Mixing

Multi-channel Mixing


The word 'Mixing' is such a broad term to describe such a wide range of disciplines; knowing what frequencies to boost or cut and by how much; which compressor and what ratio to use on vocals with a large dynamic range; which channels to push, drop or pan, and when; where to add saturation and on what instruments; how to apply parallel processing to the drum group so that it pumps just so...

Most of this knowledge can only be gained through experience, but it requires a musician's understanding of what the track needs in order realise its full potential and make it sound amazing. I can offer you my skills and expertise, as well as my creative inspiration as a producer. I'm also happy to be your engineer, guided by your own style goals and musical direction every step of the way. And if you have stems, I'll be pleased to mix your track(s) for you.

My primary aim is always to provide my clients with a polished track which truly shines.






Assorted mixing techniques


Audio editing is an essential part of the mixing process and I have over 20 years experience of waveform editing, using a variety of software applications, as well as specialist hardware. I can blend one take into another seamlessly, without a pop or a click so that the transition is unnoticeable. Removal or reduction of unwanted mouth noises and breaths is a regular job, but the applications of audio editing go way beyond these basic tasks and are invaluable to the mixing process.

Plugins are also a staple part of every recording engineer's diet, and these days there are a huge number from which to choose; reverbs, delays, EQs, compressors, filters, modulation and distortion effects, not to mention all the myriad virtual instruments available. I use all the above and more when mixing music and vocals, enabling me to control and adapt the audio in any way imaginable.

Then there are the more subtle techniques, which involve a few little tricks that can perceptibly improve the quality of the sound in many ways. From parallel processing to side-chaining, I'll use all the tricks of the trade to make your music sound great!

Check out my example tracks to hear some of the work I've done for previous clients...

I'll mix your audio, wherever it was recorded...

Have you recorded a demo at another studio but not been satisfied with the mix they've submitted...? Perhaps you've been recording your own project and you've found it hard to remain objective when mixing...?

Whatever the reason, I'm here to help! When working with audio recorded elsewhere, I always begin by analysing the sound quality of the source material, so that I can give you an honest appraisal as to whether it can be mixed to the standard you need. If you give me the go-ahead, I'll proceed with the mixing process.

The examples of my mixing work on this page should help to give you an idea of the variety of music I work with and the quality of the mixes I produce. Please get in touch if you'd like to discuss your own project.

Example tracks:

  1. A multi-layered recording for a 4-piece Americana band from Colchester called the Ghost Train Porters. This track reaches 6 simultaneous electric guitar layers supported by a live drums and upright bass rhythm section and a strong lead vocal.



  1. I mixed this track for Owl Cat Cat Dog, who had created the majority of the music in the digital realm, using software synths, samplers, drum machines and sequencers. He had also recorded his own guitar parts, but I recorded his vocals before mixing an album's worth of tracks, of which this is one example



  1. This track was recorded at another local studio, but the From The Bassment boys just weren't satisfied with the mix they'd been given. There were some shortcomings in the original audio, which was a little boxy on certain instruments, while others weren't affected. The vocals were rerecorded at Sidrat especially for this mix.