Mixing is the process of blending all the individual tracks in a recording to create a version of the song that sounds as good as possible – the “mix”. The process can include: Balancing the levels of the tracks that have been recorded. Fine-tuning the sound of each instrument or voice using equalization (EQ)
We offer a professional mixing & mastering service by engineers who understand the clients needs. Select the service that fits your requirements and the amount of stems you require to be mixed. All mixing and mastering services include analogue mastering, which begins once the mix is confirmed as complete. Mixing is turned around in roughly 4-7 days. Order your mixing & mastering service by following simple instructions.
Stem mastering is different from 2 track stereo mastering. Stem mastering uses a number of grouped instruments such as drums, keyboards, bass, guitars and vocals. For electronic styles typical stems might be drums, bass, sub bass, lead synth 1, lead synth 2, effects sweeps etc. This allows the mastering engineer additional scope to discreetly enhance and optimize any specific set of instruments within a mix. It also affords enhancement based on the summing of the stems. Additionally, standard stereo mastering processes are included. Stem mastering can produce improved sonic results and increased depth and dimension to your master.
It is worth clarifying that stem mastering is not mixing. Mixing uses heavy fader and send automation, effects, tuning etc. Stem mastering tends to only use occasional automation, but does allow the mastering engineer to target the use of eq, dynamic adjustment and other forms of processing to the individual stems often producing an improved master.
When is stem mastering worth considering?
Stem mastering is worth considering if you feel there are some specific issues which could be improved upon by a fresh set of ears in a highly linear monitoring environment. If your mix is lacking separation, width and depth, stem mastering can help you achieve this. It can be used to target specific elements within a mix.
Stem mastering is not the same as mixing. Mixing balances individual multi track recordings and involves many man hours and often heavy use of automation, equalization, dynamic control and effects processing.
Stem mastering tends not to use lots and lots of automation, occasional tweaks are more common. Stem mastering uses groups of instrumentation and allows additional sonic tweaks and targeted adjustment in addition to global stereo processing. Stem mastering allows additional and specific enhancement to instruments such as width, depth, warmth, punch, gluing, summing improvements, eq improvements, adding “air” and reduction of harshness.
How do I prepare tracks for stem mastering?
Firstly, it is important that your stems “sum or re-combine” to sound identical to your mix down.
Please supply full bandwidth 24/32 bit stereo files of identical length/duration. Export your stems from exactly the same time code position in your digital audio workstation time line so they will synchronize in our digital audio workstation. This will invariably involve setting left and right locators when you bounce/export your files. When preparing files consider that ideal stems should combine/sum in your digital audio workstation and sound virtually identical to the stereo mix down when combined and played together.
I have been mixing into a limiter – will this affect my stem exporting?
If you are including your mix bus limiter processing when bouncing each stem, the limiter will be reacting in a different way than when playing the full mix. This means that the resulting combination of stems will NOT sound the same as your mix! We recommend one of the following solutions:
1. If your limiter has a side chain input, you can feed this with a full version of your mix whilst bouncing stems. This way the limiter will be forced to react as if it is receiving the full mix and your stems should then combine to sound the same as the mix. We recommend that you always listen to the resulting combined stems to make sure they sound identical to your mix.
2. If your limiter does not feature a side chain input, we recommend that you bypass the limiter whilst bouncing stems. Please then include a stereo mix with the limiter on in addition to your unlimited stem exports, so we can hear what you have been hearing. It would also be helpful to let us know which limiter you were using along with the settings used.
If you are at all unsure on anything relating to stem preparation, please feel free to give us a call and we can guide you through the process.
Is there any other information you require?
If you have any reference tracks that you aspire to (i.e. commercially released tracks) by all means send them along as a guide. This is really helpful to us here at Loft Mastering to understand your tonal and perceived volume aspirations.
Any notes about sonic issues that have been of concern during the mix would also be helpful. Pointers eg “bass line sounds muddy”, “cannot get bass line working with kick”, “drums require more punch” etc could be useful. Also please confirm the aspects of the mix you are happy with so we can avoid changing things you like already.
Please feel free to contact us anytime to discuss your stem mastering requirements.
WHAT IS AUDIO MASTERING?
This is the final and the most critical step in post-production process. The stage between the final mixdown and distribution of your music. This is where the mastering process can make or break a release. Once mastered, your songs are then “release ready” and will stand up comparably in quality and loudness to commercially released music.
Audio mastering is process that relies on a combination of real-world experience and technical knowledge. Mastering is the last chance to repair any problems that occurred during recording process i.e. De-essing, click/glitch, noise reduction etc. There are many mastering options available to artists today. There’s a huge difference in the quality and service you receive from studio to studio. This can make choosing your mastering studio difficult and time consuming not to mention expensive.
