I love great music, and a mix should bring out the best in every song. For me it is important that a track catches the ear, is pleasing as well as powerful and challenging in the right places. I try to make the songs i am mixing evolve from beginning to end, often in subtle ways, and too make the vocals capture the listener.
Graduated from Norwegian Sound School in 2005 specializing in studio recording. The last 10+ years I've spent as a freelance Sound Engineer and Musician. These last few years I've settled down and opened my own mixing and mastering studio called Jelöy Sound.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Magnus Gulbrandsen
Mr. Martin & His Big Horns was very excited if Magnus could create that New Orleans groove. He really did that and helped us through the process. We are very satisfied with the results. Magnus worked out our final mix and also the last mastering. He is very cireative and helped us with many ideas during the final mix and he is a great guy to cooperate with. We give Magnus our recommendation and I think we want to use him next time.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Magnus He is a true team player, and manages to foster positive discussions and bring the best out in our music.
After recording, producing and mixing music on my own, I find it refreshing for both myself and of course the music to have a couple of new ears coming in at the end. Mastering with Magnus at Jelöy Sound is as good as it gets. His musical understanding combined with technical finesse and high quality gear, both hardware and software, provided just what I was looking for with my music. The subtle touch made a huge difference on the final result. Highly recommended!
After working with an array of engineers over the years, Magnus certainly signified a breath of fresh air and sound. An adept musician, he has a deep understanding of what plays or carries, always serving the song. Even without reference tracks, which I failed to provide (the unusual suspects hard to pin down), he immediately grasped the intent and vibe of this somewhat eclectic material, and made it snap, crackle & pop - no small feat. Bouncing ideas back and forth, I appreciated his every cent, and cherish the results. The mastering séance was truly revelatory to witness… thanks a million!
Hot Rod Double recorded an entire album at Jeløy Sounds. We all know that recording is a collaboration between producer/ technician and band. Magnus, being both technician and produser helped us through all the stages of recording with an everlasting positiv attitude. The mixing process was the most surprising part of everything. Magnus had "grasped the concept" from listening to us live, understanding what we tried to achieve sound wise, he gave us a mix so close to our expectations that little had to be done.
Magnus and Jeløy Sounds is a highly recommended combo.
We recorded an acoustic track for a compilation with Magnus in September 2019. The recording took one day, and he had mixes ready the next day. Both the process and the result was teriffic. Magnus is organized, friendly, patient and full of technical ability. He has everything you want in a producer or mixer and comes with our warmest recommendations!
Ola Innset - Elva
Interview with Magnus Gulbrandsen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced, recorded and mixed Hot Rod Double. An awesome americana, rockabilly act. You can find the record on Spotify
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There are so many great, but my favorite engineers are Vance Powell, Bob Clearmountain, Tom Elmhirst and Tchad Blake. But what inspires me the most is just great music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think I have a good combination of musicality and technicality which suits the craft of record making.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you have to choose between an awesome take or a perfect take. Choose awesome!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Right now I just want to establish more relationships with girls and guys around the world.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Working in the digital world is great, but I do love my outboard gear and use it a lot!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do mixing, mastering and some recording/overdubs
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in Logic, on Focal Solo6 speakers and a Focal Sub6 with Apogee converters. My listening environment is what is most important to me so I have spent a lot of effort treating and tuning my room. For overdubs I have a great sounding piano, lots of amps and guitars. Most of it is ready to go pretty much all the time.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I mix and master mostly "in the box" but i do run a lot of stuff through my analog outboard gear for that analog depth When i mix a song I have a particular process.. I do this thing where i mix in two stages. I have my "pre-mix" and my "main-mix". In the "pre-mix"-stage I open the session in am empty template. This is where I tidy up the session. I do a lot of the balancing and if there are two mics on some sources (like kick, snare or guitars often have) I bounce these down to a mono or stereo track pr source. At this stage I use my outboard eq's and compressor a lot! When I export these processed tracks to my main mix session I find that I can just focus on the creative part, have more fun and get a finished track much faster.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Americana, singer-songwriter,pop, folk, rock, soul...
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Graduated from Norwegian Sound School in 2005 specializing in studio recording. while in school I got a live-engineering gig and spent 10+ years as a FOH sound engineer. At the same time I was playing and recording in studios with my own bands. From there I sort of gradually transitioned back into the recording studio. First recording and mixing more and more of my own stuff. Then I gradually got more mixing/mastering work from others as well. Untill eventually it made sence to set my studio up as a commercial business. Since then things have been great. Lots more work coming in, and I am having a great time mixing and mastering all this awesome music!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: From my studio i eould bring: Laptop Headphones Apogee ensemble interface Rupert Neve Master Bus Compressor Neve 1073 preamp/eq (Noe hopefully someone will send me something to work on...)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Communication is the most important part. What do you want your music to sound like and ehat do you expect the engineer to do? What is the timeline? What is your budget?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want your music to sound like and ehat do you expect the engineer to do? What is the timeline? What is your budget?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now i am mixing and mastering a New Orleans style band with a lot of horns. Which is fun. I have a metal procject coming up that I am going to mix and I am also doung som remastering for a pop artist.