John D. Norten

Mixing, Mastering, Production

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John D. Norten on SoundBetter

I Mix and Master, and Engineer for artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Fergie, Estelle, Prince, Fifth Harmony, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and many others.

I've been working nearly 20 years professionally Mixing, Engineering, and Mastering songs for many of the biggest artists in the world. I've worked engineering and mixing directly with everyone from Prince to Lady Gaga to The Black Eyed Peas and mixed legitimate Billboard hits, including the single "Icebox" by Omarion's Billboard #1 Album '21'. As an Artist myself, I'm very sensitive to artists needs and want to ensure every mix sounds as great as possible. That's why I'm on Soundbetter offering exclusive deals for Indie artists. Your song will have the same polished and professional mix and mastering I'm known for among 20 years of major label clients.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for John D. Norten
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • The Joy Thieves
  • Blue Eyed Christ
  • Trash Deity
  • Terami Hirsch
  • Marques Houston F/ Yung Joc
  • Marques Houston F/ Yung Joc
  • Marques Houston
  • Omarion
  • Omarion
  • Teedra Moses
  • Che'Nelle
  • Blue Eyed Christ
  • Various
  • Blue Eyed Christ
  • Young Rome
  • Young Rome
  • Young Rome Featuring Guerilla Black And Rufus Blaq
  • Kurt Carr Project
  • Marques Houston F/ Yung Joc
  • Marques Houston F/ Yung Joc
  • Marques Houston
  • Omarion
  • Omarion
  • Shontelle
  • Brandy (2)
  • Jessie James (2)
  • Jessie James (2)
  • Keri Hilson
  • Esmée Denters
  • El DeBarge
  • Keri Hilson = 凱莉希爾森*
  • Che'Nelle
  • Fergie (2)
  • Trash Deity
  • Dogtablet
  • Sapphira Vee

73 Reviews - 11 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Maria R.
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    The best engineer I've ever worked with! As an independent artist and recording out of my room with a smaller budget, I have to say that working with John was worth every penny. He made my song go from something I just recorded on garage band to a high quality single ready for radio. The communication was very clear and he is really great at making the vocals sound smooth without an artificial sound. Very detail oriented and quick turnout. I will definitely be a loyal client after this.

  2. Review by Tai T.
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    John is an absolute beast of an engineer. Definitely one of the best mixing/mastering engineers I have ever worked with. Not only that, John was really generous to me during my job (such as working with me to try to minimize my budget). He as also really patient, and didn't hesitate to explain things to me with transparency. He really went above and beyond. And lastly, I love the final product that he produced

    He's a true professional, definitely will not go wrong picking him as your engineer.

  3. Review by Kreatos
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    John knows his stuff and is kind and easy to work with...exactly what I was looking for. He was a great help for my musical project. I highly recommend him!

  4. Review by xndr.
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    John made quick work with mixing my trumpets down to fit in my song. Very professional and excellent quality! Would highly recommend him for any service

  5. Review by Addam F.
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    John is a MASTER! Amazing experience, superb mix & master, great communication - I will be back for more soon!!!

  6. Review by Cael
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    John was able to accommodate all of my specific requests, notes, and revisions with in a day of asking. He got this track to stand on its own at a competitive level/sound just as I'd hoped. I'll be using him as my go-to mastering engineer going forward!

  7. Review by Cameron T.
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    Brilliant work! John is a real pro.

  8. Review by Nick H.
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    John is the personification of Sound Better. I wanted to sound better and that's exactly what he delivered and more. His communication is as clear as his mixing and I can’t wait to work with him again. Knockout result!

  9. Review by Uri A.
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    John is very knowledgeable on the music industry, and music from a technical side; and holistically! Gave me Clarity on my creative Journey here as a young artist and writer thank you very much for your help John :-)

  10. Review by Daniel T.
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    John D. Norten is a great Mix/Master engineer. It feels like you have a "short-hand" with him and he understands exactly what you're looking for. John has a great sense of excitement and definition in his mix. Definitely someone you can trust and feel great about with your music.

  11. Review by Brydon B.
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    John does incredible work. I've used him on multiple project for different artists I work with and I HIGHLY recommend him.

