"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/bedroom producers. I see a great opportunity for writers and musicians to record themselves with the availability of modern recording equipment. 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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I've worked with Daniel Busche several times now and never disappoints. He has always helped get my vision right and is super patient with constant changes and edits. Looking forward to working with him again.
Daniel is not only competent but also able to communicate well and promptly. His written communication is excellent, his enthusiasm is contagious, and it’s easy to feel understood. He can also balance serving the artist’s vision while maintaining his own perspective and attention to detail as a separate set of ears. I appreciated Daniel’s willingness to articulate what he thought served the mix and his ability to imagine my vision when it was different from his.
Dan took my humble recordings and carefully and lovingly brought them together into a final mix that exceeded my expectations. His dedication to the project and his ability to understand where I was hoping to land and translate that into the real thing are what stand out for me. Plus he's just a really nice guy and a pleasure to work with.
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: 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.
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: 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: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Generally speaking, analog for character, digital for "daily-driving" and transparency.
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: 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 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'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 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: What's your strongest skill?
A: Balance. An unbalanced mix, unless it's for effect, is a distracting mix.
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 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: 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 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: 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.