Its not the Gear its the Ear

Vocalist, Mixing Mastering

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Hi everyone. Welcome to my Profile. My name is Nickolas and Im here to help you achive the best results for your music. I am a Vocalist, Songwriter and Mixing-Mastering engineer from Greece. I have been recording music and producing records for more than 20 years If you are looking to hire a vocalist or mix your track you are at the right place.

-Regarding Mixing and mastering:

My goal is to make the best out of your raw tracks and highlight your music's character. I want you to have a smile on your face every time you listen to your track.
I am confident to say I can make any properly recorded track to sound on a radio - commercial level and also sound great to any sound device.
Just beause it is difficult to describe music taste in words a reference track would be appreciated.

-Regarding Vocals.

People say that my voice sounds like Mark Lanegan, David Bowie, Johny Cash.
So if you are into this kind of warm,deep,emotional Vocal tone send me a message.

For better collaboration please either send me your song with raw vocals or an instrument that states the vocal line, lyrics or send just the instrumental track with lyrics. I can work out the melody and send a preview.

So regarding your project:
I will record
-lead vocals ,
-harmonies,
- ad-libs ,
-whispers (if needed)
-and any kind of vocal idea that sounds suitable.

-They will be edited, tuned,mixed and ready to use unless specified otherwise.
-Also I will work around the vocal line
-Im a mixing engineer so you ll receive mix ready crisp stems.

Looking forward for your next project.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Daniel Shemer
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    Great job

  2. Review by Paulo D.
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    It was my second project with Nicholas and it definitely won't be the last. It was a pleasure to work with him. His voice was what I intended for my music, but I was surprised at what his added to my song.
    He was also very understanding to finish the mastering, so that everything is in accordance with my intention.
    Good communication and pleasant person to work with.
    I strongly recommend.

  3. Review by Paulo D.
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    What a intense voice and a knowledge to bring the song to another level, in the small differences in the melody that made everything fit better and also in the quality of the sound. Is voice is loaded with meaning and the sensitivity and mastering and delivering music with superb quality.
    Truly grateful. I'm shure I work with him again.

  4. Review by Chris Piel
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    I gave my song to Nikotrip ( electronic down tempo ). The guitars i had recorded were really noisy and vocals were recorded from a low quality microphone so i didnt had high expectations on the result. He made my song sound like i actually went to a studio and paid for a proper recording. Really good mixing and mastering also.

Interview with Its not the Gear its the Ear

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

  2. A: Working on personal record,a few gigs,

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

  4. A: I can not stand bad sound. I like to make the best out of raw tracks and highlight the music charachter of each song. Mixing and Mastering music is my passion.

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

  6. A: I wound not know where to start from. I like the work of Portishead, Massive attack, Radiohead. A lot of singer songwriter acoustic bands. I believe that good sound comes primarily of good musicians.

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

  8. A: When it comes to mixing I like to listen to the song carefully to make sure that I understand what the artist has to say. I like to talk to the client before anything. Then I listen to all the tracks and start the procedure of mixing. In general terms, first I take out the bad stuff and then I bring in the good stuff.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I would like to let my reviews do the work on this. I like mixing as well as singing as well as playing guitar.

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

  12. A: Rnb, soul, singer songwriter, indie, aulternative rock, house, electronic, downtempo lo fi, jazz. Prety much anything that has been made with soul

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

  14. A: Tom Yorke because he has unlimited inspiration

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

  16. A: I have been playing with various bands as a singer,guitarist or sound enginnier for more than 20 years. I have been participating in bands of different genres and had a lot of fun onstage. I have been releasing albums as a DIY musician and also licensing tracks to TV series. Mixing and mastering is something that came up in he way, around 10 years ago. It was by far the best thing for me. I could then listen to the outcome of my own creations and gave me the freedom to do pretty much whatever I wanted with my music.

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

  18. A: My acoustic guitar, my portable amp, a microphone , a console with effects and a camera

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

  20. A: What gear I use. Then I describe them. Truth is that good ears matter the most. Gear comes after

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: Its not the gear. Its the person behind it.

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

  24. A: Clarity, energy, depth, roundness, balanced sound

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

  26. A: I like to have a 5 minute break every 30 minutes. This way the workflow remains fresh.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: I like emotional music that stands out of the rest.

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

  30. A: I think that it is important for a producer to be a musician as well.

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

  32. A: It is often hard to describe what you want. That is why I ask for reference tracks.

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

  34. A: To work with good musicians. I am greatfull for that.

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

  36. A: A perfect mix. Nice warm singing. Inspirational creative guitar playing and good communication. I keep working a song and provide a few different mixes. I want to make sure that the client is 100% satisfied.

  37. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  38. A: Both. Its one has its benefits. Again its the person behind the equipment.

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

  40. A: I see a lot of good mix and mastering experts. I would recomend M.L.I. He is very creative.

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

  42. A: Once I was invited to play guitar at a venue with a nine people band which included cello violin,drums and a lot of other instruments.. It was a complitely inapropriate venue for live performances. No sound design. It was supposed to be a theater but it felt more like an abandoned parking lot. Also it had flouded the night before. The sound was awful there beyond any imagination.The sound engineer of the venue could not be more careless so I decided to bring my gear and set up the sound from scratch. I told the sound guy not to touch anything on the console.Just enjoy the gig I removed all the bad travelling frequences that bounced in the venue. I had to do a lot of work to get the sound right. Compression, masking of instruments e.t.c Eventually we could not believe how good the sound was during the concert and how succesfull it was despite the last nights flood and that night's heavy rain.

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

  44. A: I can't find one

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GenresSounds Like
  • Mark Lanegan
  • Leonard Cohen
  • The David Bowie Knives
Gear Highlights
  • Rode NT1 mic
  • Cubase 8
  • BX8 speakers
  • U.S.A stratocaster
  • Guild acoustic Guitar.
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