Hi, Im Tom, I have mixed and mastered songs such as (my own) Baardman's tracks which has 70k plays on Spotify. My tracks have been played by Afterlife's Colyn, Guy J, Hernan Cattaneo and more. I mastered Luke Coulson's track 'Higher' that has almost 500k plays on Spotify. House producer Harry Bolton who has had the tracks played by EDX in his sets.
My Mixing and Mastering is geared for Electronic music. What makes me quite unique is that I add dynamic range in certain areas, this is because music produced electronically has less dynamics due to the music being programmed not played. When used subtly, alongside with mid/side processing this can bring electronic tracks to life. However, compression and limiting is still used where needed, for example to get the track loud to compete with other professional tracks in the same genre, or if a recorded vocal line pops out in areas.
When submitting your track to be mastered I require you to also send me a link to at least* one track in the same genre of how you want your track to sound. Using this mix will give me a guide to get inside the producers head and see their vision of the desired sound.
My Mixing and Mastering consists of:
1. Reference- Analyse tracks within the genre to get the track to sonically stand up amongst the best tracks in the genre. This includes giving a similar LUFS.
2. Corrective mastering - Perform a frequency check to find the right frequency balance and fix any parts of the track that need attention.
3. Creative mastering - Give the track a more 3D sound through the use of dynamic eq and mid side processing and more.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
14 Reviews - 2 Repeat ClientsEndorse Tom Baardman
Great Mixing from Tom.
Efficient, fast and professional.
We will definitely come back again!
Thanks for another great job. Thoroughly impressed with the quality of the masters on all 3 tracks, they sound excellent on a big system. Fast turnaround and pleasant to work with
great master as always
Amazing work from Tom as usual, can't recommend enough
Another great set of masters by the master of mastering :D Highly recommended!
Great master, been using Tom for years now and always delivers a great result
Another stellar effort by Tom. He's really fun to work with and has great feedback that's easy to understand.
Great mastering services and high-quality feedback on my original tracks.
Great & fast mastering!
Been using Tom for years to master my tracks and he never fails to deliver! He's done an absolutely superb job on this one, really pleased with the outcome. Would definitely recommend!
Great work mastering tracks! Added a lot of depth and range to the frequencies. Highly recommended.
Tom has mastered both my tracks for an upcoming EP. Done an absolutely immense job, both tracks sounding extremely professional. Great guy to work with too!
Couldn't have asked for a better master, Done some sort of imaging that really brought the track to life and made it 3d and pop.
Can't wait to send more to Tom.
Interview with Tom Baardman
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To deliver my work to the best standard I can do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I get a range of questions but commonly is how much headroom to leave for a pre master. and as long as you give my your track with no compression or clipping on the master buss this is enough for me to play with.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think mastering is is whacking a limiter on and getting the loudest it can be, however its much more than that My mastering consists of: 1. Reference- Analyse tracks within the genre to get the track to sonically stand up amongst the best tracks in the genre. This includes giving a similar LUFS. 2. Corrective mastering - Perform a frequency check to find the right frequency balance and fix any parts of the track that need attention. 3. Creative mastering - Give the track a more 3D sound through the use of dynamic eq and mid side processing.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Doing my first full mix and master for a band in college and after submitting it my lecturer saying that it was the best mix of the class!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many of my own productions, some film/trailer music and some electronic. Also doing a few masters for clients and friends
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Luke Coulson, Such a good vocalist and plenty of experience working with producers. If you need a vocalist hit him up!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because you can get digital pretending to be analog, you can't the other way round
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being involved in music every day
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for a track
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: The better the mix sent the more potential the master has
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook pro, Adam A7x monitors, AKG K-271 headphones, Apple Airpods and a full size digital piano
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been producing music for approximately 6 years and Mastering for 3
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Electronic, Emotion
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Stan Kolev just so he could show me his mixing process as he manages to create some unreal mixed tracks!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When producing electronic music and programming synths drums etc, it can all be too perfect when relating to dynamics and timing which is the opposite of recorded music and this can make a track feel lifeless or stagnant. So instead of reducing the dynamics through the use of compression sometimes dynamics need to be given through the use of various processes such as expansion.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly electronic such as all of the sub-genres of EDM or Hip Hop/Rnb
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I tend to focus on my weakest skill and strengthening that to overall improve my productions and mixes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I see mixing and mastering as not only corrective or bringing it to industry standard, however, it can be another creative process. When executed correctly mixing and mastering can enhance the emotion that is intended by the original artist. This is my initial goal, before bringing it to industry or genre standard.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When mixing and mastering, It varies massively from track to track due to the type of track given (stereo master/stem master etc) and the vision of the producer or artist on how they would like their track to sound. Typically I will start with my mastering template however some tracks may require all of the processing and others may require entirely different processing
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly in the box as I believe this is the best way for efficient workflow. Through the invention of many analog emulation plugins, am analog sounding mix can be achieved alongside the pros of using digital.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Could provide a long list of artists that inspire me across many genres. However, one real inspiration in the mixing and mastering world would be Luca Pretolesi who has mixed and mastered tracks for the likes of Major Lazer. I have had my own productions personally reviewed by him and he has taught many mixing and mastering tips. Hannes Beiger is also a horary mention he knows what hes doing.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering for clients mostly.