Updated: Nov 10, 2022
You, like many others, pour your blood and sweat into your music, your biggest dream is to become the next big thing, signed to a record label and given a platform to show the world your talents. You've spent countless days recording your new song and perfecting every detail because this time you feel that this song is a hit and will potentially take your career to the next level.
The next step is to have your song Mixed and Mastered, but not just anyone. you need to find the right guy or girl to fit your specific needs. Here are 5 things to take into consideration when searching for the right music mixer online.
There are lots of audio engineers online who are great at what they do, but everyone has their strengths and their weaknesses, specifically speaking, Genres.
The music mixer you decide to work with should be very experienced in the genre and style of your song, this way he or she will be confident in knowing exactly how to approach your recording to get the exact sound you're going for. This helps the process go smoother with fewer revisions and a faster turnaround time.
Being an artist yourself, I'm sure you are inspired by other established artists or listen to songs on the radio for inspiration. Most of these established artists are signed to major record labels and are provided with the budget to be able to afford the most iconic audio engineers the music industry has to offer. This being said, listening to these songs, you understand how music should sound. Therefore, when searching for the right music mixer online, you should make sure they are able to provide you with an extensive catalog of audio samples of their work, to help you decide if they are able to achieve the professional quality your next big hit deserves.
Not only should you be looking for the quality the music mixer can provide, you should also be aware of his or her credits and reviews.
Knowing what artists the music mixer has worked with gives you a sense of their status in the music industry. It also gives you an idea of the types and styles of music they are experienced in. An extensive client list of well-known recording artists is a good thing, but also keep in mind that there are many great engineers with no A-List artists apart from their credits, which is not a bad thing since usually, it's just they simply have not had the opportunity yet.
Another thing to look out for is the music mixers client reviews. This matters because it shows you what to expect as far as the experience working with the engineer and the rating of the final results. When using a music mixer online, keep in mind that it's normal to have mixed reviews, especially if it's a company the engineer works for. Typically a music mixer with an average of 4-5 stars is what you want. If you see negative reviews, you can always determine the reputation of the music mixer online by the ratio of good to bad reviews. For instance, if the engineer has 6 negative reviews, but 60 good reviews. It's most likely a person/company you can count on.
This might sound strange but when looking for a music mixer online, you should feel out his or her personality, send them an e-mail or give them a call if there is a number provided. Ask them questions and see how far they are willing to go to make sure you are informed and satisfied with the answers you receive. This can show that the engineer genuinely cares about your concerns and more importantly your music. Feel out their personality, mixing a record is a lengthy process and will sometimes require constant communication. Ask yourself, is this someone you will be able to comfortably interact with throughout the process? For that period of time you should feel like more of a colleague than a client, working together to make your hit song come to life.
Mixing a song usually does not come cheap, the normal price to professionally mix a song by an in-house engineer at a recording studio generally costs anywhere from $600 to $1,500, depending on the engineer's discography, reputation, and availability. If you want a world-renowned engineer, you're looking at $5,000 to $10,000 per song. With the advancements in online technology, you are now able to have your songs professionally mixed and mastered online at more affordable rates than you would in a recording studio. This is due to having to skip the recording session booking and lets the engineer work privately getting more work done faster and more efficiently. Therefore, It's now possible to get pro mixes for less than a fraction of the cost.
Even though the online music mixing rates will be cheaper, keep in mind that the engineer's reputation and client listing is still a factor in the price you'll pay. Generally speaking, you get what you pay for, and if you think you have a hit record.. you'll want to cough up the cash to get the quality it needs to compete in today's music industry.
One way to find the best deal is to compare what is included in your session. Does the engineer include extras such as pitch correction, HQ WAV file, and multiple versions of the song? Does he or she use digital or analog gear? How many revisions are included? Use these things to compare when comparing rates and pricing between Mixing and Mastering engineers.
The audio engineer game is saturated, there are just as many mixing and mastering engineers online as there are hungry artists. Hopefully, we've made it simple how to carefully choose the right music mixer online. If you can follow these 5 points, I'm sure you'll find the perfect person to help bring your hit to life.
I wish you the best of luck and I'm looking forward to hearing you on the radio soon!