BY MICHAEL BRIGGS
Hello, my name is Michael Briggs and I’m an award winning mixing engineer based in Denton, TX. I can take the tracks you record and help them reach their full potential with a professional mix and master.
“Online mixing” is simply the process of tracking on your own either at your home or a local studio and then sending the files off to be professionally mixed. I’m able to offer professional results for ALL genres with a fast turnaround and the highest client satisfaction.
I take care to work with as many genres as possible so don’t assume that your music will not be the right fit. Some genres mixed at Civil Audio include: metal, punk, hip-hop, emo, folk, indie, rock, avant-garde, noise rock, classical, free jazz, etc.
Keep in mind that the better quality source material that is sent in the better the final mix will be. It is very important to follow the mix prep instructions closely.
Submit a quote request below and I’ll will get back to you ASAP.
Mixing and mastering typically takes 3 – 7 days from the time that your source files are received and approved, we have discussed your goals for the mix and agreed to a start date. Rush service may be available for an additional fee.
Masters are generally delivered digitally as high quality 48k 24 bit WAV files as well as 320kbps MP3 files. Vinyl specific master WAV files and CD-R masters to send to the pressing plant are available for an additional fee.
Please read all of the information below and follow the tracking recommendations in order to get the best results. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m here to help via email, phone or chat.
How To Prepare Files For Mixing
- You will need to export/bounce/consolidate/print the “stems” of each of the tracks in your multitrack session for mixing. This will produce one .WAV (or AIFF) file for each track that all start at the same time. This is crucial for keeping the tracks in time with each other.
- Export the WAV files at their original sampling rate and bit depth. Do convert the sample rate. I will do so if needed.
- Compress all of your .WAV files into a .ZIP or .RAR archive.
- It is helpful to embed regions or markers into the tracks for the song sections, but not required.
- Include MIDI tempo map and/or a rendered version of the click track if applicable.
- Please send mono WAV files for mono sources when possible. (Do not send stereo files for a mono sound)
- Include a tracklist of the songs in the order that you want them for the album. You may also include notes on the tracklist with your thoughts/ideas about each song and any specific effects that you want applied and any special notes about how you want the mix to sound.
- Include a list of 3-5 references for how you want the general direction of the mix to go. YouTube links are fine. This is helpful but not required.
- Include your rough mix if you have one.
- Below are some guides on how to export stems from some popular DAWs.
Logic Pro | Pro Tools | Reaper | Ableton Live | Audacity
Recommendations For Tracking To Get The Best Final Mix
- Generally speaking, the more mics the better.
It’s easy to get rid of a track if it’s not needed but it’s not possible to add it later.
- Always clearly label all tracks. It is helpful to include a list of all tracks with a description of the content of each and the type of microphone that was used to record it if possible.
- Avoid digital clipping in any individual track whenever possible. Try to keep your peaks below 0db.
- Always record a direct input (DI) of all electric instruments in addition to miking the amps for re-amping during mixing. This will greatly increase the flexibility of shaping the tone of the tracks and provide a much fuller, cleaner sound. This is most important for the bass guitar, but should be done for all guitars and keyboards or electronic instruments whenever possible. Put the DI box in between your effects pedals and the amp. Depending on the effects pedals you are using it may also be beneficial to record an additional DI track of the guitar clean before it goes to the pedals. The more options we have the better. It is also helpful to include rendered versions of your guitars if you are using an amp sim as a guide in addition to the clean DI signal.
- Whenever possible, use 2 different mics on amp cabinets. It is preferable to use both a dynamic and condenser microphone to offer the greatest flexibility in finding the perfect tone for the mix. Room mics are generally not needed for guitar amps.
- Always mic both the top and bottom of the snare drum on separate tracks. This is very important.
- Do not apply any additional effects (EQ, Compression, Reverb) to the recorded tracks in your DAW.
- I recommend tracking at a sample rate of 48k with 24 bit depth. If you recorded at another sample rate, that’s fine. Send as is and I’ll convert if necessary.
- Let me know if you have any questions or need advice.
It’s best to ask before you start tracking so that we can make sure that you end up with the best final results.
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Jarrod Estes of Felt & Fur
Completely kills it!! Every artist who works with him will agree 100%! Extremely professional, knows what he's doing, and is very easy going. Every question I had about the process was answered in extreme detail, and most importantly, the final product sounds amazing! I tend not to trust a lot of people's ear because I'm a biased know it all musician like the rest of us, but Michael hears EVERYTHING I hear, so it was a breeze working with him during the mixing phase.
