Online Mixing & Mastering
Recorded new music but not sure where to start with mixing?
Don't worry - this is a common occurrence - particularly if you've recorded your new music yourself. We've all been there at some stage in our lives. The prospect of starting a mix can be daunting, sometimes even overwhelming. But fear not. Having worked with countless artists from around the world, we have the perfect solution for you - our online mixing services.
You may be wondering though, Why Choose Online Mixing??
The answer is simple...
Effortless Analogue Vibe and Warmth - From the comfort of Your Home
The New Music Landscape
Music Production has altogether changed over the last couple of decades. Where once the only option to produce a legitimate recording was to book time at a big fancy studio, these days it is common for bands, artists, and songwriters to have their own small home recording studio setup. As such, some artists feel more comfortable recording their songs in the comfort of their own space and without the time (and subsequent financial) pressure to get the perfect take.
However, when it comes to mixing and mastering your music it is often difficult to achieve results that you're happy with when starting out in your home studio, or even when you have several years experience with recording. This can lead to frustration, loss of enthusiasm and momentum towards the project, and a loss of valuable time.
There are two key factors in achieving quality mixes: the first and foremost is experience - in both mixing and music itself, and secondly the gear that is used (and of course knowing how to use the gear).
This is where we step in with the solution of Online Mixing and Mastering Services.
Why Choose Island Recording Studios to Mix Your Music?
Joseph, owner and head engineer at Island Studios, has years of experience in music, starting his own career as a professional musician at age 15. Over the last few years, he has come to specialise in everything pop, rock, and indie rock related, however, has worked with artists of all genres (and from all around the world), including pop, rock, acoustic, reggae, big band, surf rock, folk, and hard rock.
Joseph's music production skills have quickly seen him become one of the most sought-after sound engineers in South Australia, along with the ever-growing reputation of Island Studios as a slice of musical paradise.
Island Recording Studios boasts an impressive range of sought-after outboard gear as well as a huge collection of the world's best plugins, allowing us to effortlessly bring all the analogue warmth and vibe you desire to your tracks.
Worried That You Won't Get The Results You Desire?
You might be worried about sending your music - your creative baby that you've worked so hard on for so long - off to a stranger to mix. That is completely understandable.
However, we've developed a simple 3-Step System to ensure that you are happier with your mix than you thought possible.
Here's a quick breakdown of our system.
Step 1 - Your Rough Mix
You send us a rough mix of your music. (It doesn't have to sound polished in any way - it's just so we can hear what your music sounds like)
We'll listen through the music your send us and make sure it's stylistically something that aligns with what we work on here. We want what's best for you. That means if your style isn't something that we feel we'd get you the best results possible in, then we'll be happy to recommend someone who does specialise in your genre.
Step 2 - Reference Tracks for Mixing
You send us any reference tracks that you'd like your song to sound similar to. These can be either references for the track overall or just references to particular elements of the track - e.g. the drum sound or the vocal processing.
Of course, we can only work with the raw material we're provided with - e.g. if you want your guitar to sound exactly like one of John Mayer's Stratocasters (well actually I guess that'd be his PRS Silver Sky now) but you have used a $100 Les Paul knock off that you got a Cash Converters, then chances no processing in the world is going to be able to make your guitar sound like that.
We will let you know if anything you've requested doesn't align with the stems we've received for mixing.
Step 3 - The Mixing and Mix Revision Process
This is the crucial part to ensure your happiness. Every mix we do comes with 3 revisions.
This gives you the opportunity to leave feedback through our streamlined system. Our system allows you to timestamp comments directly to the audio we send you so that communication is as clear as possible. You've highlighted the exact areas you'd like some refinement work done on, and we've now got a ready-made checklist of revisions to work through.
Your Mind at Ease
Through our simple 3-step system above, and our clear communication throughout the project, we aim to put your mind completely at ease. You'll be notified when your project is moving to each new step and you'll also receive a breakdown of exactly what each of the steps entails, so you know exactly what's happening at all times.
If you need a final nudge, just have a read of our 100+ five-star Google reviews from artists around the world!
You might be wondering...
What's The Difference Between Mixing and Mastering?
Is this a question you've been wanting an answer to, but you're just too shy to put your hand up and ask? Well, no need to fear - it's not a silly question at all. Let's discuss.
This is where we balance, refine and tweak each individual track that makes up a song so that everything sounds as good as it can together; creating a powerful and emotive mix. This can include, but is not limited to: EQ, Compression, Parallel Compression, Limiting, Saturation, Delay, Reverb, Creating Busses and Sends, Balancing Levels, Automation on some or all of the previous items, and generally just making everything sound excellent!
The final product of mixing is a stereo WAV file of the mix, which is then ready to be mastered.
Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats. Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting and stereo enhancement.
There are several considerations in this process: unifying the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, and preparing for distribution.
Want to Learn More?
If you'd like to learn more about the individual steps in the production process, please feel free to read our blog articles linked below.
Outside of music, we can provide any other type of Audio Mixing and Mastering for you - be it for an audiobook, podcast, tv or radio commercial or anything else you can throw at us!
Please read our Mix Prep Guide before sending us your tracks to mix. This will ensure the smoothest mixing experience for both of us!
Contact us today so we can start mixing and make your musical dreams a reality.