My name is Björgvin Benediktsson and I run Audio Issues. I've been an audio engineer for over 10 years. I've written over 1,000 articles on audio production that have helped thousands of audio engineers and musicians improve their music since 2011 and I'm the #1 best-selling author of Step by Step Mixing.
However, I understand that not everybody wants to learn the ins and outs of mixing. You’d rather have someone else tackle your song and give you a killer mix you can use to promote your music.
That’s why I’ve started offering mixing services, http://patricksamuel.net/art/alien-mind/ to help those that like knowing a little bit about audio but don’t want to spend years learning to create a professional mix.
I work with local independent bands in my studio, Icelandic Embassy Studios, but it doesn't matter where in the world you are if you've already recorded your songs.
You can simply send the tracks to me, I'll mix them until you're satisfied and you can send them to all your fans.
I focus mostly on rock, folk and singer/songwriter style rock and other home studio productions.
I'm great at making your instruments sound as great as they can be, but if you're doing heavy electronic techno, hip-hop or rap then I'm sure there are other mixing engineers that are better suited for your style.
If you fit into any of the above categories, then keep reading. I might be able to help!
Here's what you can expect from the mixing process when you work with me.
I'll create an initial mix for your song(s) for you to give feedback on. This initial mix is for making sure we are on the same page when it comes to the sound you want.
Once you've listened to the initial mix a few times, you'll give me feedback on what (if anything) you want changed.
Once you're ready to give feedback, think about:
cheap generic Orlistat 120 mg no prescription The overall balance: Are the instruments placed where you like them in level and panning, or do you want some things to be louder/quieter than they are now
buy the stars lyrics The use of reverb/delay/effects: Do you like where each of the instruments are placed from front to back. Do you want things to be dryer or would you like more reverb/space on certain things
The overall mix in general: Is there anything that jumps out at you that sounds different than you imagined? Or is there something buried in the mix that you want to be brought up?
I'll do any changes you need to get to the finished mix you love. A final mix usually takes about 3 revisions until it's completely ready so don't hesitate to ask me to change something you want fixed.
If you need your mix mastered I'll gladly help you arrange that. You'll receive your mix loud enough to stream for your band's online release, but if you're working on an album I highly recommend a dedicated mastering engineer for that part of the process. I can take care of that process as well for a nominal extra fee.
Ola Sunning, a Scandinavian folk artist from Sweden, came to me with a song he was struggling to mix himself.
I have a song I would like to get mixed and mastered if you think you can make it sound a lot better. I think my attempt still sound like a home recording. Don't like that since it will be released on Spotify. Sound a bit like listening in a can.
After working with me through the mixing and mastering process he was very satisfied with the results.
Nice job! It sounds so much better than my effort, I'm really pleased! What a difference!! It feels like you understood what I was going for. Nice to work with you and I will let you know when it will be realesed.I will get in touch with you when the next songs are ready.
The easiest way to send files over for me to mix is through WeTransfer.com or upload it to a shared drive in Dropbox. From there I'll download your tracks and get to work according the process outlined above.
The easiest way for me to mix your song is if I can start from scratch with your raw recordings.
So you'll have to export all your files too as audio files that start at the same time so they sync up. If you have problems with this I can help you through it.
I also offer mix feedback and coaching if you're working on your own mixes and just want someone to guide you through the process and give you helpful pointers on how you can improve the mixes you're currently working on.
This is perfect! I agree that the balance is good most of the time, but everything sounds fairly flat. My first prints had more going to the reverb and delay sends, but things lost their focus. I think I may not have been using the right space/approaching it too simply. Listening to it now, there are some places where I can bring the vocal more forward and it shouldn't be so dry. I initially approached the drums on every song pretty much the same way, thinking that was the way to keep things cohesive, but saw pretty early on that the more driven songs need to be treated differently than the lighter ones. I'm kind of afraid of stereo widening plugs so I'll try those other methods. Right now I don't have anything on the mix buss but I might do just a little work on it in the next round. Thanks a bunch for taking time to do this!!
If you want to learn to mix your new EP or album by yourself but don't know how to get a professional quality sound then a custom mix tutorial might be something you'd be interested in.
You'll get a professionally mixed song in addition to a video where I walk you through the exact steps I took to get to your finished mix.
"Thank you very much for your extremely informative mix tutorial. I’ve only been mixing for a couple of years now and have been learning on the fly through books, online videos and a few courses sourced through the web (quite a few of yours by by the way!).
My main goal is not really to become an engineer and mix for other musicians (am not counting this out though) but to produce and release my own “space/psych/pop/ambient/whatever” music. As with all creative endeavors, feedback and collaboration are integral parts of any creative process so by deliberately isolating oneself as a “solo” musician can be quite a hard path as self doubt, second guessing and sometimes just pure, dead set confusion can set in.
So, I guess, most of what you went through in the mix tutorial with my song was not necessarily new information to me, but because it was presented in such a logical and cohesive fashion, I really felt that I got a huge amount from it. Not the least being how to control the EQ. and utilize reverb effectively.
Previously, I focused on trying to fix things with broad changes using only a couple of mix moves per track/issue, whereas you showed the true value of small incremental steps to get to where you’re aiming for with the mix.
And in regards to the focus of a mix, I really think you ‘got’ my aim for a mix that sounds clear and cohesive but also a bit old school and analogue, a la some of the 70s music I’m so obviously influenced by.
Another big takeaway for me was that mixing truly is a subjective artform along with the actual composition, arrangement and performance stages and that a clear goal before you start is if not a must, then extremely helpful. I’ll try to stop mixing as I write/arrange/track from now on!!"
Jevan Cole - Home Studio Musician
Included with any of my production packages I offer my music marketing course: Musicpreneurship 101.
The strategies I teach you in Musicpreneurship 101 are designed so you can take your newly mixed song and start promoting it to your fans.
They include advice from my 8+ years of experience as a full-time audio engineer, musician and entrepreneur that you can learn from to become a self-employed music professional. Musicpreneurship 101 and my music business services includes advice I've paid thousands of dollars for in coaching and education which has paid for itself multiple times over. It's helped me create location independence and financial freedom that's allowed me to work from anywhere, whether I'm on tour with a band or writing from a café.
If you are interested in becoming a full-time musician, audio engineer or creative artist, I can also help you create a Success Strategy around your music.
Below you can find a few examples of some of the mixes I've done in the past.
Bjorgvin, your ears are unbelievable!
I've worked in live sound doing huge concerts back home in my native Iceland (that's where the name is from), recorded bands in Madrid, Spain (where I went to audio engineering school) and now I produce, record and mix local bands in Tucson, Arizona (I get around a lot...).
Through these diverse experiences I've grown to learn one thing:
I've taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.
If I can help somebody improve the sound of their music and that helps them get extra fans and exposure I think I've done a great job.
That's what I'm all about. I've learned a lot from working in the industry since 2006 and I hope my knowledge can help you make your mixes sound amazing.