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Not happy with how your mixes are sounding? It's not uncommon. You might have in mind how you want your end product to sound, but you just can't get it to sound like you think it should. It's not easy, because mixing music (or any type of audio project) takes skill, experience, and the right equipment.

Sometimes an artist gets too close to a project. They write it, arrange it, record it, and when it's time to mix it, they've lost perspective. It's a perfect example of "can't see the forest for the trees."

That's when outside, professional mixing help is needed. Fresh ears, fresh brain cells, and a neutral perspective, will bring out the best in your recording project. And, just as important, a fresh approach is sometimes needed to "weed out" parts that just don't work.

Get in touch with an experienced recording and mixing engineer - like me! I've been mixing music for over 30 years. Every style of music imaginable - rock, pop, jazz, gospel, bluegrass, folk, CD projects, film and TV orchestral soundtracks, instructional programs - it's a long list.

I mix many of the projects I record. But I also mix projects that musicians have recorded on their own. These folks are saving money during the recording stage, but understand that a bad mix makes all their hard work worthless. Nobody ever advanced their music career by distributing a lousy product and justified it by saying, "It doesn't sound very good but we saved a lot of money!"

My email and cell phone are listed at the bottom of every page. Get in touch with me and let's talk about getting your project sounding great! As for my mixing technique and gear.....

Digital audio workstations offer the ease and speed of "mixing in the box." This means when your mix is ready, the compter's CPU processes all audio, effects, and virtual tracks, following the edits, fades, and automation commands you have entered, and an audio file is rendered internally. It is certainly quick and convenient, but many pro engineers (including myself) feel that there is a noticeable loss in audio quality, dynamics, and punch when this method is used. Incorporating an analog signal summing stage during the mixing process improves the stereo width, the dynamic depth and punch, and allows additional external processing. Throughout my career I have collected some "must-have" pieces of analog stereo signal processors, and I have them all available in my personal mixing suite.

Mixing at home
My mixing suite in my home in Northern Virginia.
Getting some great mixes here, very clean and punchy.
Dangerous Music
In my office mixing suite, I use the Dangerous Music 2Bus LT for analog buss summing of mixes. Routing DAW mixes through an analog summing amp preserves stereo imaging and width, prevents loss of punch and sonic detail, and noticeably improves the overall sound quality when compared to "mixing in the box." This incredible sounding unit has 16 inputs summed down to a stereo output. You WILL hear the difference!
In 30+ years, I have never heard any other equalizer do what this thing does to a mix. Cleans up the bottom and opens up the top end with it's amazing "air" bandwidth. Haven't mixed without it since I bought it. As a client once said to me, "It took the blanket off the speakers!"


API 2500 Compressor

Also in my outboard "mix rack" is an API 2500 stereo compressor. Lots of choices for tones and compression styles on this unit, with that API "sound" built in. Running mixes through the NTI EQ and the API compressor really brings out punch and top-end sheen in the final product. Mastering engineers often end up doing very little tweaking, other than matching levels between songs on a CD project.

In addition to my Dynaudio Acoustics BM 15a's, I check mixes through a pair of KRK Rokit6 monitors, and a pair of Fostex 6301Bs. I can also quickly step around the corner and listen to mixes on my home stereo through a pair of Polk Audio towers. Being able to listen on multiple systems in different environments reveals how a mix translates on various systems.

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