I'm a mastering engineer / producer / crazy sampling scientist based in Sweden / Berlin. I love making tunes and making em shine for other people. mastering.niclaserlandsson.com
I’m a mastering engineer & techno producer from Sweden. I’ve been producing and mixing music for roughly ten years. During this period I have received tutelage in mixing and sound design from pioneers such as Appleblim and Robin Koek (Artefakt) at dBs music Berlin. Here I also began studying the subtle art of mastering under the wings of renowned engineer Conor Dalton, and later on my friend Mattias Fridell.
Under the mentorship of these engineers I decided to break out and try mastering full time, and had the privilege of being offered a position as in-house-engineer at Elektrax Music. I can’t wait to work on your music!
I’m on a lifelong quest for better sounding audio, I apply this methodology in all my musical endeavours. This quest is also the reason why I offer free revisions on all my masters.
There’s one tool only that matters when mastering: our ears. But they are not perfect, which is why I approach mastering with a humble outlook. I want you and me to work together to make your music sound as good as it possibly can. I will provide free advice on your mixes before we start working together.
Subjected (PFTA), Orion, Vinicius Honorio, Sandro Galli & DJ Ogi, Speedmaster Records, Gynoid Audio, United We Stream, Chlär, Raw Ppl Agency, Lex Gorrie, Kaiser, The Plant Worker, Insolate
Get in touch for a free mix consultation, hope to hear from you!
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Interview with niclas erlandsson
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: About a year a go a mastered an album for Subjected (PFTA), which is still unreleased. But it was my first major project and it turned out awesome. Me and Subjected had a sitdown together in a mastering studio at Funkhaus, Berlin. He had goosebumps when we listened to the masters!!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm waiting for an EP by Lex Gorrie. Also building some acoustic panels which I'm selling to clients.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Absolutely, Conor Dalton is an incredible engineer. If not him, Mattias Fridell is the way to go!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Sorry, the world is not black or white. Everything exists in grey-areas, so does this "analog vs digital" debate. Frankly I'm tired of it. Both can sound amazing in the right hands (or ears, really)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll be happy with the result. Free revision endlessly!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom and interaction with clients
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "How loud should my premaster be?" I usually answer somewhere around -6dBFS is fine.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: No idea!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: "Do you have a reference track?"
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let me know exactly what you want / need! Communicate openly and we're gonna make wonderful things together
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Analog Rytm, Focal Solo 6, Octatrack, Apogee ensemble, ableton
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing guitar at 10, production at 20 and mastering roughly 2 years ago.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I let others do that, no need to put any labels on my music or my mastering.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: DAVE the Drummer & Detroit Techno Militia. Do I really need to explain why?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make mistakes constantly - and learn from them. Fuck up, redo, learn!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly techno and other electronic music!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Careful consideration, attention to the small things that make a big difference, that extra wow thing
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen, adjust, listen, listen, listen, adjust
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm currently on the Focal Solo 6 speaker, tonnes of acoustic treatment, mainly from GIK. Some other toys are: Analog Rytm, Digitakt, tb03
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: My friend and mentor Mattias Fridell is a big role model for me!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a mastering engineer - meaning my role is to make the final adjustments before the release on a track, an EP or album. This usually involves careful adjustments with EQs, compressors, limters and other useful tools, making your tunes sound as dope as they possibly can!