My name is Juan Valdez a graduate of Delta State Community College and The Audio Institute Of America with a degree in Recording Engineering & Music Production with over 15 years experience.
I'll will offer you high quality mixing services using the Harrison Mixbus 32C analog mixing DAW along with analog gear. I will treat ever song with care to make sure that it meets the industry standards.
During Mixing I Will
Adjust Volume Levels
Use Compression, Multiband Compression, Limiter
Setup Reverb, Delay & Other Effects
Auto Tuning If Vocals Are Out Of Tune
During Mastering I Will
Polish Your Mix With Frequency And Dynamic Corrections
Stereo Widening To Help Give Your Mix A More Widening Effect
Maximize Your Mix To Industry Standard Levels At -14LUFS For Internet Streaming
Vocal Or Track Editing $30 Per Song
Timing Correction $30 Per Song
Tracking Out Stems And Send Them Back $30 Per Song
What You Will Get
You will receive a professionally mixed and mastered radio ready song with 1 med quality mp3 file @256kbps, 1 high quality mp3 file @320kbps and 1 high quality wave file @1411kbps for CD burning and distributing.
All final mastering projects meet all internet streaming requirements and once I begin your project your are not allowed a refund.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Juan Valdez
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Nothing special at the moment just completed a 15 song mixtape
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like them both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To provide you with a professional final product that radio ready and meets all requirements for online streaming services.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Giving a quality product for a very reasonable price.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Do you offer a trial mix? No I don't because I know my work is good and professional, that's why I provide links of my audio samples
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Some people think I can take a bad recorded song and make it sound professional, it's really not that easy once it leaves the studio already recorded.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of music do you sing or produce? Do you have your stems converted in wave format or mp3 format?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Please make sure that you edit your stems for any background noises because it's very time consuming to do this when I can spend that valuable time mixing.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Fostex Digital Recorer and laptop
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been in the music industry since 1976 starting out as a bass player but have been a recording and mixing engineer since 2004.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I guess I'm Old School
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: When mixing always mix in mono to check your levels then convert back to stereo to review the overall sound of the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I have received all types of music to work with but mostly rappers, country and R&B artists have came to me the most.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think since I'm also a musician I'm able to know how instruments should sound
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Even though I went to school for mixing and music production I did a lot of hands on training with a local studio and engineer who taught me allot of his secrets
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I download your stems I then do any editing like taking out any background noises on vocals or if I can combine multiple stems onto a single or multiple buses using Cubase 11 to reduce the number of stems that I actually have to work with once mixing begins. This saves allot of time so I can then just concentrate on mixing a project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: For mixdown and mastering I'm using Presonus StudioLive 32S 32-Channel Mixer with 26 Mix Busses and 64x64 USB Interface, Presonus Faderport 16 Controller, Presonus Eris Sub8 Front-Firing 8" Studio Subwoofer, and a pair of Presonus Eris E5 High-Definition 2-Way 5.25" Nearfield Studio Monitors. I use the Harrison Mixbus for all mixing and Cubase 11 for any editing that I must do.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think mixing engineers Andrew Scheps, Fab Dupont and Jimmy Douglas are great engineer that I love watching them work and give great tips.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide professional mixing & mastering service that meets all industry requirements