At Upaya Sound I offer online mixing for artists of any genres loosely related to rock, indie and folk music. I aim to achieve a punchy, clear and transparent sound for your recordings, with warmth and depth, giving each instrument room to breathe. In my recording studio in Hamburg, I can offer mixing and mastering online, as well as tracking, editing and production services.
Before we begin the online mixing and mastering process, I like to get an idea of what sound an artist is aiming to achieve with their recording. Usually a band will name 2-3 artists they are inspired by whose sound they are looking to emulate. It’s not about looking to copy a particular sound, but rather find common ground between your record and a particular band or album.
The magic happens when artists name several influences from different genres. Blending the sounds from one particular record with another and combining that with the client’s own music is what creates an entirely new and exciting result in the recording and mixing process.
Once the audio files are delivered for online mixing, I will listen to them and get back to you with any comments or suggestions. If there is anything that can be improved before mixing, it should be attended to. There is nothing worse than swapping out files after a mix has been completed.
It could be that the tracks could benefit from editing before the mixing stage. I offer drum editing, instrument editing and vocal tuning, but only when the track really needs it. I prefer to keep a recording as natural as possible – despite all the technology we have available, the human element is the most important!
Once everything is in order, I will get to work on the mix. In the case of an album, I usually work with the most important track first and get that finished to your satisfaction before proceeding with the rest. The first mix then acts as a guide for the rest of the album. 2-3 revisions usually suffice before we can call a mix finished on any track.
Once all tracks are mixed to your satisfaction we can move on to mastering. I work with several partner mastering studios who I trust to deliver high quality results from the mixes I send them. I offer mastering as part of my full service packages so that you can focus on the music while I ensure the highest quality sound for your record.
So, what do my mixes sound like? In order to give you an idea of what I can do for you with my online mixing and mastering service, I have put together some before and after clips of tracks I have worked on. As you will see, the difference between the raw recordings and the final product is immense. Have a listen for yourself!
It doesn’t matter how high you set your goals for the best production perfect mix and for your record, the price is always an important factor. I try to keep my prices competitive while offering a high quality service. I do offer discounts for larger projects, so get in touch and we can see what we can do together.