Mix Notes with Mixerman
Mix Notes with Mixerman
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As most of you already know, last month I ran a successful Indiegogo campaign for a new book called Mixerman Musician’s Guide to a Killer Record. About halfway through the campaign, I was contacted by a band located in Nashville who wished to purchase the $1000 perk in exchange for some mix notes on their album. One band member Jon Gil, felt that he could deliver solid mixes if he had someone to be his backstop, give him notes (criticisms and suggestions), which he would then revise and send back to me for another round of notes, and then another until the mixes were complete.
I’ve done this sort of thing before with people online, and it’s not something that you can do with everyone. The person mixing has to have some modicum of experience and skill. Jon seemed reasonably confident in his skills, and the songs were great, so I accepted the offer.
The process went so smoothly with these guys, that I started to think that offering mix notes could benefit others. If the song is good, and the production has promise, then mix notes, could be illuminating not just to the person mixing the track, but to others as well.
This week, I received an email from a fan who wondered if I would be so kind as to listen to a mix and offer him some advice on it. In other words, mix notes.
Well! I told him to send it right away. The song was good. The mix needed some work but was in a decent place for some notes. So, I fired up my room, set up my recording devices, and filmed my first ever Mix Notes with Mixerman. The mixer and the band has agreed to allow me to share with all of you.
The mixer, Draper Carter recorded this project 13 years ago when he was a relatively new engineer, and for whatever reason the track sat in a drawer until recently. Now Draper is mixing his early work, cursing himself in the process (who wouldn’t), and seeking some input.
Here’s the procedure. I open the track in Logic and listen down. Sometimes I use EQ to help me pinpoint frequencies. Sometimes I pop on a brick limiter, possibly a compressor, just to get an understanding of how the balances are affected through the mastering process. This sort of thing gives me information. As I listen, I type some of my thoughts, and relay the rest of my thoughts verbally once the song has finished.
I kept the audio uncompressed on my end when making this. It will likely take a hit on YouTube, but I think that everything should translate reasonably well between what you’re hearing and what I’m saying about the mix.
If you’d like me to offer you Mix Notes on one of your songs, all you have to do is email me, but by doing so, you agree to be on my email list. So, you might as well take this opportunity to sign up to my mailing list below.
The Band was called WillBilly.
Billy Kemp- Vocals and guitar
Dave Chapel- Guitar
Justin Crown- Bass
John Thomakos- Drums
Johnnie Johnson- Keys
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