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Palar Productions is a comprehensive music production service, offering three main services:

 

Operated by musician and producer Marcus Pike with locations in Berkshire and East London, Palar is ready to work with you towards your specific goals.

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A NOTE ON OUR RATES

As I am building up my portfolio, I am currently OFFERING ALL SERVICES FOR FREE until March 31st 2020.

I have over 15 years' experience in studio production; however I am taking the leap of doing this 100% professionally for the first time.

This naturally means that now is the time to take advantage of this excellent opportunity! Request a free session here.

 

CONTACT

marcus@marcuspike.com  |  Tel: (+44) 7471188827

 

ONLINE MIXING

I have been producing music for over 15 years - from those first "bedroom demos", to having my own studio and a solid understanding of all the components required to get a top quality, professional sounding mix.

My aim is currently to offer an "entry level" service for those who might not be willing or able to pay for some of the more established services out there.

I am currently offering my mixing services for free. My only condition is that you allow me to display the finished product on my website as an example of my work once the mix is complete.

  • Professional mix

  • Unlimited track count

  • Unlimited revisions

MIXING FAQs

How should I contact you?

For all enquiries, please first email, call or get in touch via the contact form, explaining what you are looking to accomplish, and a rough timeframe if you are working to one.

How do you work?

I mix "in the box" using the latest version of Logic Pro X. Many people will praise the benefits of outboard hardware and other fancy gadgets for mixing; however, from my own (sometimes bitter) experience, I can say that in my opinion there are two things which are far more important that anything else in producing a high quality, professional sounding mix:

  • a mixing engineer who can provide an excellent foundational knowledge of the basics of mixing

  • a strong dose of good taste!

Just because someone makes a multitude of promises about their gear and their credentials, it does not mean they are guaranteed to send you a tasteful, well honed mix!

 

Through extensive experience, I have learnt to avoid the pitfalls of not getting the basics right. I will first work hard to optimise: 

  • Balancing - volumes, panning

  • Editing - any tuning, gating (as and where necessary, and at the discretion of the client)

  • EQ sculpting

  • Compression

  • Additional reverb, delay, etc where necessary

Once these foundational elements are in place, I will use my own creative judgement to produce a mix which I think best serves the song. If you have any further question about any of the above at any point before or during the process, I will always be happy to help.

How long will it take?

No mix takes more than a week to complete, and most should take 2-3 days.

How many revisions can I have?

Unlimited revisions - we are here to try and get a result which you are 100% satisfied with.

What format should I send my files in?

Please try to send your files in 44,100kHz 24bit WAV.

What files do you need?

Anything which constitutes an individual track in the project. You are more than welcome to submit stems created from different tracks comped together if you think it better serves your needs. Please feel free to ask if in any doubt.

How do I send you my files?

Please send all files via WeTransfer.

What types of music do you accept?

In my opinion, mixing is a universally applicable craft. There is no genre of music which I feel I would be outside of my range of skills. However, I would be more than happy to discuss this honestly with you beforehand, to make sure we are definitely a good fit.

Do I have to be based in the UK?

No, the beauty of online mixing is that you can communicate and share files remotely from anywhere in the world.

Do you offer a mastering service?

We don't feel that we currently have either the tools or the expertise to provide the very best quality in mastering. There are numerous excellent mastering services out there, online or otherwise, and I would be happy to give you some recommendations once you are happy with your mix.

Can I get my money back if I'm not happy with the mix?

I'm currently working for free, so you have little to lose! However, my ethos has always been one of complete customer satisfaction. I would never make somebody pay for work that they felt did not meet their own personal standards.

 

RECORDING STUDIO

Dreamlake Studios is a located near Reading, Berkshire. As well as doing a lot of our production work here, the studio is open for recording sessions.

We record using the latest version of Logic Pro X.

The studio is also equipped with:

For further information, please let us know your requirements by getting in touch here.

  • Full drum kit

  • Upright piano

  • Various guitar amps

 

PRODUCTION

Want to combine recording, mixing, and general musical direction to get the best results?

Need some help getting the whole package to gel together?

Don't know where to start when it comes to transforming your musical ideas into professional sounding recordings?

We work with artists and labels at all levels who wish to take advantage of our knowledge, expertise and resources to bring a project to fruition from start to finish.

This typically involves:

  • Harnessing our creative input to take your track arrangement to the next level

  • Use of our recording studio and expertise

  • Use of our mixing expertise to create a finished product

  • general guidance and mentorship (if desired) to get the very best out of you - two heads are always better than one!

We work on a bespoke basis and are very artist-focussed.

 

There is no set formula.

The best starting point is to drop us an email at marcus@marcuspike.com so we can discuss your specific requirements.

 

Tel: (+44) 7471188827

Email: marcus@marcuspike.com

© 2020 Marcus Pike. Photos - @lisacmmg