Ed Heaton

Music Producer, Mix Engineer

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Music Played on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6 Music across Europe and North America. Produced artists consistently play-listed on Spotify gaining millions of streams

Hi!!! I'm Ed and I've been working as a producer and mix engineer for over 20 years. I specialise in contemporary singer-songwriter and pop.
My work has had millions of streams and has been played on Radio and TV across the world. I am also an A&R and in-house producer for Saint In The City Records, which gives me a true understanding of what makes a record connect with an audience and quality of work needed.
I also understand that putting your music in someone else's hands can be a scary thing so I try to be as understanding and as communicative as possible to get the sound you really want.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Ed Heaton

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

  2. A: Despite not making guitar based music anymore, 'A Thinking Animal' was something I loved. I was such a unique, difficult record, but making it was a drea,

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

  4. A: I am collaborating with my friend Seth from the amazing Fold. I am also working on my new single as well as a sound design project..

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both have they're qualities. But fir the music I make Digital as I am working on multiple projects and need instant access to a mix, and it was what I was trained on.

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

  8. A: That I'll listen to what they want but be truthful in my reactiions.

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

  10. A: When you send a mix and it exceeds expectations and the artist's world suddenly becomes bigger.

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

  12. A: If you use tuning does that mean I can't sing? Answer: No. Everybody uses it.

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

  14. A: That you can turn one thing up without that having a knock on effect!

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

  16. A: What feel are you going for?

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

  18. A: Make sure they understand what youare trying to achieve.

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

  20. A: Laptop with Pro Tools and my NI Maschine Mk3, sample library andSD 960 Headphones

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

  22. A: Have been working for 20. I ran a commercial studio for 7 years and learned more than I could imagine. From there I worked with LOADS of Indie bands. I stepped into pop about 4 years ago and realised I loved the magpie creativity of it.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Heartfelt. Start mall, end BIG!

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

  26. A: Taylor Swift: Has there been a better writer in years. She effortlessly straddles pop and singer-songwriter and and understands melody innately.

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

  28. A: Use reverbs in different ways throughout a song. This will add variety to the mix.

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

  30. A: Pop, Singer songwriter, EDM and some funk and hip hop.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Dynamics. These are both sonic and emotional, but these are key to a listeners journey through a song.

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

  34. A: As well as expertise, I bring an an audiences's ear. I try and understand what a listener wants to feel when hearing a song and what emotion they want to be left with,

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

  36. A: Typically I'll listen to the whole track in a rough state. I'll then listen to some tracks that have the same feel and try to understand how that had been captured. I then listen through the stems and determine their role after which i"l start processing and blending. only after all of this will I tray and mix the track.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: My studio is acoustically treated to be the best mix space possible. I work on Pro Tools with a host of world class plugins and virtual instruments. I monitor on Classic HR824s and NS10's

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

  40. A: Taylor Swift, DJ Premier, Max Martin, Stevie Wonder, Prince

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

  42. A: Most of the work I do is mixing and producing pop and contemporary singer-songwriters


Terms Of Service

6 revisions
5 day turnaround
Mastering Included
Vocal tuning, time correction, alignment & noise reduction included
Delivered in 24 bit 44.1 khz and MP3 format.

GenresSounds Like
  • Taylor Swift
  • Sam Smith
  • Adele
Gear Highlights
  • Dedicated acoustically treated mix room
  • UA apollo
  • world class plugins and virtual instruments
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