MUSIC PRODUCTION FOR ARTISTS
I can work with you to produce and record your song ready for mastering, duplication, and then releasing to the world. Whatever style you work in, chances are I can achieve the sound. Sometimes an artist will come to me with a specific sound they want to achieve. Other times they may want me to help them find a style that suits them. I can work to specific references if you want or I can experiment with you to create something unique.
The music production process usually involves the following things.
Making sure the structure, chords, melodies, hooks and lyrics are the best they can be. Some of this can be done before you come into the studio as I like to give honest and lengthy feedback after hearing demos. When you come into the studio I will map your demo to a session and we can chop things up and re-arrange as a guide for the structure if needed. Usually I like to record a quick demo (vocal and piano/guitar) so we can play with the sections and chords if necessary.
2. DECIDING ON SOUNDS
Although it's good to be spontaneous sometimes, I do like to get a general feel for what you want it to sound like. We will discuss some reference tracks, styles, or particular artists that you feel the song could take influence from and then make decisions on what could work for your song.
3.RECORDING AND PROGRAMMING
After the plan of attack is set we will build the song up from the demo. The demo vocal will be there so we can hear what works around that. I usually like to start with drums and supporting instrumentation (bass, keys, guitars). From here we will add as many parts/sounds/bells and whistles as it needs until we are both happy.
As the song is being recorded it will take shape and eventually just need minor tweaking for the final mix. If the parts and sounds are all working together in the recording phase then it will not take long to have a polished mix. I will give you a final mix and then you can go away and listen to this for a while on different systems. You can then send me as many notes as you want and I'll tweak it until you're getting goosebumps.
Personally I like to use an external mastering engineer for my mixes because DOMC lives and breathes mastering daily. And of course two sets of ears is better than one. If you've got another engineer in mind then I will send them the necessary files.
6. Then what?
Then you get it duplicated, upload it to iTunes, announce on Facebook that your new single/EP/Album is released!
You will be very excited about releasing this to the world because you've been playing the songs forever and you're ready to start writing new songs. I've been there before many times and I've made many mistakes. I've also seen a lot of other independent artists miss out on valuable exposure because they didn't have a good release plan in place.
Spend time planning the release. You will be glad you did it. It may be your first song and you're just happy releasing it to your mates on Facebook BUT. You should take the time to plan out the release so you get more than just a few likes on a post. It will also be good practice for future releases.
Once everything is complete I will give you some realistic advice on where to go from here. It really depends on your style, your goals and your $$$. If you're low on marketing money I can help you with some DIY strategies for getting the best possible response.
MUSIC FOR MEDIA/ADVERTISING
$$$ Depends on where it's screening.
I am a specialist in composing music to brief. If you are looking for a particular type of music or a 'soundalike' composition I can produce whatever you are looking for.
MIXING - $250- $350 per song
If you've recorded your music at home or another studio I can take those stems and work magic on them. You will be amazed at the difference that can be achieved in the mix stage. Primarily I mix in Logic Pro X but I am able to read Protools and Ableton sessions too. Stems are preferred and people will give me .wav files at the highest recorded sample rate (usually 44.1k or 48k) and 24bit. If you need help exporting stems I am happy to guide you through the process. The price will depend on style, number of tracks and generally how complex the mix is. An acoustic guitar and vocal will not be as complicated as an 80 track EDM banger where the mix can sometimes be the 'production'.
PRESS RECORD - $50/hr
If you're after an engineer to press record and make your instruments sound as good as they can, I have the facilities to record most instruments except a drum kit. If you have the budget for recording in a larger studio I will secure a bigger room for the drum recording and we can do the rest at my project studio. If this is not in your budget I have a wide range of real drum samples that can be programmed to sound amazing and real.
Other jobs which fall under this category may be demo recording, vocal recording, overdubbing small parts or editing jobs.
A lot of solo artists I work with will opt for the full music production option as this is a more detailed process where I work with you and get inside the music to do magical things.
I have played piano for 20 years and studied the AMEB series up to 8th grade. I casually lecture music production at a tertiary level and I offer piano lessons to mostly primary school kids. I offer tuition in music production, Logic ProX, Protools, Ableton Live and Native Instruments.