during the last two hours the previous day.
Of course there is also prep work: Importing all the files into a new session, going through them to make sure nothing is missing, arranging the tracks in the way I’m comfortable working, and so on. Communicating with the client also takes time. Once I feel satisfied with the mix there are usually small revisions and changes requested by the client as well as the creation of additional versions such as instrumentals, A Cappella, TV-Mixes and so on to be done. So maybe two days total when all is said and done.
I always include mastering at no extra charge for every track I mix. That being said, it’s not something I specialize in. I only master music that I’ve mixed and don’t offer it as a separate service. Hiring someone who specializes in mastering can definitely be a good idea and having a second set of highly trained ears involved certainly won’t hurt. On the other hand, most of my clients are very happy with the mastering I do. In fact, all the tracks you hear on this website were both mixed and mastered by me.
At the end of the process, you will receive both the 24bit unmastered version of my mix as well as my 16bit master.
I do NOT charge any such fees. When the first draft of my mix is ready, I will email you a link to the full quality mix so you can listen, comment, and make requests. Then I will adjust the mix accordingly and send you a new version. This process repeats until you’re happy with the mix, so you have the luxory to live with it for a while, check it out on different speakers, in your friend’s car, and so on before committing to a final mix. Of course, this process cannot go on forever, but happy clients are good for business and so far my clients have been reasonable, so this has worked well.
I usually work on a track by track basis. At least with new clients. I’ve found this to work well because the client can get a good idea of what I’m capable of while I get a good idea of the amount of work involved before committing to a larger workload.
Also, mixing is a service and not a product. The amount of work per song does not change with volume (the way that a large sale of physical goods brings in more profit without requiring much extra work) so volume discounts just don’t make much economic sense.
Instrumental, a Cappella (voice only) and TV (everything minus the lead vocal) -mixes are included if you want them. Vocal up/down or any other specialized mix too – as long as there aren’t too many versions and we make them AFTER the main mix is completed and approved by everyone involved. Of course I can always go back and make changes at a later time should the need arise (because I always save all my work), but then there might be a reasonable charge for my time.
Recording engineers sometimes do end up mixing their own recordings, and occasionally the result is ok, especially if the music was recorded in a great acoustic environment by someone who also happens to be a descent mix engineer. However, having a real mix engineer mix your music brings the sound quality up a notch to the level of major label acts, who almost always separate the process and take their recordings to get mixed by professionals who provide a fresh outside perspective and a set of highly experienced ears.