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.
I’ve had clients tell me about some of the bad experiences that 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? – Most online mixing and mastering services don’t offer refunds. Mixing and Mastering takes a lot of time. The mixing and mastering engineer has no control over where and how the source was recorded and sometimes the client has unrealistic expectations of what the mixing and mastering engineer can do. However, I understand that the artist is spending their hard earned money. I offer a 50% refund for all of the elite packages that we offer.
- 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 have direct communication with the mixing and mastering 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 or mastering 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 can 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.