What is a producer? What is the difference between producing and engineering?
When I am engineering your project, I am responsible for the audio quality of the final product. Besides all of the technical work this entails, I can also offer you an opinion on what performance I like better (or help create an uber performance through punching and editing), or recommend switching in a different amp or instrument for a certain part, or help tune your drums or dial in your bass amp (with your permission, of course). I believe in doing everything possible in getting the best sound starting from the source. For many bands or artists with a clear vision, this is the extent of what they want and need from an audio professional.
When I am producing you project, my responsibility expands to encompass the quality of the project as a whole, musically and sonically, and I make use of additional tools to help make your record everything it can be. My role as a producer can include helping determine the artistic goals for the project, allocating the budget, selecting the songs to record, working with song structure and arrangements, charting, guiding pre-production rehearsals, hiring additional musicians, scheduling sessions, coaching performances in the studio, and directing other audio professionals involved in the making of the record. I see production as a relationship & a dialogue, so I do not perform every one of these functions on every record I produce -I see myself as joining a team, and filling in those roles that are otherwise missing. As a producer, my role is to keep track of the big picture through the sometimes daunting process of making a record, and involve myself in the creative process in those areas where I can best support the making of your record.
I do a lot of analog mixing in commercial recording studios, and I also offer unattended online mixing from my own private digital studio. Which mixing venue or technology is right for you and your project, how long the process will take, and how much it will cost varies a lot depending on the nature of your music, the audio quality of your tracks, you’re preferred method of working, and your budget. You can learn more about the different ways to approach a mix session on my mixing services page, or contact me so we can discuss your project.
If you’re looking for a mix engineer, please check out the Audio Samples and Videos. All of the songs you can hear on this website are from releases I’ve mixed, both in commercial studios and in my private mix studio.
I charge a flat, inclusive producer’s fee that is determined on a per-project basis. Please contact me for more information.
Studio Engineering/Attended Mixing:
$30 per hour
Location Engineering/Live Recording:
$400 per day. Includes “basic equipment.”* Partial day rates available when appropriate.
$600 per song (up to 3 songs)
$400 per song (4 or more songs)
$45 per hour (hourly mixing and revisions)
For unattended mixing I offer different rates to suit different needs: a flat, per-song rate that allows me to spend the amount of time on each song that I find it requires, or an hourly rate that is more budget-friendly for projects with simpler mixing needs. Per-song rates include one round of revisions; additional revisions are billed at the hourly rate.
If you’re still not sure if you can afford to have me mix or engineer your project, please contact me – we can discuss your budget and I can listen to your material and see if I can do the material justice within your means.
*For remote recording sessions, I can provide the “basic equipment” necessary to record one or two musicians at a high level of quality. For more complex sessions, the rental of additional equipment will be necessary.