Ghost Production is the production of a track by an artist who is not always credited for said production. The crediting of a track is down to the clients discretion. We offer a unique ghost production service catering for clients around the world of most popular genres of music. With the use of the Our production studio and unique collection of synthesizers and sound libraries, we are able to write music that is not only unique to our studio and writers, but will also stand out from other tracks currently being released. The service we offer is bespoke to the client’s needs and can vary in price depending on what is required. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about ghost production using the contact form at the foot of this page.
Remixing is referred to when a producer takes an original track that has already been produced and puts their unique spin on it. This process is often applied to popular tracks that have done well in sales charts and requires a revamp to become popular again. In many cases multiple remixes of the same track are produced in different genres. Thus opening the original track up to a wider listener base. This service is bespoke and can vary in price depending on how much work is involved in remixing the track. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about remixing using the contact form at the foot of this page.
Additional Production involves listening to a track and analysing what is missing and requires to be added. This can mean reworking drums to give a track more energy or adding various instrumental elements, in order to gain more excitement and variation. Having a professional mixing and mastering engineer analyse your song, helps with pin pointing exactly what additional production is required. The service we offer is bespoke to the client’s needs and can vary in price depending on what is required. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about additional production using the contact form at the foot of this page.
Location Recording involves us taking time out of the studio and taking our mobile recording kit to various locations. On location any number of samples can be recorded. Samples such as large impacts created hitting metal doors with a sledgehammer as well as foley sounds recorded in museums, restaurants and coffee shops. All recorded samples will be supplied as full recordings unedited and arranged in folders of stems. The service we offer is bespoke to the client’s needs and can vary in price depending on what is required. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about location recording using the contact form.
Sound Design can range from creating a single sound you require for use in your own track, to the creation of a complete sample pack of exclusives sounds. A common request from producers are fx samples such as risers, fallers, zaps and other intricate fx sounds. We record a lot of weird and wonderful unique sounds for artists to use in their tracks, that they would otherwise never get their hands on. Such sounds as an RSJ beam being struck with a sledgehammer layered with the explosion of an aerosol can in a washing machine, make for a very unique interesting explosion. This is a very bespoke service and prices depend on what is required. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to inquire about sound design using the contact form at the foot of this page.
Vocal Tracking can be arranged for your track using both male and female vocalists. Whilst we do not open the doors to the general public to come in and record vocals at Audio Animals (due to the studio being fully booked) we do however have a team of talented vocalists we record with on a regular basis. What this means is that if you have written a track that requires vocals but you do not have the means to record them, nor do you know of a talented singer who will sing on your track. We can track your vocals for you and send you the raw vocal recordings to work with as you please. The recording session can be viewed via watsapp or facetime, by doing so we are able to interact with the client and obtain exactly what you require from the vocalist. This service is bespoke and varies in price depending on the vocalists rates and recording length. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about vocal tracking using the contact form.
Session Musician’s such as guitarist or pianists are often required when a producer or songwriter needs intricate, organic and creative elements for their track. Piano and drums are tracked in midi and audio for easy editing. Live instruments such as strings, wind and brass are tracked in audio. The recording session can be viewed via watsapp or facetime, by doing so we are able to interact with the client to obtain exactly what you require from the session musician. This service is bespoke and varies in price depending on the session musicians rates and recording time. We will always try and fit your budget big or small. Contact us today to enquire about hiring a session musician using the contact form of this website.
WHY WORK WITH US?
- You only pay when you’re satisfied with our service. It’s a risk-free service we take, so you can try before you buy.
- We offer 3 revisions free of charge ensuring you can make changes even after you’ve paid and received the master.
- We have 17 years’ experience mastering engineers who will push your music and give that professional edge in a highly competitive market.
- We cater for all audio types, analog to digital
- We offer discounts for multiple tracks, albums and compilations. Check our rates below.
Please order your mixing & mastering service by following the simple instructions below.
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- Proceed to Checkout and fill out necessary details.
- Accept terms & conditions and pay.
- Once Checked out send your files via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Once your files have been received, we will contact you via email.
Select the service that fits your requirements and the amount of stems you require to be mixed. All mixing and mastering services include analogue mastering, which begins once the mix is confirmed as complete. Mixing is turned around in roughly 4-7 days.
- THE SINGLE
- 1 Track (mastered)
- Free Revisions
- 48 Hours
- $12 Each Add
- Career Advice & Music Feedback
- THE ALBUM
- 12 Tracks (mastered)
- Free Revisions
- 72 Hours
- $ 15 Each Add
- Career Advice and Music Feedback
- THE EP
- 6 Tracks (mastered)
- Free Revisions
- 48 Hours
- $ 19 Each Add
- Career Advice & Music Feedback
If you need both mixing and mastering check our rates per track here
All prices quoted are excluding VAT
Additional formats are available on request and are charged at $10 each. Please note that due to the additional processing required MFiT masters are charged as an additional pass.
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