Tom B. Cooper Mixing

Whilst you’re having a read, why not check out my portfolio below, which features a handful of songs from various styles and genres that I’ve had the pleasure of mixing, mastering and producing.

 

I’ve got a little section below this page for those of you ready (or nearly ready (or just strangely curious!)) to get your song mixed by me, but I just want to spend a couple of paragraphs just talking about my experience as a mixing engineer.

My job in mixing YOUR tracks is to get them to translate and sound as amazing as they possibly can across various devices, platforms and everything else in-between.

I’ve had mixes from artists like yourself all over the radio, TV, film and more all over the world.

I love mixing. It’s an art and a science to it to get the formula just right. Being the guy to get your carefully thought out, recorded and played elements and make them into one big lovely sounding thing is a hell of privilege and something I take great care in.

I know some of the terminology and processes can be a little confusing, so if you’ve read this and still have questions, please don’t hesitate to grab me on social media (links at the very bottom of the website) or email and just ask. I’m a friendly man and I don’t expect you to know exactly what I’m talking about, so it’s better that you just ask.

None of the below is me being picky, it’s 100% standard practise and actually, I’m pretty lenient with a lot of things too. So, if you read this and think ‘I can’t be bothered to do all that!’ then you’re only going to be told exactly the same thing by the next mix-engineer down the line.

Anyway, have a read below and let me know when you’re ready for your song to sound amazing!

 

How To Get Your Song Ready For Audio Mixing

I ask that you export separate .WAV or .AIFF files for each audio stem. Each instrument and vocal should have it’s own track. For example, if you’ve had two microphones on a guitar amp, I want those two stems SEPARATELY. If your project has a total of 99 tracks (I really hope it doesn’t!!!) then you’ll export 99 stems.

You should name each track appropriately, remembering I’ve never heard these stems before, so I should be able to make sense of what’s in there before even hearing it. Just FYI, if you come back to me with say 25 stems all of which called ‘audio 1’ ‘audio 2’ etc. I’ll be asking you to rename them and send them back when you’ve done that. Cheers!

Unless it’s a totally essential element of a track, all processing should be taken off of your stems. No EQ, no compression, no reverb being the main candidates here.

Stylistic and creative effects like delays and filters can be kept on though.

Be aware that if you send a DI’d guitar with no processing on but you want it to sound like Iron Maiden, I won’t have a clue about that. So anything that’s meant to sound like something… make it sound like something. Does that make sense?! (If not, grab me on social media or email (links at the bottom of this page) and I’m more than happy to talk through any of this with you.

Before exporting your stems, please make sure there’s no processing on the master buss. This would affect the sound, which I’d take care of in the mixing and mastering stages.

This bits really important – ALL STEMS HAVE TO START AT THE SAME TIME!!! Even if a sound doesn’t happen until bar 64, having never heard the song before – I’m not to know where it’s meant to be. Like with the track names, if this hasn’t been done, I’ll be asking you to redo them and send them back to me when you’ve done it. Cheers!

 

 

 

Audio Levels

Please make sure none of your stems are peaking any higher than -1db.

 

File Format

The file format should be as follows; 24bit (or 16bit) 44100hz or 48000hz. I don’t accept mp3 stems (unless you’ve grabbed a sample from somewhere that’s only in an mp3 format… but even still it’s probably easier to just export it as a .wav or .aiff)

 

Reference Tracks

For me to understand what sound and style you’re going for, reference tracks are REALLY useful. Just have a think of 1 or 2 or even 3 tracks within a similar genre and style that you can envisage your song sounding like. If you happen to have a rough mix too, that can sometimes be useful.

 

Revisions

Mixing (like I said earlier) is a fine balance of art and science and in doing that, I will get creative where I feel it needs it. Sometimes that means I might mute something completely, other times it might mean a crazy effect on something, but more often than not, it’ll just be enhancing what you’ve already given me and making it sound THE BEST it possibly can.

So I’ll give you ‘MIX.’ This is where I’m going with my gut and making mix decisions based on years of experience and what I feel is right for the song. Then I’ll ask you to have a listen on a few different devices and if necessary, make some notes.

Which brings us on to ‘REVISION.’ This is where I’ll have actioned all of your notes. Again, I’ll ask you to have a listen on a few different devices and if necessary, make some notes.

Then lastly we’ll have ‘FINAL.’ This is where quite often some of the things you asked me to try worked, some of them didn’t and we both know exactly what needs to be done with the song. This is the final version before being ready for mastering.

I don’t give open ended revisions for a couple of reasons. Mainly that only being given the option of 2 revisions really makes both you and I focus on what really needs to be done. This has been many years of experimenting with the best amount of revisions. 1 isn’t enough and anything beyond 4 is too much. 3 maximum is just right. Sometimes I absolutely nail it first time, but more often than not, 2 or 3 is what’s needed to get your song sounding great.

 

How much is it?

£120 per mix.

This includes… all revisions, instrumental version, masters of the final version and the instrumental version along with mixed group stems too. Phew! That’s a lot for your money!

If you’re getting more than 1 done at once then I have a sliding scale, so….

  1. = £120
  2. = £230 (£115 per mix and master)
  3. = £330 (£110 per mix and master)
  4. = £420 (£105 per mix and master)
  5. = £500 (£100 per mix and master)
  6. = Anything above 6 is capped at £95 per mix and master

 

All that sounds great. How do I get you to produce my song?

Grab me on a social media (links at the bottom of the page) or email me (contact form at the bottom of the page) and we can talk about you and your song/s. Easy peazy!

 

I haven’t understood a word you said…

Well, the good news is, I have! So just grab me on a social media or email via the contact form below and I’ll be able to answer any of your questions.