I like to use the analogy of a cake. If your song is a cake, then the production is the ingredients that make up the cake. The better the ingredients, the better the cake.
Production is the composition and arrangement of the instrumental behind the vocals. A good producer will gather musical ideas for the project, help the artist turn their abstract musical ideas into a concrete, tangible product, suggest revisions or new ideas to improve the quality of the song, and more.
If you want your music to be of the same quality as the Billboard chart-toppers, you need to hire a music producer who has many years of experience in your specific genre. The producer needs to be competent in production and confident in his skillset to help guide you down the correct path.
Using the same cake analogy as above: if your song is a cake, then mixing is how you combine the ingredients to bake the cake. Mastering is the icing on top that glues it all together. Even if you have the best ingredients in the world, but the baker isn’t very skilled, then the cake still won’t come out its best.
Technically speaking, mixing is the combination of all the musical and vocal tracks of a song. It is the process of balancing the tracks so that each one sits properly in the mix and sounds pleasant to the ear. A good mix can greatly impact the perceived “goodness” of a song.
Mastering is the final step in completing a song. It is the glue that holds the whole song together. It is the process of balancing the elements of a song and optimizing playback across all systems and media formats. The main purpose is to make the song louder while also retaining its dynamics and not leaving it sounding “squashed.”
If you are serious about your music, hiring someone to properly mix and master your song is key. A good mix will bring your song from decent to utterly amazing, and a good master will optimize your song for playback on all platforms.
Mixing looks at each individual track in a project and balances them accordingly. It is the step that must be completed before Mastering. Mastering then takes into consideration all the tracks that have been mixed as a whole, cohesive song. Proper mixing is necessary for mastering to have any impact on the song.
Production: Approximately 2 weeks to 1 month, depending on how quickly and efficiently we are able to communicate and get work done. See the production page for a more accurate timeline.
Mixing: Approximately less than a week. See the mixing page for a more accurate timeline.
Mastering: Approximately less than one week. See the mastering page for a more accurate timeline.
As an add-on, I will send you the stems.
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Each client’s needs are different. Some have nearly completed demos that only need a few bits of production added to complete it, while others have nothing other than an idea for a song. Some have songs to be mixed with 30 tracks, while others have over 70 tracks. The amount of work that goes into each scenario varies, which is why the price varies.
Royalties are payments to owners of intellectual property for the right to use it. There are two forms of ownership (a.k.a. “rights) that you must understand.
Master Rights are the rights tied to the ownership of the actual recording of the song.
To learn more about the different royalties and rights, click here.
To get your music pitched for sync placements (TV shows, movies, etc.), I must own a percentage of the master and composition rights. I have an agreement with the sync company I work with that grants them the ability to pitch my music for sync placements, but they are only legally able to pitch music that I own a percentage of.