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.
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Interview with Jake Shives
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Both are great!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can deliver professional results, anyone who hires me will not be disappointed.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working on a great song in any capacity
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Who have I worked with? I was recently nominated for a Grammy for working on a John Legend Album.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I couldn’t possibly know what alllll of those knobs do.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who their favorite artists/bands are
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure Sm57, Shure Sm7, 2 Coles 4038’s, Universal Audio interface.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Recording/Mixing/Producing 10+ years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Sympathetic to the song. Songs will guide you and tell you what is needed, I have learned to trust that.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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!!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Feeling is infinitely more important that perfection.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening to others ideas and differing perspectives. Communication is important to me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Understanding and Experience.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A mix of some fantastic outboard gear complete with a protools rig loaded with the latest and greatest plug-ins on the market.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone who can get me to feel something with their songwriting/arrangement
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing, Recording and Mixing songs for bands/artists
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/Songwriter Rock Rock/Pop Folk Acoustic