Cambridge-MT 'Flash Feedback' Sessions
Like many project-studio engineers, you’re worried that your mixes just don’t sound competitive enough. But is it your plug-in settings that are letting you down? Or are underlying recording and arrangement problems holding you back? Maybe you’re just too close to the project and there’s actually nothing wrong at all!
What you need is unbiased, expert feedback from a specialist in project-studio working methods.
Speak To The Specialist!
I’m Mike Senior, and over the past ten years I’ve dissected more than 500 commercial record productions in my regular ‘The Mix Review’ column. On top of that, I’ve critiqued thousands of project-studio mixes, both at live seminars around the world, and as part of large-scale mix competitions such as The Great 'Blood To Bone' Mixoff and the Cambridge-MT Patrons Diesel13 Mix Contest. And if you’ve heard any of my dozens of remixes for Sound On Sound magazine’s Mix Rescue feature, you’ll know that I can help you deliver commercial mix results even in challenging small-studio environments.
So bring my expertise to bear on your work today with a face-to-face Flash Feedback Session. Hook up with me over Zoom as I critically listen to your work and provide personalised, practical advice in real time. You’ll be able to see and hear my DAW project as I analyse your mix and demonstrate processing tactics, and I’ll help you home in on the most important actions you can take to improve your results: whether that means repositioning mics, adjusting processing, tweaking arrangements, adding effects, reworking harmonies… whatever I think is most holding you back! If you wish, you can also share your DAW screen so that I can suggest workflow or parameter adjustments directly.
“ Mike gets straight to the core analysis of the mix in order to help you improve. Even an hour of his feedback has left me reflecting on, and experimenting with, my mixes for weeks afterwards. If you’re looking for some extremely astute, detailed and highly effective feedback on your mixes in order to improve them and develop your skills, then Mike’s your man! “
– Conor Molloy
How It Works
In the first instance, get in touch to send me a WAV or AIFF file of your mix and arrange a mutually convenient session time. If you’ve used any mastering-style processing, it’s helpful to provide an unmastered file as well. The latest versions of Zoom allow 192kbps stereo MP3-quality audio, and I can also stream 24-bit PCM audio alongside via my Audiomovers account if you wish. Alternatively, the session can be carried out over Skype, Whatsapp, or Facetime instead (in conjunction with Audiomovers), although without screen-sharing facilities. For more details, see ‘Session Technicalities’ below.
“ Mike has undoubtedly helped me learn and improve far more quickly than I otherwise would have. His experienced ear has helped me identify the key issues with my mixes, while his general knowledge of music and arrangement has also improved pretty much every other area of my tracks! “
– Jon Crocombe
The pricing for a one-hour Flash Feedback session is £55 (plus 19% VAT) per hour. You are welcome to record the Zoom session and Audiomovers audio feed for your own private use, but Mike can also provide a video recording of his feedback (with high-resolution audio) for an additional £30 (plus 19% VAT) per session. Payments can be made via Paypal or UK/European bank transfer.
ZOOM FOR VIDEO-CONFERENCING: Normally I prefer to video-conference via Zoom, through my own commercial account, and will provide an access link to that once we’ve agree a session time. Once you’re in the session I should be able to share my DAW screen with you, and also feed the DAW’s audio to you in stereo at around 192kbps MP3 resolution (in addition to the audio from my own voiceover mic). I would recommend using the Zoom app on a computer if you can, as some mobile devices may restrict the audio or video bandwidth. In order to avoid distracting acoustic feedback through the Zoom system, please either listen on headphones or else be careful to mute your microphone whenever you’re not speaking.
AUDIOMOVERS FOR HIGHER-RESOLUTION AUDIO: If you would like higher-resolution audio (and have a relatively fast internet connection), then I can alternatively stream my DAW audio and voiceover mic through the Audiomovers service at up to 24-bit PCM quality, so you can listen to that instead while watching the Zoom video feed. I will provide a link to that feed through Zoom’s chat window once that’s up and running. There are two ways you can listen to the Audiomovers stream:
The simplest option is just to open the link in your web browser, which will give you a basic playback window with level meters and a volume control. Some users of Apple’s Safari have occasionally had difficulties auditioning audio from the browser while the Zoom app is topped, so it’s worth troubleshooting this before the session if you can. (More details here.)
Alternatively, you can download the free Audiomovers cross-platform Listento plug-ins and use Listento Receiver to stream the audio directly into your DAW of choice using the same link. This also makes it easier to record, if you’d like to do that.
OTHER VIDEO-CONFERENCING OPTIONS: I can also video-conference via Skype, Facetime, and Whatsapp, but only through a separate mobile device, which means that you’ll be able to see and hear me, but not my DAW, under those circumstances. I could still stream hi-res audio to you via Audiomovers in that scenario, however, so the main restriction is that I wouldn’t be able to share my screen with you.
RECORDING THE SESSION: You are welcome to record any of the video and audio feeds from the session, although only for personal (ie. non-public) use. As we all know, real-world internet streaming of any kind can occasionally drop out or suffer audio/video sync problems, so if that’s a concern for you I can also record my own clean video and audio from the session locally (ie. before I transmit it to you via Zoom/Audiomovers) as a high-quality H264 MP4 video file with embedded 24-bit PCM audio. This will, however, incur an extra charge, as detailed above. Please let me know at the start of the session if you’d like me to record my audio and video locally in this way.