Joshua Abelson

Mixing & Mastering, Production

Joshua Abelson on SoundBetter

I'm all about creating that perfect mix that knocks the socks off of the producers and writers; taking the song to the next level. I've been mixing down songs for over 5 years now and it's what I do. I've studied psychoacoustics and sound engineering, obsessed over what makes a hit a hit, and I stay updated with the newest and greatest techniques.

My job is to get a song radio-ready. I guide the music through tasteful psychoacoustic techniques used in all the top hit songs of our time and charge it with loudness and clearity.

How it works:

MIXING
Once I have received your project in the form of .wav files, I'll get to work on mixing it down. It will usually take between 3-5 days (per song) to send back a completed mix. You will then be able to send me your notes and I'll do two revisions to your taste.

MASTERING
Similar to mixing, once I have received your project in the form of .wav files, the turnaround time for a mastering job is usually 2-3 days. Two revisions are given.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Joshua Abelson
  • Anne Reburn
  • Anne Reburn

Interview with Joshua Abelson

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

  2. A: One of my first projects was actually a gig I got through Tinder!!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm currently working on a que of mixes. Each interesting and inspiring in their own way.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Not yet but I would love to reach out and meet some people that I would likely get along with!

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both are very important. Analog is great for it's sound and digital is great for it's easy of complexity.

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

  10. A: Whatever It Takes.

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

  12. A: I love making something sound better.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: A lot of the time I get questions about the process of making a song. I usually use the comparison of what it takes to make a movie; that there are a lot of different people with different sets of skills involved to make it happen.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I'm not a dj haha. Maybe in another life I was but in this life I sit in studios.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Not many to be honest. I find that the music speaks for itself in songs.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Some don't see the importance of getting songs mixed down by a profession audio engineer. I urge people to give it a try and compare.

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

  22. A: Haha I like this question. I would take an acoustic guitar, a piano, an AKG c414 XLII microphone, an Apollo Interface, and of course a beefy laptop computer.

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

  24. A: I was such a ditzy kid. I wasn't good at anything until I was put into band class in middle school. I held my trumpet proudly and eventually found myself reaching for a guitar, a piano, the bass, and eventually a laptop computer. i was thrilled to learn how much someone can do with just a laptop. It has been about 9 years since then.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I bend my style to what a song needs. Sometimes it's all about punchy, dynamic, loudness; and other times it's about gentle and honesty.

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

  28. A: Personally I recently would really like to work with Mike Posner. His recent changes in mindset is very humbling and I can really vibe with that.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: I have two. 1) be mindful and loving when picking your sounds and instruments; a good sound is only going to sound better. 2) be able to seperate in your head the mix and the performance. You can't change a performance, you can only redo it.

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

  32. A: I find myself working on a lot of different kinds of music from hip-hop to pop, or orchestral. They're all very different when mixing down and it keeps the job interesting.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I think my strongest skill as an audio engineer is making something into "ear candy." Creating a specific listenability that is addicting and deliberate.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I like to bring a certain sheen to a song that makes people really want to stop, listen-in, and focus on a song. Whether it's a driving bass line or an inspiring vocal hook, I want it to pop.

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

  38. A: After the initial mix I send it out to get feedback. I change anything that might need to go in a different direction then I start to get very detailed and finish it off. After sending it out and getting more feedback, I make any adjustments the artists and producers might want. I do this until the final mix is perfect.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I run two studios: one professionally acoustically treated studio in North Hollywood and a pro recording / production studio in Orange County.

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

  42. A: There are so many I stopped counting. Today there is so much talent out there it is easy to draw inspiration from the first song that comes up on spotify.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I mostly find myself doing the pristine mix down for customers. Every artist and producer cares about their finished product and I'm responsible for that last step in the process.

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The turnaround time for a mix is typically 3-5 days, plus 2-3 days for any revisions from your notes. The turnaround time for a master is typically 2-3 days, plug 2-3 days for any revisions.

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