Sara Carter

Mixing & Mastering Engineer

4 Reviews (3 Verified)
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I mix & master music for post-punk/new wave and rock/indie bands. My background in BBC radio means my mixes are radio-ready and have been used on several commercial releases so I'll help bands release a mix that'll get them noticed. My mixes have been described as sounding "clear, modern" and "up-front". Credits & major artist experience.

BBC and SAE London trained. I'm a professional sound engineer with over 18 years experience working both in professional studios (Abbey Road, BBC Maida Vale) as well as smaller home studios. I'll shape the sound of your recording using EQ, dynamics, saturation and effects until you're 100% happy.

I offer a free consultation before any booking. I can tell you where I feel your song needs sonic enhancement or even a re-recording of certain tracks. For mastering bookings, my free consultation will offer advice on your mix, if I feel the song could benefit from some mix changes before I begin mastering.

As a mixing engineer, my talents lie with balancing your recorded, arranged, tuned and edited tracks into a professional, radio-ready mix. The production work should have been completed on any project you'd like me to work on.

Finally, you'll find me very friendly and easy to talk to with a genuine desire to make your music sound the best it can possibly sound.

I am also a full member of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and an associate member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES).

You can find my commercial releases on Discogs here: as well as and my website

Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.

4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Tandem.Unicycle

    Great experience. Sara allowed us to get exactly what we wanted out of this mix!

  2. Review by Juan Z.

    Sara is a wonderful mixing and mastering engineer. She demystifies all aspects of the process in a clear, thorough, and professional manner. Furthermore she listens to every request one can make and isn't finished until you're completely satisfied with the result. Sara is a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with her again!

  3. Review by Olly W.

    Sara was absolutely wonderful to work with and made sure we were completely happy with the master. Her work was incredibly professional for an affordable price. I definitely recommend her if you're looking to bring your recording to the next level!

  4. Review by angie joseph

    Sara is very professional and she has made an amazing job!
    I was a little bit scared to work distance but she has been there to reassure me. she works she works methodically, and it's very effective! She has made propositions and at the end, I've got an amazing EP, with an amazing sound! Thank you Sara, hope to work with you again ;)

Interview with Sara Carter

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: Ask as many questions as you need to feel you're getting the right mixer for your music and listen to their portfolios, compare their work.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Patience

  5. Q: What's your typical work process?

  6. A: I like to get a commercial reference track from clients and a rough mix so I get a clear understanding of their needs before starting work

  7. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  8. A: I work entirely in the box using plugins from UAD, Waves and Soundtoys amongst others

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: My MacBook Pro, Focal Clear Pro headphones, my iPhone (to tether the macbook to for the internet), some sort of solar powered electricity generator, and a second one in case it breaks down! (Ever prepared)

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: An artist with great songs that give me goosebumps. I particularly enjoy working with female bands and artists because I feel they are under-represented in the music business and I'm big on promoting the bands I work with, wherever and whenever I can.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: Usually, it's rock, punk, indie or alternative because that's the music I listen to however, I also really enjoy working with funk 'cos it's groovy.

  15. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  16. A: I love to make music bring the goosebump factor. My goal is to make the song sound awesome on your hifi, iPhone, laptop whatever, so good it can't be ignored.

  17. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  18. A: It's not finished until you're satisfied.

  19. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  20. A: I started in the late 90's following a desire to record myself practising guitar, playing along to backing tracks then the recording bug took over. My home studio grew and grew, I had an 8 bus mixing console, outboard effects and recorded to a Fostex 16 track hard disc recorder. In 2001 I jumped into changing career and went to SAE in London for a couple of years then landed the dream job at the BBC in 2003. After 6 years there, I decided to take a break to pursue a different passion (beer!) and have returned in the last couple of years to set up another home studio based around Apple computers, Pro Tools and plugins by Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter and many more.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: Easy to work with, super attention to detail with a relaxed approach. I'm easy to talk to and see the funny side in most things yet I'm very serious when it comes to music and seeking my clients satisfaction.

  23. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  24. A: Take the time to get great sounds recorded, don't rush it. You don't need expensive gear, just take to time to place the mics so they pick up the best qualities of the instrument as it sounds in the room.

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Terms Of Service

I am currently able to offer a mixing and/or mastering service to SB clients with 3 revisions, average turn-around per song 5-7 days depending on the project, location, track count and workload.

GenresSounds Like
  • Green Day
  • Skunk Anansie
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools 2018
  • Wavelab Pro 9.5
  • Focal and B&W 805s Monitoring
  • UAD
  • Waves
  • Soundtoys
  • Fabfilter
  • McDSP
  • Sonarworks plug ins
  • Focal Clear Pro headphones.
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Discounts for multiple songs, contact for a price, mastering inc free with a mixing project