What does it mean to mix song? How do you find a competent professional to mix music for you? Do you simply go online to find an audio mixing pro, or do you need know someone who knows someone in order to get the job done?
We will answer those questions in this article. We will also introduce you to Kip Allen, audio mixing pro, session drummer, music producer, and songwriter in the Nashville music scene. Call Kip at 817-995-8093 and find out what this Drum Workshop Artist can do for you.
What is audio mixing?
So, what is mixing? Mixing is the process of using tools like volume faders, compressors, EQs, and reverbs to make the individual tracks of a song sound balanced and emotional.
Options for audio mixing
You really have two options regarding music mixing: you can either teach yourself, using any of a number of online programs, or you can hire a professional music producer to do the mixing for you. One option, the first, is obviously less expensive than the second option. Let’s talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
DIY music mixing
Without a doubt, you can be mixing your own songs within a day. It will take that long to pay for the mixing app for your computer, download it, set up your equipment, read some introductory online articles, and plow ahead.
The advantages of this approach? You definitely will save money, but there is also the point to be made that nobody knows a song like the person who wrote it and performs it. Who better to mix song and make it sound exactly like the desired sound?
The disadvantages of DIY music mixing? The learning curve is steep. If you want the job done professionally and correctly, music mixing which will appeal to recording companies, you are going to need to put aside a great amount of time to learn how to mix properly and then, truthfully, not everyone is successful.
Hire a pro
The obvious downside to hiring a music producer is the cost. We won’t sugarcoat this for you. It can be expensive. It can, literally, cost thousands of dollars to hire a music producer to mix song for you.
The obvious upside: you will be hiring a pro, one whose job it is to bring out the absolute best in your song. Experience matters in music producing. Talent matters. Ask the remaining Beatles how important George Martin was to their music, especially early on in their careers. It is impossible to put a dollar figure on the rewards of hiring a pro music mixer, but the results will be obvious to the trained ear.
So, there you have it. It all comes down to money and results. When it comes to music mixing, you truly do get what you pay for.
A word about Kip Allen
Since 2008, Kip Allen has been a go-to musician and music producer in Nashville, the Mecca of music in the United States. Call Kip if you are looking for the best to mix song. His track record is impeccable, his results unassailable, and he’s standing by ready to work on your next project.