WCA #194 with Sara Carter
Sara Carter is a BBC trained, mixing and mastering engineer based in Hampshire, UK.
Sara started recording and mixing music in the mid 90’s as a hobby from a small home studio after playing guitar for many years. Then, in 2000 in a bold move, she decided to sell her house, give up her established career of 16 years and relocate to London to turn that hobby into her new full-time career.
She studied at the SAE Institute in London gaining an Audio Engineering Diploma and soon after secured a position as a BBC Radio Studio Manager (sound engineer) working on the UK’s most listened to radio shows, live music sessions and major music festivals across all of the BBC’s main music networks. She also created the foley and sound effects on several radio drama productions and comedy shows.
Above all, she relished working in the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios where she developed her mixing and critical listening skills, working on sessions with a wide variety of artists from Crowded House to The Cure and Adele to The Black Keys to name just a few. She’s been officially credited on records from Corrine Bailey Rae, KT Tunstall and Girls Aloud amongst others.
In 2009, Sara decided to take a break from broadcasting and left the BBC to explore a different creative interest and became a Brewer in a small award-winning microbrewery (Yes, I know a bit random but it still involved mixing, just not music!). In recent years, however, she had felt a strong calling back to music and engineering, returning to the industry with her online mixing and mastering business called Music Mix Pro. Sara is passionate about mixing music and strives to exceed her clients’ expectations and to make the whole process as rewarding as possible for both the artist and herself.
About this Interview:
Sara joins me to talk about her incredible journey that took her through the motor trade, audio at the BBC to brewing then back to audio as a freelancer. Enjoy! – Matt
Show Notes and Links
- Sara’s site: https://www.musicmixpro.co.uk/
- Sara on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/musicmixprouk/
- Sara on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saramixmastermusic/
- Sara on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-carter/
- Sara on Soundbetter: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/37283-sara-carter
- Recording Revolution: https://www.recordingrevolution.com/
- Pure Mix: https://www.puremix.net/
- Mix with The Masters: https://mixwiththemasters.com/
- Produce Like a Pro: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpyUGZeMUtOvt57UACw3H2g
- Pro Mix Academy: https://promixacademy.com/