John Kunkel

Producer, Mixer, Songwriter

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Music producer, mixing engineer, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California specializing in various elecronic music genres, with a focus on Indie Electronic, Chillwave, Retrowave/Synthwave, Pop, EDM, Vaporwave, and Indie Rock/New Wave/Post-Punk.

Please contact me at (mgmt @ modernworldmgmt . com)
I've worked as a producer, mix engineer, musician, performer, songwriter and touring artist for over 10+ years. I've had the pleasure of being a full-time sound-designer for Sample Magic, a sync writer for West One Music, and Dynamic Music. I'm also the producer/lead singer behind The New Division.

- Production: If you have a song, even with the simplest idea, but need it to sound amazing, be arranged in a structure that will captivate your audience, send it over and I'd love to help you bring the song to life.
- Songwriting: I offer my writing abilities to bring your craft to its full completion.
- Programming: As a sound designer, I've had over 10+ of experience developing custom a vast array of synth patches, drum kits, and full arrangements for whatever your song calls for.
- Vocal production: Complete service whether you need vocal arranging, complete vocal tuning, and vocal production to make your tracks stand out.
- Mixing: Attention to detail is everything - with my mixing services I offer a wide range of mixing needs - whether you are seeking for pristine, crowd-ready dance tunes, high-quality pop productions, or lo-fi aesthetics for more left-leaning productions.
- Mastering: As with mixing, mastering is a delicate process that brings your final mixes ready for your audience to hear.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

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14 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ray A.
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    I have work with John for a few years already different music projects, pretty self explanatory why I keep coming back! , def. recommend for your music of today and future tracks !

  2. Review by David F.
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    Good turnaround, quality sound.

  3. Review by Brett C.
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    Awesome job!

  4. Review by Brett C.
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    John is incredible engineer and ver easy to work with. A+++

  5. Review by Brett C.
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    Excellent guy to work with! Amazing quality and communication. Would absolutely recommend!

  6. Review by Michael O.
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    Fantastic as always

  7. Review by Michael O.
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    Fantastic as always. Definitely going to be working on more stuff with John because I have complete confidence in his ability to bring out the best in my music. He has a great understanding in translating my ideas into the direction I'm trying to take them in. Which to me is super important. Thanks John!

  8. Review by Eric M.
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    Finding someone to mix your song is easy. However, finding someone who understands your vision is another thing altogether. John was incredibly easy to work with and he knew exactly what I wanted right off the bat! Although he would leave open room for my opinion, he had a great intuition, which made the mixing process fast and painless. Thank you John for getting my song exactly where I wanted it to be. I’d definitely hire John again.

  9. Review by Tylor Y.
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    Easy and great to work with. After simple discussion John knew exactly what I was going for and what my song needed. Will be working with him again in the near future.

  10. Review by Michael O.
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    John is an incredibly skilled and talented producer. He listened to my ideas and was able to translate them into exactly what I wanted and more. He asks all the right questions and was careful to make sure that I was happy at every step of the process. Now my track sounds fully realised and has the professional touch that was missing. Thank you so much John :)

  11. Review by Colin W.
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    John is exceptional at what he does. He is very astute when it comes to the needs of the producer, and flexible if you want something changed. Not once during this process did I feel rushed or in a hurry. Your are definitely getting top quality production skills, and mixing and master with John. Five stars would highly recommend to anyone who needs their tracks sounding professional.

  12. Review by Nina Boldt
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    John is an incredibly talented music producer and songwriter. I've had the pleasure of collaborating with him on a few songs. He's also done a great job at remixing one of my songs called 'Automatic Call'. He is professional and very easy to work with. I highly recommend him!

  13. Review by Nina Boldt
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    John is an incredibly talented music producer and songwriter. I've had the pleasure of collaborating with him on a few songs. He's also done a great job at remixing one of my songs called 'Automatic Call'. He is professional and very easy to work with. I highly recommend him!

  14. Review by Lazer H.
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    It has been a pleasure to work with John and the magnificent work done, we will definitely work again in the near future, impeccable production, I was more than satisfied, I am better than I expected the song and was very professional in times and quality, something that has undoubtedly pleased me enough!

