Calvin Venus a professional mixing and mastering billboard engineer at The Food Audio who is a regular feature on our resident podcast ‘#UKCHH Podcast’. He shares his knowledge with music artists and producers on how to improve the working to the final product of their music.
If you really believe in your craft, back it up; by putting a little more money in with the right people and places. – Calvin Venus
Below are 3 simple pointers that will help you on your musical journey. Remember to be patient with the process. You’ll get there with consistent practice.
Pre-production – Have an Idea
Have an idea of what you want. When you speak to an engineer show them what you want it to sound like. Failure to do so can make the project go past its deadline. By on-going edits, miscommunication on the project can delay your production process.
Have an objective view if you are going to do it yourself and research before you go. Be prepared before you start your project it will help re-coup and save time when your project is underway.
Volume – Mixing vs Mastering
Sometimes the volume is too low! Mixing tells you the levels of the instruments, how the sonic package is going to be received.
Mastering does that, it deals with the nips and tucks where it needs to be so it sounds sonically pleasing to the listener.
Using online mastering sites are similar to driverless cars. However working with a masterer, you can have a more tailored process. Both work, but it comes down to the tailoring of your music.
Translation – What does it sound like elsewhere
Listen to the mix somewhere else, get early to church and play it through the speakers, plug in the aux and play it in your car. Play it through your headphones or through your phone speaker.
Make sure your mix is translated. Try to give it 24hours then listen to it again, reflect.
Even your favourite artist doesn’t sound like the finished article, that’s the job of the engineer to bring about the team effort of your work. Find someone who sees’s your vision, knows your style and is easy to work with.
Remember you can always improve! Ask someone for advice, reach out to someone who’s work impresses and inspires you. You might get a few knockbacks, but remember that the answer is one person away.
You rarely get a second chance for a first impression!
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