Lady Audio #22 Mixing Services - taking a song from demo to radio-ready

October 17, 2016

Hi everyone, and welcome to the show. My name is Clara and I’ll be your host.

This week I have a couple of mixing examples for you.

As you know, I’m trying to get the Lady Audio recording and mixing services business going, so if you know of anyone who could use some help with their songs, please send them my way. My email address is and the website is I would love to help out.

Okay, so now onto the show. Our first example is from a good friend of mine, Deanne California. She sent a demo to Lady Audio for Craig and I to work on.

In case you didn’t know, Craig is my husband and he is a drummer, bassist and guitarist. He also has a wonderful ear for mixing and mastering. He’s been doing it for years and has tons of experience.

The first thing we did was get the audio stems and rough mix from Deanne.

Here’s what the demo sounds like…

From there we built the song.

Craig played drums, bass, and guitar. And I played the finger snaps. Haha… We did keep the vocal track and a couple of other things. Basically, we built the song around what Deanne gave us.

After we recorded the instruments, we gave Deanne our first mix. After a few adjustments, listening, and comparing to other songs, we all agreed on the final mix.

When that was complete, we mastered the tune to ensure all the instruments and frequencies were radio-ready.

Here’s what the finished mix sounds like…

For more about Deanne’s music, you can find the link to her SoundCloud in the show notes. The name of the tune is Rock n Roll Baby.

The second example I have for you is from another good friend, Mike Monda, of the band Temple of Switches.

Mike is a fantastic guitar player and he had a song idea that he wanted us to play on.

As with Deanne, the first thing we did was ask Mike for the audio stems and the rough mix of the song. All the instruments were scratch tracks.

Here’s what the demo sounds like…

From there we built the song. Mike wanted Craig to play Drums and he wanted me to sing some ooohs and aaaahs in a few sections.

Because we always put the vocals down last, we knew there would be a little back and forth with the mixes before we had something close to final that I could sing to.

So, we started with Craig playing the drums to the song, then we sent a stereo mix of the drums to Mike for him to record the bass, guitars, synths, a gong, and a propane tank sound.

Mike then sent us the stems of the final takes. From there it was up to us to mix the tune and add the vocals.

After we did that, we sent Mike the final mix. After some more back and forth, we all agreed on the mix and went on to mastering.

Again, we compared the mix with other songs, and concentrated on good levels and frequencies.

Here’s what the final mix sounds like…

You can find out more about Temple of Switches by visiting The name of the tune is The Circling Sky.

That’s it everyone! Talk to you next week.


If you are in audio and would like to be on the show, please send me an email. My email address is I would love to hear from you!


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