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Atlas Recording & Mastering, Inc. 813.662.5028



Mixing
Mixing is the next to last step in all professional recordings, the three steps being 1) Recording 2) Mixing and 3) Mastering. The goal of mixing is to take a song and make it reach its greatest potential. Getting the best sound out of your newly recorded songs requires the help of a trained mixing engineer. Sometimes a recording engineer or recording studio may not be appropriately equipped or does not feel compelled to mix the recorded works of their clients. In the last scenario, a recordist who has been immersed in the process of tracking may feel "burnt out" after the many long hours of tracking. So in either case, they (the client and recordist) would then leave mixing and/or mastering to a third party, like us, to complete these steps.

Many recording studios do not specialize in mixing, in effect they do not posses the proper mixing enviroment, mixing gear, or monitoring signal path, which also creates a need for a proper mixing studio or mixing engineer.

The Mixing Studio
Any really great mix will have a common recipe:

Superb monitoring and Digital to Analog conversion -- mastering quality mid-field speakers that translate well on other sources and speakers. D/A converters that are non-colored, provide clarity and accuracy in conjunction with accurate monitors.

Analog Mixing. Rather than mixing "in the box" (exclusively digital mixing), analog mixing has more depth, width, and dimensionality than any digital mix. High-end analog gear is of higher quality than any digital gear. When mixing analog, with an analog console (not tape in this case, although mixing to analog tape is additionally beneficial), it is easy to integrate analog gear in conjunction with the analog console, hence double benefit - analog high-end gear through analog high-end console yields the ultimate in analog mixing.

Analog Tape -- 2 Track Mixdown
After the engineer is finished with the mix, putting it onto analog 2 track mixdown also adds additional warmth and depth to the mix. This is one more essential step to creating the ultimate analog mix, something no digital mix can offer. Any attempts made through plug-ins to simulate this analog process will never come close to the real thing.

The Engineer. The mixing engineer is adept at using and obtaining the most out what he has at his disposal. This includes mastering the art of mixing, knowing the equipment, the speakers, the gear, the fundamental art of manipulating sound to his will. Altering tones, sounds, sound replacing, compression, eq, dynamics, reverb, analog tape, are just a few of the things a mixing engineer must master.

The Process.

The process of mixing is about achieveing balance through objective listening. Each seperate recorded track must be scrutinized and manipulated to fit into the "mix". Adding a third party to the table also adds another way of thinking about the big picture. The mixing engineer works directly with your producer during the mix process. Fresh ears and high-quality tools are needed of the mixing engineer. This includes an accurate well-tuned room (listening enviroment), an extremely high quality monitoring path including extremely accurate Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog converters, and high fidelity mastering quality monitors (speakers). Also needed are the appropriate tools of the trade -- outboard gear. Professional mixing often employs EQ, Compression, and other processing. During mixing, we utilize an analog summing surface and analog tape for the 2 bus mix. In general, we prefer to use analog mixing tools instead of their digital counterparts. The mix engineer creates the complete sonic landscape of a song, piece by piece, instrument by instrument. Layering and tweeking each to fit perfectly in harmony with every other aspect of the song. Each recorded instrument must be blended into a cohesive stereo mix. Editing and sampling can be done during mixing as well.

Mixing can take as much time as the recording of any project, it a crucial part of making an album. The whole goal of mixing, is for your music to sound exactly like you think it should sound when finished. Mixing is extremely important, it can not be undone when finished. If something is not right, it must be redone from scratch. The end result of our mixing will add a theme of continuity in the entire project and from one song to the next.

Mixing and Mastering Engineer - Nathan Eldred is well known and respected nationally among audio engineers for his knowledge and expertise in the field. Nathan Eldred has over 10 years commercial mixing experience.

We can not give exact estimates because it is dependent on the needs of the individual project, and your level of specificity before and/or during the mixing process. Every person and project has different needs and requirements. Call for free over the phone consultation about your mixing needs. Toll Free 1.866.235.0953.


Concerning Mixing Credits

If you are a client of Atlas Recording & Mastering Inc. :
Mixing Credit for your CD/Tape infold should read as either of the following.
  • Mixed by: Nathan Eldred at Atlas Recording & Mastering, Inc., Brandon, Florida

  • Mixed by Nathan Eldred at Atlas Recording & Mastering, Inc., Brandon, Florida
  • Policies:
  • Deposit: 50% of the rough estimate.
  • Upon completion: The remainder of the balance and shipping is to be paid in full before we release master copies.
  • Payment: We accept money order, Paypal, or major credit card over the phone.
  • Mailing: Mixes are delivered via your choice of delivery method. You can choose expedited shipping or regular ground shipping. The cost of shipping is to be added to the balance.
  • Changes: After you receive your mixed copy, please listen to it carefully. Alterations will incur additional hourly charges, media cost, and additional shipping.
  • Deadlines: We will deliver your master by the set deadline you determine before the job is begun. To be on the safe side, try to send your project in approximately 2-3 weeks before you originally would have, this will allow for normal ground transit time for you to receive your finished mix. Running out of time will add the cost(s) of overnight shipping. If you deadline is moved up, we will do our best to accomodate the change, however we can not gaurantee it.
  • Customer Satisfaction: Since mixing is subjective by nature, please give us some examples of mixes you like, or specific instructions to help guide the mixer.
  • Communication: We are available 7 days a week from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight EST.
  • Critical Decisions: During the mixing process, we will be keeping in contact with you about your project. For the mostpart, mixing will be very straight forward, unless there are particular circumstances which would limit the engineer from taking a usual course of action. Our mixing engineer has many years of experience and is objective about such impasses, he will choose the best alternative method to improve the song or project's sonics quality and character. Our mixing engineer will gladly keep you aprised of the details regarding your project.
  • Your Needs: Before you send in a project, take some time to listen to your songs and make a list of things that you want the mixing engineer to be aware of as well as things that you specifically want done to the song or album. A common example is how you want the instruments layered in volume.





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