I run my mixes through an analog summing box because it helps avoid the problem of ITB digital summing.
I am offering this service for mixers who are on the road or don't want to buy outboard gear. Why build a rack case for something that only improves your mix 3%?
Songs $40 /each
Or $35 /song for 8 songs or more.
Remote analog summing for your IN THE BOX mixes.
A lot of artists are making records in Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Ableton…and aren’t planning on booking studio time. So their music will never touch the circuits of a mixing desk. They would rather put their money into their instruments, gear, or music school...
This is a solution for those people.
This is the final step before mastering. Keep your ITB mixes competitive. Make it truly sound like a record by going hybrid. Your mix will have more impact when you give it a chance to retain its full detail, depth, and width.
Get rid of the cloudiness.
Even if you printed your daw mixes with outboard gear, the mix suffers from ITB summing.
There are great sounding plugins but ITB summing is still just so-so. There are amazing outboard processors but you are still treating a stereo channel that was summed digitally. Therefore you are not allowing your mix to live up to its full potential.
The summing I do is very transparent. It is not about adding processing or color to your mix. It is only about combining your full session of tracks into a stereo signal without degradation. The point is circumventing digital ITB summing and its mushy sound.
Send me your bounced stems/tracks and I will return a stereo mix for you to send to mastering. Give your mastering engineer the best possible print. It's a rich, open sound that feels right.
If you use plugins on the master fader, bypass them (or route around them) when you prepare your stems/tracks for me. Only apply your stereo bus effects chain (if you use one) to the stereo file that I return to you. You can also apply outboard gear after it is summed.
Digital summing tends to sound flat and dull. There are great sounding plugins out. But they don’t do the summing in your daw. Plugins have nothing to do with it. Full mixes are very dense. Computers can’t do the heavy processing very well. Listen to the online shootouts. It is unlikely that your mastering house can do this for you.
Upon request, and at no additional cost, I can do some subtle enhancements such as parallel compression, parallel EQ, and tape emulation.
I do not offer 24-hour turnarounds. As a freelance mixer there are deadlines I have to make. But I can usually do your summing within 2-3 days.