Mixing And Mastering

Audio Engineering Solutions Built On First Principles

What Is Mixing?

Mixing is balancing, so for us at Unlock Your Sound, balance is at the very forefront of every decision we make.

Much like when cooking your favourite dish, the quality of the end product is predicated on how well you balance ingredients.

In audio mixing, balancing includes relative levels of instruments, dynamics, placement in the 3D sound stage, and overall frequency content.

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When you buy mixing and mastering from me, the mixing will be handled by a member of my team before being passed through me for mastering. This allows me to master the mix objectively and with a fresh perspective.

This streamlined process means less back-and-forth for you as I can ascertain the needs of the mix as I master it.

What Is Mastering?

Much like retouching photos, the purpose of mastering is to bring out the full potential of the material and author to final production medium.

What’s included?

With regard to audio processing, this will include anything that’s necessary such as EQ, Compression, and Limiting.

Depending on what you intend to do with your music, you will usually receive an .wav file back from us with any necessary authoring of DDP Images and embedding of ISRC.

Mastering is Photoshop for audio (in the hands of a skilled user). When you’ve finished, what you find is that even though all the individual changes were quite small and subtle, overall they make a massive difference.

~ Ian Shepherd

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Apple Certified Logic Pro 9

First Class Honours Degree in Music Technology

Graduate of Ian’s Shepherd’s Mastering Masterclass

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My team and I always strive to do what’s best for the song including editing, level management, tonal balance, separation, dynamics, loudness, imaging, and everything else that contributes to the quality of the end-product.

Not sure what you need?

We are more than happy to discuss your needs over email, Skype, or any of your preferred means.

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If you’re not sure if you need mixing, mastering, or both, but you need a set of ears over something, please feel free to send it to us for a free review. It might be a recording, a mix, or anything you need a fresh perspective on.


Every project is different. Every budget is different.

We are happy to work with you to a solution that helps you towards your goals in a way that is cost effective.

A single stereo master from a single stereo mix file is £35.

For mix projects, we will ask for a 50% down-payment and invoice on delivery of work.