Intro to Mixing & Mastering for Non-Techies in Houston

Intro to Mixing & Mastering for Non-Techies in Houston


You don't need to be a technical genius or producer whiz to create the best mix and sound, but you DO have to know how to direct the people who do. At this NARIP program, three experts discussed a checklist of what should be “in the mix” and how to get the best work out of mix and mastering engineers…. even if you're not a techie!



This audio program is a recording of NARIP’s Intro to Mixing & Mastering for Non-Techies at Wire Road Studios in Houston, TX.

Following just three of these tips will take your final product from good to great, buy the audio of this special NARIP session now!

Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps
A&R, Artist Development and Marketing Executives
Music Services Executives, Entrepreneurs and Rights Holders
Record, Distribution & Music Publishing Executives
Music & Entertainment Attorneys
Anyone seeking digital music licensing opportunities.

  • Do’s and Don’t’s for your mix BEFORE mastering
  • Learn the difference between mastering plug-ins and “real mastering”
  • Preferred formats for best results
  • Why you should want attend a mastering session for your project
  • Do people still mix to tape? And what does that mean in terms of mastering?
  • Learn about stems, how these increase the marketability of music, and why these should be sent with the stereo mix
  • Learn why these numbers are important: 44.1 / 48. / 88.2 / 96

James Kelley, Wire Road Studios
Jacob Meador, Independent Engineer & Mastering Engineer
Jorge Santos, Omega Mastering
Jane Vandiver, NARIP Houston Board Member, Star Singers Studio (co-moderator)
Michael Mikulka, NARIP Houston Board Member, Lucky Run Studio (co-moderator)

PROGRAM DATE: May 30, 2013
PROGRAM TIME: 1 hours, 32 minutes, 14 seconds (1:32:14)
HANDOUT PDF:mixing and mastering tips from our three guest experts


Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP


Omega Mastering
Wire Road Studios

James Kelley, President & Chief Engineer, Wire Road Studios

A graduate of Auburn University, James began honing his audio engineering skills
while in college. An accomplished musician and producer, he translated his penchant for live performance to the studio environment while working both the Auburn, Alabama and Houston, Texas music scenes. James started the Wire Road
enterprise in 2008, and after many successful recording accomplishments moved the business into a new world-class facility in March of 2011. Wire Road Studios has since serviced clientele such as Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and Pat Green. In addition to his mixing and mastering talents James directs the Wire Road staff and company.

Jacob Meador, Independent Engineer & Mastering Engineer

Jacob Meador is a native Houston, Texas musician and recording engineer. He has been recording music since 1993. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, Jacob returned to school for recording arts at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, AZ, to pursue his love of music. He has been a working record producer and recording engineer since 2000. As a staff engineer at Sunrise Sound Studio, he has had the privilege of working
with countless local and national artists which include Winter Wallace, Savannah Berry, Caedmon’s Call, Probot, Wayne Kerr, Solange, and legendary jazz pianist Bobby Lyle. Currently, he devotes most of his time to mixing and mastering projects.
Jacob also shares his love for the art and science of making records with students at Mediatech Institute. He has live sound experience mixing for Second Baptist Church, Riverpointe Church, and touring with Caedmon’s Call, Bebo Norman, and John David

Jorge Santos, Omega Mastering

Jorge Santos at a very early age showed an interest in music and technology, which led him to complete a an Audio and Music Business engineering program. In 1993, Jorge began his professional career in audio engineering and since then he has been involved in all aspects of audio including live sound, studio and live recording, mixing and mastering. He has worked with producers, artists and musicians in the U.S., Europe and all of Latin America. Jorge worked as the studio manager and lead engineer for CanZion Productions for 15 years, There, he was involved in multiple music productions of which several were nominated and received awards such as Premios Arpa, GMA Dove Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Five of these projects (Sana Nuestra Tierra, Recordando Otra Vez, Dios es Bueno, Alegria and 25th Commemorativo) have received accolades from the Latin Recording Academy / Latin Grammy Awards. During the past nine years, Jorge has focused on mastering. IN 2003, he founded Omega Mastering in Houston, TX, from where he offers the highest level of mastering service to his clients. Jorge considers each mastering session a unique opportunity and pays attention to each minute detail of the production, simultaneously taking each project to it maximum potential in sound acquisition and quality.

Jane Vandiver, NARIP Houston Board Member, Star Singers Studio (co-moderator)

Jane Vandiver has performed in every state in the US (except Alaska) and around the world, including in Canada, U.K., Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, Australia, and Japan. She has performed with The New Christy Minstrels, Les Brown Band, The Glenn Miller Band and The Henry Mancini Orchestra. She sang at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for President Bush Sr.’s Inaugural Ball. She is most versatile in her entertainment aspects, ranging from jazz, cabaret, pop variety, R&B, country and theatrical music, performing in many Houston bands including her own Jane’s Destiny. She has been the voice on national commercials, including TV Land, various radio jingles and has provided backup for many recording artists. Jane is also an artistic/vocal producer, and has produced and arranged many CDs. She has developed her own vocal training /warm-up CD, Body Singing with Style, is one of the top vocal/performance coaches in Houston, and is owner of Star Stingers Studio. Theater credits include Theater Under the Stars, Actors Workshop, and The Country Playhouse, with her most recent performance as Miss Mona in the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

Michael Mikulka, NARIP Houston Board Member
Lucky Run Studio (co-moderator)

Engineer, producer and studio owner Michael Mikulka ran a successful recording studio and music complex in Southern California for almost 30 years. The 12,000 square-foot complex included 4 recording studios, a high end mastering suite, rehearsal studios and a full sound and lighting company where he worked with major artists, as well as hundreds of unsigned acts.
Eight years ago, Michael re-connected with a lost love, sold his business in California, and moved his base of operation to Texas where he married and opened Lucky Run Studio on a 150-acre ranch on the west end of Houston. In addition to recording and producing, Michael engineered for MCA Music Publishing and has been (and continues to be) a college level instructor of recording in both Los Angeles and Houston. He is a 22-year voting member of NARAS and a recipient of numerous gold and platinum records. Over the years Michael has worked with such artists as Ambrosia, Berlin, Toby Keith, Bill Medley, Willie Nelson, Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Sting, Tiffany and others.

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