The small difference between Bedroom and pro mixes/masters
The major labels are not so major any more, and most artists are struggling to produce and release songs on their own, or with very little help from their independent label partners.
At the same time, we have noticed that there are more and more audio trade schools pushing out more and more graduates every semester, and those newly graduated “engineers” are offering to mix everyone’s records for next to nothing.
Moreover there are more and more “self educated” bedroom producers nowadayz that offer and advertise their services online like “mixing, mastering and courses for less than 50€” like crazy on facebook, instagram and create youtube videos about a topic they are not really into.
Even the acoustics topic is so complex and difficult that we as professional audio engineers pay professional acoustic engineers to plan and design the optimum room acoustics starting at 25k€ up to 500k€. And thats only one expense you got when starting as a mastering engineer.
In reality, there is a process to becoming a mix engineer.
- First you would intern, clean up the floor in the studio and make some coffee
- Then you would assist under established engineers and see how they mix a song
- Eventually, after years of practice, you would get to start recording
- After many more years gaining experience as a recording engineer, then and only then would you get the opportunity to mix a record
It is an honor and a privilege to join that rank of mix engineers.
Today you simply graduate from a trade school and start offering to mix projects for free or dirt cheap. Do you see the problem?
If you are searching for a mix engineer to mix your record always remember: when it comes to mixing, you get what you pay for.
And above all, whether or not you choose to hire me, do your research so you don’t end up spending money on a mix that you are not 100% happy with. At the end of the day, it’s your name on the record. You need to love it 100%, and that’s the most important thing.