MIXING

If we could describe mixing in one word it would be balance. It's the art of combining all the individual elements of a song using a variety of audio processing tools to achieve perfect harmony.

Save yourself the time and hassle of getting your song ready for release by hiring a professional mix engineer. Don't let a poor quality mix prevent your music from resonating with your fans.

Balance. Listen. Love.

WHY CHOOSE ME FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT?

There are 2 common scenarios I hear from new clients. The first scenario involves a musician that records their own music, gets to the mixing and mastering stage, then quickly realizes that they have no idea how to get their music to sound like a commercial record. The other common scenario I encounter is a musician that has hired an "affordable" engineer to work on their music or, even more popular, they have a friend who will do it for free. When they finally get the final product after weeks of eagerly waiting, the song sounds nothing like they imagined. A complete waste of time and money.

Do either of those scenarios sound familiar to you?

 

Let's be honest, there's no shortage of engineers in this industry. What comes with too many choices is the unwanted stress of finding not only a skilled and proficient engineer, but also someone who has similar values and creative taste. I can't promise that we'll have the same creative taste, but I know I'll be doing everything in my power to support your art. I've listed below some of the qualities that set me apart from other engineers. I strongly believe you'll be ecstatic with the outcome of your music because I never settle for good enough. 

WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE...

CREATIVE PARTNERSHIP

OPEN AND CLEAR COMMUNICATION

QUALITY SERVICES YOU CAN RELY ON

WHAT I PROMISE TO BRING TO EVERY PROJECT...

PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE

PROFICIENCY AND PROFESSIONALISM

INNOVATIVE MIXING TECHNIQUES

MY BACKGROUND...

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OVER 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

BACHELOR'S DEGREE

IN AUDIO ENGINEERING

AVID CERTIFIED

PRO TOOLS OPERATOR

MULTI-INSTRUMENTAL

MUSICIAN & SONGWRITER

WITH THE HIGHEST QUALITY TOOLS OF THE TRADE...

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"Sterling was very proficient and patient with everything that I was asking from him in regards to my mixes. With his ability of understanding what I needed there was almost no need for revisions and if so it only took one revision to get the job done. I have had him do 4 mixes already and can already tell you that I'm going to constantly come back to him!"

- Jay L.

WHAT MY CLIENTS ARE SAYING

 

MIXING PACKAGES

I offer two separate mixing packages to choose from. Features vary between each package to accommodate different needs. Has all the editing been completed for your song and you need a quick turnaround for a mix? Go with the standard package! Is your song freshly recorded and you still need editing? Would you like mixed stems and mastering? Go with the premium package!

Sterling Skye Sound - Mixing

Demo rates also available. Refer to the Pricing Chart for details.

 

DO YOU NEED EDITING?

Editing is an extremely important process performed prior to beginning a mix. It's the cleanup phase. There's nothing that will take an engineer out of the "mixing zone" like hearing an out-of-tune vocal or an offbeat drummer. This is why each track in a session undergoes a quality control check to ensure there are no problems that have gone unnoticed.

I offer a Complete Editing Package that covers all of the below editing tasks and anything else your song may need before we start your mix. Alternatively, you can add specific editing features as needed.

  • VOCAL TUNING

  • BREATH REDUCTION/REMOVAL

  • ALIGNMENT OF VOCALS TO TEMPO

  • ALIGNMENT OF VOCAL DOUBLES

  • ALIGNMENT OF BACKGROUND VOCALS

  • EXTENSIVE PLOSIVE OR SIBILANCE CONTROL

  • CLICK/POP REMOVAL

  • TEMPO MAPPING

  • DRUM REPLACEMENT

  • DRUM SAMPLE LAYERING

  • DRUM PHASE ALIGNMENT

  • GUITAR/BASS DIGITAL RE-AMPING

  • INSTRUMENT ALIGNMENT

  • BACKGROUND NOISE REMOVAL

Book a Premium Mixing Package for your song to receive all the above editing tasks for no extra charge!

Need help with determining what your song needs? Fill out the form on my contact page and recieive a free consultation and song review!

 

LISTEN

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RAYNMAN | WHAT

MIXING

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STERLING SKYE | WATER DANCER

MUSIC COMPOSITION, LYRICS, PRODUCING, RECORDING, EDITING, MIXING

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JAY LOUIS | PINA COLADA

MIXING

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JAY LOUIS | LEAN ON ME

MIXING & MASTERING

00:00 / 03:16

SAM ENSUQUE

SAY YOU WON'T LET GO (COVER)

MIXING & MASTERING

00:00 / 04:30

NICK DI GREGORIO

THIS LOVE (COVER)

MIXING FOR LIVE VIDEO

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MASTERING

MIXING VS MASTERING

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?

Mixing involves blending together all individual instruments, vocal tracks and sound effects to achieve a sense of depth, width and cohesion. A mix engineer uses a variety of audio processors like equalization, compression, reverbs, delays and many other effects on the individual elements within a song to achieve balance. Truly an art form all its own. 

Mastering is focused on treating the song as a whole, not the individual elements within. It's ensuring that a song is played at the highest quality possible on all playback devices. Attentiveness and highly detailed listening paired with advanced processing techniques turn a great mix into an incredible listening experience for your fans.

Listen to the below examples of the differences between a mixed and mastered song.

Word (Mix)Jay Louis
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Word (Master)Jay Louis
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PRICING CHART

 
 

* - All editing, mixing and mastering is performed in Pro Tools. I can accept Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Ableton Live and GarageBand sessions. I charge an export fee for any Logic Pro X, Ableton Live or GarageBand sessions sent to me. Pro Tools users may send their sessions without incurring the export fee. Learn how to export files from your DAW here.

** - Alternative mixes may include, but are not limited to: acapella mix, instrumental mix, TV mix, vocal up/down, any mix minus desired, etc.

*** - Delivery files for my Standard Mixing Package include (1) 192kbps MP3 file and (1) WAV file for mastering. WAV bit depth and sample rate determined by the recorded material received.

**** - I only offer digital mastering optimized for streaming and digital downloads. I'm not equipped for the production of physical CDs or vinyl records. However, I am able to master for a physical destination if desired.

Prices last updated February 2021. All prices on this website are subject to change without notice.

Details about Billings and Payments and my Refund Policy can be found on the Terms and Conditions page.

READY TO GET STARTED?

If you have any questions, please visit the FAQ page or fill out the contact form.

I look forward to working with you!

- Sterling Skye