Q: How much does it cost?
A: Since every project has different needs, please see the Virtual & Vintage Mixing page to get a quote. For major label projects, please call.
Q: How long does it take to mix a song?
A: While it depends on the size of the session, number of tracks, the complexity of the music, etc., it GENERALLY takes two days per song. Given the fact that I give every song the proper attention it deserves both technically and more importantly, CREATIVELY, a minimum of 12–18 hours is spent on each song.
Q: During the mix process, is my input welcomed?
A: As an artist, nobody knows the music better than YOU! While I do experiment with different creative ideas throughout the recording and mixing process, it is to ENHANCE the song and stay true to the lyrics. Together, we will creatively achieve the sound that you are looking for, while still staying within your budget.
Q: What types of studios do you normally Record or Mix in?
A: Since I work with local and independent bands as well as signed recording artists, I record and mix in all different sized studios. From larger studios such as Ocean Way Recording, Sunset Sound, and Capitol Studios to smaller independently owned studios, I choose whatever works best for the project and is sensitive to the budget.
Q: If I am not familiar with the studios in the Los Angeles area, can you help me choose a studio?
A: Yes. Together we can choose the best studio for your musical, technical, and budgetary needs.
Q: What is your availability? How far in advance do I need to book your services?
A: As with any services, the farther in advance, the better. Of course, sometimes projects get postponed, so there are occasionally last-minute openings.
Q: What styles of music do you record or mix?
A: Since I listen to ALL styles of music, I record and mix many different styles, including rock, pop, latin, jazz, contemporary classical, orchestral, blues, R&B, Hip Hop, and World Music. I listen to and understand all of these styles.
Q: Can I have you mix one song before I commit to you mixing the entire project?
A: Of course.
Q: What is the best way to send my files to you to be mixed?
A: The most efficient way is to send CD-Rs or DVD-Rs.
Q: Can I upload my files to you?
A: Yes, as long as the total data size is not too large. We can discuss this possibility.
Q: What types of file format should I send?
A: ProTools HD / TDM / LE session files, SD II, AIFF or WAV files, 44.1k thru 192k, 24 bit. If your files are coming from Digital Performer, CuBase or Logic Audio, please email me and I will give you detailed instructions of the best way to prepare the files.
Q: When do you need my files for mixing?
A: The sooner, the better! I will need the files at least 4 days prior to the session. This gives me time to go through the music and files to clean up any edits and prepare the track(s) for mixing.
Q: For recording, do you have access to vintage gear?
A: Yes, I do have access to vintage mics and vintage gear. Depending on the studio that is chosen, this may be an additional rental.
Q: Do you prefer to record on analog or digital?
A: That depends on the style of music, what is available at the studio, and how many tracks have to be recorded simultaneously. Sometimes analog is better for the situation. Sometimes digital is more appropriate. Ideally, I would record bass and drums to analog tape, then transfer those tracks to ProTools (digital) to record overdubs. These days, due to budgetary reasons, recording digitally is the best method.
Q: Are you available to attend mastering sessions?
A: Yes, for a flat daily rate. I can also recommend mastering engineers for your project.
Q: Will you travel for recording?
A: While I prefer to record in Los Angeles or New York City, I will travel to other cities or countries to record or mix. As is the status quo, the client pays for airline travel, hotel accommodations, and per diem.
Q: Once my project is done, do you have contacts in the industry that may be able to help me promote my music?
A: Yes, in a limited way. I have contacts within
television companies, record labels, music placement agencies, video
editors, graphic artists, professional photographers, video directors, and podcasters!