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READ THIS FIRST!

You Put Your Heart And Soul Into this Music 

THE MIXING AND MASTERING PROCESS CAN MAKE OR BREAK IT

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You want your music to be heard and appreciated by all of your current and future fans. Once you release these songs, there is no going back.

 

The songs are out there forever. The last thing you want is to hate the sound of your own songs for the next decade. I've been there myself, and it's a terrible feeling.

 

There's nothing worse than going back to an album you spent a year of your life on, only to hate the sound of the mix.

 

Let's create something you will be proud of:

You've written songs you can be proud of, and you have a vision for the sound of the final product. Now it's time to put your baby into the hands of someone else.

 

Green Engine Recordings will be working with you to turn your vision into a finished, polished recording that you and your fans can enjoy for the rest of your lives. 

 

Now read check the left side of the page or keep scrolling to read your proposal!

If you're on a mobile, just hit the menu button.

 

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WHAT YOU GET

All The Details About What's In It For You

THE OBVIOUS STUFF

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Guitar Reamping

Your guitar tones may sound AMAZING by themselves or in the rough mix. The problem is that the tone was created in a "vacuum." This means there was no context to the other final elements in the mix during the tone creation process.

 

Once I craft the final drum and bass tones in the mix, and balance the levels, the original guitar tones may not fit. This is where my reamping services come into play.

 

If I'm mixing your music, the reamping services are included at no extra charge. I only want what is best for the final mix, whether that means using your tones, or creating my own tones for your songs.

 

Bass Reamping

The same thing applies for bass reamping. I prefer to have a bass DI available for reamping, as the bass tones created at the tracking studio aren't always usable.

 

Drum Samples

When mixing this type of music, drum samples often play a large role in the final sound. I love to use the natural drums wherever possible, but this is entirely dependant on external factors that are out of my control.

 

Creating usable natural drum tones requires an audio engineer that knows his room and what mics to use. The drum set needs to be of decent quality along with brand new drum heads that have been broken in and tuned properly.

 

The drummer also needs to be a hard hitter, with a damn near machine-like consistency. Honestly there are very few drummers in the world that are able to pull this off. If this is the case with your music, it will be my pleasure to keep the drums as natural as possible.

 

In most circumstances I will blend the drum samples in with the natural drums in order to create "that sound" that this genre is known for. In rare cases, I will 100% sample-replace the drum shells.

 

Drum Humanization 

If the drums are sent to me as MIDI, then I will spend time humanizing them so they sound more natural and less programmed.

 

When adding samples to a real drum performance, I will adjust all sample velocity to match the drummer's playingstyle.

 

Mixing

This is the bulk of the work. This can include, but is not limited to: EQ, Compression, Parallel Compression, Limiting, Normalization, Saturation, Automation, Delay, Reverb, Creating Busses and Sends, Balancing Levels, Making Shit Sound Excellent, Etc. 

 

Mastering

Mastering is the final step of audio post-production. The purpose of mastering is to balance sonic elements of a stereo mix and optimize playback across all systems and media formats.

 

Traditionally, mastering is done using tools like equalization, compression, limiting and stereo enhancement.

There are several considerations in this process: unifying the sound of a record, maintaining consistency across an album, and preparing for distribution.

When mastering your specific genre of music, there are a few key techniques that I use to ensure that clarity of the mix is upheld while creating a full-bodied and competitively leveled master. 

 

THE NOT-SO-OBVIOUS

 

Feedback

I can give you input and feedback on technical questions about mix prep, best practices for engineering and editing your songs, instrument choices, string choices, microphone/preamp choices, or anything else that can impact the result of the final product.

 

The better the source audio, the better the final product will be. I'll be here to help wherever I can to make sure everything is the highest quality possible before you send it to me.

 

This is the definition of a win/win outcome. I want to do whatever I can to make sure the final produce is excellent!

 

Revisions 

Included for free are 3 rounds of revisions. Because I set aside time on my calendar to do revisions, you can take as much time as needed to gather each batch of revisions without needing to stick to a specific schedule. 

 

My goal is to make this as smooth and easy of a process as possible for you. 

 

3.

WHAT YOU DON'T GET

Here's What is NOT Included

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These are the things that are not included in the price, and should be completed by the tracking engineer. However, if needed, we do offer most of these services at an extra charge. 

 

Editing

This includes guitar editing, bass editing, drum editing, vocal editing, pitch correction, etc. 

 

Additional Production

This includes post production, FX, synth, atmospheric soundscapes, extensive instrumental effects (delays, reverbs, etc.).

 

4.

​THE PROCESS AND TIMESCALE

What does the process look like, and how long will this all take?

Here Are All The Steps In The Process

 

STEP 1: PROPOSAL

This is where you are now. We've sent you this lovely proposal, and you're now reading it with your own eyes. It's a beautiful thing. 

