About Mixing, Mastering and Our Services

Hit and Run Recording's mastering and multitrack mixing services offer a most affordable and direct way for the recordings of your songs to sound their best. Imagine your recordings being taken to a new level, and make it a reality by filling out a project form and working with us. Thank you for taking the time to find out about our mastering and mixing services for projects not recorded at Hit and Run Recording.

Mastering Service - Mastering is the final stage of the recording process where the tonal balances and volume levels of a collection of stereo mixes of songs are raised up to commercially consistent and accepted levels. The mastering process - to a degree - can also influence problematic muddy and/or harsh fequencies of a mix, increase defintion and punch, depth and fullness.
Mixing Service - While the mastering process can alter the overall dynamic and tonal balances of a stereo recording, a stereo mix of music is actually a very limited format for an engineer to work with - when compared to the amount, and quality of enhancing-creative -corrective options available while mixing a multitrack recording of the same music.

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Band's mix - Hit and Run Recording mix

With mastering for example, if the stereo mix has a bass guitar with a problematic frequency, the mastering engineer will end up cutting some of the low end punch frequencies from the kick drum when they subtract the problematic bass guitar frequencies from the stereo mix during the mastering process. It makes much more sense, not to mention creates a better result, to address the problematic bass guitar frequencies with the right equalizer and settings on the bass guitar track itself during the mixdown.

This is what our mixing service is all about: get the mix right first, then proceed to get that mix mastered at the mastering facility of your choice-(hopefully you will consider us!). With our mixing service, an experienced professional with the knack and an objective ear, will mix your multi-track recordings using the right combinations of analog and digital gear to: equalize, compress, set levels, pan, subgroup, effect, and all of the other things that go into making a great mix. For more information, see the Mixing Details section below. Price: $75 per song*

* Current, quantity discount rate.

MASTERING SERVICE DETAILS If you would like your tracks mastered at Hit and Run Recording, here is how the process works:
  1. Submit a completed "Project Form" - After you have submitted this Project Form, we would then send you a mastering project price quote confirmation email with a price quote based on this Current Price Chart and a link to upload the wav file for one of the songs you want to be mastered.
  2. Prepare your files to be sent in - Please read Preparing Your Audio Files For Mastering
  3. Upload one of your songs to our FTP server - After we have sent you the price quote confirmation email with simple instructions for uploading your files, you can then upload the wav files for one of your songs. A portion of that song would be mastered for free and an MP3 of the mastered portion would be emailed back to you for your appraisal. This process allows you to try our service and hear your recording professionally mastered free of charge.
  4. Payment and delivery of your project's wav files for mastering - If you like the resulting sound quality of our mastering service, and you want us to master your project's collection of songs, you would then pay 50% of the total quoted price and deliver the rest of the wav files that comprise your project. You can deliver the wav files by uploading them, or mail a DVD or CDr with the wav files to our street address. After we receive the rest of the files and the first half payment, we would then complete the mastering and notify you. You would then pay the remaining 50% balance and we would then provide the mastered files as a DDP image via an FTP download such as DropBox. Or if you prefer, (2) CDr masters and PQ code printouts can be mailed to the mailing address you provided on your Project Form for an additional $25 including shipping.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Hit and Run Recording's Mastering Service *Payment information can be found at he bottom of this page.

 

MIXING SERVICE DETAILS If you would like your tracks mixed at Hit and Run Recording, here is how the process works:
  1. Submit a completed "Project Form": After you have completed and submitted this Project Form, we would then send you a mixing confirmation email with a price quote to mix and/or master one of your songs. We start with just one of your songs so that you can determine if you like the process and the results for the least amount of money. If you like our work with the first song, and hire our services to mix, or mix and master four or more songs for your album, we would credit the non-discounted, single song rate from your final payment, The mixing confirmation and price quote email will also have information about delivering your multitrack files to us.
  2. Prepare your files to be sent in - Please read: Preparing Your Files For Mixing
  3. Deliver your multitrack files for the first song: After you receive the mixing confirmation email, you can upload the multitrack files for the first song using the upload link we provided in the mixing confirmation email. Note that uploading a large multitrack recording can take a long time, therefore we recommend that you mail us a CDr or DVD with the multitrack files for our mixing services to this street address: Hit and Run Recording, 18704 Muncaster Rd, Rockville, MD 20855 - USA
  4. Payment for mixing the first song: A 50% payment based on the Current Price Chart for one song is required for the mixdown of your first song to be scheduled. Upon receipt of the multitrack wav files for the first song and the 50% payment, the services for the first song would be completed within 10 business days and you would be notified by email. At that time, the remaining 50% payment would be due. Upon our receipt of the balance due, we would email you an MP3 of the mix. Payments can be securely made at the bottom of this page.
  5. Delivery of the multitrack files and payment for mixing the rest of your project's songs: If you like working with us and the resulting sound quality of our mixing, and/or mastering services with the first song, and you want us to mix, or mix and master your collection of songs, you would then pay 50% of the total quoted price for your project and upload (or mail to our street address) the rest of the wav files that comprise your project. After we receive the rest of the files and the first half payment, we would then complete the mixing service, or the mixing and mastering services. You would then pay the remaining balance and we would email your project's songs as MP3 files. If everything sounds good, and you request no additional mix options via email, we then provide the 24 bit mixed files via FTP download such as DropBox . If you selected both our mixing and mastering services on your project form, upon completion, a Red Book CDr master of your project along with the PQ code printout would be provided via FTP download such as DropBox. Or a (2) CDr masters and PQ code printouts  can be mailed to the mailing address you provided on your Project Form for an additional $25 including shipping.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Hit and Run Recording's Mixing Service

Payment Information - After you have submitted a project form and recieved an email confirmation with a price quote from us, you can make payments using our secure online payment options, or by check mailed to our studio's street address.Online Payments: Credit, debit, or PayPal account payments are made by clicking the $1 Incremental Button on the right side of this section and entering the dollar amount in the Quantity Field.

For example, to pay for the cost of mixing four songs ($340), you would click the $1 Incremental Button to the right, and type in "340" in the quantity field, which would create a $340 payment amount.

Payment by Check: Checks should be made out to Hit and Run Recording and mailed to: Hit and Run Recording, 18704 Muncaster Rd. Rockville, MD 20855. Checks typically take 7 - 10 business days to clear.
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