Jez Burns

Mixing and Mastering Engineer

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Jez Burns on SoundBetter

I'm a recording engineer and TV composer with production music albums for EMI / Universal / Sony / Extreme with 25 years' experience. I specialise in mix engineering / rescue and mastering as a freelance service.

If you have a home recording you're struggling with, or tracks recorded in a studio you're not happy with, I can help, whether it's giving them the final polish with commercial quality mastering, a complete mix overhaul, or a bit of editing or vocal tuning (which I can do effectively and transparently). I work with all genres of music. From some information about your requirements, I can work out a quote for the job and ask you to send me stems (split tracks mixed from the same point), either by post on a USB stick / DVD or online via a service such as wetransfer.

Please look up jezburns in sound cloud for my full production and composition showreels.

Look up Si Clancy, Martha Bean and The Della Grants on Facebook for some examples of my work.

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28 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Andrew T.
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    Jez worked quickly and professionally with mixes that weren't in an ideal state, and the end result sounds much improved. Great communication too - I'd recommend.

  2. Review by Dan Radin
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    Jez knocked it out of the park again. He made a great, warm mix for a very earthy recording, and made some solid production/artistic calls on levels and omitting a couple of tracks. Not only is Jez a talented engineer, he's a tremendous communicator- which makes it really easy for you to get back to clients quickly.

  3. Review by Chris R.
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    Jez is amazing to work with, incredibly friendly, honest, communicative and super professional. He really knows what he's talking about, but also respects artistry and preference. He's flexible and goes out of his way to get just what you want from the music.

    Jez mixed and mastered my first EP, and I would DEFINITELY trust him with my stuff a second time. Amazing dude.

  4. Review by Jesse S.
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    Another tough one we sent Jez. Plus, this time I forgot to send some of the hand percussion tracks, until after the first mix, when Connie asked where the wood clapper was? There was an awful lot going on in the track with many simultaneously played harmony and unison parts. Jez somehow managed to make them all stand together as not one big mush. The guys great.

  5. Review by Jesse S.
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    As always, Jez is all aces. Thanks for the great mix.

  6. Review by Jesse S.
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    Jez continues to amaze and delight us. The copying that short drum roll from the middle of the song, and dropping it into the beginning really got this latest mix off to a roaring start.
    And so kind to chase down those revisions, for us to end up back at your early mix, which was so much better than all the changes we dragged this song through.

  7. Review by Jesse S.
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    This time we had Jez remix a song that we originally had mixed elsewhere. He turned the song from a loser to a rocking bruiser. The added organ really lifted the thing up. Yet again, Jez had gone above and beyond.

  8. Review by Dan R.
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    Jez couldn’t have been a better collaborator. He mixed and mastered a song we tracked in my studio, and we couldn’t be happier. He went above and beyond to address details in our arrangement, was extremely communicative, and turned out a great product. Will be working together again.

  9. Review by Jesse S.
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    Jez has really taken our song and elevated it into something much more compelling. You should absolutely work with him.

  10. Review by Jesse S.
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    Best yet. Positively ready for prime time.

  11. Review by Jesse S.
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    another great mix, and a process that was professional and painless. cant wait to hear what Jez does with my next track

  12. Review by Jesse S.
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    Best mix yet. While after 7 songs, Jez does have us dialed in, we keep throwing him curve balls. He has knocked them all out of the park, This latest tune "Partybox" is just so clear and crisp, yet full of grit and energy. I am so glad to have found someone I can trust to capture that lightning in a bottle.

  13. Review by Jesse S.
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    This was our 6th song with Jez. He really has a great ear, and no matter what curves we throw him, he always hits the track out of the park. We will be back for more.

  14. Review by Jesse S.
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    Review #5. Obviously Jez must be doing a great job on mixing and mastering my songs. or I would not have just completed my 5th one with him, and am preparing to send him more. The guy has great ears, and knows his way around his tools. This latest turn out great. I highly recommend having Jez work on your music.

  15. Review by Jesse S.
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    Jez is a consummate professional. Yet again went the extra mile for our mix. I am especially taken by the very in depth and detailed notes he sends explaining what changes/adjustments he makes. It really aides in figuring out what the specific issues in that mix are, and what might be done to bring the song up to its potential.

  16. Review by Jesse S.
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    This was our third time working with Jez, and once again the results are stellar. This time we had several complete changes in direction, based on our own evolving ideas. Jez, without cursing us out for being difficult nitwits, worked with us through a number of iterations, and in the end we have A REALLY GREAT MIX.
    So for a third time Highly Highly Recommend.

  17. Review by Jesse S.
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    This was round 2 with Jez, and he made our instrumental come alive. I was a bit difficult, making a number of tweaks, after the mix was already great, but based on my own crazy vision of the song. Jez was very patient with me, never letting on what a pillock I was being, and actually coming up with much better solutions for my desired changes.
    Once again HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND

  18. Review by Jesse S.
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    Jez is a miracle worker. I gave him lemons and he gave me back radio/spotify friendly lemonade. Not only was Jez very communicative, he was full of good ideas, and went above and beyond our expectations in taking our ok project, and turning it into a track that can stand up next to the great hits of the present and past.
    Highly Highly recommended!!!!!!!

  19. Review by Alex Thomas
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    Fantastic producer / mixer / musician / bloke.

