One might think I’m a bit bias writing this article seeing how I run an online mixing and mastering service. However, I started this company five years ago with the idea of helping upcoming artists, not trying to scam them.
With all the different services out there, I’ve had clients tell me some of the bad experiences they have had.
To me, that’s just lame. You should get what you paid for, and when a “professional” is going to mix your song, you should be 100% happy at the end.
So here is a list of questions I think you should ask any of us before you pay to get your song mixed and mastered.
- Do they have a Refund Policy? – I get not wanting to offer a refund policy. Mixing and Mastering takes a lot of time, and to not get paid for your time sucks. But you know what sucks even more? Artists who spend their hard earn money for a mix they can’t use. That’s why I put my money where my mouth is. If you don’t like my mix, you get a refund. I feel confident enough in my skills to be able to do that. I know I’m not going to nail every mix. Being perfect is impossible. So for the few I don’t, I’d rather them find someone who can bring their vision to life.
- Who’s Mixing and Mastering My Song – I think this is a valid question when paying for an online mixing and mastering service. I look at some sites, and I can tell right away who’s mixing the song. I see other’s and I have no idea. I think having a one-on-one connection is vital in the mixing and mastering process. So make sure you get directly communicate with the mixing engineer.
- Where are they Mixing my Song? – This one is a bit tricky, cause I know some dudes who can get a really good mix in a bedroom studio. However, you can gain some perspective into how serious and experienced the mixing engineer is by seeing where he mixes and masters. I mix in a professionally designed room with some of the best gear made in the world. Does it make my mixes better than the guy mixing your song in his bedroom? I give myself the edge on that one.
- How many revisions do I get? – After you get the first mix, you might want to make changes. Knowing how many revisions you get might be helpful in making a decision. I offer 2-3 with a small fee for extras, some offer none, others offer unlimited. So depending on how picky you are, that could be a deciding factor.
I hope these questions will be helpful for you when picking your next mixing and mastering engineer. Feel free to reach out if I can help in any way.