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Mix-Notes | Audio Engineer | Recording Artist | Producer & Musicpreneur...

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Mix-Notes is founded in April 2012 by (Belgium) Bruges based audio engineer & producer Benny Brys. Mix-Notes is the hangout for my endeavors in the field of audio engineering, producing, recording, mixing and various music business related activities. In short, to do my thing as a full-time music professional & fanatic devotee.

Mix-Notes werd opgericht in April 2012 door de in regio Brugge gevestigde audio engineer & producer Benny Brys. Het bedrijf Mix-Notes is het uithangbord voor mijn inspanningen op het gebied van audio engineering, producen, opnames, mixen en allerlei muziek business gerelateerde activiteiten. Kortom, mijn ding doen als fulltime muziek professional & fanaticus.

Mix-Notes offers a variety of freelance services and technical support for independent bands, artists & media. With audio editing & mixing is our core business & specialty. I can assist you or your band with recording services, digital editing & remote mixing of your recordings. Non music related services include podcast, presentation & audio book editing.

Mix-Notes biedt een varia aan freelance diensten en technische ondersteuning voor bands, artiesten & media. Met audio editing & mixing als core business & specialiteit. Ik kan u of uw band helpen met uw opnames, digital editing & online mixing services. Non muziek gerelateerde diensten omvatten podcast, presentatie & audio boek editing.

Skills for hire!

  • Post Audio Editing & Processing
  • Dialogue Editing & Audio Books
  • Lecture, Workshop & Conference Editing
  • Pod-cast & Interview Editing
  • Initial listen of the source material & taking notes of the strengths & weaknesses, fix any needed issues.
  • Removal of stop-words, repeated words, pauses, lip noises, smacks etc. & following your requests or script.
  • Strategic, corrective & creative EQ of the individual elements, remove background noises if possible.
  • Corrective Processing, Restoring & De-clipping etc. if needed & possible.
  • Finalizing to the requested Audio Format(s) and Delivery Medium.
  • Pre Production & Producing
  • Recording, Digital Editing & Mixing
  • Audio & Midi Remote Processing
  • Initial listen of the source material & taking notes of the strengths & weaknesses, fix any needed issues.
  • Time alignment of all acoustically (mic’d) recorded instruments.
  • Proper gain staging & panning, both technically & artistically to get a sense of dimensionality and excitement within the stereo field.
  • Strategic, corrective & creative EQ of the individual elements. Clean up the mud and lets the best parts stand out.
  • Create energy & balance through dynamics and let every element stand-out on it’s own.
  • Creative & inventive touches of re-verbs, delays and other effects that may benefit your song. (Harmonics & Time based FX)
  • Final stereo mixes finalized, properly labelled & mastering ready. 24bit/44.1kHz WAV or any other requested format as 24bit/48kHz up to 24bit/192kHz WAV/AIFF etc.

RATES CHECKLIST!

  • Rates are based on a flat rate model per song or mix project, based on the complexity of the mix ranging from €200 up to €300 per song.
  • For the mix I assume that the tracks are delivered fully edited and mix ready. Alternatively, the sessions can be edited & prepared mix ready at a standard €99 editing fee.
  • Up to three revisions of your mix are included. Additional revisions: only €25 each.
  • Upon request alternate mixes can be printed at small charge of €20 per mix. Alternate mixes are; broadcast mix (lead vocals removed), A capella (vocals only), performance mix (instrumental backing track).
  • A deposit of 50% is required at the start of any editing, mixing work or project.
  • Final High resolution files are delivered upon receipt of the remaining balance.
  • All prices are excl. 21% VAT. For EU clients (except Belgium) with a valid VAT number reverse VAT applies. Clients outside the EU no VAT is applicable.
  • Payments can be made through bank transfer mentioning the invoice reference number.

