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:
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.
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.
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Interview with Joshua Abelson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of my first projects was actually a gig I got through Tinder!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on a que of mixes. Each interesting and inspiring in their own way.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet but I would love to reach out and meet some people that I would likely get along with!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are very important. Analog is great for it's sound and digital is great for it's easy of complexity.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Whatever It Takes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love making something sound better.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I'm not a dj haha. Maybe in another life I was but in this life I sit in studios.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Not many to be honest. I find that the music speaks for itself in songs.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run two studios: one professionally acoustically treated studio in North Hollywood and a pro recording / production studio in Orange County.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.