Pro Mixing





    Philosophy and persistence 
         Mixing blends professional acoustic presentation with melodic artistry to broaden and deepen the inspiration your musical performance conveyed to listeners.  We balance and enrich your audio performance in terms of comprehensiveness and profundity with modern hi-tech or old-school classic acoustic gears.

         Preliminary project processes after recording and prior to mixing include track editing, track selection, format conversion and export, sometimes even midi-audio rendering or file format transform and tone coloration.  These preliminary processes demand full indulgence and attentiveness on the mixing engineer’s part with the purpose of catching and fixing even the slightest flaw or background noise that will deteriorate the quality of the end product.   This task typically calls for assistance from a mixing adjunct who has basic knowledge in music and has received professional training to ensure nothing is inadvertently and irreversibly erased or modified that may adversely affect track synchronization.  Only with quality preliminary processing can final mixing proceed with fluency and success.

         The higher-than-normal sound pressure a mixing engineer typically works under can result in hearing fatigue over extended mixing session.  As a result, a mixing engineer must control the length of his/her working sessions to avoid deterioration in hearing acuteness that impairs the quality of the mix down.   During the mixing sessions, the adjunct assists in equipment operation and cross-checking the acoustic quality of the mix down.

         Audio signal processors play important roles in mixing.  They can be grossly classified into two types ─ digital and analog, the former are commercialized as plugins and out-board gears (external add-ons).   Both types are used in typical mixing operations.   We don’t easily choose a digital unit just for the convenience and high cost effectiveness it provides; likewise, we don’t favor a given analog unit just for its good reputation and high price-tag.   Instead, our choice of audio signal processors for a given mixing project is based on the specific acoustic features they create in each individual sound tracks with the goal that they convolute to create the desired glamor during play back.

         The placement of the speakers and the environmental acoustics of the mixing room must be fastidiously arranged.  The installation of the mixing environment must follow certain standardized empirical rules regarding sound reflection and reverberation, any deviation from such optimized criteria misleads the mixing engineer in his perception and interpretation of details conveyed  in the soundstage and image.   In a mixing session, the engineer selects appropriate monitoring speakers based on the genre and publication purpose of the music as the primary auditing sound generating unit, with repeated cross-checking using auxiliary sound systems with different acoustic characters to ensure accurate regeneration of acoustic details in various auditing environments.

         At the final stage, the producer and the project director will work with us side by side to make final touch-ups to meet your satisfaction.

    Details involved in professional mixing operations
         The use of audio signal processors is an important theme in professional mixing projects.  Multiple signal processors are usually used for generating the delicate contents important for presenting, enhancing, polishing, optimizing, color rendering, soundstage simulation, and frequency designation for individual sound tracks.  In any event, each processor has its dedicated I/O settings, Send/Return, sidechain, insert, system/DSP resources consumption, parameter settings, scope of application, compatibility/exclusivity, algorithm resolving power, and I/O or actuation delay; all these together complicates the optimization of a mixing project that takes time and experience on the engineer’s part to come up with the best solution.

         The appropriate use of audio signal processors on various occasions, and creative deployment of them is art.  Pro-mixing to the original musical performance is like adding icing to the cake, its goal is to present the audio performance in the most impressive and lingering fashion; alternatively, a pro-mixing engineer adjusts inaccurate timber or pitch in the original track taking into consideration special characteristics of each processor and the integrated presentation of the musical piece.

         Sometimes, a mixing project is executed with the stem-mixing method – mixing audio material into groups of “stems” (also referred to as submixes, subgroups, or busses), each composed of tracks with similar acoustic characteristics, such as chorus, backing vocal, percussion section, and rhythm section.  The mixing engineer can then focus on each stem units and perform needed fine tuning to perfect the stems separately.  The final master mix is then generated by integrating all the stems.  Stem-mixing makes the mixing process more effective and convenient in adjusting sound-pressure balance, instrument placement in the soundstage, soundstage locating, and feature enhancement, without sacrificing accuracy and delicacy of detail presentation.  Old school studios use conventional analog acoustic devices and the stem mixing method in their post-mastering projects.  MuScene Studio can provide you with either mix-down masters or stem sound tracks.

         As for subjects concerning bit rates, MuScene Studio applies DSP and audio computing systems based on 32-bit floating point calculations.  While these highly powerful processing systems cost significant investment, they provide extra headroom in project operation, enabling us to present highly dynamic performances with crystal delicacy.
    Because of our faith in the pursuit of perfection and professionalism, the production of one single song takes us typically 1~3 long working days, in strong contrast with some commercial studios who can produce one or even two songs daily.

    Value Service you get from MuScene Studio
         You are encouraged to work with our mixing engineer side by side throughout your project.  You can benefit from a deeper awareness of the artistic features of mixing, how actually mixing is executed, and what modern techniques are used to achieve desired acoustic effects; such awareness can inspire your creativity as a producer.  We believe that through our professional and interactive service you can promote your own professional excellence with our solid, American-style old-school know-hows.

    MuScene studio sincerely looking forward to work together with you!

                             Service  Charge                                            US $966~2242/ each song