My goal is to solve musical problems through an impactful mix. Whether it's getting the last 10% of polish to cross the finish line or helping refine the musical vision through arrangement and big mix changes, I am always excited to help every project sound as great as possible.
I have a background in working at recording studios as a session engineer for the past decade, where I got to work with a myriad of clients with wonderfully diverse ideas of what they wanted from their music. I specialize in pop and singer-songwriter genres, but I also work in rock and hip-hop frequently. In my opinion, the best mix is the one the listeners don't notice: they should only hear the song and the story it tells, and it should be larger than life.
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I have projects I've produced where we recorded the lead vocal on an iPhone with voice memos because the artist was on another continent and we still crossed 100k streams in under 6 months for a debut release, and I have projects where the producers mix was 95% of the way there and I just helped it sound even better. I work as a professional session musician and like to write my own music on the weekends, so I combine that musical intuition with a strong foundation in digital signal theory and physics (thanks, NYU!) that creates my artistic but no-nonsense approach to working with any type of audio.
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Interview with Shane Patterson
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think finding the core of a song that makes it special, and bringing that to the listeners attention to create something captivating.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective on the music and dedicated expertise in mixing. The way I mix is based on a mixture of musical intuition, strong foundations in the core concepts of audio engineering and DSP, and my song/story-oriented approach when crafting the sonic space that the music exists within.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've ditched all my analog hardware and work 100% ITB. We spent 2 months designing and 6 months building my dream mixing room with an emphasis on great acoustics and translation. I monitor with Amphion One15s and a sub and place a lot of trust in my SpectraFoo Complete metering as well. I have a small fader controller that allows me to naturally work through a mix like I was on one of the analog consoles I worked on. I also have a very cheap <$10 bluetooth speaker that helps to ensure translation and is a bunch of fun to monitor through in all of it's lo-fi glory.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Serban Ghenea has to be my #1 source of inspiration. He can craft his way around excellent tones on every instrument and every mix just feels "right". #2 would be Tom Elmhirst for me, because I love the way he crafts a distinct vibe over an entire mix where everything feels like it exists in its own unique sonic space. I was supremely lucky to spend some time working with some serious double-digit Grammy winners in NYC, and both the old school and new school approaches I experienced along the way have had a supreme impact on my work.