Audio Post Production2018-08-28T06:41:10+00:00

Audio Post Production

Audio Post Production Services

audio editing  •  audio mixing  •  audio repair and restoration  •  level optimization  •  podcast editing & production  •  audio mastering  •  prep music and audio for multi-platform distribution.

Audio post production happens between the actual recording, whether in a studio or on-site, and the completion of a master recording. It can include audio editing, audio repair and restoration, audio mixing, applying effects, equalization, audio mastering, audio level control, multi-band audio compression, and limiting. Audio post production is always done within the context of the recorded material.

There are typically two separate stages involved in post production: Mixing and Mastering.

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“Dave was great to work with. He completed the work quickly and made sure I was happy with everything. Very responsive to messages and I am thrilled with the final product. Definitely recommend!”

Sarah D.

” … an amazing talent for music.”

Jeremy S.

“Dave did a great job in a short amount of time putting together the piano music for our musical! Thanks!”

Nicholas Q.

“You are amazing, Dave!”

Mary P.

“Great production, wonderful communication, I’m happy with his work.”

Brandon D.

“Dave is amazing!”

Eric S.

“Dave is a huge talent. The things he can do musically are astounding.”


Audio Mixing Services

Audio mixing is a general term that involves balancing the various audio levels, taking audio from multiple sources and combining them into one or more channels or stems. The process typically includes editing individual audio files and tracks, setting levels of all tracks, frequency content (EQ), dynamics, panning positions, and adding effects such as reverb, delay, echo, chorus, and other special effect. Audio post production is done within the context of the recorded material (e.g.: the genre of music) and its intended distribution channel(s).

Audio Mastering Services

Audio mastering is the process of preparing audio—particularly music audio—for final distribution; whether that is CD, download, streaming, vinyl, or whatever the medium and playback devices. It is the final stage of music production in which finishing touches are applied before your listeners, fans and potential fans hear it.

Mastering is the glue that brings a finished mix together, helping it all hold together. Levels are typically optimized for the perceived “loudness” but in a way that doesn’t kill off the dynamics of the music. If the project is more than one track, such as an EP or album, mastering helps the different tracks and songs come together into one interconnected and cohesive collection.

One vital outcome in audio mastering is helping the audio translate to various listening devices and systems to help it sound as good as it can no matter how it is heard: car audio, home stereo systems, televisions, earbuds, computer speakers, etc. All mastering is done within any loudness unit standards (LUFS/LKFS) specified for the project, and is fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC specifications.

Having Dave handle your audio mastering gives you a set of professional and impartial ears to evaluate and tweak your audio before it goes out into the world.

Audio Repair & Audio Restoration Services

Dave utilizes cutting-edge technologies for post production audio repair like lav mic de-rustle, dialogue isolation, and intermittent low-end wind rumble removal. And he offers creative approaches to age-old music recording problems like microphone bleed, sibilance, mouth clicks, and breaths. He takes it to the next level of audio repair that once seemed impossible.

Dave uses the same tools used by top post production professionals to clean up audio tracks. It’s actually now possible to clean up or effectively reduce audio recording problems like microphone bumps, birds, sirens, location noises, even plosives and other ambient sounds—all while preserving audio quality.

Audio Repair Example

Below are two short audio clips. The “before” clip is the audio as it was received, containing excessive and annoying clicks and crackles that distract from the message. The “after” clip is the audio after it was repaired; the clicks have effectively been removed or reduced to an unintelligible level. (Only audio repair results are demonstrated here. No other processing was applied to this audio example.)

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Examples from Portfolio


This Wild Vitality

A short film interpretation of the ancient story from Genesis. Life’s meaning is often found in the struggle. The mytho-poetic story of Jacob wrestling with the angel is an archetype. Here’s what the author has to say:

“Life finds its meaning in the struggle. I have always loved the iconic, mythic story from the Hebrew Bible of Jacob wrestling with the angel. This interpretation, I hope, will resonate with those who identify with this archetype of one struggling in the long, dark night of the soul.”

Text written and narrated by: David W. Burt. Copyright © 2012 David W. Burt. All rights reserved.
Soundtrack music and sound design by Dave Merkel. Copyright © 2017 Dave Merkel. All rights reserved.

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