If you're lost and frustrated with your mix and could just use an extra set of ears, then you came to the right place.
Mix Critique will help you get the mix that you're looking for. By providing an honest and un-biased opinion from a professional engineer with 20+ years experience, we will point you in the right direction towards a perfect mix for you.
For a small cost, simply upload your track, provide a few details, and within 48 hours, you'll receive a full critique, specific to your song and genre, no matter your mixing setup.
I've known Jalipaz for over 9 years now. I've been to his studio personally several times but most of our communication has been via the internet since I'm located in the midwest. He has given me his ear over the years on mixes I have done for bands in my area and a lot of solid and sound advice. When I've tried a different EQ or adding slightly more reverb or whatever he has suggested to the mix, I've honestly noticed a newer level of attention to detail. I would highly recommend his services to anyone even if you're happy with your mix and you're just wanting an opinion of someone else who does it professionally for a living.
— Ryan Hahn -St. Louis, MO
About a year and a half ago I started my email conversation with Mix Critique. I had a small studio some 15 years ago but had moved away from doing my own recording and needed some help to get back into the swing of the process. Working with Mix Critique was the right move for me. They were able to go from hearing issues to knowing exactly how to make changes to the mix to fix the issues that were identified.
— Chris Losey (Mojo Farmers, Crash Wagon, Vivid Squid)
Jalipaz at Mix Critique has played an essential role in every Burn Down The Charade record. He has an ear for balancing out sounds into a natural mix. He accentuates those special and raw moments that happen when you record a song.
— Daniel Smith
Jalipaz at Mix Critique has an impeccable ear and a real knowledge of how things work, not to mention maybe breaking the rules a little bit, which can be a very good thing. I wouldn't hesitate to call on them again for mixing and mastering advice. Trust me, he won't steer you wrong!
— Eric Zurcher - Warren, PA
Mix Critique is hands down my most trusted source for feedback. He has an incredible ear for tone, dynamics and all things audio, and has been able to help address issues and come up with solutions to problem areas in my mixes with great ease.
— David Jackman - JackmanProductions.com, DavidBenJack.com
Mixing can be very lonely...
It's common for anyone, present company included, to struggle with their own work. When it's just you doing the work you only have yourself to ask. Obviously, if you knew you wouldn't be asking. You probably have friends that you could ask, but it's hard for friends to be unbiased too; they aren't gonna wanna hurt your feelings and tell you your mix needs some work. You may also go to certain online forums that have an area where you can post your mixes, which is great, but they aren't obligated to tell you anything and if they do it may be very broad and not useful.
What I'm offering you is an honest opinion with detailed suggestions. I can't promise I’ll have an answer to fix the problems you may be having but I can point you in the right direction and make suggestions that may help. I'd need some reference material of what sound you were aiming for. Professionally, I do more natural sounding mixes. I'm not known for drum replacements and snapping instruments to a grid or autotune, but if I hear your reference I will know what you need to keep working on.
So, what I'm offering is consultation by email, where I will point out problem areas I hear and make suggestions on how to fix them. I may make specific suggestions, like certain frequencies to add or take out, or more broad suggestions like, "your chorus is lacking a wide stereo image compared to your reference." Of course, this is all just my opinion, and somebody else may have a different opinion. Mixing is all subjective; there is no right or wrong way of doing it really. But, if you're struggling with deciding what is right or wrong sometimes just a simple opinion is all you need to get the ball rolling again. Even if you don't agree with the opinion it can still really help because you not agreeing is making a decision and that in itself helps break the doubt, because that's usually all you’re fighting is doubt.
Jalipaz Nelson is a producer and audio recording engineer with over 20 years of experience. He established Audioconfusion in 1996. The studio has subsequently been responsible for a large output of Phoenix independent music and a myriad of nationally relevant acts.
Perhaps most notably, he's worked closely to help record a staggering majority of AJJ's discography (as well as other Asian Man Records affiliated acts). Jalipaz has also helped release music both under The Audioconfusion Manifesto and Black Cactus Records.
He primarily emphasizes the importance of both natural reverb and live recording methods in the studio. However, he is stylistically agnostic and prides himself on his experience mixing and recording various genres.