Online Mixing & Mastering
Your Music Matters
“Your music is not just a song or a melody, it’s an expression of yourself or a collection of individuals brought together to create something unique. No matter what the genre, it's personal, delicate and should be treated with respect.”
Kicker Productions understands this and treats every client with the same level of attention to detail. We want your music to shine and make heads turn. From a guitar pick hitting a string to a shaker tickling your ear, right through to an explosive snare drum hitting you in the face, you played it all with the intent of being heard and that is just what we intend to do.
What is Online Mixing & Mastering?
Once you have recorded your music either at home or in a studio, you can take the recorded tracks and send them to an online mixing engineer to bring your song together. It’s the engineers role to provide you with their experience and equipment to make your song sound great.
Some techniques an engineer may introduce could be EQ, compression, adding effects like reverb, delay, chorus or flange, automating volume or pans, introducing some saturation or distortion for flavour are just to name a few.
Using an online mixing engineer can be a great way to speed up the process of getting your music heard by the rest of the world, by taking advantage of their experience and equipment. It takes the guesswork out of trying to do it yourself and you can focus on what you do best, making music!
1. Getting In Touch
What’s your vision? How do you want your music to sound? Have a favourite album you love the sound of? Have a tight schedule or budget to be kept?
It all starts with a free, simple and friendly conversation. Drop Kicker Productions an email at email@example.com and let's get started making your music sound as good as it deserves to be.
Send in your recorded tracks using our shared Kicker Productions dropbox folder. This folder will be used for all file transfers between both parties. You can even send us mix examples of productions you like the sound of.
Make sure all tracks are labelled clearly and are exported/bounced down at the correct sample rate and file type. Either 44.1kHz or 48kHz as a WAV or AIFF file.
Each track should be exported from the start of the project and be the same length. If your DAW gives you the option to normalise the audio during the export, make sure this is turned OFF.
It’s important every track that is uploaded is completely ‘dry’. This means the audio files should have no effects, equalisation, compression or any other form of plugins applied. The only exception to this is any pitch correction or time alignment you have done to your recordings (See FAQ for more details on this).
We get to work on your music as soon as possible. We use some of the best industry
standard plugins available and mix in our purpose built studios. Once the first mix has been completed it will be shared with you to review. This mix will not be mastered as that comes after all mixes are complete and you are happy with them.
We offer two free mix revisions. This can be in the form of an email or document uploaded to our shared folder detailing any changes you would like done to your tracks. It is always
helpful to include track times of mix decisions/Tweaks you would like changed.
Once you are happy with the mixes we then move onto our final stage which is mastering. Your mixes will be brought up to a commercial loudness level and given that final polish. This ensures your tracks are loud, balanced, exciting, punchy and ready for distribution for your chosen platforms such as Spotify, CD’s etc
Your finished masters will be uploaded to our shared online folder where you can download them to be shared with the rest of the world!
Before getting in touch we strongly recommend reading all of this page and our FAQs.
We are really looking forward to working with you!
● How much does remote mixing cost?
Every project is different. When getting in touch for the first time, it's important to include as much detail as possible. We encourage rough mixes you have done yourself to be sent in so we can get a good understanding of your music and we can judge how long we think it will take to deliver your project back to you. We always try and work with our clients to meet their budget and needs
● How do I send you my recorded files
All file sharing from both parties takes place via Dropbox. We set up a shared folder which makes file transfers easy and efficient.
● What sample rate should my tracks I send in be?
We accept 44.1kHz or 48kHz WAV files. Finished masters will be sent back as a 44.1kHz WAV file unless agreed upon before mixing takes place.
● How long does it take to mix and master my tracks?
This varies from track to track. Giving as much information during the conversation process will help to give a good estimate on the time frame. We always try and be as efficient as possible, without compromising the music
● Will you accept just a DI for guitars and bases instead of a recorded amp?
Yes. We have a great selection of amp simulators that sound just like the real thing. The metal track example is all amp sims with a great plugin chain to follow. If you can provide an amp recording and a DI recording that would be perfect.
● How loud will my music be?
We master your music to a competitive commercial level. Which is usually anywhere between -8 to -12 LUFS (Most modern CD’s). We always aim to get your music as loud as possible without compromising the quality of your project.
● I have written and recorded most of my songs, but I need some session musicians, do you know any players?
Yes we do! Kicker Productions uses some of the finest musicians available in our own projects. Just tell us what you are looking for.
● Do you autotune vocals?
This is something we strongly recommend getting right during the recording process. Pitch correction is certainly something we can introduce to your track to help tighten a performance. However, you will never get better than re-recording a take you were not happy with. Pitch correction will NOT be applied unless agreed upon before the project is started.
● Do you quantise/ correct any timing issues?
Just like autotune, we strongly recommend getting this right during the recording process. No timing will be fixed unless agreed upon before the project is started.
● How many mix revisions do I get?
Kicker Productions allows for two free mix revisions per track before mastering. This gives you time to play your music on your favourite playback devices.
I have already had my tracks mixed, will you just master them?
Do you do stem mastering?
We certainly do! Stem mastering gives a little more flexibility when it comes to mastering and definitely a good option when it comes to sending your tracks in.