John D. Norten

Mixing and Mastering

6 Reviews (1 Verified)
John D. Norten on SoundBetter

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

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AllMusic verified credits for John D. Norten
  • Fergie
  • Divinity Roxx
  • Teedra Moses
  • Estelle
  • Estelle
  • Estelle
  • Goapele
  • Goapele
  • K'NAAN
  • Esmée Denters
  • El DeBarge
  • El DeBarge
  • Keri Hilson
  • Jessie James
  • Brandy
  • Brandy
  • Shontelle
  • 2 Much
  • Omarion
  • Omarion
  • The Cheetah Girls
  • Marques Houston
  • Marques Houston
  • Omarion
  • Omarion
  • Terami Hirsch
  • N2U
  • Young Rome
  • Young Rome
  • Young Rome
  • O'Ryan
  • Kurt Carr
  • Blue Eyed Christ
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Trash Deity
  • Goapele
  • Ami Rushes

6 Reviews

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  1. Review by Summer L.

    John was simply wonderful. He mixed/mastered our first single as PWR CPL "Alone in the Same Room." A master, he could charge a lot more for his services but he's passionate about helping Indie Artists and knows that we are working on a tight budget. He is very professional, reliable and has a quick turn over time. He understood the sound we were going for perfectly and was able to apply our minor notes right away. We are thrilled with the outcome and will definitely be working with him again.

  2. Review by Karlina Covington

    John is just wonderful. I always tell him it’s insane to watch him work. As an engineer, he’s so fast and efficient. He knows the technology so well. His rough mixes are easily as good as what you hear on the radio. What’s also great is that he’s a producer and songwriter as well, so if I ever need input for creative elements, he’s able to help with ideas. He’s easy to work with and has a wealth of very eclectic musical knowledge. I would happily recommend him to anyone!

  3. Review by Kofi Owusu-Ofori

    John in the most skilled and talented Engineer I know!! I often tell my clients that he's the only other person I trust to most definitely enhance the sound of their music. He's super easy to work with and has a great turn around time. He's mastered dozens of records for me and my clients and you won't ever regret using him in whatever capacity you need.

  4. Review by Greg Lawson

    I'm a big fan of John and his work. He was my go to guy when I was living in Los Angeles. I miss him immensely now that I'm in Nashville. I never recorded with anyone else. He's extremely fast and he and I had a shorthand that allowed me to work extremely quickly because he always anticipated my next move question or suggestion. Further most of the rough mixes he did for me were so polished I rarely had to do others. I'm sure that sucked for him, but credit it to his attention to detail, pride in his work and immense talent! I'd highly recommend him for recording, mixing editing whatever.

  5. Review by Brad Lovett

    John is a skilled mixer/producer. His mixes have a nice spacial balance and a slick, modern punch. John also has extensive experience preparing TV/live mixes and uses industry best practices when delivering stems/files.

  6. Review by Johnny Lee

    John is super easy to work with and he always delivers top quality work! He is a true professional and always returns your calls and emails quickly. I would strongly John for your next project. I know it sounds like a generic review but it's all true. =)

Interview with John D. Norten

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

  2. 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.

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

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

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

  6. A: hopefully soon.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  10. 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.

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. 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

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

  18. A: Trent Reznor.

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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  32. A: I can share many!

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. 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.

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

  36. 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.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I mix primarily using Pro Tools 12, Lots of Plug Ins, and select Hardware.

  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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Please contact me with the specifics of your project. Special Mix/Mastering bundled rates for independent artists or additional discounts depending on your needs.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lady Gaga
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Camila Cabello
Gear Highlights
  • Mac Pro Tools 12
  • Slate
  • Softube
  • Soundtoys plug ins
  • Adam and Yamaha Monitors
  • Outboard Hardware and FX.
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