Before a Session

5 Mistakes to Avoid Before Sending Your Mix to Mastering

By Brad Johnson on Sunday Sep, 11th 2022
It's finally time to take your music to the next level and get it mastered. But before you do, there are a few critical mixing mistakes you need to make sure you didn't make. These mistakes can easily be made by both beginner and experienced engineers and can severely impact your final record if left unchecked. Make sure you read this before you hit send!

Mixing with buss compression

By Nick Landis on Monday May, 30th 2011
When preparing your mixes for a mastering session, we typically get the question, "Should I take the L2 and compressor off the mix bus?"  My first thoughts run through my head like asking why or what are you doing. . . but I refrain myself. I go on to explain that mastering engineers basically have 2 tools at their disposal: compression and eq.  If the mixes are already compressed within an inch of their life, it ties one of the mastering engineer's hands behind their back.

Album Credits II

By Nick Landis on Monday Jul, 12th 2010

This is the second installment of a series about Album Credits.  As this is just to help brainstorming, I will just make a list that recommended album credits to include on the artwork.  Hopefully this will help you remember to try to include everyone that worked on your product.

Front Cover

  • Album Title
  • Artist

Back Cover

Album Credits I

By Nick Landis on Monday Jun, 28th 2010

I'm starting a several week installment talking about album credits.  Artwork on an album cover provides much more than just a pretty package to catch the eye of a browsing music fan.  It provides a place to tell a little more about your work, lyrics and production of the project.

Tape Layback

By Nick Landis on Monday May, 3rd 2010
Layback Mastering is the process of recording your mix to analog tape and mastering from the analog tapes.  If you recorded and mixed completely digitally, you may consider asking about tape layback as an option for mastering.  It can add that analog 'warmth' to a project or give that last little bit of 'glue' that makes a mix really come together.  We have several choices in analog tape machines including Ampex, Sony and Studer.  Each sound a little different and each has different options.