Why I Won't Mix AND Master Your Record

In my 12 years of music making, I have played bass, recorded, mixed, and mastered professionally. I have done all four of these things on the same record. Multiple times.

I regret trying to be the "jack of all trades" on those records even though I did have experience and equipment to do so.

Why do I tell you this?

I'm in the business of helping your music sound its best. I feel that the more of my hands I have in your project's pots, the less objective I can be about making the best sonic, artistic, and emotional decisions for your music.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all for recording and producing your own music. I think it's awesome that audio equipment has become incredibly affordable and that more artists than ever are able to get their music out. I also understand that most folks don't have an endless budget and can get it done cheaper themselves.


Involving others in your music making process than just your band, even if you're a talented audio engineer, will hugely benefit your music. Here are 5 reasons; I'm just touching the tip of the iceberg.

  1. You get a fresh perspective on your music from a trained and experienced ear.
  2. A professional has dedicated countless hours to her craft. They pour energy into their craft so your music can sound even more awesome.
  3. Audio professionals want you to succeed. After all, their name will be on your project. If your music sounds good, they get more business and credibility.
  4. The vast majority of the pro audio industry divides mixing and mastering into two steps performed by two different people with two different perspectives.
  5. You as the artist get valuable feedback. If you mixed the album and I mastered it, I'd be more than happy to tell you things I loved (and didn't love) so that you can grow into a better mixer.

Trusting someone to handle your art is a HUGE leap of faith, especially if you're working with someone for the first time (good thing you can have me do a FREE sample master of your work). Developing meaningful relationships with people in the audio field can grow your network, challenge you as an artist, and give you meaningful insight about your craft.

Don't hate, collaborate.

How has working with other people helped your music?

Michael Curtis

A mastering engineer and composer who loves helping you sound awesome.