I am an AVID Certified Professional Mixing Engineer with 6+ years experience. I earned my BA at SUNY Oneonta majoring in Music Industry with a minor in Audio Production. I have mixed verses for artists such as Jadakiss, Bilal, Hoodie Allen, and King Zeus, along with mixing albums for artists such as Skyzoo, and Torae.
I have been working in the industry for a little over 5 years, getting my first internship with Sound Association in Manhattan. Through that studio I worked under producer !llmind and engineered sessions that he had with a handful of artists such as Hoodie Allen, FatherDude, Dave East and Smokey Robotic. Starting in early 2015, I also began engineering freelance at a studio/label in Brooklyn called Roseville Music Group, which is also owned by !llmind. Here I continued to network and started engineering with artists such as Jared Evan, Joell Ortiz, Emilio Rojas, King Zeus, Torae, and Skyzoo. I am the credited mixing Engineer for Skyzoo's album "Music For My Friends", and will be the credited mix engineer and mastering engineer for rapper Torae's upcoming album, "Entitled". Apart from that, I teamed up with Maschine Masters and am the mixing specialist for the site.Generally I can have a 1st draft mix/master back to you within 48 hours. Also you will have unlimited revisions, and if we are local enough, I can travel to a studio of your choice. If you are looking to get a song mixed AND mastered by me, please allow more time for turn around.
"Brian's greatest qualities are not only his ears, but his willingness to work with the artist/producer and makes sure both parties are happy with the final product" -FatherDude
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Reviews (13)Endorse Brian Temme
Brian is a great guy, first and foremost, he's very easy to work with! He stays in constant communication and his turn around time for the project was very quick! I highly recommend working with him he's very professional and made the whole experience very pleasant!
Brian came in clutch. i was on a really tight schedule and not only did he take the time out to get the mix done for me in time, he made last minute changes that i asked for. Also, Brian has worked with Roseville studios which is owned by !llmind-one of the most tedious producers in NY. Brians ear is impeccable.
Great communicator and precise editor. Respected timeframe and requests.
One word...lifesaver. Came thru in the clutch with quality work and the turnaround time was amazing! Can't wait for the next project!!!
I really lucked out with finding Brian to engineer one of my records! I will definitely be working closely with him as i put my project together. He is quick and does his very best to deliver every bit of quality that he can on the mixing/mastering side. Highly recommend him. Did i mention that he works with !llmind?! Thanks Brian, great job
It was a pleasure to work with Brian Temme. Service was extremely fast and he did exactly as asked with the song. Great Job!
Brian is great. The mix sounds great and he made all the changes we needed. I would definitely work with him gain. If you are looking to hire someone this is your guy.
An amazing final mix. Just what I wanted. Brian was patient to my requests and gave me as many edits as needed. I will definitely work with Brian again.
Incredible engineer. Very patient with his clients and makes sure you are totally satisfied with the finished product. Would highly recommend him for any engineering work you need done!
Great to work with, fast delivery and sticks to his word!! The mix sounds amazing and exactly what I was looking for, full, energized vocals but not overpowering. Looking forward to working with Brian again!!
it not much to say......brian temme is a excellent person to work with.....timed response, listens and good ear for music....just let him do his magic.....speak to you soon
We are a group of music hip hop French and African in Paris. It's been a pleasure to work with Brian Temme. It is listening, he listens, perceives the sensitivity and magnifies the. Still thank you Brian for your excellent work and your open-mindedness. Very soon for upcoming work.
We really enjoyed working with Brian. Throughout the course of completing our project, he remained extremely professional. He answered any and all questions timely, and really has a knack for mixing music. Not only is Brian an amazing engineer, but he also provided us with valuable information and tips that took our music to the next level!!!
Interview with Brian Temme
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My favorite project was most likely the Skyzoo album. I was the lead mix engineer for the entire album and was a really fun album to work on. A lot of cool features that I got to mix as well. The concept of the album was also really interesting to me.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I am working on rapper Torae's album, a project for Skyzoo, and a handful of individual tracks for various artists.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No there is not. But this site is definitely a great platform for both artists and producers/engineers. I would definitely recommend this site to my clients.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: For mixing, digital. For tracking, analog. There are more and more companies that are coming out with emulator plug ins that achieve very accurate sounds of their hardware counterparts. But at the same time, it is nice tracking a little hot on an SSL board and getting the nice color of the board in the performance.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You wont leave the job feeling unhappy about any part of your project. This is why I allow unlimited revisions. You are paying for a project; you should be happy with it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love taking new jobs and constantly hearing new music from either up and coming musicians, or already well established musicians. It is definitely enjoyable and rewarding to be able to a stamp on music that is brought to me.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When I am in studio with a client, I often get a question or input saying "Can you do this?" (describing some special effect). My answer is yes. As far as customers and clients I am not able to get into the studio with, I will often get asked what my turnaround time is. And it depends on what the track count is, but generally 24-48 hours per track.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I have met a lot of people who tell me that mixing takes about 1-2 hours. On average a mix (not including master) can take me around 5-7 hours.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask the direction they are looking to go in with their project. Any references of what kind of sound they are going in.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who is willing to work WITH you and not FOR you. After all, you are the creator and you should end up being happy with what you created, as should the mixing engineer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Tough question. And also dependent on if there are any other people on the island with me. I would say a guitar, some form of power source, my computer, Neuman U87, and an Apollo Duo.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started off interning while I was in college and networked a tremendous amount with artists coming into the studio. While I interned I ended up running sessions and taking on mixing jobs. I then became a common referral from studios for mixing jobs, so in October of 2015 I registered myself as an official business. That all started about 5 years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't have a distinct style. I think it is more important to be versatile and adapt to your potential clients style. I mean, I will still have my own flavor, but I am not going to mix a jazz record the same way I would an EDM song.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Anderson Paak, or Chance the Rapper. The both bring an interesting element of rapping and singing on their tracks and i think its an interesting and cool direction of hip-hop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't only surround yourself with your favorite genre. Listen to all different genres and take in multiple influences. This is what makes your own sound...well...your own sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip-hop is my main genre, but I have/am worked on projects in different genres. From singer/songwriter to jazz.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say bringing out of the ordinary effects into the mix and creating interesting textures otherwise not there to the track.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love attempting to emulate a warm analog tone in a digital environment. Over the years, there are a lot of digital plug ins that have done a great job at achieving the sound of their hardware counterpart. I think the subtle analog tone is important to reaching that classic hip hop sound that a lot of artists search for.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will generally start with drums when mixing hip-hop. Hip-hop is a very rhythmic based genre and the drums provide the underlying foundation of the rhythm of the track. I then finish mixing the instruments, then move to vocals and ensure they properly cut through the mix, since hip-hop is also focused on the lyrics and vocal.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I take advantage of multiple monitors and actually built a custom desk in order get a wider stereo image from my monitors. I run my audio through my Presonus Studio 192 audio interface at 192kHz/24 bits. The converters on the interface give me a clear sound from my monitors. I run Yamaha HS8s, M-Audio BX5As, and MixCubes.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Producer !llmind has always been inspiring to me. As far as engineering, Young Guru is very well versed and is a very good person to learn from.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Generally I work in the Hip-Hop genre. A majority of my clients are either rappers, or R&B singers.