Mastering Engineer

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I am a multi instrumental musician, singer songwriter and producer. I have an Associates Degree in Recording Technology and Production. My live playing days are behind me and I'm dedicating most of my musical talents to recording, mixing and mastering for other artists. Enjoy very low rates as I build my portfolio!

At this time I am offering my services as a Mastering Engineer. I will take your project and apply the necessary Balance, EQ, Compression, Effects etc to your liking. I will deliver 24/48 mastered .wav file. I will deliver these tracks at the quality and volume of industry standards. Current streaming services normalize at -14LUFs. Some prefer to master louder. I can deliver in any range you'd like.

My main genres of specialty would be Americana, Singer Songwriter, Bluegrass, Blues, Light Rock. I would not be your choice for EDM, Pop, Hard Rock, Metal.

I'm offering my services at only $50 per song as I build my portfolio. Take advantage of my skills at a very affordable rate!

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  1. Review by Hamilton McKay Belk
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    Great experience working with Eric. Many thanks!

  2. Review by Bryan Daste
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    Fun project! Great communication & tunes, very friendly and easy to work with. Would love to do more!

Interview with ehagen08

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I have a 12x15 treated room that I use for recording and mixing. I use Studio One 4 Professional as my DAW with many plugins from Slate Digital, Waves, Brainworx and more. I mix with both headphones and near field monitors. Monitors to get a good mix going and headphones to really fine tune anything. I mix pretty much in the box at this point. While recording I do use a Presonus 24 channel mixer, a few outboard pre amps and even tape at times. But my mixing is generally in the box. Not much need for anything else these days.

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

  4. A: I'm a multi instrumentalist so I play a lot of different instruments on friends and clients records. I also produce my own music. Right now I am focusing most of my attention on mixing. I love getting the raw audio from a recording session and making it come to life.

  5. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  6. A: I am inspired by so many musicians it would be tough to name them all. Some of my favorite songwriters are Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Neil Young. None of them were known for their production quality. I really enjoy the work of Jimmy Iovine, Daniel Lanois, Butch Vig and of course Sir George Martin. While Martin didn't have the highest production quality, what he got out of the limited equipment at EMI and what he was able to translate for the FAB 4 was amazing.

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

  8. A: When I get a new song sent to me I usually listen to the song a few times. I like to get a feel for it, the nuances of the performance. Try to get an idea of where I would like to go with it. Then I try to balance the mix without any processing. Just using levels and panning. That's when I start to throw on some processing. Usually with some EQ and compression to start. Drums first, then bass, guitars and vocals last.

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

  10. A: I'm a musician at heart. So, I feel like I understand what an artist is trying to do. What they are trying to convey. I try to stay true to that. I think you'll find a lot of producers out there that can give you a "perfect" mix. But is it what YOU want? I can speak the musician's language. Have a feel for the music and take it in a direction that is usually what the artist wanted but also be able to understand them and how to translate it to their music.

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

  12. A: I usually work with acoustic music, singer songwriters, Americana. That type of music. Although I listen to a wide variety of music including Rock, I just feel that I generate better mixes for Singer Songwriters than I do for harder music.

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

  14. A: KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Cliche but true. Any time you're forcing something and racking your brain to get the perfect sound, more times than not, you make it worse. I take a simple approach. I don't use a ton of processing. I try to get a good mix with EQ, Compression, Reverbs/Delays. Adding a few things for color here and there.

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

  16. A: I went to school for Recording Technology and Production. I actually learned on the same board that was in Smart STudios on Madison, WI that originally recorded tracks for Nirvana's Nevermind. That path didn't lead to any work, however. I ended up working 9-5's and playing my own music. After starting a family, I stepped away from music for quite awhile. I recently got back into writing, recording, working with other local artists and found an amazing music community online that has allowed me to work for and collaborate with people all over the world.

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Don't look at the price so much as the person. What do they have to say? Are they compatible with you? Do you like their vibe? Do you like their work? Just because someone has worked with popular artists and is expensive doesn't mean they are right for you.

  19. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  20. A: I recently picked up a 1947 Presto record lathe and I have been doing some very limited run 7" records for local and regional artists. Very cool to take piece of music, EQ it specifically for this lathe, and hand cut a dozen records. Every one of them being unique. So cool!

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I have a 12x15 treated room that I use for recording and mixing. I use Studio One 4 Professional as my DAW with many plugins from Slate Digital, Waves, Brainworx and more. I mix with both headphones and near field monitors. Monitors to get a good mix going and headphones to really fine tune anything. I mix pretty much in the box at this point. While recording I do use a Presonus 24 channel mixer, a few outboard pre amps and even tape at times. But my mixing is generally in the box. Not much need for anything else these days.

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

  24. A: When I get a new song sent to me I usually listen to the song a few times. I like to get a feel for it, the nuances of the performance. Try to get an idea of where I would like to go with it. Then I try to balance the mix without any processing. Just using levels and panning. That's when I start to throw on some processing. Usually with some EQ and compression to start. Drums first, then bass, guitars and vocals last.

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

  26. A: I'm a musician at heart. So, I feel like I understand what an artist is trying to do. What they are trying to convey. I try to stay true to that. I think you'll find a lot of producers out there that can give you a "perfect" mix. But is it what YOU want? I can speak the musician's language. Have a feel for the music and take it in a direction that is usually what the artist wanted but also be able to understand them and how to translate it to their music.

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

  28. A: I usually work with acoustic music, singer songwriters, Americana. That type of music. Although I listen to a wide variety of music including Rock, I just feel that I generate better mixes for Singer Songwriters than I do for harder music.

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

  30. A: KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid. Cliche but true. Any time you're forcing something and racking your brain to get the perfect sound, more times than not, you make it worse. I take a simple approach. I don't use a ton of processing. I try to get a good mix with EQ, Compression, Reverbs/Delays. Adding a few things for color here and there.

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

  32. A: I went to school for Recording Technology and Production. I actually learned on the same board that was in Smart STudios on Madison, WI that originally recorded tracks for Nirvana's Nevermind. That path didn't lead to any work, however. I ended up working 9-5's and playing my own music. After starting a family, I stepped away from music for quite awhile. I recently got back into writing, recording, working with other local artists and found an amazing music community online that has allowed me to work for and collaborate with people all over the world.

  33. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  34. A: Don't look at the price so much as the person. What do they have to say? Are they compatible with you? Do you like their vibe? Do you like their work? Just because someone has worked with popular artists and is expensive doesn't mean they are right for you.

  35. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  36. A: I recently picked up a 1947 Presto record lathe and I have been doing some very limited run 7" records for local and regional artists. Very cool to take piece of music, EQ it specifically for this lathe, and hand cut a dozen records. Every one of them being unique. So cool!

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Terms Of Service

Master turnaround in 2 days. Up to 3 revisions. $20 per additional revision. $20 upgrade for 1 day turnaround. Required: Unmastered audio file in .wav format. -3 to -6dbs of headroom please.

Gear Highlights
  • Studio One 4 Professional
  • Slate Digital
  • Waves Audio
  • BrainWorx
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