Joshua Valleau

Mixing Engineer

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Grammy-nominated mixer & producer based in Brooklyn, NY

I'll work with you to get your music sounding better than you thought it could. I have 14 years of experience in production, mixing & mastering, and 25 years of experience as a professional musician.

I run a beautiful small recording studio in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY where I'm happy to host attended mixing sessions, as well as remote sessions over streaming link. Let me know what you're looking for in a mix, or what you're missing in a production and I can help you figure out how to get it.

I've worked with John Legend, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Common, Estelle, DMC (of Run-DMC), Mother Feather, Corinne Bailey Rae, Siedah Garrett, Alice Smith, Imani Coppola, & many others. Some of my compositions, productions and mixes have been featured on television, in movies, on the radio, and in commercials.

Here's what's included:

- Free master included with every mix
- Attended sessions available at the studio for no extra charge
- Up to 3 mix revisions included for no additional charge (more available for a reasonable fee)
- Live streaming link available for attended remote sessions (for mix revisions, album sequencing, etc)
- Full EP/Album master available for a nominal additional fee (important for order & sequencing)
- Additional production & other services can be available as needed

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Josh Valleau
  • The Green Orbs
  • The Green Orbs
  • Miwi La Lupa
  • Miwi La Lupa
  • itsnotyouitsme
  • itsnotyouitsme
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
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  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
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  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Alice Smith
  • Alice Smith
  • Alice Smith
  • Alice Smith
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • John Legend
  • My Silent Bravery
  • My Silent Bravery
  • Lola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
  • Imani Coppola
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2 Reviews

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  1. Review by CX K.
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    Mr Joshua is magic. Great ear. Nice person as well, and i don't plan on working with anyone else anytime soon (!) Seriously.

  2. Review by Ann Courtney
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    Josh has a remarkable way of making artists sound better than they can imagine and exactly like themselves at the same time. A masterful producer who demonstrates his expertise, extreme care + attention to detail with every project, I've watched him earn "musical guru" status among his many diverse clients because he's scary-good. Gear-heads freak out about his studio and everyone freaks out about the good vibes and workflow. I made a rock album with my band, a synth-pop-r&b album from the ground-up, and have done tons of commercial VO recordings in the space. Josh is always my first call.

Interview with Joshua Valleau

  1. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  2. A: Whatever I'm doing at the moment. But I will use this section to say that I love and own a pretty cool collection of vintage synthesizers, sequencers, samplers and drum machines. Everything is clocked to Pro Tools (or Ableton) automatically via Sync-Gen II PRO, which makes it extremely easy to integrate the capabilities of these instruments into a modern DAW-based production environment. If you want to come in & track a bunch of vintage synth or electronic drum parts on your song, we can do that. Or I can do it remotely - I can send you the stems, or even add elements like this into a mix that I'm working on for you. Send me a note!

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

  4. A: I like to get a sense of who the artist is, and then do my best to channel the 'sound' of that person literally into a single stereo audio file. When you hear the music playing back, you should get some sense of everything about who the person (or band) is, and maybe even the scene that it's coming from. I think this is also a huge part of what makes music compelling. Obviously the best place for me to start refining & curating that sound (as a producer) is during the writing process itself, but I enjoy engaging in the process at any stage of the production, and in any way that's needed. And then of course at the end of the day it's going to be my version of that idea, to the extent that I'm involved. I would say that a lot of the time that's the 'me' in the production - my version of the sound of someone else.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I work in a highly-customized production environment that I've built & refined for myself over the past 20+ years, but more specifically since 2011. At the heart of it is a Neve 5452 Console & Pro Tools HD12 with an Avid HD I/O 16x16 Analog + 192 I/O for 32 inputs. Expanding out from there is a fun and effective collection of outboard gear, microphones, synthesizers, drum machines, tape decks, drums, pianos, guitar & bass amps/cabs, guitars & basses, and other instruments. A lot of the gear here is classic and/or vintage, and all of it is here for a reason & because it adds something I love to the mix (complete gear list is on my website). This is all housed in a beautiful spacious turn of the century new york loft with 14' ceilings, original hardwood floors, and exposed brick. What was a one-room studio has been converted into a one or two-room (control room & live room) + vocal booth setup with the installation of a giant soundproof double glass wall. This provides the flexibility of isolation for tracking (while allowing open sightlines), but also open space better suited to writing, production and mixing sessions. It's a relaxed and creative environment, optimized for flexibility and experimentation.

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

  8. A: Indie-Rock, Hip Hop, Ambient Music, New Music, Pop, R&B, 80's & 90's R&B, Electronic Music, Rock, Alt-Country, Spoken Word, Alt-Folk, Opera, Indie-Pop, Jazz, Children's Music, Soundtracks, Commercial Music, Scoring

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

  10. A: Certain parts of my mixing process are very streamlined, while other aspects are 100% variable and tailored to the situation - different every time. This is also the case to some degree in regard to the writing and/or production processes, but a lot of how that's true in either of the those has to do with the way the actual studio is wired & arranged (in physical space). I think the underlying concept is that no matter what I'm doing, in order to maximize and facilitate the flow of creativity, the infrastructure to enable that creativity needs to be built out and certain processes streamlined. For me that's a big first step on the way to creative discovery, and I've spent many years & many thousands of hours figuring out what seems to me like the best way to do it.

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

  12. A: I really love making records, which to me epitomize a way of capturing a snapshot of human history (and the culture which it exists within). There's an unspoken mode of communication that exists within an audio recording/production. Developing this mode of communication I think is incredibly important and worth pursuing. This is one of the main ways that we identify as human.

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

  14. A: I started out as a classical pianist when I was young, graduated from conservatory, gigged around New York City for a few years, ended up touring the world with multi-platinum Grammy winning artists as a musician for a few years after that, and then decided to focus solely on production and engineering a little over 10 years ago.

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

  16. A: Study and familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of gain structure. Learn about recording levels and some basic concepts of blend, rough mixing etc. Learn to capture raw ideas in the best way possible, so that they might be able to add to the production later in the process. I feel like often some of the most emotionally powerful recordings/performances are ideas captured early in the writing process. It's great when you have a good original version of the idea either to guide what comes next, or possibly even to use within the final version.

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

  18. A: Production, Mixing & Mastering

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Wolvves - Echolalia

I was the Producer, Mixing and Mastering Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Normal turnaround time is within 3-6 days per song, 1-2 weeks for an EP, and 2-4 weeks for an album. Faster turnarounds may be available for a small additional fee (schedule-permitting).

Gear Highlights
  • Neve 5452 Console
  • Pro Tools HD12
  • Avid HD I/O 16x16 Analog
  • Synthesizers & Drum Machines
  • MCI JH-110 Tape Mixdown (extra fee upon request)
  • more details at: http://www.joshuavalleau.com/the-glass-wall
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