You get what
you pay for
If you are searching for a mix engineer to mix your record, you have a big decision in front of you. Unfortunately, nowadays the internet is flooded with mix engineers who will offer to mix your songs for free, or will quote bargain basement prices. As with most things in life, when it comes to mixing, you get what you pay for.
It is really simple when you think about it. For example, if one mix engineer charges $80.00 and another charges $300.00, then obviously there has to be some serious differences between these two engineers. Of course, it is obvious most people would go with the cheaper option, right? You could literally mix 3 songs for the price of one mix of the other engineer. So you have to ask yourself, why does that other mixing engineer charge so much more? Unfortunately, what tragically happens in many cases is people hire the cheaper engineer to mix their album, but soon after they complete their project they start to notice that their music doesn’t quite have that sound that other songs on the radio have. So what inevitably happens is they try to fix the mixes with their current mix engineer and end up unhappy and over budget. Almost every week I receive an email that looks something like this:
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So these people literally end up paying twice to have their project mixed. Many of these people could have just hired the more experienced mixing engineer and saved themselves a whole lot of money, frustration and time.
Moral of the story
Even though it’s tempting to hire a very cheap mix engineer to mix your record, it can actually end up costing you more in the long run if the engineer does not have the ability, equipment or experience to achieve the sound you're looking for.