Mixing and mastering - from solo acoustic performance, full live band, horns and strings, country, funk, rock, metal, indie, jazz, reggae, musical theatre, alt rock, punk and soul I can give your music the care and attention that it needs to stand out from the crowd.
With more than a few decades of listening experience from big bands, the psychedelic prog-rock of Nektar through to Jethro Tull, King Crimson, the pop-rock and funk of the 70s through the Punk, new romantics, NWOBHM and hair Metal, stadium rock through to the operatic rock metal of Savatage, Nightwish and everything in between a prerequisite for good mixing and mastering.
There will be free unlimited revisions until you are happy with the sound of the mix - both a mix and a mastered mix will be made available and mix without vocal if necessary at no extra charge.
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Interview with Andrew Lavin
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Why do I need the song to be mastered? You don't but it will sound a thousand times better than the mix and it is not complicated to do and it will be the same volume as a commercial mix.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Todd Rundgren (especially Ra by Utopia), Pat Travers, Most of the Meatloaf Albums and the production on Jethro Tull's Songs from the Woods album.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Mix and Master of 7 songs for a prospective Tim Burton style Musical Theatre production of Jack the Ripper the professional playwright/musician already had a publishing deal. Things had stalled but the project was revitalized due to the quality of my mixes - they were not easy mixes. These were a few of his comments that I could track down and very high praise from a professional. "A thoroughly professional seller. I would be happy to put all of my work into Andrew's hands. A fabulous mix." "Blimey! That's ace!" "5 stars don't do this current mix justice. Epic!!!!"
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on several small projects one Country, pop-rock and soul. Plus finding time to do my own project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Killian Cruiser because he is a great producer singer and musician. Shaley Scott is a good songwriter and singer. Natalie Major has a wonderful pop voice/style.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital due to efficiency and cost. I use mostly analogue style plugins and quite a few Acustica Audio plugins I often do a quick draft using stock plugins then change them out for the next draft - can sometimes prefer the stock version but go with the one that has the most vibe.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: No extra charges for anything - a mix and master is what they pay for if they want a mix without vocals or copies of all the final stems and effects channels then it is free as it is just part of the process.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom to choose which project I work on.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That they need a second person to do the master! I provide a mix and a master so that they can have the mix mastered by someone else if they fall out of love with my master.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have they had a mix done before - everything else follows from that.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You may get a better deal than you expected - not everyone is on this planet to rip you off.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An acoustic steel-string guitar, Nylon strung guitar. A Kramer Assualt guitar, Marshal combo amp,and a reverb pedal - I guess I would need a generator, fuel and a few thousand batteries.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Doing this for 4 years - like a lot of people I had/have a "professional job" but was more interested in music.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very open sound with clarity and dynamics.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jon Crosby of VAST - because he is a bit of a genius with a varied style from acoustic to alt-rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: A tambourine, clap and cowbell mixed into a snare will often work wonders for a lifeless snare just depends on the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Varied from pop-rock to metal and country but have a preference for live performance as more of a challenge.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Highlighting what sounds good in preference to weaker elements and making the music sound as full as it needs to be without losing the subtle instrumentation and dynamics.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An experienced ear if a song needs to sound like the mix of Carpenters or the Sex Pistols it can be done.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Just very Basic as only mix and master - Cubase Pro and Wavelabs and Studio one and an offboard compressor + a few guitars and bass.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering