Mixdown services start at $200 US a song, and increases based on the complexity of the song, and how long I think it will take to complete. I normally ask the artist to first send all of the individual track files to me so that I can see and hear what will be involved with the mixdown in order to determine the exact rate I will charge. If I will be doing the mastering of the song as well, there’s a 20% discount for the mastering, so a mixdown and master could cost as little as $240 US. Mixdowns take from 2 to 4 days to complete, and I will let you know in advance if I think it will take longer for any reason.
I also offer the option of doing the mixdown entirely in Apple Logic, Presonus Studio One, or Ableton Live using their built in plug-ins, and then giving you back the project file. This way you not only get a professional mixdown, but also can see exactly what I did to achieve it. Artists must be using the latest versions of these software packages to use this option.
Please contact me so we can discuss the details and pricing of any mixdown work.
Preparing your tracks for a mixdown:
Here are specific guidelines for preparing files to send me for mixdown work in Apple Logic or Ableton Live (Right Click to Save As):
General guidelines for users of other DAWs:
- Please appropriately name each and every file something meaningful and descriptive. For instance, don’t call them Track1.wav, Track2.wav, etc. Instead, call the files something like Kick.wav, Cymbals.wav, Bassline.wav, LeadSynth.wav, etc.
- In terms of effects, generally I say to leave most of them on when you render the files. The exception are effects like compression and EQ, I prefer you disable those type of effects before sending the files to me unless it is absolutely critical to the sound of that track, I.E. you are side-chaining something.
- Export each individual track in the project for the entire length of the song. Even if the part is only a few seconds long, it makes it ten times easier for me to line everything up in my DAW if every single track is the exact same length.
- In most cases exporting each track as a 24bit/44.1kHz wav or aiff is sufficient. If you prefer to work at higher sample rates, that is fine too, but of course it makes transferring the larger files to me more difficult.
- Let me know the EXACT tempo of the song.
- Once you have prepared all of your tracks per the above instructions, please visit the Upload Page to send the files to me.
- Usually mixdowns are provided back to the artist as 24bit/44.1 wav files. If I am also mastering the song, the file will be a CD-ready 16bit/44.1kHz wav file. If you need a different format, please let me know and I will be happy to accommodate you.