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Got questions?? Hopefully your answer can be found below. If not, please feel free to email me or send me an instant message.

Awesome!

I will be in touch to organise payment and for you to upload the multitrack recordings via cloud transfer service (Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, etc).

Things you can do before uploading your recordings:

  • Double check that you are happy with the arrangement, performance and all recorded elements of your song. Are all the edits clean?

  • Export a “rough mix” of your tracks that I can use as a reference for your vision for the song.

  • Do a Sudoku.

Every DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) handles exporting multiple tracks differently. A quick Google search will be your friend. Here are some helpful videos I found on YouTube.

There are a few things to consider when exporting your tracks:

  • Make sure all tracks start from the same place on your timeline. This ensures that they all play together in perfect sync when imported into the ProTools Session.
  • Any specific effects (FX) that you wish to keep in the mix need to be rendered as a separate audio file.

Batch Export from Cubase

Logic Pro X Multitrack Export

  • Label each audio file with a clear descriptive file name. eg: KickIn.wav, Lead Vox.wav, etc
  • Double check each track has exported correctly and that there are no corrupt files and no clipping or (unintended) distortion.

  • Any instrument tracks (ie MIDI) need to be rendered to a waveform.
  • Any FX you wish to keep need to be exported on a separate track.
  • All files should be .WAV (Windows) or .AIFF files (Mac).
  • I mix in 24 bit 48kHz. However, I recommend sending me the files in whatever format they were recorded in to save unnecessary dithering and file conversion.

You can send me a link via Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox or other cloud file transfer service.

Files that are useful to supply for each song are:

  1. Your exported multitrack files (obviously!!) Please make sure these are labeled clearly).
  2. Any mix notes (including key and tempo of the song).
  3. Reference tracks of commercial songs that you would like your mix to sound like.
  4. A rough mix of all your tracks I can use as a reference for your vision of the song.

A standard mix usually takes between 5-6 hours (plus revisions) but can be longer if there are lots of tracks. After uploading your files, generally allow 4-5 working days for you to receive the first draft of your mix.

I allow 2 mix revisions for each song.

NOTE: I do not accept changes to the arrangement or newly recorded tracks after initial submission.

Most mixes are mastered inhouse and included in the price of your mix.

There is an advantage of employing a third-party mastering engineer to master the tracks. A fresh ear helps pick up on any sonic issues within the mix that I may have missed. If this is the route you wish to go, I will give you the right files to send to a mastering studio. I recommend and use Mixudio.

If you can’t afford a dedicated mastering engineer, I recommend Aria Mastering as the best automated Online Mastering Service. The jury is out with Landr.

Only one.

But the guitarist has to show him how to do it first.

True. And I say go for it! Mixing is super fun. But…

Listen to my mixes and judge for yourself whether it’s worth getting me to mix your song or doing it yourself. I pride myself in professional sounding mixes that can compete with commercially produced songs for radio.

Josh Whalan is passionate about great sound and helping people have #BetterSound. This led him to start Audio Alpha – the concept of sounding the best you possibly can. Want better audio? Be the “ALPHA” with number #1 sound!

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Who doesn’t love gear? My exact arsenal is always evolving, however. my current setup includes:

Hardware:
Software:

PLUS a large selection of industry standard plugins from:

  • Waves Audio
  • Avid
  • IK Multimedia
  • Massey
  • Softube
  • Plugin Alliance
  • AIR Music Technology
  • Sound Toys
  • Native Instruments
  • Izotope
  • Antares Audio (Autotune)
  • XLN Audio (Addictive Drums)
  • Steven Slate (Trigger)
  • Universal Audio UAD
  • Blue Cat Audio
  • Eventide
Recording Gear:
  • Rode NT1-A Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
  • Rode K2 Condenser Valve Microphone
  • Assorted mic stands, cables and accessories
  • Hybrid Electronic Drum Kit: Pearl Shells, Jobeky Triggers, Roland Cymbal Pads and Roland TD11 Sound Module with Addictive Drums Software (via USB).

Both! The best of both worlds. This is called “Hybrid Mixing”.

The Analog vs Digital debate rages on, but in my opinion, just use whatever tools you prefer working with. They both sound great! My workfloe is primarily ITB (“in the box”) and summing using my Tube Based TL Audio 16 Channel Analog Summing Unit and integrating analog hardware

Yes!!

I would be more than happy to take on mixing your album. See the album option in the store or contact me to discuss a custom project.

I do not offer attended sessions.

At the ordering stage, I ask for mix notes, reference tracks plus a rough mix so I have a clear understanding of your vision for the song. I also offer at least Two Reviews for all my mixing services to ensure you receive a mix you are 100% happy with.

Yes.

You as the artist are the copyright owner of the song. I do not hold the copyright to these songs.

I do ask that I am able to feature your finished mix on my website if I wish.

Yes.

Contact me to discuss how I can assist your project (live or studio).

How do you know a singer is at your front door?

They have lost the key and don’t know when to come in.

Like what you hear? Here are some of my favourite actually funny, non-dad jokes.