I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Katharine McPhee, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress. So contact me now and let's make your music shine!
Hi I'm Danny. I'm a Producer & Mixer based in Brooklyn, New York. I currently have a one month waiting list for new clients.
As an award-winning New York City based Producer, Mixer and Recording Engineer I have worked with Sara Bareilles, Katharine McPhee, Bebe Winans, Warren Haynes, Ashanti, and in the jazz world, Chris Potter, Oz Noy. I have worked on Broadway hits like Hamilton and Waitress.
I want to help you make your music shine! I have delivered top quality mixes and remote production to satisfied clients all over the world. Together, we can take your music to the next level. Let’s make something amazing!!
I specialize in Pop, but have also produced a lot of Soul, Rock, RnB and Indie.
I mix/ produce, using a hybrid setup of analog hardware in seamless combination with Pro Tools 2021 Ultimate. I work in my tuned Brooklyn based mix room.
I enjoy every part of the music making process including PR, marketing, distribution and licensing. I love being part of the team and doing everything I can to help the artist bring out their unique sound through my dynamic mixes and productions.
My goal is to provide excellent communication and pay close attention to every detail in order to ensure that you get exactly what you want for your music.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
72 Reviews - 8 Repeat ClientsEndorse Danny Lapidus
Danny is excellent and makes you feel right at home in his Brooklyn, NY studio. I would recommend recording with Danny anytime if you are in NYC.
This is my second song working with Danny, and second song ever to be released for me. I have a very specific sound in mind for my music and Danny is able to create and meet my expectations every time! He is incredibly professional and passionate about his work, and just overall great and fun to work with.
Danny is an outstanding musician and producer his ability to match the feeling of the film and enhance its emotions are incredible. He was able to not just come in on budget but delivered ahead of schedule. This is a very rare combination.
Danny is amazing to work with. This is my fifth song with him and im already planning for the next!
Danny is a very talented producer and a great collaborator. The mix and the final mastering exceeded my expectations. Will definitely use him again and can highly recommend him for anyone looking to produce a high quality track.
Danny was the best to work with, he is organized and professional. He was great to collaborate with!
Danny produced an AMAZING track for me! This is the first song I done with him and I plan on doing an entire EP with him. Highly recommended!
Danny is amazing to work with. He pushes me out of my comfort zone and makes my songs sound so much better than anticipated.
As always, Danny impresses me with his mixing skills! Highly recommend him to anyone who has a vision in mind.
Danny hits it out of the park every time. Super responsive and collaborative. His ideas are usually better than mine!
Dan kills it as usual
Danny is fantastic and a real pro! Takes time to understand your song, is very organized and detailed oriented, and overall a real pleasure to work with.
Danny did an amazing job, it's the best mix I've ever gotten. I highly recommend him as a producer.
Danny is all pro. Great to work with.
As always Dan is great. Pro as it gets.
Amazing work and a pleasure to work with.
Danny is awesome! Fast, reliable, easy to work with and everything sounds great!
Dan is awesome! Love his work.
I cannot stress this enough - Danny is the BEST person to work with. I think we must have spent over 20 hours getting the track to exactly where I imagined it and he was more than happy to help with anything I wanted to change add. His studio is really comfortable to record and produce in and he I learnt so much about producing through working with him on this project. Thank you so much Danny for your endless hard work and passion for this project, I had the best time working with you!
Great job on mastering with quick turnaround!
Interview with Danny Lapidus
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is setup as a hybrid mixing/ mastering control room with a focus on being a creative writing, recording and production space. I mix in Protools 2021 Ultimate 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
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Really all types. I specialize in Pop, but, I have produced and mixed Heavy Rock, Hip Hop, Synth-Pop, Jazz, Broadway musicals, and everything in between. I've tracked Warren Haynes playing guitar and have mixed several gospel albums! So any genre is welcome.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To stick with you until the music shines. I will commit to making you happy!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are we a good "fit" musically? If so....When do we start?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician for 20 years, performing in and around New York City as well as several domestic tours. I've 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 is a life full of deadlines and pressure and I love it!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mixing-Darrell Thorp, Male vocals-The Crushboys, Female vocals-Jades Goudreault and Jaki Nelson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love and use both. Most jobs today however stay mostly digital for ease of recall.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Big, natural, open, punchy, full bass. Radio-ready.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That great gear and lots of plugins leads to a great mix.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The music and the people.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: 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. 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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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!)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to relate to artists and bring out their best performance.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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 Producer, I also sign artists and use my contacts to shop them to managers, publishers, and booking agents.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Benny Blanco, Amy Winehouse, Finneas, Lauv, James Blake, Childish Gambino, Sara Bareilles, Max Martin, Greg Wells, Jaycen Joshua, Andrew Scheps. And as a sax player...Chris Potter.