Ainsley Adams


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HI! I'm Ainsley, a 2x Latin Grammy awarded sound engineer, songwriter and producer who has worked alongside artists such as Adele, The Kooks, Train, Beverly Knight and Jesse & Joy. I now have a studio in Berlin and lead a small team that can provide all stages of music production across a variety of genres.

My first studio job was 20 years ago and I've been involved in the music business ever since. I learnt the bulk of the trade at Kensaltown Studios in London, where I worked as an in-house engineer / beat programmer and studio assistant for about 5 years. There, I was mentored by hit songwriter Sacha Skarbek (James Blunt, Miley Cyrus) and producer Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, James Morrison, KT Tunstall). Other regulars at Kensaltown were Jamie Hartman (Backstreet Boys, Rag'n'Bone Man) and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens). I got to work for countless major label artists, and on a very long list of projects.

I have since relocated to Berlin where I work from my own studio. This is a comfortable 2 room facility with adequate acoustics, piano, vocal booth, great instruments, plenty of cool toys and so on. I am mostly focused on writing and 'hand's on' production, but also enjoy mixing and mastering for select projects. I work with a small team and between us we cover all aspects of the music creation process. I am also interested in artist development, and work with various acts in that capacity.

Feel free to contact me for more information. There is a good chance I can help!

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6 Reviews

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  1. Review by Freddie Dickson
    by Freddie Dickson

    I have collaborated with Ainsley on songwriting, production, mixing and mastering i can safely say that it was a fantastic experience. His attention to detail is second to none when it comes to creating the perfect sound for what the songs require. His knowledge and experience really shone through during every studio session and his calm nature made for a highly enjoyable creative experience. Could not recommend Ainsley highly enough!

  2. Review by Charlie Grant
    by Charlie Grant

    In over 15 years of working full time in music I've been in the studio with many engineers and producers, and I must say that Ainsley is one of the very best. His commitment to going the extra mile to make things sound just right is incredibly impressive, as are the results from a sonic perspective. Ainsley has a depth of knowledge that I've rarely seen when it comes to every aspect of recording, and to add to that he is a very creative producer, editor and is going from strength to strength as a songwriter. He's also a lovely guy. Encouraging, supportive and a great laugh. Book him!

  3. Review by Charles Cleyn
    by Charles Cleyn

    I guarantee you'll be happy with the end result if Ainsley is on your team. Genuine, constructive, and engaged. Ainsley is able to pick apart ideas and put them into reality. Wether it's engineering or production I recommend Ainsley for your project, I'd be privileged to work with him again some time.

  4. Review by Jonny Wise
    by Jonny Wise

    What a guy! Ainsley is a fantastic engineer, passionate, kind, patient, enthusiastic and fantastic communicator - pretty much everything you would want a producer to be. A day working with Ainsley, is a day you won't forget!!

  5. Review by Rocco Tyndale
    by Rocco Tyndale

    Ainsley Adams is a great engineer. He is easy to work with and he is not scared to suggest edits on the mix to get the best possible master. He’s done several projects for releases on our label, Subtempo, and we are really happy with the results.

  6. Review by Thomas Juth

    It's always a pleasure working with Ainsley! He is real professional, a top-notch Producer and very easy to communicate with. Highly recommended :)

Interview with Ainsley Adams

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

  2. A: The challenge of creating a great experience.

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

  4. A: It's one of the smaller projects: a spanish band I developed called 'Zoo'. They were old friends of mine from the area where I grew up and just starting out. I wrote and produced 5 songs which went on their first album, and launched them as one of (if not the) most successful band in the Valencia Region.

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

  6. A: Unless it's a very simple job, it really depends on the artist's needs. It always starts with a conversation, and we make sure that people are comfortable throughout the process and leave with something they can feel good about.

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

  8. A: I'm developing an exciting new act from Canada. We're working on writing, production and mixing for 3 songs.

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

  10. A: Yes, my good friend Thomas Juth. One of the best mixing engineers around.

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

  12. A: Right now, I think it would be Sia. She is an amazing songwriter, has an absolutely astounding voice, and seems like a genuine, fun and easy person to be around. Plus, all her songs are hits!

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

  14. A: Yes, get a really comfortable chair!

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

  16. A: Mostly pop, with elements of electronic, rock and hip hop. However, I like to mix styles and experiment to find fresh ideas.

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

  18. A: I think Max Martin is a genius, and other big influences for me are Prince, Rick Rubin and Quincy Jones. I also love anything that involves Andy Wallace, Sylvia Massey and Steve Albini. To be honest, I have a lot of heroes in this world!

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: It's a comfortable two-room facility with a vocal booth, made to feel relaxed and inspiring.

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

  22. A: Music production, mixing and mastering. I prefer not to do all stages myself, because I believe having more ears on your project makes the outcome richer. Depending on each case, I will find the best way to get the required results, whether that is doing the work myself or delegating to other members of my team. However, I always oversee all stages of the project.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Intuitive and meticulous.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Mark Ronson
  • Diplo
  • Rick Rubin
Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha U1 Piano
  • Proac Studio 100
  • Genelec 1030A
  • Auratone
  • Hypex Amplification
  • UA 6176
  • Apollo x8
  • Fender & Mesa Boogie Amps
  • Juno 60
  • DSI Prophet Rev2
  • Model D
  • MS101
  • JX3P
  • Nord Wave
  • Fender USA Precision Bass
  • Guild & Blade Guitars
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