Roy Merchant

Mix Engineer/Producer

153 Reviews (134 Verified)
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Do you need your track to be more defined? More thump? More sheen? Give me a shout...

I started my career in Soho’s early 90’s studio boom by cutting teeth on all things sample based and beat orientated. A great time for Hip-Hop and Dance music, the beginnings of our current flavours. In the late 90’s, after spending almost 18 months moving between London, New York and Jamaica,I decided to plant my feet firmly in Brixton, South London, where I went on to produce and mix a whole host of ground breaking UK Garage and Hip-Pop artists. A multi platinum Mixer/Producer with credits that span from Coldcut to So Solid Crew and Omar to MIA. With over 25 years experience I've mixed various multi platinum selling records. How can I help you?

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153 Reviews - 34 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Sean H.

    Excellent and super quick as always . Always a pleasure

  2. Review by Maciej S.

    another 10/10 collaboration

  3. Review by Maciej S.

    another day another slay. 10/10 work.

  4. Review by Cory B.

    It's my third time working with Roy and as always, he delivered a great mix on schedule and was happy to work with me to complete my vision. I'll definitely be working with Roy again in the future.

  5. Review by Enzo C.

    I with my band are ready to work again with Roy! He takes care of all the details of the work with great quality! See you soon for a new mix!

  6. Review by Enzo C.

    Roy is a professional who is responsive and fast, attentive to our needs. He completely satisfied all of our requests and brought our production to a higher level. We will definitely work with him again! Thank you so much!!!

  7. Review by Tom P.
    by Tom P.

    I sent over 2 albums (21 songs) for Roy to mix. He did a great job taking on some particularly tricky songs (with lots of parts, string sections, etc.) and applying my very specific feedback, and the results of the mixes were great. Would highly recommend!

  8. Review by Gregor R.

    Roy was a pleasure to work with. Good communicator. The first mix he returned to me was perfect. I look forward to working with him again.

  9. Review by Johan
    by Johan

    Roy mixed and mastered our track and we are very happy with the result. He addressed every bit of feedback that we had along the way and always told us when we could expect a new version. He's easy to talk to and we found the whole process enjoyable.

  10. Review by Brett B.

    It's my pleasure to give a very strong endorsment and recommendation to Roy. I contacted Roy with a mix and master job on my 15 track dark synth wave track. Roy's expert production skills and creative recommendations for really brought my track to life. It is accurate to say my collaboration with Roy has been the easiest with the highest quality production results. While this was only my first job with Roy I'm 100% certain I will be a repeat client. Trust the quality you hear on his demos!

  11. Review by Alex F.

    I contacted Roy to perform a critique of one of my tracks. He gave me very detailed and useful feedback about things that I should work on in order to improve the quality of the production. Communication with him was always quick and effective!

  12. Review by Gabriel L.

    This is my second time working with Roy and I'm just as happy as the first time! I appreciate his professionalism and the quality of his mixes. I think I found my guy!!

  13. Review by Jishuo L.

    Great mixer, would highly recommend Roy - always quick to respond!

  14. Review by Maciej Szkonter

    another great collaboration

  15. Review by Gabriel L.

    Working with Roy was a breeze! He was super professional, flexible, and he nailed every goal that I wanted out of the mixing/mastering process. It was the best mix that I ever received and I think I found my guy moving forward! I can't wait to work with him again and I would recommend him to any artist who is looking for a mixing engineer. You won't regret it!

  16. Review by Maciej Szkonter

    awesome work, communication , highly recommend. roy's a real g

  17. Review by Jake (hobomingle)

    Absolutely great experience working with Roy once again. Professional on all levels, great communicator and created an excellent product, as usual. Always looking forward to the next time we can work together!

  18. Review by SatNam5

    Roy tuned some vocals. Happy with the results. Thanks, Roy!

  19. Review by Eoin
    by Eoin

    Another stellar mix from Roy - he always knows how to make a track pack that extra punch with broadcast-quality mixing that booms, simmers and shines. A total pro and couldn't be easier to work with too.

  20. Review by martin l.

    This is my second time working with Roy. It's such a pleasure and am always satisfied with his work. I love the finished product of my song. Thank you!

Interview with Roy Merchant

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I use Protools as my mixing DAW and Ableton for programming. Hardware includes a N16 summing amp fed by an Apogee Symphony and AD/DA 16X. I have a few racks of analogue gear I like to process parts through.

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

  4. A: Import all the files at 48k then get a tempo and strip the audio so I can actually see the arrangement. Then I'll AB the balance with the ref mix so I'm starting where the producer left off, that's really important. I have some nice bits of gear, so sometimes I'll bounce things around to play with their harmonics and dynamics. There's a Phoenix N16 summing mixer that sits at the backend of my Tools session and returns via either an Alansmart C2 or Avalon 747.

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

  6. A: I love woking with Omar, he's such a great talent. Saying that, the material he hands over can be in a pretty bad shape sometimes. His "The Man" album was mostly recorded in his back garden and hearing what we managed to pull out of the sessions makes me smile. When I mixed that project we really captured his unique vibe.

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

  8. A: I'll put everything I can into your project.

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

  10. A: Mac, ATC 25a, Apogee Symphony, U87, DRS-Q4. Shame there's no power on the island...

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

  12. A: I started making tea in a studio when I was 16. Watched and learnt from many different engineers and producers. I was in-house at a studio in Soho, London, for 4-5 years then went out to Jamaica to record and mix a few albums. After that I engineered for a range of different dance producers and signed to a management company. This led to engineering and mixing for major labels. 25 years later and about 10 million records later... Here I am.

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

  14. A: Electronic.... Pop/Soul/Dance/Indi

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

  16. A: SOOOO many.. Massive Attack were and still are a huge inspiration. Mobb Deep had a great vibe and so did Dr Dre. Armand Van Helden's done a few decent tracks in his time too. Beck and the Dust Brothers have probably inspired many people without knowing. More recently, you can't knock Calvin Harris for consistency and pop sensibility. As far as mixers go Mark Stent and Tony Maserati have done some of my favourite mixes. As I said.. SOOOO many...

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

  18. A: I love hearing new tracks, hearing new ideas and new sounds. That said, the best part is seeing people stretch their creativeness.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Both... Analogue can add a harmonic richness and digital is quick easy and convenient.

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

  22. A: Beck.. I've always loved his vibe. Folk hop? The dirt, groove and colourful lyrics.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: Patience.

Swiss - Like This

I was the Mix Engineer in this production

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Terms Of Service

Mixing: 2 revisions;
Stems: $20 per stem
Mastering: 2 revisions

GenresSounds Like
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  • Bonobo
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Gear Highlights
  • Protools
  • Apogee Symphony
  • ATC SMC25a
  • Neve 1073
  • Neve 2254
  • Urei LA4
  • Wes Beta76
  • Avalon 747
  • Smart C2
  • Phoenix N16
  • Moog
  • MPC 3000
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  • Joe Meek???Jan 28, 2022

    On a whim I got a SC2.2 off Ebay... Why I hear you ask. Well, it's different I give you that. 

    I bussed a drum kit and put the LA 4 over it, not bad. Then used the Joe Meek SC2.2 as a parallel and WHACK. This thing will come in handy...!!!!!

  • New gearAug 17, 2021

    Just added the Wes Audio Beta76 to the studio. A fantastic rework of the classic Urei 1176. A beauty..!!!!!