Audio Editing is a very time consuming and often surgical process to get done right and it’s important not to overdo with all the digital tools available today. Audio Editing is a skill on its own that allows me to fine-tune your recorded parts to perfection and make them sound as professional as can be in favor of the sound & production quality.

EDIT CHECKLIST!

  • Drum editing, tightening, comping multiple takes to one.
  • Sample replacement, snares, kicks etc.
  • Clicks, pops & lip smack, pauses & distracting sound removal, vocal or speech.
  • Arrangement or rearrangement
  • Phase/Polarity, phase-cancellation solutions.
  • Time & Phase Alignment e.g. drums, amps/DI’s .
  • Cross-fading, avoiding new clicks & pops..
  • Gating & De-Essing

Audio-book and dialogue editing is by itself a craft and form of art. Involves editing and manipulating of production audio tracks or dialogue actors, voice-overs, interviews and other tracks recorded on location.

Mix-Notes offers audio editing services for both podcast, interviews, audio books, presentations and achieve a seamless dialogue and production track.

DIALOGUE EDIT CHECKLIST!

  • Removal of mouth noises, heavy breaths, stomach noises, studio sounds, explosive noises, clicks etc.
  • Tempo/reading pace adjustment to ensure the consistency.
  • Recorded interviews, Audio Books, Training & Presentations: Cut unwanted words & sounds like um… er ..coughing, wheezing, etc.
  • Removal of unwanted silences, beginning, end, or somewhere in between.
  • Remove unwanted words or phrases, or even whole topics.
  • Remove noises from the recordings or other unwanted background noise, de-click, de-Reverb etc.
  • Add music to your recordings, introduction, conclusion, fade-in/fade-out, low background music.

Audio Mixing refers to the process of combining multitrack audio recordings into one final mix, both in a creative and musical way.

A procedure of proper gain staging, checking levels for sufficient headroom, panning, gating, De-Essing, transient design, EQ, compression, limiting, reverb, delays, special FX, automation and combining all these elements into a well balanced stereo mix.

MIX CHECKLIST!

  • Backing up the delivered session, reviewing the rough mix, take notes, plan out the artistic direction of the mix.
  • Organizing the session work-flow, preview the source materials. Look for strengths & weaknesses, take more notes, fix tracks that need attention 1st.
  • Gain staging, panning, separation, create a sense of dimensionality within the stereo field.
  • Processing individual elements, corrective/creative EQ, frequency spectrum, space and clarity.
  • Dynamics: Glue, mix-bus processing, energy & balance, De-Essing, transient design, compression, limiting.
  • Effects: Great sounding dry mix, creative touches of reverbs, delays, harmonizers, flanger, chorus, effects that benefit the song.
  • Additional creative elements: Automation, automating FX, intensity, emotion and movement within the mix. 
  • Primary mix, gather your feedback, approval/disapproval, revision

I’m not happy until you are!

RETURN CHECKLIST!

  • Up to 3 revisions of your mix.
  • High quality 320 kbps MP3 files as reference. Once revisions are approved the files get finalized & properly labeled for mastering as 24bit/44.1kHz WAV files. (or by request as 24bit/48kHz up to 24bit/192kHz WAV files.)
  • Free junior reference master, Massey L2007 Mastering Limiter as 16bit/44.1kHz files.
  • If you plan to release your music commercially a professional mastering by a qualified mastering engineer is recommended..
  • Mastered files contains all metadata for manufacturing & commercial digital release. (e.g. ISRC codes, (ID3) Text & Artwork encoding  and DDP for reproduction..
  • Alternate mixes only €20 per mix. Alternate mixes are; broadcast mix (lead vocals removed), A capella (vocals only), performance mix (instrumental backing track).
  • Files will be transferred to you and/or the mastering facility via WeTransfer or a portable media device.
FILE TRANSFER CHECKLIST!