This gives you a detailed overview of what is included, what is not included, what to expect, the timeline, the investment, the next steps, and the terms & conditions.

If no next steps have been taken after a reasonable amount of time, the proposal will expire and will no longer be valid.

  

STEP 2: DEPOSIT

Once you've looked over everything, spoken to your bandmates, and agreed that Green Engine Recordings is your best option, we will send you an invoice for the 40% deposit.

 

STEP 3: SCHEDULE

Once the deposit has been paid, we'll discuss dates that work for both of our schedules. Keep in mind that no dates are guaranteed  until a deposit has been paid. There are no exceptions to this rule.

This allows us to give you more options for scheduling. Otherwise, our calendar would be booked solid for the next 12 months, and 50% of those bands would fall off the face of the earth with no explanation.

 

STEP 4: FILES

Sometime between sending us your deposit and your first scheduled day of mixing, you'll need to send us your session files. We have a strict guide for how to organize and label files, so be sure to connect us to your tracking engineer so we can ensure everything goes smoothly.

 

STEP 5: FINAL PAYMENT

The remaining balance is due on the first scheduled day of mixing. If you need a few extra days to get the payment together, we allow up to 1 week for payment.

 

STEP 6: TEST MIX/MASTER

Before mixing all of the songs in your project, Tom will mix and master 1 song as a test. This allows you both to get on the same page for all of the "big picture" parts of the mix. This includes drum tones, guitar tones, bass tones, and overall mix levels. 

The revisions you make here are not counted towards your three revision limit. Spend as much time as you need to get the mix where you want it before moving on.

 

STEP 7: FULL MIX

Once the test mix has been approved, Tom will spend the bulk of his time mixing and mastering all of the tracks based on the final test mix. 

There should be no nasty surprises once you get the full mix. From here, there are typically only small revisions to make.

 

STEP 8: REVISIONS

The revision process typically goes like this:

1. Tom sends the "Full Mix," which is all of the mixing and mastered songs in one long track.

 

2. You spend a week (or so) gathering a lengthy list of minor revisions (turn up the lead at xx:xx. Turn down the vocals at xx:xx).

 

3. Tom adds the revision request to his to-do list and completes them during his next available revision calendar slot.

 

4. Rinse and repeat for revision for rounds 2 and 3.

 

By revision round 3, 99% of artists have a mix they're ready to receive final masters for. If you're part of the 1% who need additional revisions, they can be completed for a flat hourly fee.

One thing to note is that Tom will always do additional rounds of revisions for free if they're need to correct an error of his own making.

 

STEP 9: FINAL MASTER DELIVERY

You did it! The mixes and masters are done, and we'll deliver them straight to your inbox. 

 

Timescale

The entire project is usually completed within 1 to 2 months of the first scheduled date of mixing. 

The largest contributing factor of total time is the revision process. The faster you get the revisions to Tom, the quicker the entire process goes. 

Projects with more songs tend to take longer than smaller projects. However, the revision process is still the biggest factor of all. 

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5.

MEET TOM 

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Hi, I'm Tom

I've been crafting mixes for over 20 years. I have a bachelor degree in Sound Engineering and a background as a metal guitarist so understand the importance of heavy and rich clarity. With a solid footing in the live world, that has taken his mixing all over the world, Tom knows how to re-create that elusive energy in the studio. 

I say all this only because I want you to know that the music you've worked your ass off to create is in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing. 

Mixing and Mastering music is one of the easiest things to screw up, and I've seen countless bands waste money on "big studios" only because they were impressed by a gear selection. 

I'm here to make you sound good. That's it!

 

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INVESTMENT

The numbers you've been waiting to see

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Mixing

3000Kr per song for 10 songs

30,000KR

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Mixing

Included with mixing

0KR

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Discount

10+ song discount 5000Kr 

-5000Kr

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Total

Including Taxes

25,000KR

 

7.

LET'S GET STARTED

Here's what to do next

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Everything looks good to you? Awesome! Here's what to do next:

Step 1: Sign below by typing your name and email address and hitting 'Sign Proposal.'

Step 2: We'll send you an invoice for the deposit.

Step 3: Once the deposit has been paid, we'll send you a confirmation, along with the "session prep guide"                    for your engineer.

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8.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

We Like To Keep Things Simple

Instead of a bunch of legal jargon, here are our terms and conditions in plain English. 

Deposit

The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable. 

If you send a deposit for and schedule time for a full length, and only send us two song, the deposit will not be refunded.

If your band breaks up, the deposit will be forfeit.

Scheduling

The remaining balance is due on the first scheduled day of mixing. 

If you need to reschedule, please let us know as early into the process as possible. We try to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to unexpected delays. 

There is no rescheduling fee, but we reserve the right to cancel your project and forfeit your deposit if the project is delayed by more than 12 months. 

Hidden Fees

There are none. The only way you could incur additional costs is if you requested additional services that were not included in the "What You Get" section. 

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