Danny Lapidus

Producer, Mixer, Film Scoring

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I have worked with Sara Barreiles, Katherine McFee, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti and in the jazz world, Chris Potter, Oz Noy. I am excited about every song and artist that I work with and will help you bring out the unique sound that you have through my dynamic mixes.

As an award-winning New York City based Producer and Mixing Engineer, I've had the pleasure of working with, and learning from, some of the giants of the music business from artists like Sara Barreiles, to mixing engineers like Dave Darlington, to cast albums for Hamilton and Waitress. I love working on varied artists and genres.

Using my hybrid setup, I mix using analog hardware in seamless combination with Pro Tools HD. I work in my tuned Brooklyn based production/ mix room, Junction Sound, as well as my Manhattan recording studio, Pod2, NYC. Clients can attend every session but I am equally comfortable mixing and communicating remotely through Soundbetter.com.

I hope to hear your music and look forward to helping you craft your masterpiece!

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12 Reviews

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  1. Review by Jaki Nelson
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    Danny was a pleasure to work with. He was very organized, his material was very fun to work on, and the track was really well done.

  2. Review by Jades Goudreault
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    Danny was really nice to work with and was specific with what he wanted. Also the song was amazing and I really loved working on it!

  3. Review by Jeremiah Fox
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    What can I say....Dan is the man!!! He's helped me with a number of projects....some of it quite experimental, and none of it phased him. He's always got a solution, plus he's a super-nice guy and really easy to work with. You can't buy that!

  4. Review by John Deleyh
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    Don't miss an opportunity to work with Danny! He is fast, knowledgable, and has a wide range of clients, so you're never worried if he "gets it". Truly, a great guy, and a pleasure to work with!

  5. Review by Eric Halvorson
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    Danny is fantastic and has great ears! He has done several mixes for me of different projects and with each one he really was able to make the music stand out. He is a musician as well so he can really take an imaginative approach when necessary. I can't recommend him enough for any project or any style of music.

  6. Review by Dan Zanes
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    Danny is a great cat to work with and I think he's almost underselling himself here. The man is so versatile and calm, smart and humble, passionate and committed. I know him as a producer, engineer, and performer and he brings an artful sophistication to everything he does. He has the ability to stay calm in all situations until the desired results have been achieved, this is rare!!

  7. Review by Chris Potter
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    I did an emergency last minute overdub session with Danny, he hooked it up fast, got a fantastic sound, and was easy and fun to work with. Definitely recommended.

  8. Review by Trevor Knight
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    Danny's skill and adept ear are invaluable resources in the engineering process - but my favorite part about working with him on several projects was his kindness, receptiveness, and professionalism. As someone who was relatively new to the recorded music scene myself, I was impressed by Danny's ability to take every suggestion and thought I had to heart. It was obvious that his goal was to create the best possible sonic product that was in line with my vision as the artist. I am very thankful to have been connected with such a gifted engineer and great person.

  9. Review by oz noy
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    Danny is an awesome engineer and mixer. He is a true pro who always captures great performances and really makes everyone in the room feel great. Danny really pays attention to every detail which helps bring the songs to life. I will continue to use him on all my future albums and I highly recommend him.

  10. Review by Mike Visceglia
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    I’ve worked with Danny Lapidus several times. Ive always found the experience rewarding. He’s got just the right combination f skills to the the job done. He’s excellent technically and has very good taste, aesthetically. He has an enthusiastic demeanor and I’ve always found the studio environment fun and stress free. I heartily recommend Danny for any project.

  11. Review by Billy Seidman
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    I’ve had the pleasure of working with Danny many times as an engineer/producer. His attention to detail, professionalism, as well as insight and sense of humor offer the perfect blend of skill and talent needed for Artists looking to make great recordings that will last and stand up. I Highly recommend Danny!

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  12. Review by John VanEps
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    Danny is the ultimate pro! His mixes are amazing , very musical and thoughtful, but most of all he is so easy to get along with and listens to everything you say ( no matter how crazy). Danny is a very good musician himself so there is no barrier when discussing musical terms and ideas, he is with you all the way to the end.

Interview with Danny Lapidus

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

  2. A: Here are a few: 1. Try a dual mono compressor on your mix bus to allow dynamic moments to shine through the full panoramic spectrum. 2. Phase alignment is of the utmost importance whether it's a full drum kit, bass amps and DI's, or samples. It takes time but makes the difference between a huge sounding record and a thin mess. 3. Clean, tune and do detailed vocal rides before compressing you lead vocal. I like to keep a trim fader reading all the rides before anything else happens to the vocal. 4. Make sure you have a solid "true peak" limiter at the end of the chain and keep it on from the beginning of the mix process. I like the Nugen Audio stuff a lot. 5. Whether it's heard or just felt, try using shimmery or filtered shaker/ bell tracks for propulsion in pre's and choruses.

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

  4. A: First I talk to the artist and/or producer to get an in-depth feel for their needs, goals and expectations. For a mix situation, I I listen to the rough mix (if there is one) several times to see how it complements the previous conversation all the while making notes about how I think it could be improved. Often I will comb through my library for similar sounding artists or just inspiration and keep those tracks handy for reference. Then I start organizing and importing all the files into pro tools (my mix routing is quite complicated so this process is vital), color coding everything, re-labelling, etc. If it is a vocal production, I listen carefully for tuning, timing, ambient and mouth noise and fix as needed. Then I turn my attention to the rhythmic elements. If there is a drum kit, I phase align every mic. Then I start pushing faders. Drums are usually a starting point but not always. Sometimes I start with the vocal. I keep my final limiter on the whole time. I print a first mix for the client's review and if it they love it I dig into more detailed work like rides, transitions. Of course focus on the artist and their team's notes for the revision.

