Why do I need The MixPack to mix my project
There are a million reasons why you may need help with your mixes. Mixing is such a specialized field, and an entirely different discipline from songwriting. An engineer has to know music theory, some physics about sound, has to have some knowledge of electrical engineering and electrical systems, has to be artistic and creative while at the same time being regimented and controlled. These skills take years to develop and nurture. That's just too much getting in the way of the songwriting process. Also acquiring the gear and building a studio is too costly to even consider for most musicians. Let us handle that mix of your music so you have the time to focus on what you do best- being the artist.
What about analogue tape? Since you require digital files for ProTools, how can you work with these tapes?
For analogue tapes, we require an extra $200.00 for the transfer. Just ship us your tapes via FED-EX, and we'll take care of it from there. The price is the same for 16 track or 24 track reels.
What about other software recording programs? Can you mix it if it wasn't recorded on ProTools?
Absolutely! Just upload what you have. I may move it over to Pro Tools. Or not.
I use Logic (or insert the name of any other sequencer here)- can you work in Logic and send me back the Logic session file?
The industry standard for years has been ProTools. and it looks like that's the way it's going to be for some time to come. Our network of engineers all have this common system, so for the sake of consistency we have to stick with the best. If we can do it in your DAW we will, but I personally work best in Pro Tools.
How do I make changes on the first round of my mix?
Just let us know by phone or email, and we'll take care of the rest. You get two free round of revisions, so listen carefully and suggest any changes you might want to make. We encourage comments, and we want you to be happy with your mix.
How long do I have to make changes to my song?
We'll keep your song on hand for 30 days. After that we assume everything's fine with your song.
What about bad words or samples?
We're not censors, nor do we try and get in the way of the creative process- we're here to help! If you want a clean version (for radio, for example), either send us a clean vocal along with your "dirty" vocals, or specify exactly where you want us to cut the vocals. The MixPack will not be held liable for the use of samples. I cannot possibly know of or keep track of every sound that's used in a recording.
What about my recording quality? Can you really make my recordings sound good?
Record the best you can. Read books and magazines, consult with friends, record at a professional place, buy a nice mic pre and a nice mic- anything to help you capture better and better sounds. It improves your sound and makes our job easier. Don't worry- if everything just sounds horrible you might need to upgrade to hiring a producer, but if only a few things sound... well, a little off... then we can still make the overall song sound great. Sometimes a poorly recorded instrument is just what's needed- it can force us to be creative. Once, someone sent in a guitar track where the tone knob was all the way down. The guitar sounded so muffled- it was almost unlistenable. But when the bridge of the song came in, the song went into a breakdown. We left in the muffled guitar along with the vocal. When the rest of the band came back in, it sounded huge- the muffled guitar helped to support the softness and intimacy of the vocal while at the same time it set up the powerful entrance of the band.
Is there a limit to the length of a song?
Most songs- long or short- take more or less the same amount of time to mix. Short songs often have the same amount of tonal variety found in a long song, and the real energy invested in mixing a song for us is finding this tonal balance. For this reason we don't put a limit on the length of a song. However, if the song is more like two or more songs "stuck" together, we would have to charge for another song.
What about a full album? Is there any discount?
Yes- if you have us mix your full album, we'll create a package deal. Call us with the details, and we'll arrange it.
I have a ton of things that need to happen in my song, and I can't really "sit in" on the mix session. How do I get my "musical vision" realized?
That's why we encourage you to send along a rough mix of the track when you submit your material. Also, just write down everything you want to happen in an email. With a rough mix and a good description, the direction of the mix should be clear to our engineers. We're used to interpreting vague adjectives into real results, and we want to make your idea of the song come alive.
Can I send along other bands' CDs that I want to sound like?
Absolutely- hearing something is the fastest way to get your point across. We often have people send in examples such as "I like the kick sound from this record, the guitar sound from that band, and the snare from here", etc. We have to point out that in many cases the existing recorded sound has to be close, but we'll make every effort to get near as possible to the sound you want.
How will I be able to open up my ProTools session- you have HDX and I have an MBox- will it still open up?
Yes, the session itself will open, and any related audio files will also open. However, if you don't have the same plug ins or outboard gear that we have, the mix will not sound the same. This is similar to the old analogue recording days when an artist would take a reel from one studio to another. The new studio wouldn't have the same effects and outboard gear. We've invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into our mixing rooms, gear, and so forth, and we love to use the stuff we have to give you an uncompromising sound. Some plug-ins will open, some won't, but the overview of the session will still be a great learning tool.