  12. Review by Cameron T.
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    Brilliant!!!

  13. Review by Michael G.
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    I cannot say enough about the talent and professionalism that John provided to me and my song... and his patience was enormous as this was one song.. I didn't have all parts at the beginning.... HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

  14. Review by Varvara T.
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    Very dedicated professional, definitely one of the best on here. Looking forward to the next time!

  15. Review by Dinny S.
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    John goes above and beyond to make me happy. Stellar mix. Stellar service. Very easy to work with and extremely knowledgeable. 100% recommend.

  16. Review by Dinny S.
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    John goes above and beyond to make me happy and my mixes killer. 100% recommend

  17. Review by Alvarez X.
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    Such a great experience working with John! Great communication and went above and beyond. Very very happy with the mix. Hopefully I get to work with John again in the future :)

  18. Review by Dinny S.
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    John went above and beyond to make sure I was happy. I honestly don't think I've ever completed a song in only 3 revisions, so props to John for nailing my vision. Great to work with. Super cool guy. But above all, killer mix! Will be doing more work with John in the future.

  19. Review by Craig W.
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    John was amazing to work with and saw the project all the way through with ease of communication. John's mix on this tune was stellar and the sonic quality sound is A+. This particular tune he mixed for us was not an easy one and over-delivered. Thanks John!

  20. Review by Luke Mitrani
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    This is the second album that John has mixed for me. I've worked with many mix engineers and John outshines them all! I enjoy his quick communication and ability to hear exactly what the song needs. If you want to work with a professional mixing & mastering engineer who will make your music sound incredible! Well look no further because John is the guy!

Interview with John D. Norten

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I mix primarily using Pro Tools, Lots of Plug Ins, and select Hardware.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: Prince Musicology was a real career highlight, Also I was the Producer and Mixer for the Song "The Fight" by Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas. We wrote it when he was struggling with cancer and it became a big promo for the American Cancer Society. Effecting peoples lives positively through music is rewarding.

  5. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  6. A: BEP, The Fifth Harmony Girls solo careers, Trash Deity, many others.

  7. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  8. A: hopefully soon.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: my background is Analog, but mostly digital these days. DAW's and plug in's have never sounded better.

  11. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  12. A: I always promise to give each mix 100% regardless of budget, I don't do rush job super low budget mixes just for a buck.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Most clients have questions regarding Mix prep, Pro Tools session or Stem preps. It's also good to define the specifics of the services as the lines can blur between mixing/production etc.

  15. Q: What's your typical work process?

  16. A: After Prepping session in PT I like to listen to the Ruff Mix as well as check mix/master references the artist often provides, that usually provides a good roadmap of where to go.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: I bring the best to every project in a creative and unique way, doing what's best for the song, I'm not a cookie cutter mixer

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: Trent Reznor.

  21. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  22. A: I usually work on major label pop and hip hop and r&b.

  23. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  24. A: I think the biggest misconception is that I only work on pop and r&b since that's what I'm best known for. I also enjoy other genres like Industrial Rock, indie pop, singer songwriters, etc.

  25. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  26. A: I ask them the specifics of what they're looking for as well as what services I provide for the budget to avoid any miss understandings.

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. A: I am very professionally having worked in the face paced major label environment for the past 20 years, with biggest and most demanding artists in the world where professionalism and the ability to make deadlines is crucial.

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: my laptop, headphones, and interface, 1 vintage synth. and a microphone. With those tools the sky's the limit if you're creative.

  31. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  32. A: I've been mixing and engineering professionally nearly 20 years.

  33. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  34. A: I can share many!

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: My Strongest skill is my ability to view things through both the technical lens of a great mixer, and the creative lens of a great producer and artist.

  37. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  38. A: I bring the highest major label radio quality to any song I mix. I will make your song just as professional as the top Billboard Hits and Shows i've mixed and the Biggest Artists I"ve worked with.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Working with Prince was massively inspirational, as I've always been a huge fan since I was a kid. Dr. Dre the Detox, the most infamous never released Hip Hop Classic was also cool to be a part of.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: I'm known best professionally as an in demand Mixing and Mastering Engineer, but my background also includes Writing and Production for myself and others.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Lady Gaga
  • The Black Eyed Peas
  • Dr. Dre
Gear Highlights
  • Mac Pro Tools
  • Slate
  • Softube
  • Soundtoys plug ins
  • Adam and Yamaha Monitors
  • Outboard Hardware and FX.
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