Recording is about getting the best possible sound coming in so you can get the best possible sound going out. For Stacks of Wax, tracking is where art meets science.
We insist on using the best possible equipment, players, and acoustic environments for your song before the music even hits the mixing board.
With a firm understanding of the physics of acoustics, coupled with an artist's ear and access to experienced, creative session musicians, we'll get your sound right.
We know that every track is distinct and every mix deserves unique attention. At Stacks of Wax, we will mix your music to erupt out of the speakers in a way that compliments both the musical style and artistic interpretation.
We don't think a mix is just about making your music sound good, we believe a mix is about making your music sound right.
From a gear standpoint, we'll process your mix on a Pro Tools HD 3 system through Lynx converters, outboard Neve Portico, UA LA2A and 3A compression, Manley, API, and Pulltech equalization, Lexicon 480L and Yamaha SPX90 ambience effects, with all the latest Plug-In technology including the Waves Diamond bundle, Sony Oxford bundle, Massey bundle, Melodyne and Antares processors, and countless other industry standards.
Most importantly, all this equipment is used intelligently and properly, with a firm understanding of what makes a mix work both artistically and scientifically.
You've recorded your project and in the studio it sounds amazing - it's balanced, crisp, and tweaked to your highest specifications. Then you pop it into the CD player and suddenly it's quiet and dull. The instruments you heard perfectly in the studio are lost and muffled. It's at this moment a sinking feeling sets in - your track was poorly mastered.
Your recording can only reach its total sonic potential with professional mastering. We'll enhance your mix into a competitive product that retains all of the nuances you love about it, while maximizing it's width, depth, clarity, loudness, low-end presence, pristine and smooth top end, and dynamic range.
You will be amazed at what we can do to bring your tracks to life.
Our team members have mixed countless shows - from intimate venues of fifty people to rock concerts of thousands.
We pride ourselves on delivering unparalleled live sound quality and our reputation speaks for itself through our team's client list - Natalie Merchant, Andrew Bird, Tony Bennet, Kris Kristofferson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Greg Allman, Pete Seeger, Mike Portnoy, just to name a few.
At Stacks of Wax we see little difference between creating a studio masterpiece and delivering live sound reinforcement. We understand that a great mix is one that is dynamic, has depth, punch, and clarity, as well as balance.
We provide a sharp musical ear that is critical to attaining the perfect balance of delivering a sound that is present and has an impact, without any danger of deafening the crowd.
At Stacks of Wax we believe Song Doctoring is about one thing, pure and simple: making your song as good as it can be.
When you know your music has the potential for greatness, but needs that extra something to stand out, our song doctors are here to help.
Songs are complicated, delicate machines with many interlocking parts - harmony, melody, form, lyric, groove, and arrangement. We want to make sure all these elements support one another to deliver the maximum impact. We believe that every single note and word in a song counts, and that your art deserves the same level of focused attention.
Stacks of Wax will help you hone a memorable melody, develop a more satisfying chord progression, and tighten your structure. You can be sure that we'll make every facet of your song matter.
Making a great record doesn't end when the song is written. What will the mood be like? What styles will it evoke? What feelings should it conjure in the listener?
Luckily, you don't have to answer these questions - at least not alone. Our producing and arranging team is experienced at pulling all the elements of a song into focus through the right instrumentation, part writing, beat making, orchestration, and performance direction.
We take you through all the phases of production: blueprinting your track through demos, collaborating and revising, then shepherding the process through sequencing, studio recording, and mixing.
Our arrangers have strong backgrounds in all musical styles and can give you a fully tailored arrangement based on your creative needs.
Sometimes all you need is another pair of ears. No matter what your genre or style is we'll match you up with an experienced Stacks of Wax professional who can give you helpful and specific suggestions to give your music the edge it needs.
Our team is also available to give lessons and master classes for piano, voice, guitar, bass, horns, winds, strings, drums, hand and vocal percussion, music theory, ear training, songwriting, studio arranging, as well as music business and production.
Natural talent and genius can help people succeed, but the fact is, no one makes it alone.
Fortunately, we do know what makes successful artists different from the hundreds of thousands of others out there today - online promotion.
We recently spawned a new generation of "Crusaders" who promote your music to thousands of people daily, by the power of suggestion to all of their friends. They can get you 10,000 real YouTube or Vimeo views, 1,000 Facebook fans, and 1,000 Twitter followers in less than two weeks.
Don't worry we don't have an army of robots spamming people. We use a unique and effective method of digital viral marketing to help your music reach the ears of new fans everyday.