Interview with John Kunkel

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

  2. A: All of my sample packs on Sample Magic and Splice - I'm very proud of all I've accomplished over the last 10 years.

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

  4. A: Several projects related to sound design, scoring, and as always, on my main project, The New Division.

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

  6. A: It depends on the style, but I do know some people I'd recommend.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both are great, but I primarily work in the digital realm for about 90% of the time. The other 10% (analog) is only used when I'm doing bus-processing (drums/bass/vocals) or for mastering.

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

  10. A: If I do not deliver what you're looking for, you're more than welcome to give me another try or I'd be happy to recommend someone who can deliver what you need.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I enjoy taking a track from a 5 to a 10 in terms of mixing and mastering.

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

  14. A: It varies from client to client, but often times customers want to know how they should deliver their files. Answer: 24-bit WAV is always preferred in terms of formatting. You're also free to deliver a DAW session, but in this scenario its important to advise on what plugins are used. I work on PC (Windows) so I cannot work with AU plugins.

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

  16. A: Often times people will confuse "producing" with "mixing". Production is the process of sequencing, arranging, and sound design that goes before the mixing process. Mixing is the process whereby we ensure proper gain staging, and sonic clarity of the overall mix. For clarification purposes, "mastering" is the final stage where we ensure your track is ready for distribution. This can, but not always include, stereo imaging correction, limiting, master equalization, and adding sheen to your mix.

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

  18. A: - How many tracks does your song have? - What musical references do you want your song to sound like? - When do you need work delivered by? - What formats would you like your work delivered in? - What DAW are you using? - Has everything been labeled properly for ease of use on my end? - What do you wish to accomplish with the final mix?

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

  20. A: Don't be afraid to reach out - I might not always be available but you can try to reach me at another time for your project.

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

  22. A: Power generator, laptop, interface, headphones, and a lot of coffee.

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

  24. A: I have been producing, mixing and mastering for over 10 years. I've also been a sound designer for the same amount of time, working on over 80 packs for Sample Magic, and Splice. I also love synth sound design, and have created over 20 synth banks for Serum, Massive, Sylenth1, Spire, Astra, and many more.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Laid-back, easy-going and happy to collaborate on projects where the client and I understand what the vision for their track.

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

  28. A: Jon Hopkins - he's a very talented producer/musician and has a forward-thinking approach to creating something beautiful.

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

  30. A: Always leave some headroom for your mixing engineers. This will not only translate into a better mix, but will leave you with plenty of space to add depth into your final mix.

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

  32. A: Chillwave, Indie/Electronic, Synthwave, Progressive House, Progressive Trance, Darkwave, Post-Punk.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Mixing, Mastering and ability to understand the clients

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

  36. A: Depth, energy and power to a mix/master.

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

  38. A: + I like to work with projects that are almost or near finished (but also am happy to work on projects that are nowhere near the finish line), require final touches on both mixing and mastering. I prefer not to do a lot of extra production (synth and drum re-programming), however I'm always able to consider doing any extra production if need be. + Organized and properly labeled files / projects are a plus. + Mixes / Masters for one track can be finished with the day depending on client's deadline requirements. + I love it when clients send musical references of how they want their tracks to sound like.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Monitoring: Focal Twin6be + Focal Sub Headhpones: Audeze LCD-MX4 Interface: UAD APollo Twin (Black Lion Audio Mod) Outboard Gear: Shadow Hills Dual Vandergraph, Neve 1073, Rupert Neve 542 (Stereo) DAW: Ableton Live, FL Studio, Cubase, Pro Tools, Bitwig, Wavelab Plugins: Fab Filter Collection, Plugin Alliance Collection, UAD (various plugins), and much more.

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

  42. A: Com Truise, Above & Beyond, M83, Eric Prydz, CHVRCHES

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

  44. A: Mixing, Mastering, and some producing.

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I always have unlimited FREE revisions! We will keep working until the track is 100%. I will always do my best to work within any budget and I will provide incredible radio ready quality production.

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