9 Time Grammy Award Winning (Beck, Radiohead, Molotov, Swithfoot) 3 Time TEC Award Winning (Radiohead, Beck) Los Angeles based recording and mix engineer with 23 years experience working with all level of clients. Several number top 10 albums and radio chart toping mixes.
Darrell Thorp has had 23 years experience working in world class commercial studios in Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, London, Paris and many other locations through his career. Along with working in first class recording studios adding to his discography with recording and mixing for Artist Beck ”Sea Change”, “Morning Phase”, “Colors” Foo Fighters “Concrete And Gold” Twenty One Pilots “Trench”, Phillip Phillips, Foster the People and many many more.
Including album and record engineering and mixing Darrell has been busy behind the scenes with video productions. Recording and mixing on the acclaimed TV series From The Basement featuring Radiohead, Sonic Youth, Foster The People, Beck, Scissor Sisters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The White Stripe, And PJ Harvey.
And the video series Off Main Street with Thundercat and Midlake.
Darrell is also working with PureMix as a Mentor/Instructor. Currently Darrell has two mixing tutorials with the band Future Elevators and a live show mix with Foster the People. And more tutorials are coming in the future focusing on tracking live.
"I love to mix. And I am happy to work with you on your project taking your music to the next level. So many of my clients are always thanking me for making their sonic vision come to reality. I strive to work a record that sounds FINAL."
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30 Reviews - 4 Repeat ClientsEndorse Darrell Thorp
Darrel did a master job mixing our single. Fast and very sharp 👍
Darrell kicks ass!
It is a great privilege to work with Darrell.
Darrell is, in short, an engineer like an alchemist. I'm not kidding.
Darrell's gonna turn it into gold even if you give a shit.
And what I'd like to compliment the most is his attitude.
Darrell's first mixing was great, but it was a little out of my intention.
I explained again about my intentions and Darrell quickly apologized and accepted all of my feedback.
You'll feel really comfortable working with him.
I really want to work with him again.
Darrell's the best! favorite mixer to work with
I love working with Darrell! He does such a great job, and takes your song to the next level! I've worked with him on three songs now and love how each one turned out!
"Hell Yes" is the only appropriate response.
Ask Darrell and you shall receive! Darrell has been working magic on my mixes for over a year now, whatever I asked for, he has found a way to make it happen! Be careful what you wish for, Darrell might just make your mixing wish come true!!!
Always a joy/blast working with Darrell! Consistently does a fantastic job. Total pro. Easy to communicate with and quick turnaround on edits! Thank you again!!
Darrell has done a tremendous job! Lifted the music completely. Extremely helpful and so great to work with! We've mixed 5 tracks with him, and there will hopefully be plenty more down the road.
Darrell was fantastic. Patient, professional, and efficient. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the process.
Darrell is the real deal. Your first mix will come back to you sounding like he did it next year not last year...
Truly a pro! Took our song to the next level! Would recommend Darrell’s experienced ear and judgment
Darrell just banged out an unquestionably, conclusively and categorically outstanding mix! He patiently knitted together a really sweet tapestry of straightforward rock structure, without losing all the weird saturated and subtle parts and moments that make this track unique.
Darrell did an amazing job on my mix. If you're looking for the finest quality mixing, you can't go wrong with Darrell.
Killer Job! Thanks Darrell, I look forward to more:)
Definitely a happy customer! Darrell's mixes were able to communicate our musical vision perfectly. His patience and professionalism helped us through the process of mixing.
Darrell swooped in like a godsend at just the right time. I needed someone like him to take this song to the next level. He was the person for the job and knew what to do! He had the background, experience, know how and was really nice and patient to work with ;) Highly recommended! I look forward to doing future mixes with him!
Darrell is a jedi ninja of mixing. His first mix was unbelievable. Every instrument and vocal sounded infinitely better than my rough mix. A few slight level changes, and we were done. Would recommend him to anyone wanting a top shelf sound. Cool guy as well. Easy to work with. Very happy with the experience.
Darrell Thorp has racked up yet another downright impeccable mix. More than anything we value Darrell’s super power of cultivating a broad view of the mix, while attending to the sometimes fastidious concerns of artist who is liable to get lost in details. Darrell is such a pro, he just gets it done, with all the artistry of a great mix engineer, but none of the drama.
