Custom Botique Internet Mixing Mastering Audio Postproduction

General

A track is counted as one sound and cannot contain multiple sounds or instruments. For example a vocal track can not contain a piano hook in the middle. Stereo files are considered and will be counted as 2 separate tracks. If you wish to reduce the number of tracks you can bounce files. Combining backing vocals and harmonies is a good starting point. Be sure that all tracks are in tune, have proper timing and have the desired panning prior to bouncing the track.
No, we charge per song not per minute. The 2 songs will be charged for separately. The limit was placed to accommodate as many genres as possible.
The turn-around time is described in the package you have chosen.
Silver: 1-21 days
Gold: 1-14 days Platinum: 1-14 days

Rush turnaround is available for an additional fee.
Turnaround time is calculated from the date of payment. Day one is the day we receive your payment. The turnaround guarantee refers to the first mix version, revisions may take longer.
Brian Zieske is the engineer who will be working on your project. He has over 15 years of experience in production, engineering, mixing and mastering. Check out his page for some more samples of his work.
Unless specified otherwise please credit us as:
Mixed By: Off Axis Audio

Mastered at: Off Axis Audio
Yes, contact us for a mailing address.
With over 15 years of production, mixing, mastering and recording experience, we are excited to work with all genres of music.  Let's collaborate on tone!
The invoice will include a link to a questionnaire to fill out. Please include as much detail as possible as this will help reduce the number of revisions you may need. We will discuss the questionnaire over the phone prior to starting the mix or mastering process.

Payment

We offer various customizable packages at various competitive rates. Check out our Services page to view what we offer and choose the best package for your project.
We accept Paypal, Check, Credit Card or Cash.  Files will not be released until payment clears.
Off Axis Audio will keep your files for 60 days after completing your project.
You will be given a link for uploading your files. Once the files are uploaded your session will be scheduled. You will receive a phone call to discuss the questionnaire and your vision for the mix in detail.

Mastering

Mastering is the last creative step in the audio production process, the bridge between mixing and distribution. It's the last opportunity to enhance sounds or repair problems.

Mastering puts the final touches on your song or album helping to create a record that sounds finished and playable on a wide variety of playback systems. It is the final chance to make sure all songs fit cohesively together.

The process includes numerous factors. It involves making sure the songs levels and balance are consistent and requires a highly trained and skilled engineer. It requires state of the art equipment, and an acoustically tuned listening environment.
Please check here for specific instructions on preparing files for mastering and how much “headroom” to leave in the files.
Please check here for specific instructions on preparing files for stem mastering and how much “headroom” to leave in the files.
We want you to be satisfied with your final product. Please contact us with any questions.

Mixing

This is a 44.1/16 bit CD quality mix that is dynamically limited in order to bring the overall level closer in line with commercial releases. This is an ideal file to convert to MP3 or burn to a CD as a listening copy only. Unlimited files (at original sample rate and bit depth) will also be provided, these should then be used for mastering purposes.
We have the ability to mix to tape, however the packages included on this page do not reflect the proper charges. Please contact us for the additional fees included in this type of mix.
Yes we can mix your project. The tape will need to be transferred to digital format. Contact us for the fees and details regarding the transfer.
We will use a combination of analog and digital mixing techniques. The extent of this combination depends on the package you have selected. Click here for a full list. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
Now that you have received the mix you can send us a set of revisions. The number of revision sets is determined by the package you selected.
Here are instructions on how to prepare tracks/stems with effects. Please make sure you include a “clean” non effected version of your track as well as a 100% "wet" effect bounce. We can also add additional effects to your tracks during mixing.  The "clean" tracks will not count towards your total number of tracks. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns about your project.
We want you to be satisfied with your final product. Our various packages include a pre-determined number of revision rounds (the number is indicated in the package). We offer additional revisions for a fee.
Please click here for detailed information on how to properly prepare your files for mixing. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions. Also be sure to leave “headroom” in your files, mix or stems.

Definitions

A mix revision is defined as various minor tweaks to levels or various sounds with in the mix. For example a revision would include “lower the reverb on guitar solo” or “the guitar needs to be panned to the left” or “the vocals need to be louder” or "the bass is muddy and needs cleaning up".  Major changes in the direction of a mix will be considered a remix and will be charged for appropriately.  It is extremely important to complete the questionnaire with as much information as possible and to include a reference album or songs and/or a rough mix.
Mastering is the last creative step in the audio production process, the bridge between mixing and distribution. It's the last opportunity to enhance sounds or repair problems.

Mastering puts the final touches on your song or album helping to create a record that sounds finished and playable on a wide variety of playback systems. A radio ready sound that is prepared for CD duplication/replication and commercial digital distribution on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora etc.  It is the final chance to make sure all songs fit cohesively together.

The goal is to correct mix balance issues and enhance particular sonic characteristics, all the while “sweetening” the mix. The process may include corrective equalization, dynamics processing such as compression and limiting to optimize loudness making sure the song levels and balance are consistent.  Sometimes a mix might need additional warmth, presence, focus or clarity. This process requires a highly trained, and experienced engineer with an objective ear, state of the art equipment, and an acoustically tuned listening environment.

We love to master using a hybrid of both analog and digital processing. Analog for color and punch; Digital for precision. This hybrid approach has unlimited tone possibilities. A sterile digital recording will come to life in the right hands and with the right tools. Every artist has a unique vision for how their music should sound.

Collaboration is key!
Stem Mastering allows us more control to correct problems in the mix that might otherwise be impossible with a single stereo file. Stem mastering allows the engineer extra flexibility while mastering, allowing us to dig deeper into the mix and more finely adjust frequencies, punch, tone, width, depth, clarity, focus and levels of individual instrument groups.  Stems are individually grouped components within a mix bounced to stereo such as bass, guitars, vocals, keys, drums, synths, brass section etc..  The sum of the stems should equal the full mix.  Usually stems include effects and processing used in the mix.  

For example tweaking the bass and drums independently of the rest of the arrangement can be very useful when mastering, especially given that the bottom end of a mix can be very tricky to get right in a project studio environment where the monitoring isn’t necessarily very accurate. The ability to EQ the bass instrument and bass drum individually in the mastering studio can solve all sorts of previously unseen problems and help you arrive at a wonderfully tight, deep and punchy bottom-end.

When choosing to master from stems you will need to submit multiple stereo .wav tracks of the consolidated instrument stems.

Our engineer can then work with each stem individually as needed. The stems are then summed to stereo and mastered.  

Collaboration is key, tell us how you hear your vision.
Mixing is an art and a science. It is the process in which previously recorded musical performances in a multi-track recording are creatively and technically bounced to Stereo. Mixing finalizes the individual levels of instruments, equalization, effects, panning, dynamics and tone of each instrument and sound in an arrangement. I love to mix using a hybrid of both analog and digital processing. Analog for color and punch; Digital for precision. This hybrid approach has unlimited tone possibilities. A sterile digital recording will come to life in the right hands and with the right tools. Every artist has a unique vision for how their music should sound. Mixing is where it all comes together.

Collaboration is key, tell us how you hear your vision.
Stems are individual components in a mix bounced to stereo.  Usually stems are wet. The sum of the stems must equal the full mix.  For example, with a rock song we might print stem mixes of bass, drums, synths, guitars, lead vocals and background vocals.  Many remix producers love to use stem mixes when remixing a song to give themselves more creative freedom to edit and/or re-arrange it.  So if you are thinking about giving fans of your music and/or fellow musicians the opportunity to remix your material in the future, stems are definitely worth considering. Artists also use stem mixes to supplement their live performances when a more full sound is desired.
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