  • Deliver your project files via CD/DVD/USB, portable HD or through online file transfer services like WeTransfer.
  • WeTransfer offers up to 2GB of free file-sharing per transfer.
  • For multiple mix sessions, place your files in separate zipped project folders. (e.g. ARTIST – SONG)
  • Should it be that 2GB provides insufficient space per song, you can subsequently create 2 or more audio file folders to deliver your files.
  • Alternatively a WeTransfer Plus account allows you to transfer up to 20GB in one go, the downside is a signup and per year @ 120€ or 12€ p.m.
  • Other file transfer services in the audio & video industry are Gobbler and Avid cloud collaboration platform.
FILE PREPARATION CHECKLIST!

All sessions get mixed in Pro Tools 12. No matter which DAW you use like Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Reaper, Live etc. use this guide to assist you in preparing your session files.

  • Label your tracks! This is a vital step to identify the tracks.
  • Clean up your tracks! Clean up unwanted noises, bad edits, pop & clicks etc.
  • Pitch & Timing corrections! Pitch & timing correction is time consuming, not really a part of the mix process but can be done on request.
  • Turn off ALL processing & effects! If you performed some track processing (eq, comp, fx etc.) please turn them off before you render/consolidate the tracks. If the processing is critically important to the mix, please render & name both versions. (e.g. Kick Dry & Kick EQ-COMP, Synth Dry & Synth Delay etc.)
  • Consolidating Tracks, aka. Rendering: Regardless of what DAW you use, the files required to mix are the tracks from start to finish, all audio tracks need to start at the same time.
  • Select all tracks from start to finish. (Consolidate tracks, render or bounce in place etc.) This step is essential for lining up the audio files in the mix session timeline.
  • Exporting audio files: After the tracks have been rendered, export the audio files. In Pro Tools use “save copy as”, and activate the tab with “selected tracks only“. Choose the preferred format, drive location and hit save. In other DAW’s use the export files command. In all scenarios save the files in a folder named “ARTIST-SONGTITLE“, zip the folder for easy transferring the project files.
  • Choose the right Formats: (e.g. WAV, AIFF, 16/24/32bits bit-depth, 44.1Khz, 48kHz sample-rate up to 24bit/192kHz.) Typically the export format is the format that the session was recorded in. MP3’s are not accepted or suited for mixing!

Should you have any further questions, let me know when we discuss your mix session!

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Hi! I’m Benny, a certified Bruges (Belgium) based audio mixing engineer & producer. The company Mix-Notes is the hangout for my endeavors in the field of audio engineering, producing and various music business related activities. In short, to do my thing as a full-time music professional & fanatic devotee.

I’m available for recording, editing & mixing jobs, both locally and on-line through file transfers. Apart from editing and mixing audio in my little groovy home-based studio, I’m also available to help you out with pre-production & session planning.

It’s always a delight doing a job well to the best of my abilities with the tools at hand in any given condition. In times of decreasing budgets this can turn out to be quite challenging and ambitious. Still I constantly seek to find the most effective and cost-efficient ways to bring home the best quality bacon possible in any given audio project suiting your budget and artistic vision.

I’m familiar with a variety of analogue, digital gear and audio software. Otherwise I eagerly challenge the manual to get myself familiar with the tools. In recent years I have developed experience in the following fields, to summarize the whole shebang:

FOH & Live Show Production for a variation of bands and artists, Recording in studio’s, clubs, concert venues, rehearsal spaces or artificial recording locations, Editing & Mixing, Concert & Tour Planning, D.I.Y. Artist Management & Artist Bookings, Album Releasing, Promotion & Branding, Artist Workshops, Band Coaching & Video Production.

I’m always interested in new exciting projects and adventures, from project planning to production and finishing.

Hey! Ik ben Benny, een gecertificeerde audio mixing engineer & producer gevestigd in regio Brugge (België). Het bedrijf Mix-Notes is het uithangbord voor mijn inspanningen op het gebied van audio engineering, producen en allerlei muziek business gerelateerde activiteiten. Kortom, mijn ding doen als fulltime muziek professional & fanaticus.

