Nashville based mix engineer and session guitarist offering several remote studio services.
Hi, I'm Stephen Van Etten, a mixer, recording engineer, guitarist, and producer working in Nashville, TN with 12 years of experience. It is my duty to serve the artist, the song, and the music and bring your production to its fullest potential. I communicate very well and strive to give your tracks the energy, emotion, and excitement you're in search of whether I'm adding harmonic support with guitar production or blending your existing production into a beautiful stereo mix.
You can check out some samples of my work here. If you like what I do, let's discuss your project to see if we're a good fit to work together. Whether your music is Country, Rock, Pop, RnB, Blues, Reggae, etc, lets talk. I'm first and foremost a lover of music so I very much enjoy working in many different styles.
If you choose to work with me, please send me your tracks to mix, along with any notes and details about the songs, what they mean to you, the emotion you're conveying, the mood of the project, etc, and maybe a rough mix and examples of other artists and songs that represent what you're about.
Thank you for your consideration,
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Stephen Van Etten
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: TRACKING: Hybrid (I prefer an analog setup for tracking, but using a DAW as the tape machine is VERY efficient) EDITING/MIXING: Digital + Analog Summing (The ability to recall sessions with precision is paramount)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never underestimate the power of "underdubbing." Most times giving the track space in spots brings focus to the priority elements in the production. Its like they always say, "Less is more!"
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Whats the best way to send my project?" --- My answer depends on a few things, but typically I like to have a folder of dry stems, a folder of wet stems, and a rough mix. This allows me the most flexibility to present the record the way the artist intended.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That all the phases before mixing can be neglected and I can magically make it sound like the radio. Its very difficult to make a great mix when the recordings are subpar or the production/editing is incomplete. I always try to be upfront with clients if I objectively think there is still work to be done. I can usually offer some of my services to get the project where it needs to be before the mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Talk to client about expectations, Listen to the rough, Present the song in its best light
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Like many engineers, I started this journey playing in bands early on (age 17). Once I participated in the record making process a few times I was hooked. I've been lucky enough to work in many rooms in Nashville working with, and more importantly, listening to top session players and producers do their thing.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Country, Rock, & Pop. But I love good music in general and I'm always looking to expand my comfort zones!