No Grammy nomination...yet. Let's change that together. An engineer originally out of Atlas Studio, I've seen all walks of punk rock. Mixing credits from Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, The Falcon, The Reaganomics, and countless others.
I am a lifelong musician whose passion for performance and musical study led me into the world of audio engineering. Since 2010, I have worked professionally as a studio engineer. Since then I have engineered and mixed more than 60 projects, working with artists from all over the US. I have a strong love for punk rock music and have made it my bread and butter. Following that love, most of my time has been spent engineering and managing Chicago’s iconic Atlas Studios, where I had the privilege of working under Matt Allison. I've had my hands on records from Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, The Falcon, The Reaganomics, Red Scare Records, and the list goes on.
My favorite part of being an engineer is meeting new people and getting to discover their music. I have a hunger for finding new artists and love being part of a new project.
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another song. another great mix.
Dan did another great job mixing and mastering. He is responsive and quick. Does a top notch job. Recommended.
Dan did an amazing job mixing and mastering my track. He was quick and provided good feedback! Totally recommend.
Interview with Dan Tinkler Recording
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work on tracking, editing, and mixing in studio. I like to work on pre-production and briefing with the client before entering the studio. This ensures the best studio experience and product possible.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am extremely inspired by other Chicago-based engineers such as Matt Allison & Justin Yates. I am also an avid follower of Will Yip and Jay Maas' work. These are all incredibly hard working engineers who continue to release killer records.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I like to bring my own flavor to a song. The artist has a vision in mind and I want to stay as true to that as possible. My work on a song comes in the mix, whether it be a unique section to fit the song or playing with dynamics to make the song move.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on punk rock but have a strong background in jazz and hip-hop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen. Before making a decision on an EQ or effect, take a minute to actually listen to the sounds you are recording.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is key. Being able to communicate with an engineer before, during, and after the session will make the entire process run as smoothly as possible.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with new artists and seeing the songs that they have worked hard on come to life. A happy client is the best compliment I could receive.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Pro Tools 11 and use plugins from Waves, Steven Slate, and FabFilter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is getting the band's sound to come through in a mix.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work on a session with Wilco. They are great song writers, they are all extremely proficient musicians, and they're a hometown Chicago band.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I mix almost all ITB. It's convenient and fits best with my workflow. I love the sound of analog gear but the cost and convenience of a digital system outweighs that for me.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been working as a freelance engineer for 9+ years. I want to continue to work as a mixing engineer and greatly expand the artists that I work with. In addition to being in the studio I'd like to continue to educate others about audio engineering.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently mixing a 9 song album for a hard rock band called Beast Warrior. It's filled with dualing solo's, soaring vocals, and some killer drumming. Can't wait until it's released!