It was a pleasure working with Robert Shredford on their new track ‘Shreddy Betty’. They gave me the stems from their recording session and I created a final mix. After a listening session and feedback from the band, I went on to create the master recording. Enjoy!
Featured in 303 Magazine 09/02/19
Feedback From the Band
Josh is a complete pro and lovely to work with. He mixed and mastered our Robert Shredford song “Shreddy Betty” with amazing results. He really put in the time to understand to what we wanted to achieve with the track sonically, he got immersed in music we are inspired by… and with his vast experience, attention to detail, and talent, he made the song sound badass.
Josh was communicative throughout the process and we are so happy with the end result. His rates are low compared to many others in the area, and he completed the project right on schedule.
Would HIGHLY recommend Shirty Mastering to anyone looking for mixing and/or mastering work.
In December, I wrote an electronic music track for a European music library looking for “fist-pumping” dance music with a “catchy hook” and “feel-good” vibe.
When it came to mastering, I paid close attention to the punch of the kick drum and the general presence of the top line and bass – much needed ingredients for exciting “big room” house music in the style of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. I also tested the mix in mono, ensuring good compatibility with all smartphone and TV speakers.
Hear it before and after mastering. Listen on the best sound system you have available to you.
Leyla Daze makes experimental, genre-crossing dance bangers tagged ‘neopsychedelia’, ‘electronic’ and ‘dream pop’.
This week I mastered Leyla’s expertly crafted final mix of track ‘Greylaw Hiveless’. I made the drums and bass heavily pump and the top end more crisp and exciting.
Here’s a snippet of the track, before and after mastering (listen on the best sound system you have available to you):
“Josh’s mastering process is detailed and professional– my track sounds so sparkly! Josh gave me very specific notes, and answered my questions with patience as I polished up my final mix. The track was elevated to a new level. Will definitely use Shirty Mastering again! “
When creating music it can be hard to know exactly where to improve your track to make it sound as good as other music you love.
In this post I explore my track ‘Wave Patterns’ and show you behind the scenes of the music production process.
At the end of the post you can hear the demo version, final mix and mastered version of ‘Wave Patterns’ back-to-back.
‘Wave Patterns’ began life as a short loop which had a repeating two-note bass line as a predominant theme. I decided to create a progressive electronic track from this loop, which I fleshed out with dreamy synths, reverb trails, and delayed guitars.
Eventually I had a rough demo that was around 4 minutes in length and I felt I was onto something special. Next to other music I liked however, it sounded muddy and dull, and possibly a little cluttered.
So I subjected my track to a good amount of music production.
When listening to the demo of ‘Wave Patterns’, the track gave me a calm feeling and I found myself imagining a time-lapse sunset. After consciously identifying the track’s laid-back vibe, my main aim throughout my music production was to enhance it.
A slower tempo performance and stripped-out mix helped this to happen, along with considered mix placement of synths and guitar so that no sounds competed. In some cases, I achieved this by changing the rhythm of certain melodies in order to achieve more cohesion and less chaos. In other cases, I made edits to the track’s stems to remove unnecessary instrumentation.
During production, the calm vibe of the track was always at the front of my mind. I watched sunset time-lapse videos to keep my mind in that place. I knew I was on the right track when the music really complemented the video.
I went on to create a well-balanced, spacious final mix through a process of listening at different times of the day and on different monitors. I was happy to call the mix finished when the track washed over me, with nothing jarring me out of its hushed ambience.
I mastered the track with a fresh ear some months later.
The master takes the strength of the final mix and reinforces it. It sounds polished and complete. The ethereal synths that pan from left to right are clearer and bolder, the lead guitar is sharper and the crunchy bass is warmer, anchoring the listener in the music.
Demo vs Final Mix vs Master
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