Jake Shives

Recording & Mixing

Jake Shives on SoundBetter

I am a Grammy Nominated Engineer with an undying love for great songs. I enjoy working with artists who are as passionate about their craft as I am.

My goal here on soundbetter is to connect with passionate artists that I may not otherwise have the opportunity to meet.

The services that I am offering on this site are:

- Mixing ($275 per song)
- Vocal Tuning ($150 per song)

* I am proficient with Auto-Tune, Melodyne, and Waves-Tune.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Jake Shives

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Both! Both are great!

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

  4. A: I can deliver professional results, anyone who hires me will not be disappointed.

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

  6. A: Working on a great song in any capacity

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

  8. A: Who have I worked with? I was recently nominated for a Grammy for working on a John Legend Album.

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

  10. A: That I couldn’t possibly know what alllll of those knobs do.

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

  12. A: Who their favorite artists/bands are

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

  14. A: if you have a decent song, I can make it sound good. If you have a good song, I can make it sound great. If you have a great song, Grammys are a possibility.

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

  16. A: Shure Sm57, Shure Sm7, 2 Coles 4038’s, Universal Audio interface.

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

  18. A: Recording/Mixing/Producing 10+ years

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Sympathetic to the song. Songs will guide you and tell you what is needed, I have learned to trust that.

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

  22. A: Anyone with a great song. I am less concerned with who or which genre, as long as it’s a great song... I’m in!!

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

  24. A: Feeling is infinitely more important that perfection.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Listening to others ideas and differing perspectives. Communication is important to me.

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

  28. A: Understanding and Experience.

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

  30. A: Recording, Producing, and Mixing are 3 separate jobs in my opinion. I approach each one differently. My only goal is to make the song(s) sounds the way that it “should”, whatever that may take.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: A mix of some fantastic outboard gear complete with a protools rig loaded with the latest and greatest plug-ins on the market.

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

  34. A: Anyone who can get me to feel something with their songwriting/arrangement

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

  36. A: Producing, Recording and Mixing songs for bands/artists

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

  38. A: Singer/Songwriter Rock Rock/Pop Folk Acoustic

GenresSounds Like
  • Ryan Adams
  • Timber Timbre
  • Tom Waits
Gear Highlights
  • Universal Audio
  • Neve
  • API
  • SSL
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • AEA
  • RCA
  • Shure
  • Sennheiser
  • Retro Instruments
  • EHX
  • Fender
  • Vox...etc
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