Mixing and Mastering Engineer for artists big and small.
Orion graduated from the California State University of Monterey Bay with a degree in Music Recording and Technology. He is an accomplished guitarist and producer who spent the several years working as an engineer for Joachim Garraud and Bob Sinclar at Paramount Recording Studios. He now teaches at the ICON Collective Music Production School in Burbank, CA and produces his own music under the name O R I O N.
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6 ReviewsEndorse Orion Navaille
Orion! This man is a genius! He has worked on a numerous amount of my projects and this review is way overdue. He has helped me bring my tracks to life and given me great feedback to help give my mix and masters improvements with each project. I do as much as I can to my own tracks and then Orion applies his wonderful magic to it EVERY time! You cannot go wrong with him, give him a shot! Thanks again brother!
Couldn't be happier that my band's first EP is being produced, mixed, and mastered by Orion. He's seriously added so much magic to our sound and brought our writing and tunes to a whole new level. He really listens to our needs and thoughts as well as sharing his recommendations that we've found to be incredibly helpful. Overall super stoked to be working together and recommend him to anyone who's looking for a badass producer / mixing / mastering engineer!
In terms of mixing and production, comparing his work to others in the industry, there's no question for me. His mixes are just incredibly tasteful, well-balanced, and powerful. He knows more about synths and mixing than anyone I know, and he gets it done faster than anyone I know. Beyond that Orion is super easy to work with. Very easygoing. Very professional. Communicates clearly and promptly. Passionate about getting the right sound. He's worked on a lot of my projects and I continue to collaborate with him because he's the best I know of.
I’ve been using Orion for mastering for 2+ years now and 100% recommend him. It’s not just the quality of his work (which speaks for itself as I’ve stayed with him for all my releases), but his patience and willingness to work with you that stands out. I’m super picky, I catch things and send edits and requests last minute all the time. Orion handles all of that with total professionalism and understanding. He makes things happen under deadline without sacrificing quality. And he’s reachable, communicative. Even better, he’s also a top notch producer himself so he understands what I need.
When I was first starting out on my music production journey, Orion provided his time and mentorship to guide me. I’ve learned invaluable skills from production, mixing and mastering. Once I set out on my own I would still send my tracks to Orion for mixing and mastering. I’ve easily sent a dozen tracks to Orion and all of them have been signed. I recommend his work and skills bar none.
One of the most frustrating things about being a new producer is to get your song matching and exceeding the sonic quality of the industry. Orion has been and still is my go-to person to get the job done perfectly. His keen sense to the separations of sounds made all of my tracks sounding the way I've always envisioned it.
Normally I wouldn't recommend a top-secret thing to ANYONE but, it seems only fair that people should know of his awesomeness. A million thumbs up
Interview with Orion Navaille
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My personal project: O R I O N
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A combination of both does the trick for me. Something digital like a FabFilter ProQ3 is great for precision but analog gear can provide great color to a mix.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My work isn't done until you're happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: As someone who makes music of my own, I know how much it means to an artist that their work sounds as good as it possibly can. Being able to do that for anyone is a great experience.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How did you do that??? ;)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That mixing and mastering can completely fix a bad arrangement, performance, or recording.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask about deadlines, overall vision of the project, and what settings/audience the song/songs are intended for.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be clear and upfront about what you want and provide audio examples of the type of sound you're going for.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Once I picked up the guitar mid-way through high school, I made up my mind that I wanted to pursue music as a career. I've been working professionally in the industry for seven years.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My personal style is Indie-tronic, somewhat similar to Odesza but a bit heavier.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lorn, because of his sound design and the atmosphere he is able to create in his music.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The separation between elements is key. If there is enough room for everything in your song, making those elements work together will end up sounding amazing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The most common genres I work on are Electronic-Pop, EDM, Rap/Hip-Hop, and Indie.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is being able to identify the strengths and weakness of a song and knowing what needs to be done to highlight those strengths and to fix the weaknesses.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: In addition to a fresh, trained pair of ears and a new perspective to a mix, master, or production. I will take your creative vision and work with you until it has been fully realized exactly how you wanted it to be.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to ask my clients for a reference track of from a professional artist that I can work off for sonic texture as well as the last version of their project so I can reference that as well. I then organize the stems into a new session for a general mixdown before subgroup bussing and processing. A pre-master will be sent to my clients once I feel the song has reached its true potential and from there mastering can begin if desired.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Private Studio in Hollywood, CA that is professionally treated with Adam A77X Monitors and an Adam Sub12. Gear List is included on my main profile.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Right now I love Lorn, Electric Mantis, Daniel Cesar, and Cautious Clay. I've also been very inspired mix-wise by Luca Pretolesi.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do involves a full stem mix followed by a final master. I also love to help clients get the sounds they have in their head playing out of their speakers via production assistance.