mixing

rates

Mixing rates start at $400 for a typical 4-6 minute song with about 30 to 40 channels.  Rates may be adjusted based on actual mixing hours and can range from $200 to $600 for all but the most extreme lengths and/or channel counts.  If I foresee one of your songs exceeding the standard rate I will notify you before I invest significant time into it.

EPs of 4 songs or more receive a 15% discount.
Albums of 10 songs or more receive a 20% discount.

Q&a

Q: Which formats do you accept?
A: I can accept native REAPER and Ableton project files, however even if you use one of these platforms I strongly suggest sending channel bounces of your recording session, all starting from the same time-stamp.  All bounces should be 24-bit .wav or .aif files (unless you recorded them at 16-bit, tsk tsk, in which case send 16-bit bounces), at the original recording sample rate (more on recommended sampling rates here), with the channel faders set to unity.

Q: Should I do anything to prepare my mix before sending?
A: In general I request that clients send me files as they were recorded.  I have a fairly refined method I use when mixing which works quite well for me, and I find that the less processing a track has undergone, the more efficient it is.  If you feel that there is some effect which significantly adds to the character of your track, feel free to include a bounce with the effect on, however please also provide a "dry" version.  If you elect to send a REAPER or Ableton session, please freeze any channels with 3rd party plug-ins on them and make sure you copy all media to the project folder before sending.

Q: Can I attend the mixdown sessions?
A: While I typically request several review sessions during the course of mixing, either in person or via Skype, it is rarely practical to attend the entire mixdown process.  However, if you strongly feel it would benefit your project, I will be happy to discuss alternative attending arrangements on a case by case basis.

Q: Do you specialize in any particular genres?
A: While I am more familiar with certain genres than others, I believe that good sound is universal.  That said, if I am unfamiliar with the stylistic intent of your project I may ask you to provide several reference tracks that you feel exemplify the sound you're after.  Of course you're free to provide reference tracks even if I don't ask for them, as they can only help.

Q: What do I get when you're done?
A: The standard rate includes the following: up to two revisions of each mix transmitted as iTunes Plus quality AAC files, 32-bit floating point or 24-bit .wav or .aif files of the approved final mixes (check with your mastering engineer to see which they prefer), and a reference CD.  Vocal up, vocal down, and TV mixes are available upon request at no additional charge.  Additional reference CDs can be made for $10 each, with free shipping in the continental U.S.  Final channel and buss bounces (stems), or session files (with all effects printed) can be provided on a thumb or hard drive for $25 per song, plus shipping and the cost of the drive (you can provide your own drive if you like).

Q: Do you have any examples I can listen to?
A: Heck yeah! Check out the songs below, as well as any of the original material on the music page.

 
 

Illumination by Ross Jenssen, Mixed and Mastered by Ian Stewart

Death and Company by Eitch, Mixed by Ian Stewart

Curmudgeon by Ross Jenssen, Mixed and Mastered by Ian Stewart

Transit Time by Eitch, Mixed and Mastered by Ian Stewart