As an artist, you rely on facilitators like Producers and Mixing Engineers to bring your projects to life. There are so many talented facilitators out there - how do you find the right one for you? Hit Contact and send me a note about your project and we can make a game plan! In the mean time, check out my interview for a taste of what I am about.
I've been creating music for over 20 years and have been working as a professional engineer and producer in Hollywood, CA since 2014. I run two commercial recording studios in North Hollywood, CA where I work with Top 40 artists, up-and-coming independent artists and young acts cutting their first record. Having hands on experience in both a major label studio and an independent studio has allowed me to position myself as an incredible resource for artists at any chapter in their career.
I want you to know there is no project too small. Being one of the first professionals that a new artist meets in the industry, I am here to help you every step of the way, from writing and recording to copywriting, publishing, syncing your music (and getting paid!) and making sure that nothing distracts from your creative vision.
Let's break it down: A great song needs great production, great writing, a great performance, great mixing and great mastering. I'm here to give you perspective and help you focus on the individual parts of your project that will, for lack of better words, make your song SMASH!
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5 ReviewsEndorse Eli Smith
Eli is the best, professional and always consistently delivering great mixes and vocal production.
Eli Smith is easily one of the most talented, professional, and knowledgable people I've had the pleasure of working with. He's engineered, mixed, produced, and collaborated with myself and my band mate, Jameson Flood on our project "Alke" numerous times. We love Eli's remix of one of our latest singles, "Gemini" (you can hear under his samples of work). He's creative and knowledgable in every genre. If you've stumbled across his page, save yourself the time from searching elsewhere and just press the "contact" button.
Eli has a wide knowledge base on all music topics. He’s one of those people who can add value in any phase of a song. Oh...and he freaking wrecks the guitar too.
The first thing you might notice about Eli might be his linebacker frame, long flowing locks, or booming baritone voice. However, what only becomes evident after working with him is his attention to detail, commitment to his craft, and enthusiasm for each individual project. The guy gets music. As a vocalist, I always felt fortunate to have him in the booth providing me with the perfect combination of encouragement and challenge. He knows what the best take sounds like. He will get you there. Super happy to know this guy - and super fortunate to have him behind the scenes working on my tunes.
Eli is easily one of the best mixers I’ve ever worked with. The mixes I’ve received from him are top notch and can perfectly hear every instrument. He is Someone everyone needs to work with
Interview with Eli Smith
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: When presented a project, I lay it all out in front of me and dig in to each part of it individually. What I focus on, before we even start, is the quality of the samples used in the song, the quality of the vocal recording, the quality of the performance of the vocals or instrumentation etc. The top 40 songs you hear have maximized the quality of each of these components, and if you want to compete, you have to as well. I know what you're thinking: "I don't have the budget or resources to achieve this quality". Large budgets and word-class studios help, but the secret-sauce to every great song lies in the focus and will-power of the Artist and their Team. I've mixed 100s of records and through my experience, will give you genuine guidance on how to maximize your project.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm one of the chief Tracking and Mixing Engineers at Clear Lake and Fever Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA. My go-to rooms are Clear Lake Studio A and Fever Studio One. Studio A is a George Augspurger room where I have a vintage Trident 80b console and a huge rack of vintage outboard gear. I have a vintage U67 that I use for tracking most vocals. This room is special and I always leave with a very warm and vintage, yet hi-fi, sound. Studio One at Fever Recording comes equipped with a SSL Duality the highest quality modern gear that is being used on Top-40 records every day. Studio One is home to artists such as J Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Terrace Martin, Alina Baraz and more. Between these two rooms, I can always catch the vibe that I want, and know that I'll leave with nothing but top quality art.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The final realization of a finished, polished song doesn't come from the "mix" or the plugins I use to mix your track. It comes from the communication between an artist and a producer or mixing engineer, the focus and motivation to make every part of the song perfect, for you, and to never settle. It comes from being honest with yourself and being able to welcome helpful criticism and learn and get better. Its a process that requires dedication and hard work, but it will always be worth the work. Hey, once you share your song with the world, it's there forever. How do you want to present yourself to the world?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Focus and perspective on the task at hand: Maximizing a song's potential. For example, when I receive a song to mix, before I start any editing or mixing, I reference, reference, reference. This is this process of listening to a ton of finished projects, generally all of your favorite songs that inspired the project to be mixed, to give you perspective on where your project currently stands and where we need to take it. I'll never settle and will always give you my honest opinion. For example, I may give you a specific list of lyrics that I think you could enunciate better, give you advice on creating a bigger vocal production (finding harmonies, adding background vocals etc.)I may offer to replace some of your samples with higher quality ones (kicks, snares, transitions etc). While I am here to maintain your creative direction, I'll always give you my genuine take on what we can do to make your project the absolute best.