"Don't fix it if it ain't broken". A motto for mechanics and mix engineers alike. I specialize in working with DIY Home Recorders...A.K.A. bedroom producers. I see a great opportunity for writers and musicians to record themselves and seek the services of a professional mixing engineer. I would love to help bring your tracks across the finish line.
Hi – I’m Daniel Busche. My goal is to take the tracks that you’ve recorded yourself to the next level. I have been working in the audio industry for 7 years now. In that time, music has grown me beyond what I ever expected. I have played many roles in music from live sound engineer, to session drummer. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about each facet of this amazing medium we get to work with; sound.
What I love more than anything is seeing the smile on a client's face when they hear their song coming out of the speakers exactly the way they intended it. I'm blessed to have experienced this many times throughout my career and I join SoundBetter to continue dr
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LOVED working with Daniel. I came to him without a clear vision of how I wanted my song to sound, and he helped with that and then some. Recording sessions were a blast and loved seeing the song come to life more and more. He knows his stuff. He kept me updated with every mix with lots of flexibility if I wanted anything changed. Great rates for a great product. Highly recommend it.
Interview with Daniel Busche
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often I am asked to produce, record and mix music for my clients. This always becomes collaborative and results in my playing drums or percussion on this music.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine for his devotion to the craft by any means necessary. From designing consoles to accessories, to consulting Avid in creating a better Beat Detective for Pro Tools, he gets the job done musically.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use a combination of world-class audio software and hardware from brands like Adam, Universal Audio, Fabfilter, Waves, Slate Digital, Native Instruments and many more.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Open discussion until I'm sure I understand the project and it's vision. Then comes rough mixes, more communication, and then final mixes delivered.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Attention to detail, focus on what matters in a song, the ability to pull out what makes each song special.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Balance. An unbalanced mix, unless it's for effect, is a distracting mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly music falling under the umbrella of "Rock", but this can range from quiet indie acoustic to slamming pop tracks featuring guitars and acoustic drums.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Everything is about perspective. You cannot possibly churn out your best work if you've lost your objective ear and that begins to happen after your first listen...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Mandolin Orange. Their musicality and sincere songwriting paired with their unbelievable skill in crafting parts and layers is a skill hard to come across.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am pretty laid back. I try to "major in my majors and minor in my minors". For example, if I spend 2 hours eq-ing a tambourine track, but the vocal tone sucks, I've just wasted time, energy, and ear focus.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started in audio as most do, in a crappy high school band. Faced with a need to record our originals, I bought (my parents bought) me my first two-channel audio interface. Using this interface, I was able to begin experimenting with sounds and started into theatrical live sound. Out of high school, I continued into a full time live sound and now spend more time in the studio.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Gear is a funny thing. Sometimes it's the only thing that'll get ya there and other times, the cheapest option is the best option. It just depends. If I had to pick 5 pieces of gear for a desert island trip, it would probably look like this: 1. Laptop 2. Two-Channel RME Interface 3. Neve 1073 (can I have a pair? :)) 4. Pair of Neumann TLM103's 5. Adam A7X Monitors
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If you're the songwriter, you've got enough to worry about between lyrics, music, arrangement, tracking, tone-shaping, and performing. It is possible and even preferable to record transparently with affordable equipment, leaving the heavy-lifting for a professional if you're not confident in your technical abilities. This leaves you to focus on the aforementioned aspects of the production. That is the greatest advice I can leave you.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to get to know the prospective client. I find that I learn just as much about a project by simply learning about the person as I do asking about the project and the vision. I like to start there.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There's no "magic" about it. There's no magic vocal chain to top the charts and there's click-of-a-button to sound better. Each and every mixing decision requires careful attention to detail and the end product.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I'm often asked what services I provide. I do provide all kinds of services such as remote drum tracking and editing, vocal editing and tuning, production, arrangement, tracking and mastering. As enjoyable as all of these things are, I find the most joy in mixing a track and being able to take good to great and is what I'm most passionate about.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Getting to be creative and being able to collaborate with all different kinds of peoples in different walks of life.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will experience your tracks put in the best possible light. If you're not happy about it, I want to talk about it and figure out where the bottleneck in the process is and work on that together.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Generally speaking, analog for character, digital for "daily-driving" and transparency.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: J.R. McNeely is one of my all-time favorite mixers.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on a full-length with a friend of mine as well as finishing up a 4-song EP with a couple of long-time repeat clients! Exciting things in the works.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: This EP I'm currently wrapping up, "The Indiana EP" with Jon Henry and Thomas Austin is very special to me. It was a joint effort by two brothers and I'm so humbled to be brought into the project. I am proud of the work are putting out and cannot wait to see where it takes them.