I have zero Grammy awards but I make things sound good!
I'm an experienced sound engineer and modular synth nerd, originally from the U.K and now living and working in Montreal, Canada. I started playing with 4 track cassette recorders when I was 15, I then went to college to study Popular Music and Recording and it grew from there. I've spent most of my adult life recording and mixing and I also work a lot in live sound (FOH/ monitors).
I try to cater to independent budgets as a lot of the music I enjoy lives in that world. I'm currently working with a hybrid setup, a mix of analog and digital equipment. I work in a way that makes recalls and revisions easy.
If you’re looking for a unique sounding mix or have interest in tracking at my studio here in Montreal click the contact button to get in touch!
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3 ReviewsEndorse Steve Newton
Working with Steve was an absolute pleasure. His level of expertise is immediately apparent in the attention to detail he gave to the project and the overall high caliber results. As a fairly new artist I was especially appreciative of his patience and professional kind attitude throughout. Most importantly, I felt he absolutely understood my artistic vision. Very happy with the process/results and would 100% recommend and work with Steve again in future!
Very easy to work with and capable engineer. Definitely will work with Steve again.
Working with Steve is always an absolute pleasure. He's a total pro and does his job with detailed care, always making sure the artist is happy and comfortable.
Interview with Steve Newton
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! They both have strengths and work great together
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q) Do you master too? A) I can but it’s not what I specialize in, when it comes to mastering I believe it’s better to have a fresh set of ears, in a different room with different monitors instead of having the same person mix and master. I’m happy to recommend dedicated mastering engineers.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I mainly want to know what their vision is for the project, that then becomes my vision.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Get in touch, let’s talk!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Metric Halo ULN-8 3D, Beyerdynamic m88, Overtayer modular channel, modular synth
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing guitar and recording on 4-tracks at the age of 14, studied popular music and recording at college, started working in recording studios and doing live sound. Moved to Canada continued recording, mixing and doing live sound, I’ve toured internationally, mixed at primavera sound and mixed shows for artists such as Angel Olson, Mount Eerie, Future Islands and Mac Demarco. I have a sweet studio in Montreal where I’m working on lots of interesting projects
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Many years of experience and very good taste ;)
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the rough mix, read the clients notes, find what the client does and doesn’t like about the rough mix and then get to it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: A control room and a live room. Analog and digital, quality microphone selection, Metric halo converters, Logic Pro x, focal csm 50 and sub, Avantone mix cube, audeze lcd-x, overstayer modular channel, Eqp-WA, Drawmer 1978 ME, various 500 series modules, Furman headphone mixers, modular and moog synths, fender Rhodes, acoustic upright piano, many guitar amps, vibraphone, Farfisa, drums, toys
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Recording and Live sound
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: listening and patience
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I usually dress fairly casual, I think I have great style 😜
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music and I love being able to shape and craft a mix until it sounds like a record!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I want you to be 100% happy with your mix and I'll do everything I can to get there... you're the boss
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic, Indie Rock, Ambient, Experimental, psych rock, post rock, punk, post punk