John D. Norten

Mixing, Mastering, Production

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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.

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Credits

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

42 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Cameron T.
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    John is absolutely brilliant. Second to none!

  2. Review by Mystykal K.
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    Perfect! John understood very good what i wanted, great communication.
    He provided the revisions i asked real quick, and delivered a dope mix!
    I recommend.

  3. Review by Chris C.
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    John is an outstanding mixing engineer. I like working with him, bc I am a novice at mixing music... but he does a great job of
    helping me sort things out and I learn alot.

  4. Review by Cameron T.
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    John is nothing short of a world class mixer.
    Thanks for a great job!

  5. Review by Chris K.
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    Great working with John again. Quick responses and turnaround and solid mixes for all needs. He is definitely a stallion.

  6. Review by ashlley w.
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    A pleasure working with John as always.
    Gets to the point and is very clear and direct in communication which is perfect for me and saves a lot of time.

  7. Review by Cameron T.
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    Another great experience with John. John is the real deal!!!
    He is vastly knowledgeable, experienced and refreshingly humble. An all around cool guy who really knows his stuff. Top notch!!!

  8. Review by ashlley w.
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    John was very easy to work with and the end result was of a very high standard.
    I'd like to say with John that a really good thing, is he communities very fast and sticks to the facts and prefers work notes in simple list form. This makes working really easy and very efficient.
    He is very open with ideas and suggestions, does everything he can for your project within the budget.
    John is clearly professional in this industry.
    Highly recommend.

  9. Review by Cameron T.
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    It’s always a pleasure to work with John. He’s truly a professional and very good at what he does. He’s meticulous, skilled, talented and passionate. He deserves 6 stars!

  10. Review by Cameron T.
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    John is talented, experienced and phenomenal at what he does. He predictably produces top quality results every time. I highly recommend John and will certainly works with him again.

  11. Review by Brydon B.
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    John killed this last project! He's worked on my artist project (Prince Ivan) and a big gospel choir type record with me and now on a young female pop artist I'm working with named Anna Blu. John has killed it every time. I plan on working with him much much more into the future.

  12. Review by Cameron T.
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    John was a pleasure to work with. He’s very professional and knowledgeable.

  13. Review by Noy A.
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    John was great in understanding the vibes I wanted for my songs. His mixes took my tracks to a lot more professional levels. He also gave me creative ideas that I didn’t thought could work but was in the end was big improvement to the final mix.
    The service was great. We finished four songs the fastest way I could get, without losing any details or quality of the final songs

  14. Review by Benjamin
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    If you really want someone to take your track to the next level and make it competitive with radio-level releases, John is your man. Aside from the fact that he's worked with some of the best in the industry, he deeply cares about your project, puts in a lot of effort and will leave you very satisfied with the end result. If you're serious about your work, go with John. Thanks so much!!

  15. Review by Brydon B.
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    I used John on my pop/r&B duo project and he KILLED IT! So, I thought I'd see if he'd be willing to do a big gospel record. He killed that, too. John is amazing. I would highly recommend him and I do. Love SoundBetter for linking me up with him. A true pro.

  16. Review by Brydon B.
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    John is a complete pro! We had a mix that just wasn't working for our album and sent it to him and he nailed it! So happy. Highly highly recommend.

  17. Review by Brydon B.
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    5 stars all the way with John! He's mixed 9 of the 12 songs on this album and we couldn't be happier. It all sounds amazing! Highly highly recommend!

  18. Review by JORGE S.
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    John was very easy to work with, very fast and professional and giving an excellent quality to my instrumental track. I recommend working with him 100%

  19. Review by Chris K.
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    John D is super pro! Silky, smooth and punchy pop mixes for our LightBody Sound project and fantastic response and turnaround. I look forward to working with him again in the future.

  20. Review by Chris C.
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    John gave my song the radio sound I was looking for. John is a big time mixing engineer, with an astonishing resume - but he treated me just like a first class client. He was extremely communicative and attentive to detail. I learned alot from him during the process. Excited about working with him again.

