I offer up-front pricing and risk-free mixing services. I don’t ask for anything up front, just send me your session and once I’ve checked it out we can talk price. Once we agree on a budget, I won’t ask for actual payment till you hear short samples of the mix that you are happy with.
When I mix hip hop, sometimes I can do justice to a track for $20, other times I’m discounting when I do it for $100. The $20 includes using really high end plugins to give your hook, verse, and doubling/hype their own unique sonic personalities. The extra time/money comes when I can make your vocals sound more like a seasoned professional or make your home recording sound more like a pro studio recording.
If you are paying out of pocket, you are most likely thinking “hopefully he can mix me for $20”.
But really, it’s the client who sends me a session that I spend more time in who is the big winner. Because if I can keep busy for a few hours making you sound better, and better, and better, you’re going to flip out when you hear the finished mix. Maybe your verse started off exactly on the beat but slowly fell behind, just maybe a tenth of a second by the end. I line every phrase up perfectly with the music and BAM: it sounds like you spent a whole day in the studio getting “the magic” take. Or you used AutoTune, but it didn’t pull quite the right notes… I can fix that. Or maybe a doubling/hype take didn’t get timed quite perfectly. Or didn’t get tracked at all. I can even address that.