You’ve probably heard your mixes a thousand times, but please review them one last time to make sure that they are, in fact, final. If you’re not in a rush, a few days of vacation from the mixes will allow you to revisit them with a fresh perspective.
Since I’m dealing with pre-mixed stereo files, my mastering work is essentially confined to the areas of:
- Tonal balance
I can’t, for example, give you “a little more guitar in the second verse.” While mastering can affect the balance between elements of the mix in subtle ways, for the most part, the integrity of your mixes will be preserved.
If I hear anything way off that could be easily addressed on your end, I’ll request a new mix from you. That said, no mix is perfect, and mastering almost always involves some degree of compromise between my vision of how the track should sound, and the realities of the mix. I labor over 0.05 dB tweaks over the course of several sessions until I’m convinced I’ve found the best possible set of compromises for each track.
With that in mind, nearly any change to your mix requires that I start over from scratch.
My revisions policy is simple: if you are unsatisfied with the mastering for any reason, I will make changes – using the same mixes – at no charge.
REVISED MIXES WILL BE BILLED AT THE ADDITIONAL TRACK RATE OF $60 EACH.
If you know the mixes aren’t where they should be, but aren’t sure what to do about it, start by reviewing my mixing advice.
If that doesn’t do the trick, you might consider hiring me for mix consultation. For $120/hr, I provide precise and detailed suggestions for every track on your release. It typically takes me a half hour for a single track, up to two hours for a full album, depending on how far off the mixes are.
Phew! Now that that’s out of the way, confirm by email that your submitted mixes are final, and that you’d like me to proceed. If you’d like to take longer than 24 hours to review the mixes first, please let me know.