  21. Review by Brydon B.
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    I mean, gosh. What is there to say? Each mix sounds great, is delivered on time and John is a pro to work with. Very grateful to SoundBetter for connecting us with him. Highly recommend!

  22. Review by Brydon B.
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    We've used John multiple times now and EVERY time he is professional, prompt, humble and cranks out an amazing mix. We plan on using him and referring others for sure! Highly recommend!

  23. Review by Jared V.
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    Working with John was smooth from beginning to end. He was patient and understanding throughout the whole process! He delivered everything I was looking for, I look forward to working with him again.

  24. Review by Matiss
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    Very profesional and responsive! I couldn’t think of a better option tbh! Thank you John!

  25. Review by Brydon B.
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    We love working with John! ALWAYS professional, transparent and super high quality. Would recommend him to anyone and we plan on using him much more.

  26. Review by Brydon B.
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    We started off with one song and then had to do more. John is super reliable, responsive and HIGH QUALITY. We HIGHLY recommend him.

  27. Review by Akili N.
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    I reached out to John Norton because of his track record. I hired him to perform some mix and mastering work on the group Switch's first new song in thirty years. His work was incredible! I trusted him with this group's comeback single and it was the best choice I made. Working with him was a wonderful experience and I will continue to work with him in the future.

  28. Review by Luke M.
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    It was a fantastic experience to work with John. He is a true master of his craft! If you want to take your music to the next level, look no further!

  29. Review by Brydon B.
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    Can't say enough about John honestly. He has come through in a pinch for us. Amazing mixes, prompt responses, quick turnaround time and willingness to get it right. I would recommend him to any artist and I WILL.

  30. Review by Brydon B.
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    Have tried many mix engineers and John delivers on every level. The amount of notes and coaching necessary is minimal comparatively and the whole experience is just less stressful. Great turnaround time, responsiveness and quality. 5 stars for sure.

  31. Review by Chiumba
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    This is my second time working with John. As expected I am happy I made that decision. Things like professionalism means just as much to me as talent. He is loaded with both! He took the time and was patient to get this mix right as there were some issues that I should have addressed. I am pleased with the final result and will continue to use John as a mixer of choice in the future.

  32. Review by Summer L.
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    This is our 3rd time working with John and was for our first EP, BLKS: FEEL. We keep coming back because he does a great job with mixing and mastering and truly cares about independent artists. He is well seasoned in the business, very patient, and able to address any/all notes quickly and effectively. We highly recommend him for your project!

  33. Review by Chiumba
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    John is a real pro. No revisions. He nailed it the first time and that rarely happens for me! Great communication, he is the consummate professional and his years in the industry shows in his craft. I recommend John highly!

  34. Review by Brydon B.
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    Fantastic work! Turnaround time, attention to detail, positive attitude, super high quality mix. Awesome. Would highly recommend!

  35. Review by Summer L.
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    Always a pleasure working with John. This time he mastered our second single Vital Signs. He is very fair with his pricing, understands our notes easily, always professional, effectual and gets the job done with a quick turn around time. We are happy we found him! -PWR CPL

  36. Review by Bajaj S.
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    Very efficient, professional and really understandsyiur reauirements. Definitely will use in the future.

  37. Review by Summer L.
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    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.

  38. Review by Karlina Covington
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    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!

  39. Review by Kofi Owusu-Ofori
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    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.

  40. Review by Greg Lawson
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    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.

  41. Review by Brad Lovett
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    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.

  42. Review by Johnny Lee
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    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 your studio setup.

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

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. 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.

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

  12. A: I can share many!

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

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

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

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

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  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 type of music do you usually work on?

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

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

  26. A: Trent Reznor.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. 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

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

  30. 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.

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

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  38. A: hopefully soon.

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

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

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

  42. 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.

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All Mixes include the Main, Instrumental, Acappella, and TV Mix. Special Mix/Mastering bundled rates for independent artists or additional discounts depending on your needs.

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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