Chelmsford, Essex based Mixing & Mastering Engineer - need good value, professional mixes and masters? Look no further! I love working with new artists and will always offer cheaper rates to help you get the music out there.
I work with all genres of music but specialise in Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz and R&B and have extensive music knowledge which gives me excellent "Record Sense" so that your music will sound exciting and dynamic to your listeners. You will be encouraged to tell me the names of commercially released tracks which have the sound closest to how you would like the finished tracks to sound as a reference.
My pricing is competitive and excellent rates will be offered for multiple tracks at the same time so if you are looking to release your EP or album reach out to me!
I mix and master using industry standard plugins. All mixes will have the following processing applied:
- EQing (incl. Mid/Side)
- Volume Automation
- FX (Reverb, Delay, etc)
- Vocal Tuning (if required)
You can hear more of my work at https://davestretchstudio.com
A little about me, I'm from London, UK and have been buying music since the late 80's and listen to everything from Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues and Funk. I am passionate about sound quality and client satisfaction!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Dave Stretch Studio
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I ran a home studio in the 90's as a hobby and made music for fun but never pursued it as a career. In 2020 I set up a new Home Studio and enrolled in the Produce Like A Pro Academy to upskill myself and get feedback from other professionals on my mixes - this feedback has been positive and helped me develop the weak areas I had into strengths.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic - I like to keep the vibe and energy of a song. Never want it to get stale so make decisions quickly to get the mix completed and by using extensive automation there are constant small changes which keep the listener engaged!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Everything from Pop, Hip Hop, Reggae, Rock. Nothing is out of scope. I am just as comfortable mixing electronic and live instrumentation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I have a broad taste in music and so listen to all styles and production techniques both contemporary and classic. This has gives me a solid knowledge base with regards to the sound and processing that will suit any given track.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a dedicated studio space in a detached building at the rear of my house in which I mix & master and also provide basic recording services for vocals and single instruments. It's a comfortable space for me to work from and for clients to visit to give input into the mixes of their music and record overdubs.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Anyone can do it so why should I pay you when I can do it myself? It's amazing what a fresh pair of ears can pick up and develop a track into a finished article when you haven't been too close to the creative process. Was that 8th guitar overdub you added at the last minute really needed?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Organisation! Without having a fixed template get in to a workflow which keeps the production moving forward towards being finished. Make "To Do" notes so that once everything has been crossed off you know it is finished and stop constantly tinkering. Nothing will be 100% perfect!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I receive the files for the track to be mixed, listen to the reference mix or reference tracks. Take note of the emotions being conveyed by the song and develop a plan on how to mix and what sounds and processing styles will suit the track.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musicians - Prince, Beck, Parliament, D'Angelo, A Tribe Called Quest, Production - Mix Engineers Andy Wallace, Bob Power, Susan Rogers
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mixing digital - mixing In The Box is much better than it was years ago and by using saturation and analog modelled plugins you can achieve an organic sounding end product. Listening Analog & Digital - I'm still a big vinyl fan and that will never change but a majority of my listening is digital for convenience.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with and helping new artists polish their music!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What they are aiming for: Style, Vibe, target distribution (Ie Streaming only or also CD/Vinyl), reference tracks for the sound they want to achieve
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Choose wisely - you want to work with somebody who will have a conversation to understand what you want to get from the process and understand the target audience for your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sennheiser Headphones & a Music Player with unlimited battery life!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening - sounds strange right? However, you will be surprised with how many Mix Engineers just go through a process using a template instead of treating each track individually.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mix clients songs to get them ready for commercial release and ensure their music stands up against files and can also provide a Master for distribution.