My motivation is to find and bring out the best in your music! I will bring energy and creativity to any project where the music is the priority. Your music will be mixed by a full time Avid certified Pro Tools HD Instructor and Audio Engineer/Music Producer with over 20yrs of pro experience, in addition to years of formal training as a musician.
During my time working in recording studios, radio/film/TV studios and MIDI production studios, I have developed a thorough understanding of media/content production & creation, recording, mixing, mastering and sound design, all while exceeding the clients expectations. I am a certified Avid Pro Tools HD instructor and teach the Recording Arts curriculum at The New School Albany. Being a formally trained and lifelong musician means that I approach a project the way you do, from the perspective of the artist! With that foundation, my technical training and expertise leads to a professional and musical end result.
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Reviews (8)Endorse drift-productions
Jason mixed and mastered my first full-length album, Long Road Home, and I was very happy with the results! The collaboration was great and I felt like he really cared about the album and making it the best it could be. Hope to work with him again!
Jason is an amazing talent, not just a producer/engineer. He has been a musician for most of his life, so he understands the way musicians think. I've worked on a few projects with Jason, and its always been a great experience. He's very easy to work with, and the final product is always above and beyond expectations.
Mike Stack -The Final Sleep
Hi! This is Tom Thorpe from the Shine Hill Road band. Jason just recorded and mastered our demo CD, which will be used to market our band to promoters, festivals and venues. He did a remarkable job, paid attention to details and had a great ear for our potential as a group. We hope to use him to engineer our first full-length recording, too! Great!
Hello, My name is Rick. I am a hip-hop artist/engineer from Schenectady. I have worked with Jason on my groups album for a year now, and wow. I am humbled by his talent, and ways of putting your imagination to work like no other. I defiantly will be a repeat customer.
I've worked with Jason on nearly 4 albums worth of material over the years. The final product always exceeds expectations. No matter what style of music he's producing, he always gets the most out of the material and all the details right. Working with him has influenced my approach to song writing now. Wouldn't work with anybody else.
I'm Ed Dudwoire, guitar player for BackBeat. Jason skillfully handled the recording and mixing for our first CD, expertly guiding the band through the entire process.
He was a pleasure to work with and enhanced the quality of our music. We highly recommend Jason Bourdeau and he would absolutely be our first choice for future projects.
My name is Joe Barna...I recently had a new recording mastered by Jason Bourdeau...I must say, he definitely exceeded any expectations I could have possibly had.
He brought out sounds and specific voices in my recording I didn't even know were there...I would trust him with any and all projects I pursue in the future.
My name is Buddy Armstrong. I play bass in the band Stigmata from Troy NY and the owner of Unbeaten Recs. We recently recorded two songs with Jason and Drift and we couldnt be happier. Completely tuned into what we wanted and it sounds incredible. The end mix was above and beyond what we had hoped for. Complete satisfaction from start to finish
Interview with drift-productions
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Years ago I met an artist who was a solo singer/songwriter. While tracking guitar and vocals for a few songs, I made some production suggestions to expand the songs to full band arrangements. He really liked my ideas and was inspired to write/ record and have me produce several more songs in this format. Since then, we have completed 3 full cd's worth of material where my role as producer and studio musician has grown each time, in addition to establishing a great working friendship with the artist.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am finishing up mixing for a bluegrass band, mastering some live Jazz, producing hip hop with some upcoming artists and doing a club remix for a pop artist, among other things.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. I believe this argument is outdated at this point. For most of the work that I do, the ease of use and flexibility in the digital realm, along with the high quality of modern digital equipment makes for an easy choice.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The clients satisfaction with the end result is really the only priority. I'm not finished until you love your project!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People tend to be confused about mastering. Like, why its necessary or what exactly is involved? This topic seems to need an explanation towards the end of most projects for me
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I think it is important to get musical references, whether for sonic quality or style/direction. This is the best way to get in sync with a new client. Also, its vital to find out what are the goals for distribution of the final product.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bjork. Her voice and style are very unique and beautiful. She likes to be on the cutting edge of production/songwriting styles and is always trying new things which I really relate to and admire.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I often find that the single best way to improve a session is to have the artist rehearse and be prepared to use a click track. Sounds simple, but its not always easy and it can make a big difference in the final results
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I believe that my strongest skill is my sensitivity to the artists needs and my ability to interpret their vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My background as a musician goes even further back than my engineering experience and has always been a part of my life, so I believe that the artistic content and music is the most important aspect of a project. Technical excellence and sonic quality is a given, but additionally my job is to bring out the best that the artist has to offer and help realize their vision.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to separate technical issues from the creative part of the process so I will start with any editing, comping, or session cleanup and management first. After a short break to switch to a creative mindset, the fun part begins!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is geared towards mixing/remixing and production. I mainly work in Pro Tools HD and Ableton Live depending on the needs of the project. I use Adam, NHT and Avantone for monitoring with RME converters. For production work, in addition to Ableton, Pro Tools and VST's/soft synths, I also use the Roland FantomX , Juno 106, Fender guitars/basses, Fender, Mesa and Ampeg amplification, Twitch DJ controller, diverse mic collection etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My inspirations are very diverse, but I believe that some EDM producers are currently the ones pushing the envelop and developing new techniques and sounds.