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

  6. A: 1. I tracked the great Bebe Winans on a song that I co-wrote! It was the greatest vocal tracking session I've ever been a part of (and I've worked with tons of well known singers). I was the Co-Writer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer. 2. I tracked several guitar solos for the incredible Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers and Government Mule! He was the coolest and we spent quite a bit of time editing together. I was credited as the recording engineer and studio owner. It was for and Oz Noy album. 3.I tracked and mixed the vocals of Katherine McFee for the online/social promo release of Waitress the Musical. Her voice was amazing.

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

  8. A: Producing a great new artist in the Indie/Electronic genre, he's amazing. Composing and mixing music for several true crime tv series and for a Lifetime network movie. Tracking and mixing a funk fusion album.

  9. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  10. A: I love and use both. Most jobs today however stay mostly digital for ease of recall.

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

  12. A: Q: In the included revisions, do you master it each time? Or is that done once after all the mixing edits are finalized? A: A considerable amount of the mastering process occurs during mixing, for example, the final Limiting is always on as it affects the mix. You can therefore, think of it as re-mastering for each revision. The final mastering process is completed after all mix revisions are complete and the final mix is approved by you. ALL masters will comply with AES streaming loudness normalization; Spotify, iTunes, Tidal etc. If you need specific masters for youtube only, or network tv only, that is a re-master and hourly rates apply.) -Q: When I first send files over, is it acceptable to include some baseline ideas I have for mixing, or do you prefer to listen to it and form your own opinions of it? A: All baseline ideas are more than welcome. It's your music! Your ideas matter to me.

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

  14. A: That great gear and lots of plugins leads to a great mix.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Big, natural, open, punchy, full bass. Radio-ready.

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

  18. A: To stick with you until the music shines.

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

  20. A: The music.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: My studio is setup as a hybrid mixing/ mastering control room with a focus on being a creative writing and production space. I mix in Protools 12 HD With Lynx Aurora converters. Monitors include Dynaudio and NS-10's. The analog part of the hybrid setup is the shadow hills mastering compressor, 3 stereo Neve 1073's, 2 el8-empirical labs Distressors. I own too many plugins to list here. MICS: Neumann U87, Pearlman TLM 47, Shure SM-7, Neumann 84, 184, and TLM 103. KEYS: Komplete Kontrol s61 Mk2, Yamaha CP88, Arturia Minilab. We have vintage Martin D-28's, electric guitars and basses and are setup for drum recording with a Yamaha Maple Custom Kit. AMPS: Fender Band Master Head, Badcat cabinet 2x12, 1964 Fender Vibrochamp HEADPHONE MIX: Furman HDS-6, 4 seperate station mixes SAMPLERS: UVI Falcon, Kontakt 5

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

  24. A: What genre is the project? When is the deadline? When do we start?

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

  26. A: Prep Your Files! All files should be clearly labelled, and all edits must be final. Leave your plugins on and your routing intact. Include a rough mix of each song to be mixed. Communicate! Send an email with any questions or concerns you may have. Provide reference tracks and artists that relate to your songs. Music is so personal, and I want my client's music to shine so remember there are no silly questions.

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

  28. A: MacBook Pro with pro tools, Komplete Kontrol s61, my Pearlman mic, my blue ridge acoustic guitar and my Selmer VI soprano sax (but in my laptop bag would be an Apollo twin and my Ultimate Ears Reference monitors!)

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

  30. A: I've been a musician for 20 years, performing in and around New York City as well as several domestic tours. I recorded in some of the finest studios without really understanding any of the process and then one day (19 years ago), a producer friend of mine could not take on a new client and told them to call me. I worked with them for the next two years and was hooked on the studio life. Routing, signal path, phase relationships...etc, I couldn't get enough of it. They would pay me and I would pay the best New York engineers to show me the ropes. In 2006 I built my first midtown recording studio and went on to finally open Pod Noise Studios in 2011 with my partner Rich Mercurio on west 30th Street in Manhattan. I learned on the job through trial and error. It was a life full of deadlines and pressure and I loved it!

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

  32. A: I would love to work with Tyler the Creator because his mind is definitely an interesting place! I think I would learn a lot.

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

  34. A: Really all types. I have worked on Broadway musicals, heavy rock and everything in between. I've tracked Warren Haynes playing guitar and have mixed several gospel albums! So any genre is welcome. I have not produced a lot of hip hop although I love it, and would like to.

  35. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  36. A: My ability to relate to artists and bring out their best performance.

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

  38. A: I bring years of music writing, producing, arranging and performing as well as vast music theory BUT I try to get to the heart of what the artist is trying to say in their lyrics and music before I determine what to bring or how much to lead them with.

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

  40. A: Benny Blanco, Amy Winehouse, Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, Sara Bareilles, Max Martin, Greg Wells, Jaycen Joshua, Andrew Scheps. And as a sax player...Chris Potter.

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

  42. A: I love being involved with the song right from the beginning. Artists will send me the song in a raw form and I will develop it with them start to finish. It is also common that artists and producers will send me fully produced multi-tracks and I will professionally mix and master them delivering masters that are fully optimized for streaming/download/cd manufacturing. As a Brooklyn based Producer, I also sign artists and use my contacts to shop them to managers, publishers, and booking agents.

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