Two ways to save money on getting your music mixed.
If you are familiar with mixing and why it’s so important, more than likely you have a budget set aside to get it done. If you don’t know what mixing is check out our article, What is mixing, to learn more about this crucial step before releasing your song.
Like anything else, it costs to hire mixing engineers. And like most things, you get what you pay for. All mixing engineers are not created equal so it’s important you do your homework. Check out our article, What to look for in a mixing engineer, for how to choose a quality mixer for the job.
Ok. So let’s assume you’ve found the right person for the job. Here are a few things you should definitely consider to help you save money during the mixing process:
- To be organized is to save money. It isn’t unheard of to have your song recorded by someone different than the person who will be mixing it. This person is referred to as the recording engineer. Sometimes the recording and mixing engineers are the same person, but that may not always be the case. In the event that you’re working with two different engineers it is very important for your recording engineer to make sure your session files or “stems” are organized properly. This includes making sure that all of your stems are labeled properly. Not only is this something the recording engineer SHOULD do (you paid them to do it) but it’ll also save you a ton of money in the mixing process, because whatever the recording engineer doesn’t do, becomes the job of the mixing engineer. You don’t want to have to pay the mixer for something you paid the recorder to do. That means you’d be paying DOUBLE! Here’s a recording checklist that you could use when going in to get your music recorded. You could also use it as a guide for what to ask for once you’ve completed your recording session. That way you could sound intelligent to your recording engineer.
2. Speak to your mixing engineer in advance to find out specifically what they need from you or your recording engineer. Although ProTools is the industry standard software that most engineers use, it isn’t the ONLY one. And because of this you want to know (or ask) your mixing engineer’s choice of software. Also, some mix engineers prefer to receive your files with absolutely no effects or processing. Other mix engineers don’t mind. Either way these are things you want to know, because you don’t want to be paying for wasted time trying to go back and get files. And you definitely don’t want the mix engineer wasting time on things other than what you are paying him to do.
Ultimately, the more time that can be spent in the mixing phase the better, so you want to be able to maximize on the amount of time spent on actual mixing. Being prepared by asking questions and making sure that you’re organized are ways to do that while also saving you some money and getting you the desired result.
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