  20. Review by Alex Van Roose
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    I have worked with Jez on a number of projects both as an artist (unsigned) and in a professional capacity (engineer/producer/signed band) and have always enjoyed working with him. He has an exceptional ear for eq'ing and his mixes and masters have always surpassed expectations. He has a depth of knowledge of equipment and is quick to spot mix fixes which have been invaluable to the work we have done together. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Interview with Jez Burns

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Two drummers, both incredible - Cosobatero in Medellin (who has drummed for a client I have worked with here), and UK session drummer Alex Thomas who I've known and worked with for many years.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Being able to combine understanding of music composition and arrangement with sound engineering skills. I’m also very experienced at pitch / timing correction of vocals and other instruments, which in ideal circumstances I aim to do completely transparently.

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

  6. A: People who love what they do, and just do it compulsively.

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

  8. A: Most commonly I record artists in the studio or on location, taking care of the tracking stage, providing feedback on performance and arrangement. I’ll then mix and master the project in an agreed time frame, communicating with the artist throughout. As an experienced composer, I can, if requested, provide creative input in terms of arrangement, composition and playing certain parts if this is something an artist needs help with.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: Apart from composition work for TV, I've recently been working with a great fun Californian band via Soundbetter called the Caliopians, mixing and mastering songs they recorded locally from multitrack stems.

  11. Q: How would you describe your style?

  12. A: Relaxed, receptive, polite, I pay attention to detail and value my reputation.

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: My studio is centred around a powerful PC running Cubase 10.5 and a comprehensive suite of plugins from Waves, Output, Overloud, Soundtoys and others. I have TB’s of current virtual instruments used in my composition and mixing work. Monitoring through ADAM P33A mid-field speakers. Outboard including a UREI 1176 compressor, GSSL bus compressor, various boutique mic pre-amps and mics including Telefunken AK47, Soundfield ST250, Neumann TLM106’s, Beyerdynamic M160s and others. I also have round-the-clock access to Yellow Bean Studios in Leicester for recording, mixing and mastering, UK, which has multiple recording spaces, a Neve Libra console, comprehensive set of mics and preamps from Neve, DAV, and TL Audio.

  15. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  16. A: To be straight and try my best to set realistic expectations when I have heard a recording, and to understand that my clients are the experts when it comes to their music.

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

  18. A: The album ‘When Shadows Return to the Sea’ by Martha Bean, which involved a lot of creative thinking to get the best results from a low budget, but also working with some amazing musicians. Highlight was recording a Steinway Piano using a valve mic preamp I’d built.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: I’m very fond of analogue, but digital production is so much faster and more precise. Where possible I try to combine the best of both worlds.

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

  22. A: Listening to a finished mix that I’m really happy with and knowing I helped make it sound good, but not always knowing quite how. Happy customers!

  23. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  24. A: Working out how long to book / set aside for a project is a common (understandable) concern. I usually say as a very rough guide, for a good quality job, a day per song plus two days mixing / mastering (work not actually divided along these lines). Quicker is possible, but then more is in the hands of the artist and luck to determine the results. I’m sometimes asked if I can help with composition and arrangement - say if an artist approaches me with lyrics, a melody and some chords but no way to realise this as a fully-produced song. I’ll answer that due to the time and cost involved, I will only take on this kind of work if I know I can do a really good job on it.

  25. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  26. A: I haven’t really encountered many misconceptions. Perhaps occasionally that badly performed / recorded vocals can be made to sound good with pitch correction. Sometimes clients can not set aside enough time for the mixing process, not necessarily understanding everything involved. I encounter more misconceptions amongst people who do my job though!

  27. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  28. A: I’d start by asking what they’re looking for, if they have not already specified. I’d then ask them to send me what they have if mixing / mastering, and chat from there about their requirements.

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

  30. A: Listen to the work of anyone you’re looking to engage - you’ll know if you like it or not. Check for a range of work and what they say their role was in it. Check out reviews for reliability. Fees aren’t always a good guide to quality - some very experienced engineers / producers will set fees low to get a foothold in the online world, while some with more self-belief than skill will charge a lot.

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

  32. A: For remote mixing and mastering work, communicating with the client about their specifications and time frame; receiving the tracks; creating projects if necessary; listening - getting an overview of what I’m working with; using basic processing to create a basic monitor mix, so I can hear the strong points and things that might need more work; zooming in on things that need specific attention such as pitch correction / editing, transient shaping and EQ; zooming back out more frequently as I work through the tracks to hear how it’s shaping up as a whole; preparing the final mix, stems and alternative versions of necessary; mastering (using reference tracks if provided / requested), communicating with the client to check if there are any aspects that need more attention / revision; providing completed mastered and unmastered mixes in requested file formats.

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: A spear, water filter, net, satellite phone and basketball.

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

  36. A: Over 20 years now. My production work has led to useful skills in composition of music for TV and vice versa. Most of my work has developed through word-of-mouth.

  37. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  38. A: The band White Denim - there’s so much interesting stuff going on in their music, and they manage intricacy in their production without anything sounding laboured.

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

  40. A: For clients - practice, record demos and listen back to them! For producers - the solo button is not always your friend.

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

  42. A: All types. I’ve worked with rappers, mixed and mastered EDM, recorded and mixed classical, choral and religious music. I like working with heavy rock bands as I like the energy in the music. I have composed a lot of pop and neo-classical styles for music libraries like EMI, Extreme, DeWolfe and Universal.

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

  44. A: An experienced ear for balance.

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Terms Of Service

Mastering: 2 revisions. Mixing, 2-3 revisions offered within reason. Will be realistic about expectations. Turn around time max 1 wk for mastering, mixing dependent on job but max 1 week for vocals.

GenresSounds Like
  • James Blunt
  • Kings of Leon
  • Madeleine Peyroux
Gear Highlights
  • ADAM Monitors
  • full suite of cutting edge plugins
  • vintage Urei compressors
  • Neve Libra console in studio
  • access to top musicians.
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