Poppy Xander of Starfruit
Michael Briggs is the kind of engineer you want, cool, calm, collected, logical, fast as hell on those keyboard shortcuts, with a great ear. Briggs really knows his stuff and it’s always great to come in and record at Civil Audio. Looking forward to more! (Also that pour over coffee... bonus!!!)
Dan Ceske of Sylvania Ave
My favorite part about working with Michael is how much he invested himself into my band's record, wanting to make it the best it could be. He has an amazing ear and great ideas. If you want to work with someone who cares about their work, go with Michael Briggs. Plus his cat is adorable.
Scarlett Wright of New Science Projects
A+ recording experience. Very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He really understands exactly what the artists are trying to achieve. I've recorded with Michael in 3 different bands, all vastly different genres and every recording session has been outstanding.
Dillon Stanley of Sylvania Ave
Michael is an amazing human and wonderful sound engineer! Best coffee in Denton hands down. He was super helpful in helping my band get the sound we were looking for and will be trying to send more bands his way. Super professional. Record with him.
He's basically the best in Denton. His style combines rapid-pace DIY experimentalism with carefully considered hard/software choices. His production style is a great fit for virtually any genre of music, whether you're an avant garde sound collagist, Jazz Improv artist, or 3-piece rock band. He's also always 100% sober to the point where friends and I have come to the conclusion that his drug of choice IS Audio Work. (Possibly supplemented with Cat Pets.)
Abe Hill of Rei Clone
Best recording experience in DFW. Michael Briggs is incredibly professional, easy to work with, and knows what he is doing. He offers very affordable rates, putting quality audio recording and mixing into the grasp of every musician. I wouldn't recommend anyone else.
Michael Briggs is both professional and patient. He shows care for the music being made and puts that care into the work. Definitely the best in Denton
Donovan Ford of Big Hand // Big Knife
The waiter is very friendly, the food came out quick, and they nailed my order (two eggs, scrambled, and hash browns in a ring with dry toast). Plus, what a deal! But, really, best place to record in Denton.
Al Rios of Special Guest
I've had the pleasure of recording with Michael lots of times over the years and he just keeps getting better and better. Recording can be mind-numbing and frustrating, but Michael makes it fun and rewarding. He listens to what we wanted and offers advice when necessary without being overbearing. It's the perfect balance between DIY recording and studio recording.
Lillian Cormack of Better Now
Michael does amazing work! My band has recorded with him four different times and each time has been better than the last. He also did our music video and it turned out perfectly
Sarah Ruth of They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy
Super efficient and super proficient! Always a great experience!!
Cody Daniels of Giant of the Mountain
Very professional, made us sound great, and worked with us to get the sound we wanted.
Kyle Pennington of Record Setter
I absolutely loved the two days we spent recording here! The experience was calm and relaxing while still being extremely productive. Michael always had great advice and ideas and was very patient throughout the whole process. He listened to every idea we had and worked hard to get the exact sound we wanted. The quality of the recordings were outstanding and it reflects the hard work and attention he put into each song.
Joseph Prein of Law of Jante
Excellent engineer, better friend. Michael is the cream of the crop and the king on the top when it comes to cranking off a record.
I am so thankful to have had the chance to record at Civil! I needed to record a commissioned piece that involved tracking a variety of instruments and also included two children as vocal soloists. This was the children's first time in a studio environment: Michael put everyone at ease right away and we all had an incredible experience all the way around. From booking the session to tracking and then mixing and mastering I had a tremendous experience and the final product sounds great! If you have the opportunity, don't miss the chance to create at Civil!
Nathan Stölzer of The Recessions
Such a stellar expirence recording with Michael! Meticulous, quick, and fun to work with!
Christopher Von Mises of Aztec Death
We recorded our first Aztec Death album here and I was quite satisfied with the experience. Not only will you get a quality recording on your record, but Michael Briggs is easy to work with. If you're looking for a place to record in Denton, you should do it here because you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.
Alek Walker of The Rotisserie Chickens
The band I play guitar in, The Rotisserie Chickens, had the opportunity to record our second album with Michael. He was kind, unbelievably patient, professional, and awesome to work with! Quality of the album is excellent and the mix/master is perfect. We definitely look forward to working with him again!
Ray Wood of The Ellen Degenerates
Best producer to work with hands down you get your money's worth. Oh and the coffee... AMAZING!
Kyle Farley of I Am Clark Kent
If your thinking about going anywhere else in Denton for recordings, think again. Super professional recordings and Briggs knows what he is doing and a great guy to work with.
James Jimmings of HOOF
Briggs is the man. A great place to record and the sound you get you will not be disappointed with. You will leave with a great product every time.
Zachariah Walker of Fun Button
You will be amazed at the quality and professionalism of Michael Briggs's work. You will want to give him way more money then he asks for.