I am a professional Audio Engineer with over 10 years of experience. I specialize in creating radio ready mixes for clients and have done so for years now. I served as the staff engineer for a studio in Nashville called Dark Horse Recording and have worked with many notable clients including Tim McGraw, OneRepublic, James Morrison, to name a few.

Music has always been an important part of my life and always will be. As a musician, I started at an early age learning to play piano, then drums, and finally guitar. I earned a degree in Production and Technology from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, and during my final semester of college, I interned at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, TN and had the opportunity to work with many notable audio engineers and artists. After graduation, I accepted the position of Head Engineer for Dark Horse Recording, where I honed my skills as a recording and mixing engineer for some of the top artists in the music business. With 10 years of professional experience under my belt, I have moved on from Dark Horse to pursue freelance engineering work. I have my own editing/mixing suite in Nashville, TN and am available for any of your engineering or production needs.

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My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Colin Heldt:

  • Tim McGraw
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Tim McGraw
  • Kirk Whalum
  • Jason McCoy
  • The Judds
  • The Judds
  • Jersey Boys
  • Emery
  • Domash
  • Domash
  • Kerrie Roberts
  • Matthew West
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Chris Stevers
  • David G. Evans
  • Twila Paris
  • Twila Paris
  • Tim McGraw
  • David G. Evans
  • Robertson Brothers
  • Mandisa
  • Sara Groves
  • Sara Groves
  • James Morrison
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Jeremy Riddle
  • Emery
  • The Dynamites
  • Philippe Cohen Solal
  • $olal
  • Sister Hazel
  • Keith & Kristyn Getty
  • NewFound Road
  • Michael W. Smith
  • John Michael Talbot
  • Downhere
  • Charles "Chip" Templeton
  • Mary Beth Cross
  • Mary Beth Cross
  • Mary Beth Cross
  • Mary Beth Cross
  • The Brotherhood of Sound
  • Frontline
  • Tom Howard
  • Francine Leclair
  • Magnolia Rose Band
  • Brian Oaks

Gear highlights

  • Apogee
  • Benchmark Media Systems
  • Black Lion Audio
  • Avid Pro Tools
  • ADM

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

2 Rounds of revisions. Typical turn around time on a mix is 1 week. Rate per song will drop based on number of songs.

Reviews of Colin Heldt

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    Colin is a fantastic audio engineer. He made my songs sound great and he was a pleasure to work with - responsive, professional and gracious. I heartily recommend his services to anyone looking for someone who can take their songs to a higher level.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    Colin is a solid, all-around great guy. Interactions with him were always pleasant and he did a wonderful job on my mix. So much so that I asked him to mix the rest of my album.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    FANTASTIC! Colin is an incredibly talented engineer with a patient, professional manner! Will DEFINITELY be working with him again!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image9 months agoby

    Awesome Service. Thank you so much. 10 Till 9 Empire Music Inc.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar10 months agoby

    Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Colin is a great mixer and has done incredible work on my project, he's also very patient and a great guy! If you need your music to be taken to the next level then look no further.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_steven-lee2-110 months agoby

    Colin does what he promises. He treats my music like his child- he really takes care of my product and he has helped me craft a less than ideal recording into a almost masterpiece. I am very grateful and Colin's personality is ideal for artists to work with-patient, gentle, careful and kind!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar12 months agoby

    Dope engineer, i couldnt be happier

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Colin is an INCREDIBLE engineer. Extremely helpful and pleasant to work with and hugely talented. We will be working with Colin again ASAP.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_12-59-51-12525449_1664946403760423_3192078212993824708_oabout 1 year agoby

    Really happy with the way it turned out. Colin did a great job by mastering my track. Tracks sounds very open yet punchy, exactly what I wanted and even a lil' bit more. Defo recommend him!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Brilliant mixer..

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Highly recommended - Colin did a very swift and effective job of cleaning up some audio for me. Much appreciated!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_kg20160317_1351c_640x800pxover 1 year agoby

    I had Colin mix and master another track for me and was extremely satisfied again. He had no trouble at all and met every request I had, and he didn't mind going back to make revisions. Thanks again!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_kg20160317_1351c_640x800pxover 1 year agoby

    Colin did a great job with all my tracks and for an awesome price. He listened to all my requests and helped take my vocals up from a very novice level to actually enjoyable. I would definitely like to work with him again in the future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_photo_on_12-8-15_at_10.29_pmover 1 year agoby

    Colin has brought my vocals from a modest to professional level and you'd never know he touched them. To boot he comped my stuff too and I couldn't believe my ears! Do yourself a favor and if you're serious, hire this genius!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Very professional, highly capable and responsive to requests and comments. Excellent ear for all things audio and really knows how to take a song to the next level.

  • Default-avatar24 days agoby

    Colin did an amazing job on my track. He made it sound bigger, better and so professional! I would definately recommend to work with him when you're looking for that radio-ready sound!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    Colin mixed our songs and did a great job. He worked quickly and efficiently and was patient with many minor tweaks we asked of him.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Colin did a great job on my track and worked with me on any ideas I had for the song. He replies fast and the final work turned out amazing.

  • Listing_thumb_mandolin1over 1 year agoby

    Colin is the real deal. I've worked with him on a few projects and every time he was professional, quick, and knowledgeable, but more importantly he was kind, easy going and had a great attitude.

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Interview with Colin Heldt

What do you like most about your job?
I love seeing the look on a clients face when they hear their song come to life and just light up.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Neve 1073, Nuemann U67, Shadow Hills Equinox, Event Opal Monitors, Apogee Symphony Thunderbolt (Loaded)
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started as an intern and quickly became the main staff engineer at a large multi studio complex just outside of Franklin, TN. There I had the ability to work with many different extremely successful Engineers and Producers and learn from them. I also had the ability to engineer for many notable artists their as well. I now have moved on to working freelance at various studios around town as well as mixing and mastering at my personal studio.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I have wanted to work with Dave Grohl for quite some time now. What he has done for music in the last couple of decades has been a great thing to watch.
Can you share one music production tip?
More is not always better when it comes to production. Every element of a song needs to be considered as to whether it is adding or subtracting from the message of the song.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have worked on nearly every genre out there from smooth jazz instrumental records, to pop country, to heavy rock, to R&B, and many others.
What's your strongest skill?
Being able to hear an artist's vision and deliver on that by exceeding their expectations.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring the experience of working across multiple genres and understanding what it is that makes a song work in that particular genre. I like to really analyze the arrangement of a song and will often suggest adjustments such as removing an instrument or adding one in parts of the song in order to maximize a songs impact on the audience.
What's your typical work process?
I like to start by listening intently to what the song is about and what are its driving factors. I like to talk with the artist and get an idea of the direction they want the song or project to go in so that we are on the same page. I then will do everything in my power to accomplish the artist's vision while also trying to give them a unique sound to differentiate them.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio setup is based around gear from Apogee, Benchmark Media Systems, Black Lion Audio, and Event Monitoring. I have built it with simplicity, sonic integrity, and proper room treatment as my main goals.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I specialize in Mixing and Mastering projects and have been recognized for a keen ability to take projects to the next level.