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 like wetransfer.
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19 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jez Burns
Jez has really taken our song and elevated it into something much more compelling. You should absolutely work with him.
Best yet. Positively ready for prime time.
another great mix, and a process that was professional and painless. cant wait to hear what Jez does with my next track
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!!!
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.
Jez is an absolute star, he is super friendly, has a fantastic ear and really brings out the best in you. I thoroughly recommend working with Jez, you won’t sound better anywhere else!
Jez was amazing when I came to his studio to record my songs. He helped me get in contact with other musicians to work with on the tracks. He worked so hard on the arrangements and made so many improvements to my ideas. The finished product blew me away. I wouldn’t go anywhere else...
Jez is a one-of-a-kind, mastermind producer, engineer, mixer and composer. It has been a real pleasure working with him on a number of recordings in recent years. He somehow manages to meld an inspired creative streak with a huge amount of technical knowledge and is also able to draw on a wealth of experience as a highly successful composer and musician in his own right. In my case, he has helped to coach and hone my performances inside the recording studio, bringing the very best out of me as an artist, while helping to source other session players for my recordings.
Jez is a very skilled mixing/mastering technician and fantastic musician in his own right. He recorded, mixed and mastered my daughter Scarlett Andrews debut album and single releases, and had endless patience, gave great advice, and guided us through to the end result, which was perfect! To boot he is a really nice guy and nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend his expertise, and we will certainly be back again and again.
Jez has produced both of my albums to date and I absolutely love working with him. He has the most amazing ear, endless patience and always gets the very best out of my playing. Jez understands what I am about. He knows that I am a perfectionist but a nervous recording artist and yet he manages to put me at ease with his mature, calm and gentle persistence. Jez understands the difficulties of recording classical guitar ( my instrument). A review of my first CD by Classical Guitar Magazine said "the recording is wonderfully clear and warm ...a most successful recording " (August 2013).
I’ve known Jez for many years and can honestly say his creative approach to production has always been a source of inspiration. Throughly top bloke and a pleasure to work with!
Had the pleasure of recording, mixing & mastering with Jez on several occasions. Most striking about him, apart from his time served sonic prowess at the desk, is his ear – remarkable natural musical talent who can hear ones own ingrained imperfections & gently guide you to bring out performances you never really knew you had in you. Oh, and a great guy to create with & hang out with to boot.
Great Mixing and professional service highly recommend
Interview with Jez Burns
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Relaxed, receptive, polite, I pay attention to detail and value my reputation.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Being able to combine understanding of music composition and arrangement with sound engineering skills. I’m also very experienced at pitch correction of vocals and other instruments, which in ideal circumstances I aim to do completely transparently.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Just people who love what they do. I love working with artists who are willing to invest time into realising their ideas, and if necessary hire other experts to help them such as good session musicians, though I recognise that not everyone can afford to be extravagant and aim to work with artists to achieve the best results while setting realistic expectations.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I record artists in the studio or on location, taking care of the tracking stage, providing tactful 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.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I’m new to SoundBetter, so not yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be straight and try my best to set realistic expectations when I have heard a recording, and to understand that they are the expert when it comes to their music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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. If I felt after an initial listen that I couldn’t match their expectations I would let them know and refund any payments made.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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. 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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A spear, water filter, net, satellite phone and basketball.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: For clients - practice, record demos and listen back to them! For producers - the solo button is not always your friend.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An experienced ear for balance.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.