Will my mix be perfect the first time out?

In by Blake Eiseman

I certainly hope so! And sometimes, that does happen. But I’ll be up front and tell you that sometimes it requires several revisions before it is everything you want it to be. That’s one of the reasons that I offer unlimited revisions, because I want you to be comfortable knowing that I will make sure you are 100% happy with your mix before we consider it finished.

In reality, it usually takes 1 or 2 revisions before everything is exactly the way it needs to be. Sometimes, we might do several revisions, only to find out that one of the earlier mixes is preferable. The great Bruce Swedien famously tells a story about mixing Billie Jean for Michael Jackson. He says that he did 91 mixes of the song, and finally Quincy Jones asked to listen to the earliest mixes. They ended up using mix number 2 on the album, because it was more spontaneous, had more energy, and blew away the later mixes.

The important thing is, if you get your first mix back and it’s not exactly what you want, fear not. While I love it when a client tells me that the first mix is perfect and exactly what they wanted, I understand that sometimes there are things that need to be changed. It’s all a part of the process, and it is all included in my mix package.