Daniel Duskin is a mix engineer with more than 18 years of experience working with hundreds of artists and mixing thousands of songs.
"I primarily mix in the analog domain because I find it to be more creative and inspiring than working solely in the box. Moving real faders and turning real knobs gives me the freedom to instantly address whatever is needed the moment I hear it, turning the art of mixing into something more akin to a dance or improvisation than work. My gear list on the lower right consists entirely of audio hardware that I own and use every day.
I would love to hear some of your music. Feel free to send me an mp3 of something you’d like mixed for review. I look forward to hearing from you."
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1 ReviewsEndorse Daniel Duskin
When it comes to recording, it's a special experience to come across an individual who both has a profound understanding of sound engineering and respects the natural creative elements of an artist's work.
Dan approached our tracks with surgical precision, detail, and complete professional artistry. Rivermaker has built a long standing relationship with quality engineering mastery that can be guaranteed by few other in the business. We are forever grateful for Dan's craft and expertise.
Thanks Dan, Rock on!
Interview with Daniel Duskin
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Honestly, I love to work on great music regardless of who the artist is.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style is your music? Do you have a rough mix that I can listen to?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Regarding your multi-tracks: Take some time organizing your filenames in a way that's easy to understand.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Lately I've been getting into the GoPro mixing thing. I feel like the art of mixing has seemed very mysterious, and even almost secretive at times. The idea of showing the world exactly what I do and how I do it is rather exciting.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The sense of satisfaction I feel when the mix comes together and I know something great has formed.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My experience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Absolute commitment! I am determined to help you achieve your artistic vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 18 years of mixing experience. I listen to the music and it always tells me what to do.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I grew up on 70's and 80's rock music, so those sounds are deeply imprinted in my mind. I like big drums, thick bass, wide guitars, rich synths, and passionate vocals.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in analog using my SSL AWS 900 console, classic hardware analog compressors, classic hardware reverbs, and more. Pro Tools HD is used for prepping and playback, which is operated from a Slate Raven.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That would likely be confusion about the differences between mixing and mastering. Mixing is the blend, or balance, of all channels that have been recorded. A good mix will have a good level balance and good tonal balance, and a great mix will also have creative decisions that serve the song and make it the best it can be. Mastering is the process of checking the final stereo mix down, sometimes making a tonal change if needed, and sometimes increasing level if needed, and often mastering consists of doing nothing at all. All mixes I provide have sufficient volume and rarely need any tonal adjustment by a separate mastering engineer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician for about 30 years, and been working in the field of audio engineering for about 18 years.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My mixing technique is much more akin to improvising music than taking on some technical feat. I've spent many years getting the technical stuff out of the way so that I can just let the song speak to me and forget about everything else. This is the primary reason I mix using an analog console, it's hands on mixing the whole song at once, as opposed to scrolling around a screen listening to one thing at a time.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My SSL analog mixing console, my Barefoot MicroMain27 monitors, my Lavry Gold AD122-96 converter, my LA3A hardware compressors, and my 1176 hardware compressors.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Quality over quantity is preferable when it comes to tracks and instrumentation. Layering something that sounds mediocre won't make it sound any better, but layering something great will make it sound bigger.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I mostly mix rock, but I've done my fair share of metal, edm, hip-hop, and even gospel, among other styles.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Randy Staub, Mike Shipley, Chris Lord-Alge, Michael Brauer, Tom Elmhirst, to name a few.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My primary focus is on mixing. By just specializing in mixing I am always able to focus on getting the best results for this task.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: As much analog as humanly possible. Every piece of gear has its own sound with a unique and inspiring history. Manipulating analog hardware keeps my mind on the music instead of getting distracted by computer graphics. Plus, classic analog sounds amazing!