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Mixing and Mastering With Israel Musiq


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Marv

Issy what up homie!

Israel


Nothing much mang everything good here long time no speak!

Marv


No doubt. How’s the family?

Israel


All is well on this end. Just loving life, loving Christ and the 3 women of my life
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Marv


Bet!!! For those that don’t know of you, tell the readers who are you and what you do?

Israel


I’m a believer in Christ who loves to Produce and Mix records. Started on a PS1 with MTV Music Generator back in 99 so I guess thats over 15 years I suppose. lol

Marv


Who are some Artists you’ve engineered for?

Israel


Level 3:16, Young Joshua, Steven the Levite, Tony Tillman, Devin Turner and many more indie artist as well.

Marv


Bet. I want to talk to you about the importance of mixing and mastering. In your words and experience what is mixing and mastering?

Israel


I believe they are extremely important! We are responsible for bridging the gap between what the artist actually recorded and what they heard in their head. We make what the song sounded like in their head sound like in their speakers. Artist bring the ingredients. Mixing engineers are responsible for taking those raw ingredients (tracks) and turning it into a gourmet meal (song). The Mastering engineer is like the Host per se. They are responsible for the “presentation” of the product. They are the last guys to touch the song before its sent out for the world to hear. Mixing and Mastering go hand and hand but they should not be done by the same person if possible but with budgets these days more often than not one person plays both roles but its a welcomed challenge
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Marv


That was next question but you answer it but, why shouldn’t be than same people?

Israel


1. Its a different skill set all together.
2. After mixing in the same room day in and day out, its good to be able to take it to another guy who has a better room than you that can hear what you missed and can correct them. 2nd opinion is always great.
3.  Adding ISRC Codes for Distribution Rights
4. They Create DDP, Files for CD Replication

Theres plenty more but I really think Mixing and Mastering engineer are like Full backs and Half backs in foot ball. They are kinda like the same thing but not really.They share a lot of similarities but are not the same

Marv


Wow I didn’t know of that bro lol. What’s the misconception when it comes to mastering?

Israel


The most COMMON misconception of Mastering is that their the guys who make the mix louder and send me MP3’s for so you can upload them to Itunes. It is not just putting a Limiter on the mix and calling it a day. Its much more than that. Its really finding the best way for the album to sound like an album and that is more than simply making sure all of the songs sound the same volume from song to song. Even Itunes can do that with “SoundCheck” if you enable that in the preferences

Marv


Hmmm ok ok. I think one misconception is that the artist think they can mix their own stuff. Which I thought was never a good ideal.

Israel


I never think that’s a wise Idea. UNLESS your dedicated to the craft of mixing like how Dr.Dre is or some other rare artist who actually can do both but I cant think of many myself. All of my favorite artist had engineers and I think they outsourced that type of thing for a reason lol

Israel


But I think for budget reasons people do that.. I’m sure if everyone could pay an engineer to do it they would but these days you gotta play a lot of roles to get your music heard
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Marv


Whats your process when getting to mix a song?

Israel


I always start by first organizing the session so I can know where I’m at. That will involve color coding everything renaming everything, cutting dead silence, adding groups (like drum busses, vocals busses) and what not.While i’m doing that I will first Gain stage so that everything is hitting around -18dBvu by trimming all of the levels back.The mixes I get are usually recorded pretty hot and if you don’t turn all of the tracks down then u run out of headroom quick. So I make sure I’m not going to clip a plug in if I have to do a 8dB boost or somethingand some plug ins that model real analog sound much better when you gain stage so I do that. From there I will get a basic mix without doing any compression or eq. Just pans and fader moves. That whole process is about 30 min to an hour depending on track count but since I got this new Avid Artist Mix (Control Surface) that has speed things up TREMENDOUSLY so this process has been almost half and i’m sure it will be faster from there I do the same thing everyone else does, EQ, Compress and add Fx to taste.But I always make sure when I do eq or compress that the levels are the same when you bypass the processing, that way I’m not fooling myself. So if I bypass EVERYTHING I did on the mix, there shouldn’t be much of a volume change from the rough mix when I start that way I can be objective about what I did vs the raw tracks because if its not better then its back to the drawing board. And I do this from track to track as well not just bypass the entire processing on the whole mix but from track to track plug in to plug in. I also usually start with a UAD SSL channel trip across every channel Just so I can have something consistent from mix to mix.

Marv


What programs do you use?

Israel


Using Cubase 7.5 now. Been a Cubase user for a long time so I just know how to get around it quicker than anything else
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Marv


Any favorite plugins?

Israel


I would have to say OZone 5 is a must have for me. Its meant for mastering but its a very useful mixing tool. I’m mainly UAD plug ins these days so I depend on their stuff now to get analog like sounds of software.Their version of 1176 and La 2a are some of my fav and are must haves. Massive passive and fatso are nice as well. All of the Sound toys FX are amazing as well and I use the Lexicon PCM bundle for verbs these days. So many good options these days

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Marv


Dope! What advice would you give an artist when it comes to them getting album mixed and mastered?

Israel


Find an engineer who takes his/her craft serious and is dedicated on making your music sound better. Find someone who cares about your song just as much as you and not just making it sound better really quick to get a quick but but someone who will add value to your music. Also there’s lots of online mastering engineers who rates are really affordable as well. You owe it to yourself and your music to make sure it sounds its best. There’s plenty of us out here to choose from, just takes a little digging on google. Most engineers will do a free sample mix and if they don’t offer it ask for it. If you do that you should find someone you like and can afford.

Marv


Or they can download the new mastering app called Final Touch for iPad and call it a day lol. Thanks for all the valuable info on the importance of mixing and mastering.

Israel


Hahaha or they can do that too lol! Putting me out of a job quick! Anytime, its always a pleasure mane.


Marv

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