Ik ben beschikbaar voor opnames, editing & mix jobs, zowel lokaal en on-line via file transfers. Naast het editeren en mixen in mijn kleine groovy home studio, ben ik ook beschikbaar om u te assisteren tijdens de pre productie & sessie planning.

Het is altijd een waar genot een job zo goed mogelijk uit te voeren met de beschikbare tools binnen iedere gegeven conditie. In tijden van krimpende budgetten kan dit nogal uitdagend en ambitieus blijken. Toch ben ik voor ieder audio project continue op zoek naar de meest effectieve en kostenefficiënte manieren om het best mogelijke resultaat naar voor te schuiven, passend binnen uw budget en artistieke visie.

Ik ben vertrouwd met een diversiteit aan analoge, digitale apparatuur en audio-software, anderzijds daag ik gretig de handleiding uit om  vertrouwd te raken met de tools. De afgelopen jaren bouwde ik ervaring op in de volgende gebieden, om samen te vatten:

FOH & Live Show Productie voor een variatie van bands en artiesten, Opnames in studio’s, clubs, concertzalen, repetitieruimtes of artificiële opname locaties, Editing & Mixen, Concert & Tour Planning, D.I.Y. Artist Management & Boekingen, Album Releasing, Promotie & Branding, Artist Workshops, Band Coaching & Video Productie.

Ik ben altijd geïnteresseerd in nieuwe boeiende projecten en avonturen, van project planning tot productie en afwerking.

DIEGUIS PRODUCTIONS, MARK VAN OVERMEIRE, DEADWOOD POSSE, HARPP, HENRY W. BAKER COMBO,  JOOST,  THE GLÜCKS, OWLS, MOZES MEDIA, DOLLARQUEEN, SMASHING BIRDS, THE FUZZTONES, TO THE BONE, ROXYGEN, GRIZZLYNCHER, HADRON HIGHWAY, PLASTIK PLEASURE, NEEDLE AND THE PAIN REACTION, YANNICK RIVIERE & BAND, MURDOCK, PRØTE, IMAGE IN LIKENESS, WESTERBERGS & HEAVY HEARTS, ZWENDEL, NO MISS, MASK, BOSTON TEA PARTY, PAINTED WORDS, BLACKIE’S DEAD, DEAD POET, LEWIS CAT, SALVADOR, NASTY BILLY HAMILTON, THE UNDERDOG EXPERIENCE, JUST LIKE RAINBOWS, EARLY ADOPTER, FIRE DOWN BELOW, KYRIE, BRECHT WYCKSTANDT, OZI ONE & GUESTS, THE CRAPPY MINI BAND, FILIP BOLLAERT & FRIENDS, MARVELAS SOMETHING, LES HOMMES DE TERRE, FOETAL VOID, ALL I KNOW, AUTHORITY OF A HOSTAGE, MOSES, ME AND… MR. RICHE$, FOLGAZÁN, THE SMOKING DOG, LANDSLIDE, MC SPOK FEAT ORIGINAL MESSENJAH, DER HUBSCHAUBER, AFTER MIDNIGHT, SILK ROAD, BEHAVIOUR, JINX, SERIALSHARK, NEURON, PILLY-PILLY, BOTTLED IN BELGIUM, RUDE ROOTS, BAD LIZZARD, GRANT, DOMINIEK DE GROOTE, WILLEM DE RIDDER, VILLANELLA, ROBIN DANNEELS, THE BIG BANG, TOMMY VLAEMINCK, KING HARVEST, MAGNIFY, RYTHEM DEEP

Benny Brys | Audio Engineer | Recording Artist | Producer

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+32 (0) 475 32 60 85
info@mix-notes.com

Always interested in new adventures!

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Recording, Editing & Mixing:

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Office Hours (Paperwork):

Monday & Tuesday:
10AM - 6PM CET