The mixing stage of a recording, otherwise known as “mixdown”, is the stage where multiple audio tracks are essentially combined into, in most cases, a 2-channel stereo audio track. The process includes adjustment of signal levels, stereo panning positioning and application of various effects (e.g. EQ, compression, reverb, delay, modulation).
Each stage of the complete production process is co-dependent on the other. Great mixing is dependent on a great recording, a great recording is dependent on a great performance and finally, great mastering is dependent on great mixing!
At Mic Nix Productions, creative mixing is truly the core of our passion and it is our goal to make your music as great as it can possibly be.
PREPARATION FOR MIXING
The following guide is recommended when preparing your audio files for mixing:
- Ensure all tracks are aligned within your project/DAW session and have the same starting point
- Audio tracks should be exported as 24bit, 44.1Khz WAV files
- Please keep effects minimal or completely dry where possible. Only include effects you consider integral to the arrangement or character of the music (be very careful with reverb and compression in particular as this rarely can be fixed in a mixing session). General rule of thumb – no effects at all.
- All MIDI tracks should be rendered down to audio (pay particular attention to stereo synth instruments and ensure they are rendered down to stereo files as required)
- Ensure the panning of every track is in the center
- Please label each track clearly (i.e. 01_KickDrum, 02_Snare, 03_HiHat etc)
- It is important there are absolutely no effects on the master output buss on export of your audio track
- You may wish to provide a “rough mix” to assist the mixing process (not essential)
- Please place all audio files into a zip file and label clearly with the artist name, song name and bpm (beats per minute)
- Upload your files to our secure cloud server or you may send them to us on a CD/DVD/USB device
ONCE YOUR MIX IS COMPLETED:
You will receive:
- 24 bit/44.1khz wav file of your completed mix (ready for mastering)
- mp3 version (320kbps resolution, lower resolutions can be provided on request)
Note: Higher sample rate/bit rates and file formats such as AAC available on request.
All final mixes will be available to you via digital download or CD/DVD/USB.
Options for additional alternate versions/mix passes:
- A Capella version
- Instrumental version (no lead vocals or backing vocals)
- Performance track (version without lead vocal for use at performances/appearances)
- Radio edit