I'm a hybrid analog-digital recording and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles, CA. I formerly engineered at Sound City Studios and Waterfront Studios (NY), currently working for the Village Recorder (LA). Schooled in the art and process of achieving classic sounds; with the ability to make those sounds translate in a modern, digital environment.
By utilizing a combination of cherry picked (and often customized) analog gear, as well as industry standard plugins (and a well trained pair of ears), I'll craft a mix that serves to accentuate your song, rather than allow it to disappear into the fray. You've written a unique piece of music, so why not give it a unique mix? My goal is to create a sound that is huge, energetic, and provocative; yet still of this world. Classic, yet fully appropriate to the modern listening context.
I'm a recording and mixing engineer based in Los Angeles, where I currently work for the Village Recorder. Previously, I've served as an engineer at Sound City Studios and prior to that I spent two years working as an engineer with legendary producer/engineer, Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger) at Waterfront Studios in New York.
I also have a strong background in circuitry and studio design. I can assist you with everything from a full studio buildout to a putting together a highly intuitive, but easy to use, home recording system. I've served as a technical consultant to companies like Soundtoys and Electrodyne.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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I've had the pleasure to record with Dave on a few projects. He has an incredible ear for detail and a lenghtly career in major studios. He's professional and meticulious and can provide great gear for recording. Music is Dave's passion and it truely shows. I will definietly reach out to Dave for future projects and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to record or mix.
I've worked with Dave for over a year now and it's been a wonderful experience. His ears are great and he understands diverse array of music. If you give him a reference or describe something you want to hear in your recordings, he's always known how to achieve it in my experience. As well as being a passionate, hard-working engineer and producer/mixer, he's very well informed and equipped when it comes to building, fixing, modifying analog gear. Dave sets a high standard that other engineers should hope to meet in their lifetime, and he's always working to set it even higher.
Dave is awesome! His knowledge of all things sound is truly amazing. He is my “go to” when I need a mix, and he always does a great job! He is tasteful, mindful, and hard working. I highly recommend!
By no doubt, David is one of my favorite people to work with. I had the pleasure to work with him on multiple projects. His work ethic and commitment are outstanding. He is exceptionally competent and talented. Fantastic know-how and very trustworthy. On top of that, he is an awesome guy.
I had the absolute pleasure of working with David in New York (Art Farm) and LA (Sound City) recording, mixing and mastering. David is an absolute genius at what he does, and he does it with efficiency. Incredibly attentive and easy to work with, making recommendations when necessary and driven to develop material to its utmost potential. I couldn’t have been happier with the entire process, and I hope to work with him again sooner rather than later.
I had the pleasure of working with David Anderson who engineered my last record in New York. I was immediately blown away by his incredible drive and work ethic as well as his passion for his craft. His knowledge of how the studio works, gear and his ability to capture the very best moments made the sessions a blast. I'm looking forward to my upcoming album which Dave will be engineering as well. Finding a great engineer is like finding gold, I highly recommend David Anderson Dan Lavoie
Worked with David over at Sound City and I couldn’t be happier with the way my record turned out. He knows his music and sounds and that’s one of the most important things for me when making a record. Highly recommended. -Dirty Little Hearts
Interview with David Andersen
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. The convenience of the digital workflow cannot be denied, but the sound and process of recording to tape is something of pure beauty. Most people have never worked in a studio that didn't have a screen glowing in front of them, but I can tell you that the experience is incredible. Having no visual distraction allows you to focus on the sounds that are actually right there in front of you and forces you to make critical decisions in the moment. That said, the digital workflow is essential to modern production and the overall convenience cannot be denied. Digital production allows people to be creative in ways that analog simply doesn't, it also opens up the world of recording to artists cannot afford the price tag attached to full scale studios.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will work tirelessly until we get the sound right. Otherwise, what's the point?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know what goals artists have set for themselves and their music, so as to establish a general expectation right from the outset. This helps to inform the decisions that I make during the mix and can help to establish some creative limitations.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began as a bassist and studied that briefly at Berklee College of Music. I got into composing and arranging for several artists that I was working with at the time, basically serving as a musical director. The need for some basic recording equipment became very apparent, so I bought a cheap interface and a few microphones to record some ideas with...that snowballed rather quickly and so here we are.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tchad Blake, Mark Rankin, John Hill
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be open-minded. There’s no single solution to any problem in the studio. A recording session is simply a series of challenges that have to be overcome.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: There are a few, but one that I thought was particularly great was a record with a New York based group called The Other Brothers. All of the tracks were cut live to a 2-inch, 16-track machine and I used a lot of minimal miking techniques (literally 2 microphones on the drum kit), but still managed to get an authentic, gritty, and big sound out of the players. We bounced the tape tracks to Pro Tools and then I mixed the record at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, where I took advantage of their amazing echo chamber. The record is called "Jones" and can be found here: https://theotherbrothersmusic.bandcamp.com/album/jones
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That there is some sort of magic involved.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Finesse, or at least I try to bring it!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to try to assess the quality of a recording before I do anything to "sculpt," so finding a basic mix balance is key. I generally will process the vocal track next so as to build up the other sounds in relation to it. The key to a great vocal sound is allowing it to be the dominant element in the mix, which means that the sound of every other instrument should serve to reinforce that vocal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work from my private, home studio suite, where I have a healthy supply of analog equipment (including my vintage, plate reverb) set up.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and vocal tracking/production!