Detailed Mix Evaluation

£10.00

Get a clinical, detailed evaluation of your mix before mastering. Very useful if your monitoring environment isn’t perfect, and you might even learn something too!

Description

For a small fee our chief engineer can listen several times to your tracks in our acoustically clinical environment with trained, experienced ears, & advise on pre-mastering mix specifics.
This service is helpful for a professional second opinion. It’s even more helpful if you don’t have perfectly set up room response or high-end monitors. If you don’t have the luxury of a sub, then this is worth it for the low-end confidence alone!
We will write a decent length report on relevant elements of the track, with detailed instructions of how to fix what’s wrong, and can take you through any of the technical jargon afterwards if you like.
An impartial 2nd opinion can also be helpful in keeping good band relations (“OK, I suppose the guitar solo was a little too loud after all!”)
ACTUAL MIX EVALUATION EXAMPLE POINTS:
Love the intro. I wonder if the Ebow guitar & the harp conflict ever so slightly around the same
frequencies. I suggest you approach this with EQ – Put an EQ cut of around -2.5 or -3 dB @ 500 Hz on the
Ebow Guitar, Q of 1, thus letting the harp come through clearer.”
“The fast roll snare sample is a bit muffled. I suspect this is an artistic choice, so that’s cool. But maybe try it
a little brighter & it would sound more natural. If it has a little snappy energy restored around the 2kHz
mark that should cut through nicely.”
“That lovely fat kickdrum could keep it’s vibe but have a little more immediate punch with a little EQ boost
of +0.8dB @ 100Hz, Q of 1.2” 
“The short cello solo line (1:18, 1:40 etc.) doesn’t sound integrated fully, kind of sits on top a little muddy.
Could it be brighter & quieter? Try a dual EQ approach. Cut of -2.6dB @ 363Hz, Q of 0.7. Then do an EQ
boost of +1dB @ 1911Hz, Q of 0.7. This should go a long way to making it sound more natural with the
track. Also is it a little dry? What would it sound like with maybe 5% less dry balance on the reverb?”
“The acid bass coming in around the 3:20 mark could be much more prominent as it comes in. Maybe a
faster volume automation curve? It could also stand out in the mix more with an EQ boost of +1.7dB @ 1000Hz, Q of 1”
I think the hi hats coming in at 1 min are a little sharp & overpowering due to the sharp Q on a filter.
Adding a second EQ afterwards in the chain will smooth it & keep the overall filtered effect. Try an EQ cut
of -5dB at 8.8kHz, Q of 1 should ease back the volume & tone nicely. The high end can all be brought up
together during mastering, which will restore a little brightness to the hats here, but balanced with the rest
of that section. Only apply this EQ to the filtered hi-hat section 1:00-1:21, as the rest is fine” 
“At 2:55 the keys come in a little strong in my opinion, which also lessens the dynamics of the build. Maybe
drop them -1dB & see what you think” 
Perhaps the 1st lush chord pads that come in slowly end up a little loud? The sudden drop works really well
though. Maybe the end level could come down by -1 or -1.5 dB, as I do feel it slightly overpowers the
rhythmic parts the first couple of times it comes in. However I think it works perfectly in the mid section
(section around the 4 min mark) so only adjust the volume for the first parts
I think the piano is slightly too overpowering. Just drop it down by -1dB & that should balance it nicely with
the vocal & strings” 
“Vocal may benefit from a slight EQ adjustment: -0.7dB @ 280Hz, Q of 1. And also +1.4dB @ 3200, Q of 0.9”
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