Be sure to always water your projects. (Please credit me as "oilive leaf" in any projects completed through SoundBetter)
Description of Services
Prepping your tracks for mastering (streaming):
1. Aim for peaks of about -6db on your master bus, and do the same for your rendered pre-master files. No limiters on the master bus please! It's easy to compress a mixdown and reduce it's gain to hit -6db but that actually doesn't create more headroom.
2. Don't normalize your pre-masters!
3) Check for phase problems by listening to the mix in mono and listening for any elements that may have disappeared or sound off. Use a plugin like Voxengo's SPAN on the master while you're mixing and learn how to use it. Anything below "0" (crossing into the minus realm), is out-of-phase.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
1 ReviewsEndorse olive leaf
Olive's mastering work breathed life to my album and made it sound more like I intended it to when I recorded it. I'm very pleased with the work, our correspondence, Olive's professionalism and craft.
I'd recommend anyone who needs mastering or mixing work done in the future to reach out to Olive.
Interview with olive leaf
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: People on Youtube who make tutorial videos.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Finding work!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Clear communication, flexibility, and creativity.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on music!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: How would you describe your project in four words? Does it currently meet those descriptions as it is right now? If not, can the provider you're looking at help you with this?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A condensor mic, an interface, a laptop, an OP-1 and a pair of headphones. Although, the condensor mic probably wouldn't fare too well from the humidity!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Drink water! Also learn your gear and plugins!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything made on a computer.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think it feels something like clarity, translation and character. It can be a struggle to translate how you envision your song in your head to others so I try to act as the messenger in between. I think about intention a lot when mixing and producing and it has allowed me to bring focus to a track that may not have had it before.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I usually get asked about stems and 16-bit, 44.1khz WAV files are fine. I'll also even try mixing in mp3 stems if you want to get weird.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to wake up early in the morning and start on a project right away. I feel like I'm able to really parse through the different ideas in my head and choose the one that fits most for the project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work entirely in the box! I absolutely love it and I've been able to produce great results with a minimal setup. I'm a firm believer of less is more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my projects generally fall into the mixing side of things, whether I'm mixing an actual song myself or providing consult for an artist's mix.