Engineer/Mixer/Producer

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DibS on SoundBetter

I've been doing this for almost 30 years and worked with countless celebs. I'm looking for new musical challenges.

I'm in the process of building out my studio so I'm only looking for Mix and Post work currently.

I've made records big and small. I started on 2" tape and was an early adopter of the 1's and 0's. I can work in both worlds but I love the freedom of modern DAW recording.

What I learned making pop records was how to find what makes a track special and focus on that. There are plenty of mixers who can get you a great snare sound, but finding the emotional impact within sonic subtext of a track is what real mixing is all about.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for David Shackney
  • Blake Lewis
  • Avril Lavigne
  • The Strines
  • The Strines
  • Toby Lightman
  • Toby Lightman
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Plus One
  • Plus One
  • Liquid Todd
  • Céline Dion
  • Céline Dion
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Tevin Campbell
  • Céline Dion
  • Céline Dion
  • 3rd Party
  • Fat
  • Fat
  • Fat
  • Joose
  • Joose
  • Lighthouse Family
  • Billy Porter
  • Billy Porter
  • Billy Porter
  • Zakiya
  • Zakiya
  • Billy Mann
  • Céline Dion
  • Zakiya
  • Zakiya
  • Rainbow
  • Laura Branigan
  • Laura Branigan
  • Laura Branigan
  • Kathy Troccoli
  • Widowmaker
  • Céline Dion

2 Reviews

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  1. Review by Toby Lightman
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    Dibs has been mixing some of my new productions. He is meticulous and knows how to truly bring a record to the next level. He stays true to the song yet can also bring ideas to the table that I never would think of. My productions literally come alive after a mix from Dibs.

  2. Review by John McGrew
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    I am an artists who has been lucky enough to get to work with DibS as both a producer and a mixing engineer. DibS has the unique ability to be a chameleon with the project/music. Want a huge sound? DibS has you covered. Intimate and clean? DibS has you covered. Dirty with attitude? DibS has you covered. Dripping with soul? DibS has you covered. While the end product with DibS is always professionally above & beyond, it's his ease, collaborative nature, and his receptivity that truly stands out. Don't sleep on DibS. Your music will thank you.

Interview with DibS

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I am 95% in the box and that percentage keeps increasing. I am a Pro Tools aficionado. I have been using it since it was called Sound Tools. I know how to get around its limitations. I still run a vocal through my outboard LA2a or 1176 from time to time. I work on a Dock and S3 with an HDX system running the latest version of Pro Tools.

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

  4. A: There was an album I did with an artist named Michal The Girl. I helped finish the production and mixed it. It was one of the most gratifying albums I've done. She passed away a few years ago but I still listen to that album and marvel at how spunky and personal it was.

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

  6. A: I'm mixing an EP for a singer/songwriter named Toby Lightman.

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

  8. A: Ethan Mates

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: I've seen and done it all. I am very happy with my current digital workflow and don't go out of my way to go analog. People who tell you analog is always better just aren't doing it right.

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

  12. A: I promise to keep my mind open if you do the same.

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

  14. A: I like opening peoples eyes to the magic that is hidden in their music.

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

  16. A: Q: What do you charge? A: What do you got?

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

  18. A: That I can only do pop music. I actually have a fairly hard edge that I bring to the table which is one of the reasons I've been successful in pop and singer-songwriter style music.

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

  20. A: What's your budget? What's your timeline?

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

  22. A: Approach mixing with an open mind. I'm not against "demo-itis" because I think it means there is some honest truth in a demo that isn't coming across in the final version and it's valuable to figure out what that is. However, when you ask someone for an alternate perspective on your music, try to be open to what honest truth that person brings to the table.

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

  24. A: 1. Pro Tools rig 2. NS-10s 3. Yamaha Power Amp 4. Avid Dock 5. LA2a

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

  26. A: I went to IAR in 1990 when it was still focused on physics and electronics. I then started working in studios right away. After interning at Baby Monster and Unique, I wound up getting a job at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove NY. There I cut my teeth on a Neve 8068 and an SSL 4000G using 2 inch tape and Dolby SR. I had been dabbling in computer based recording quite a bit by the time the digital revolution was starting in the late 90s. There, I got to work with everyone from JLo to Celine to Taylor Dayne, etc. When I struck out on my own in the early 2000s I had a wealth of knowledge and tight little Pro Tools rig. I learned to be "in the box" very early on (maybe before it was advisable). Since then, I've been fortunate enough to make a living making music.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: My style is finding the energy and power behind every note, lyric, instrument and rhythm.

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

  30. A: This is a tough question because I don't really have a huge hangup about celebrity. I really just like working with talented people who are focused on great songs and effective production.

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

  32. A: I can share many tips about music production. Ask me anything!

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

  34. A: I work on all types of music. I've done hundreds of live concert mixes as well as studio or home recorded productions. I work in Pop, AAA, AC, Rock, Country, EDM, R&B etc.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: Connecting with artists and getting to the heart of what they are trying to express.

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

  38. A: I bring a distinct perspective. I often tell people who are mostly happy with their mixes to send me a song so I can offer a different point of view.

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

  40. A: I like to get the files up on my computer and make sure I have everything. I'll spend a few minutes listening to the ruff mix and a few of the tracks and then I like to have a conversation about what you are looking for. After that I mix and send a file when it's done. Typically all further communication happens electronically.

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

  42. A: Lately a lot of the work I've been doing is taking a recording that an artist is frustrated with and figuring out how find what they have been missing. There is energy locked away in every performance waiting to be unleashed. I love delving into each track and finding that magic.

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I'm usually good with 2 revisions before we have to renegotiate. It depends on the project.

Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools and an eclectic list of outboard much of which was built by or for me.
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