QM Records

Mixing & Mastering

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A mixture of analog hardware units and modern industry standard plugins allows us to produce professionally sounding music of all genres.

Full time professional mixing and mastering engineer for my own record label (QM Records) as well as other labels and independent musicians. I started studio production for my band (Normanton Street) many years ago and have since produced, engineered, mixed and mastered for hundreds of other artists around the world.

All genres are welcome such as Hip-Hop, RnB, Rock, EDM, Acoustic, Folk, Reggae, House, Trap, plus more. I use all industry standard digital plugins as well as my own set of analogue gear in order to achieve a professional sounding track ready for radio, YouTube or streaming platforms.

Rates:
Mixing - £30 per track
(up to 40 stems)

Mastering - £20 per track

Please don't hesitate to get in touch for more specific quotes (e.g. bulk orders or 40+ stems)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Nicholson
QM Records

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Reuben S.
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    Loved working with Nicholson. He works hard and fast and the end mix/master was just what I wanted, and more!

  2. Review by Stefan M.
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    Nicholson was such a pleasure to work with. He listened very carefully (I was quite specific in what I wanted) and delivered accordingly! Highly recommended, thanks for everything

  3. Review by Ezme H.
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    Did an amazing job and were very speedy, also extremely helpful with edits and other queries.

  4. Review by Scarlett
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    Great mixing and mastering engineer. Professional, easy to communicate with and the turn around time was super quick! My tracks sound great - I will definitely work with Nicholson again

  5. Review by Kymara Jap Ngie
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    Nicholson helped me release my debut single 'You', he gives the musicians all the space and time that they need and gives helpful feedback. Can't wait to record more music with him!

  6. Review by Evangeline
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    I have worked with Nicholson on two separate occasions (vocals recording & live session recording) and I was very happy with the end results both times !

  7. Review by Gabriel Matos
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    Absolute legend! Super friendly and professional. I recorded vocals for my projects and he was extremely helpful. Definitely one of the best people to work with in Brighton !

  8. Review by Gabriel Matos
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    Absolute legend! Super friendly and professional. I recorded vocals for my projects and he was extremely helpful. Definitely one of the best people to work with in Brighton !

  9. Review by Juls Delø
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    The attention to detail and assistance provided by his services help make the production process of the music or project a very cool, dope and interesting experience. Most important the quality of the music is very good as an end result! The man’s a Legend!!

  10. Review by Ryan Cahalin
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    Great mixing and professional sound quality. The process was really easy and flexible and I am very happy with the end results. Would definitely recommend to anyone in need of mixing/mastering.

  11. Review by Phoebe Pearce
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    I have worked with Nicholson at the studio multiple times, he is so efficient and a pleasure to work with. I will definitely go back.

Interview with QM Records

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: Around 75% of the work I do for clients has always been mixing and remaining 25% is usually a mixture of mastering, tracking and production.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: My favourite mixing engineers are Bop Power and Andrew Scheps. Their attention to detail and ability to see the bigger picture is very inspiring. In terms of artists, I'm a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo, Anderson. Paak plus many others.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: Fully treated mixing room with two sets of studio monitors, six analog units, ART Analog Tube Compressors, TPS II Analog Preamp, 100s of digital plugins (Waves, Fab Filter, Slate Digital, Klanghelm, Soundtoys...), various bass and guitar amps, Yamaha NP 11 keyboard, M-Audio Oxygen MIDI controller, sE 2200 microphone.

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

  8. A: Before I start mixing a project I like to listen to the track a few times to get the general vibe. I'll then listen to various reference tracks provided by the client as well as those I've chosen. If there is a demo mix, I also like to listen to this too to see what the client is focusing on in their mix. Then I'll begin with gain staging and some very basic EQ'ing where necessary (such as subtle high pass filtering). At this stage I can usually get the track sounding quite good in terms of RMS levels. From here onwards I tend not to have a set structure but treat each stem/track individually and apply saturation, EQ, compression, reverb, delays (again where necessary) until the song is sounding professional. Before sending the mix off I'll make sure I do some final cross referencing with the demo mix and any reference tracks.

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

  10. A: Over the years I have improved my ability to bring the artists' vision to a song. On top of that I ensure the track has energy, dynamics and an overall professional standard.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Working on vocals is my strong point. I usually get very good feedback on this as it is something I have spent countless hours working on.

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

  14. A: This has changed in recent years. I used to work on a lot of guitar music (rock, indie, singer songwriter) however now I'm working with much more trap, EDM, hip-hop and RnB.

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

  16. A: Gain staging may not be very exciting but when it is done properly it can really make or break a mix

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

  18. A: Lauryn Hill. Her debut album (The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill) is a timeless classic for me. I think she is one of the very few artists who can both rap and sing at an extraordinary level.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I like to think of my style as having energy and emotion.

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

  22. A: I started in 2011 playing bass and guitar in a soul band. At the same time I began music production which quickly led to me recording, mixing and mastering for many artists in Brighton/London as well as online. As I improved over the years I was able to set up the QM Records Studio at Bottega Rooms Studios which is where our record label is based.

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

  24. A: Tough one! It would have to be an original LA2A compressor, Urei 1176, Pultec EQ, Neve 1073 and a Distressor.

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

  26. A: If you have a clear idea of how you would like your music to sound, it will make the mixing process very smooth and fun too!

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: What feelings, vibes, emotions do you want to convey in this song? Are there any specific elements that you would like to be the driving force?

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: That I only mix 'urban' music

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: I often get asked for extras such as mastered stems, vocal tuning, comping, PA versions etc. If its a quick job I'll always say yes and do it for free. If it takes time then I'll provide a reasonable quote.

  33. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  34. A: I love working on something that somebody has created and taking it to the next level for them (and their fans) to enjoy even more.

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

  36. A: To make your track sound professional

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Within the last few months I have decided that this is a question of workflow. I'm used to working on computers and facing the screen as I started in 2011 but those who learned on SSL desks for example are likely to prefer analog due to the tactile nature of it. However a major advantage in digital mixing is 'recalls'. This is really tough on analog gear. Lastly, some plugins are really making is so difficult to hear the difference from their analog counterpart. Arturia's premaps sound amazing!!

  39. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  40. A: I'm new to this and don't actually know anybody yet!

  41. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  42. A: I'm working on an EP by a rock band called Tabora as well as some RnB with another artist called Cuvley.

  43. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  44. A: One of my first ever projects was recording, mixing and mastering 'Take A Walk With Me' by Normanton Street. I was inexperienced at the time and I personally feel the mix could be much better! However I managed to get the vibe and emotion across and the track has since reached around 1 million listens across streaming platforms. It may not be the greatest mix of mine but I am very proud to have done that at the time!

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QM Studio 2019-2020

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Terms Of Service

48 hour turn-around Usually allow for two revisions

GenresSounds Like
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • Adele
  • Stormzy
Gear Highlights
  • TPS II Valve Preamp
  • LA2A Compressor
  • 1176 Compressor
  • Fairchild Compressor
  • SSL Plugin
  • Waves
  • FabFilter
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