So you’ve written some music, and now it’s time to record. You’ve got ideas, you’ve got a vision in your mind, you know that most of all you want it to sound truly professional from the get go. That’s where I come in. There is a famous saying that gets thrown around in audio production circles a lot - “You can’t polish a t***”. Meaning if you want the end product to sound amazing, you’ve GOTTA get this right. This is the rule by which I operate, and it means I will always work with you to ensure that the performance we capture together is of a very high standard, so that you can be truly proud of what you’ve accomplished. I will work to make sure that the sounds you hear in your head are what we achieve in reality.
If Production is the first 40% of the equation, then Mixing is the next 40%. Mixing is where we truly bring your songs to life. We got some really amazing source tones, everything is sounding natural, tight and cohesive… but now it’s time to make it slam. This is where I will take the songs we recorded (or songs you’ve recorded anywhere else for that matter), and I will sculpt, refine, coax, level out and mould them into a modern, energetic and lively sound, ready for mastering. This is an incredibly important stage because this is truly where we craft the “Sonic Image” of your music, so it’s imperative that it’s done right, and luckily, it’s what I do best.
You're nearly there. The songs have been written, recorded, and mixed, but there is one final step, and that's mastering. Mastering has 2 primary functions.
1) It raises the volume of your songs to commercial listening standards
2) It ensures that they will translate accurately, no matter what device you are listening through, be it headphones, car speakers, laptop speakers, etc.
Because mastering is the final piece of the puzzle, it's SO important to get this right. A bad master can completely ruin the overall sound you worked so hard to achieve in the first 2 steps. A good master will preserve the character of your mix, ensure balance while making it louder and adding a final sparkle/sheen/polish/"insert exciting adjective". A mastered track is complete and ready to be released.
This sounds like a cliche... but music is my whole life. It is absolutely everything to me. As the primary composer in my band The Stranger, I approach music from a "song first" perspective and try to maintain this ethos in every aspect of what I do.
What this means for you is that I can't help but care VERY deeply about the music that you're making. I will do everything in my power to ensure that you leave the studio feeling confident that I've understood your musical vision and have helped you realise it. Your music, your art is what matters, so everything I do is in service of that.
I'm really looking forward to bringing your music to life!