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MIXING

WITH IVO SOTIROV

About

I'm a mixing engineer based in Milton Keynes, UK. Over the past 10 years of living in the UK I've gained priceless experience, working side by side some of my heroes.
 
While this website is focused on my mixing services, I am also an active producer & recording engineer.
In my spare time I also work a gear-reviewer & writer for Musixon Magazine and other platforms. In the Media page you can find links to my articles & video content.
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AT THE FRIARY STUDIOS

The Room

The mixing room is the most important tool for any mixing engineer.
I currently use The Friary Studios (Studio A) for all my mixing services. Designed by Barny Barnicott, this spacious room features some of the most advanced acoustic treatment technologies along with an ultra-high-end sound system. Our main monitors are the custom-made Munro M4 (ATC line) speakers, previously used in The Red Room (Miloco).
These monitors provide an incredibly accurate representation of the music, which is why dozens of UK #1 hits from Lana Del Ray to the Chemical Brothers, ColdPlay & Slipknot have been mixed on them.
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The Gear

My workflow is a true hybrid, which means I utilise the best of both analogue and digital mixing.
The centre-piece of our Studio A is a 48-channel SSL G4000 console previously used in Olympic Studio 1 by countless legendary artists including Prince & The Rolling Stones. The iconic sound of the SSL G-series desks has been chased by artists & producers for generations and to this day it sets the benchmark for superior character and depth of sound.
Other Gear
Neve 1073DPA,   Manley Dual Mono,   Gates The Yard,   Avalon 737
2x WesAudio 1176,   Gates Level Devil,   Gates STA-Level,   Gates SA39
E.A.R. 825q,   WesAudio EQP 

Get a Quote

To get a quote visit the Contact page and fill in the form. Alternatively you can start a live chat now and ask any question. If you want to know more or you are not sure whether your songs are ready for mixing just start a live chat. I would be happy to start the conversation and answer any question.
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Examples for listening

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"Leaves Fast"

Sam Fender

Assistant Mixer

Single

2018

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"Ibiza Classics"

Pete Tong

Vocal Rec & Mixer

Medley

2020

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"Come Over" & "Easy"

Nick Lopez

Mixer

Singles

2020

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"FBS Vol.1"

MckNasty

Co-Producer, Mixer

Album | 8 tracks

Upcoming

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"90's Nike"

Natasha Blume

Producer, Mixer, Rec

Single

2020

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"Sundown"

MckNasty

Assistant Mixer

Single

2020

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"Pretending Something's There"

Cloi Crider

Producer, Mixer, Rec

EP | 4 tracks

2020

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"Sippin"

Kimberly Walker

Mixer

Single

2020

Credits

Upcoming

Joey Grant

Recording

Album | 8 tracks

2020

Credits

Upcoming

Eden Lole

Mixer

EP | 7 tracks

2020

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Upcoming

Joe Devine

Mixer, Rec

EP | 5 tracks

2020

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"Go-Go"

Michael Jablonka

Assistant Mixer, Rec

EP | 4 tracks

2019

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"Think Of Me"

Alseyda

Producer, Mixer, Rec

EP | 4 tracks

2019

Credits

"Open The Gate"

Musgo

Assistant Mixer, Rec

Album | 13 tracks

2019

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"Algorisms"

Jerry Brown

Recording

2 tracks

2019

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"Polaroid Nudes"

Deacon

Assistant Rec

Mix Tape | 13 tracks

2019

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"Higher"

Johnny Hazard

Mixer

Single

2018

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"Unfinished"

By Starlight

Producer, Mixer, Rec

Album | 12 tracks

2019

Credits

Upcoming

Toby Corton

Recording

EP | 5 tracks

2019

Credits

Upcoming

Joon Swinton

Recording

EP | 5 tracks

2019

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"Cotton Wool Kids"

Horse Thieves

Mixer

Single

2018

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Live Sessions

Never The Saint

Mixer, Rec

EP | 4 tracks

2017

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Spacetime

Groove Razors

Assistant Rec

Album

2020

Credits

Upcoming

Grave Miasma

Assistant Rec

Album

2020

Credits

Upcoming

Moonspell

Assistant Rec

Album

2020

What is Mixing & Why do I need it?

Translating Your Message...


The art of mixing is a crucial point, which determines whether or not the message of your song will be delivered, understood & liked by your fans. In the process of making records the mixing engineer is the last step between you and your listeners. They are literally the translator of your music. That process alone can determine whether or not you will connect with your listeners. Choosing the right person to mix your songs should be from upmost importance. Mixing is a creative & subjective process so it is near impossible to find two people that can make the same mix. Every engineer has their own character and style of mixing.




Skills & Experience...


The craft of mixing is acquired predominantly through experience on the job and not through standard education. To become a great mixing engineer one must first be an apprentice to a master for many years. They would acquire their skills through countless sleepless nights in studios surrounded by masters and talented musicians. That is the nature of our business. Becoming a skillful mixing engineer requires thousands of hours of listening and watching in a professional studio environment surrounded by the right people. Due to the lack of that crucial experience and knowledge, when artists mix their own music or rely on cheaper amateur services their records often times get pushed to the bottom of the playlist or don't even reach it.




Fresh Perspective...


The advantage of using a professional mixing engineer, aside from their skills and experience is the benefit of having someone with a fresh perspective. That is one of the most valuable aspects of mixing that people often neglect. Songwriters and producers often lose perspective of their own music, because of how many times they have to hear it during the writing, recording and producing stages. Having someone with a fresh set of ears can even be more effective than their skills and studio equipment.





Why this mixing service?

The Room & The Gear...


While recording & producing in a bedroom is possible and nowadays people make records at home, mixing still requires a different type of environment. Being in a professional studio designed for specifically for mixing makes a huge impact on the engineer and their work. The Friary Studios are a high-end project designed by Barny Barnicott (eng. Arctic Monkeys, Cold Play). Our Studio A features walls of up to 2 meters in thickness with the most advanced and effective bass control technology and acoustic treatment available. This provides a listening experience like no other.

Our monitoring system includes the Custom Munro M4 (ATC) monitor system previously used at the Red Room (Miloco). These legendary speakers have mixed countless hits from Lana Del Rey to The Chemical Brothers & Slipknot. The Friary Studios are also equipped with some of the most sought after iconic pieces of gear like a 48-channel SSL G-series console. That mixing desk was first used in Olymipic Studios where it met Prince & The Rolling Stones. It was then moved to Milo Studios where its history continued with ColdPlay and others. Now that same console sits at The Friary.




Beyond Normal Mixing...


Being an active recording engineer and working at The Friary Studios gives me the skills & facilities to go beyond standard mixing. That includes repairing and improving the sonics of poorly recorded tracks.

I understand that artists often work on tight budgets and don't have the luxury of recording in high-end studios. Poorly recorded vocals in a bedroom can still be repaired sonically.

My skills & studio facilities allow me to reamp audio signals through different guitar amps, cabinets and real echo-chambers. Re-capturing your audio in a beautiful-sounding room with high-end microphones and preamps allows me to improve on poorly recorded audio tracks and bring life to sterile digital recordings. That is essentially improving on the recording process after the fact.




Personal Connection...


I value the connection between artist & mixer. I myself am a producer and a musician with experience playing live and playing in studios while others record and mix my music. That helps me understand the struggles and frustrations of artists, musicians and producers. It also helps me communicate with my clients on a level where I can meet their needs as a mixer. I can guarantee you, I have been faced with most of the struggles you've experienced when working with others on your own music. That is why I'm not a believer in filling out forms and waiting for a response. Instead, I want to start a chat and be of maximum service.





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