There is an odd feeling you get when you know you have gotten lucky, like you aimed for something you could not quite see and somehow, inexplicably you hit the target. Well, for this last mix, I didn't hit the target, Darrell did!
We went though some ups and downs, but what Darrell arrived at with his last mix, is astonishing, Something about the sound of his final mix coalesces. Life has few certainties, but when I heard this mix, I just knew it had arrived.
Darrell is the best!
Thanks for making this song sound beautiful!
Darrell is just professional. He's fast, has great knowledge, good ear and a lot of patience ;)
Darrell does incredible work. He put all of the tracks in my song in their proper place, allowing the most important ones to shine. He was totally responsive to my notes, and when I asked for small changes, I got small changes! Much unlike those barbers who give you a new haircut when you ask for a trim. The masters he delivered are both sharp and open. Awesome stuff!
Darrell is an incredible engineer with amazing value for what he delivers. He was patient, kind, and extremely easy to work with throughout the whole process of mixing our latest single. I highly recommend working with him as I am sure you will be more than satisfied with his work.
Darrell Thorp got this mix sounding open and punchy on his first go. His skill as a world class engineer is undeniable, this mix leaps forward with a loud sparkling rock sound. It is a high bar to achieve such a polished mix right out of the gate. Spectacular work, Darrell nailed it!
His work is superb. Very patience and skilled at his art.
Darrell rocks, super nice guy and great ears! Always doing creative things you wouldn't expect, but are always welcome. I've learned a lot from Darrell and I know you won't be disappointed!
I’ve worked with Darrell on multiple albums now. Before every session I always sit the artist/band down and tell them - "he's gonna do at least one thing today that will blow your mind." - and every-single-time, he does exactly that.
He's willing to go wherever the song leads. I've had him absolutely wreck sounds for me and I've had him get the most pure/natural tones. He can do it all. Some engineers/mixers are only as creative as the artist they're working with. Darrell is not that, what he is doing, is art.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Darrell for both the recording and mixing process of several projects.
All I can say is hes extremely professional. That means he’s fast, efficient, beyond proficient and experienced with all manner of setups.
Having that level of confidence in an engineer means you can dream it and make it real. That’s the alchemy you want!
As a mixer I’ve found him fast and badass.
He can nail a mix in the box or on a console.
Don’t hesitate. Darrell can do it all !!
My name is Michael Meisel and I'm a manager with Silva Artist Management.
I've worked with Darrell Thorp -- on projects for various clients including Beck, Foo Fighters, and Jenny Lewis -- for over 15 years. In addition to being a nice guy, his skills are excellent. In addition to all the work he does with my clients, I've referred him to several other projects over the years...and I always get thanked profusely for doing so.
I can recommend him without question.
Interview with Darrell Thorp
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Start with one song. See If you are both on the same page before committing to an entire album. I see allot of people hire someone and then realize a song or two into the project "this is not the right direction". And that can be taste or skill level but usually I feel its taste. Better to start out slow and
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for you project ? Do you want me to try and mix the way IM inspired or is there a certain direction the artist is looking for ?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to the freedom to create and be inspired by music. I get to work on really good songs all the time. So good they are stuck in my HEED for days on end. Its very rewarding to see a track that has not clarity or life become LIFE after a few hours of compression, eq, balance, effects.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: BOTH.... BOTH... Why not both. Printing mixes to half inch. Cutting basic tracks to 2inch 16 track then dumping to pro tools editing and overdubs. DONE... 15ips CCIR, 30 IPS AES its all fun. Both are such a great tool, we don't have to choose one over the other. Analog has a thing, digital has a thing. But with todays world of working you can utilize both on a project and achieve amazing results. AND ITS FUN!!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: HMMMMMM... I can't Say... AHHHH. This year has been a great year for me engineering and mixing some really cool projects BUT... I can't disclose the dirty details as it will ruin release plans.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All the amazing projects I have been so honored to be apart of its one project that I am most proud of. Dead Snares "Speak the Language". I Co-Produced, Engineered and Mixed the album with my very good friend Jeffrey Cain. Jeffrey is one of the Best human beings on planet earth. I love to hang, create and laugh with him. Sonically its some of my best work, Musically its an amazing journey.