Mixing

A session of recorded tracks, synchronized and played back as one multi-track project, constitutes an intermediate stage of music production. The next step is to mix those tracks with the purpose of achieving a coherent whole in regard to spectral balance, gain, panorama, space, volume, timbre, and other aesthetical as well as technical qualities of the sound. (To use a mundane analogy, multi-track sound recordings are like a stack of furniture in an untreated room requiring extra ideas, skills, and tools to turn that room into a finished interior - and that is mixing.)

The client and the mixing engineer start out by discussing in detail the diverse artistic and technical aspects of the task to be undertaken (e.g. the genre, target audience, budget, schedule, etc). All communication and data exchange is done by means of the Internet. The mix is advanced gradually by providing intermediary versions while incorporating back into the mix the necessary changes and revisions until the client is happy with the final result.

Mixing requires a lot of diligent work, the duration of which cannot be ascertained with enough precision in advance because the procedure involves artistic search, experimentation, and development of new creative solutions. Usually, both the client and the engineer feel more at ease when basing the cost of the mix on the final result and not the hours put into it. Simple mixes of 8-16 audio tracks may cost as little as 120 EUR*, while large-scale complex projects (e.g., complete albums, film soundtracks, etc.) may require much higher budgets. For the description and subsequent pricing of your project, please, contact the engineer.


* The rates specified on this page do not include the Lithuanian VAT which is 21%. All payments are expected upon the completion of the service and the delivery of the finished medium. Independent artists receive a discount of 20%.