Jeremy Darby

Engineer Mixer Studio Owner

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TORONTO Based GRAMMY and JUNO nominated engineer/mixer. Large format Downtown studio owner. 40 years experience.

Sound engineer with a background in studio, live sound, television, remote recording and an audio consultant around the world. OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE.
Nominated  in 2014 for a GRAMMY award for “Album of the Year” as engineer/mixer for Sarah Barelles.
Nominated in 2015 for a JUNO award for “Engineer of the Year”.
Involved as engineer on Tony Bennett’s 1994 GRAMMY winning “Record of the Year”

Here is a partial international client list.
LIVE AID, LOU REED, U2, PINK FLOYD, KEITH RICHARDS, PRINCE, DAVID BOWIE, TONY BENNETT, VAN MORRISON ,MICK JAGGER, JOHNNY CASH, BRYAN ADAMS, EMMYLOU HARRIS, BLUE OYSTER CULT, ELLA FITZGERALD, DAVID BYRNE, AEROSMITH, JOE JACKSON,  ELVIS COSTELLO, STEELEYE SPAN, SQUEEZE, MARIAH CAREY, PATTI LABELLE, QUINCY JONES, SMOKEY ROBINSON, RY COODER, JOHN HIATT, TALKING HEADS, HERBIE HANCOCK, ALICIA KEYS, ARETHA FRANKLIN, BARENAKED LADIES, RUSH, LAURIE ANDERSON, BOB EZRIN, CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG, 
“ONE NIGHT WITH BLUE NOTE”  FEB 22,1985. BLUE NOTE RECORD LABEL RE-LAUNCH.
“40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ATLANTIC RECORDS”
“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” NBC TV. AUDIO DEPT STAFF.
HBO, HBO CANADA. CBC, CTV,
MTV “UNPLUGGED” STING, MARIAH CAREY, THE ALLMAN BROS, R.E.M., PEARL JAM, LENNY KRAVITZ, THE WALLFLOWERS, SHERYL CROW, KISS, FIONA APPLE, ERYKAH BADU, MELLISSA ETHERIDGE,
“CUPHEAD” VIDEO GAME. BAFTA 2018 WINNER

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Interview with Jeremy Darby

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

  2. A: Tracking large ensembles playing together, editing, mixing and fixing.

  3. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  4. A: 108 mics 93 preamps. Vintage NEVE Console, Tons of Outboard. 1400 sq ft Live room.5 booths. Grand Piano, B3, Rhodes, Wurly, bass and guitar amps, drum kits etc all included

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

  6. A: Free Load in, Free Parking. Set up and sounds. hope to be rolling within an hour or so of arrival of band. Its all about efficiency in todays music biz. Fast workflow. being set up AHEAD load in.

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

  8. A: Expertise and encouragement

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Good Humour and a fine cup of tea.

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

  12. A: Anything..... except ...Hip Hop, I don't have anything to offer the genre... I'm not good at it. My second engineer is.

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

  14. A: PRE PRO Saves you money. Know exactly what you want to do BEFORE you enter the studio. Don't burn yourself out, take breaks every few hours...eat, stay hydrated. Keep your perspective sharp.

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

  16. A: Anyone thats not dead yet.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Creative fun and supportive.

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

  20. A: 45 years since I fist entered a studio at age 16.

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

  22. A: A solar power generator. Sunscreen, Water De-salination plant, AKG c24, NEVE console.

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

  24. A: Good, Fast, Cheap...... Pick any two.

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

  26. A: How well rehearsed are you?

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

  28. A: That I never drink coffee...only tea. If I'm really tired I'll drink a latte.

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

  30. A: Who's your fave client ? You.

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

  32. A: The ability to pass on my accumulated knowledge and have fun making people enjoy making record together. Its true lightning in bottle stuff.

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

  34. A: You will have an enjoyable experience

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: BOTH!

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

  38. A: Jeff Wolpert

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

  40. A: CUPHEAD video game soundtrack All actual musicians!! No Midi!!

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

  42. A: The last one I did..... Engineer/Mixer

Terms Of Service

I provide affordable efficient and very experienced service. I'm not the cheapest, but have a lifetime of experience. 3500 sq ft studio, 108 mic's, 93 pre's. 50% down balance on completion.

Gear Highlights
  • VINTAGE NEVE 8026
  • TELEFUNKEN
  • STUDER
  • NEUMANN
  • SCHOEPS. API
  • FOCUSRITE
  • TUBETECH. ETC
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