I'm a Kiwi sound engineer living in New York City and working around North America. I specialize in recording and mixing with an emphasis on pop, R&B, hip hop, electronic and reggae. My work is 100% guaranteed.

I'm Lance Powell, a sound engineer from New Zealand based in New York City (though I travel to Los Angeles and around North America for work a lot too). I spend my days and nights recording and mixing music for both major label, Grammy-winning artists and up-and-coming independent musicians. I also work in the touring world and spend time on the road with Wilco and Melissa Etheridge.

I record and mix genres from pop to rock to R&B to hip hop to reggae and everything that is thrown at me. I have a couple of Grammy nominations for my work and some plaques to go alongside them. I have a bunch of Billboard #1 albums to my name, though I particularly enjoy working with up-and-comers. I have set rates for individual studio days and individual mixes but if you have a body of work to get through I'll always figure out a way to make your budget work. Just get in touch and we'll get the ball rolling from there.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Lance Powell:

  • Raekwon
  • Raekwon
  • Raekwon
  • Slightly Stoopid
  • Wilco
  • Black Violin
  • K. Michelle
  • Mali Music
  • Shakira
  • Shakira
  • Tank
  • Tank
  • Ledisi
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Gyptian
  • Gyptian
  • Miguel
  • Miguel
  • Miguel
  • Macy Gray

Gear highlights

  • SSL 9000J
  • SSL 9000K
  • Manley
  • Avalon
  • 1176
  • LA2A
  • Tubetech
  • Neve
  • SSL
  • Neumann
  • Telefunken
  • RCA
  • UAD
  • Waves
  • Slate Digital
  • Soundtoys

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Ultra-professional yet friendly service. Super quick turnarounds, and the work is not finished until everyone involved is happy.

Reviews of Lance Powell

  • Listing_thumb_image4 months agoby Verified Review

    Lance was great to work with very professional and definitely knows what's he's doing . Would love to work with him again very satisfied would recommend him to others 5 star guy !!! 😊👍🏽

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Lance is the BOSS MAN!!! In all aspects..

  • Default-avatar9 months agoby Verified Review

    Great to work with, quick, and he brings your music to the next level.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    A+++++++ Excellent turnaround.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Easy and great to work with. Fast turnaround and great communication.

  • Listing_thumb_jae_da_writer9 months agoby

    Working with Lance was a sheer pleasure. He was very patience and gave professional advice when asked. He was eager to produce quality mixes at a second notice. I will be using Lance for various mixing projects in the near future. A+ Talent.

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Interview with Lance Powell

What do you bring to a song?
I make songs sound like records. Other than that I keep my opinion out of the way and let you make music.
What's your typical work process?
Whatever the client wants to do. I go by the mix-as-you-record philosophy. I'll happily print compression and EQ to Pro Tools and make commitments early on. Helps to keep the workflow moving and stops people from going around in circles and second-guessing themselves.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I prefer to work out of Platinum Sound Recording Studios in midtown-Manhattan. The complex houses studios J and K, the two rooms that it is most famous for. J has an 80-channel SSL 9000J and K has an 80-channel SSL 9000K monster. Both rooms are stacked with industry standard high-end gear and are a dream to work and mix out of. I have my own rig for mixing and doing edits, tuning etc. I'm happy to work out of any studio that has a decent monitoring situation and a nice microphone selection and signal chain. And good coffee. Most important part.
What are you working on at the moment?
Major label Non-Disclosure Agreements prevent me from answering this one sorry...
Analog or digital and why?
Both - whatever is best for the situation. If you are smart you can incorporate both and keep it moving quickly and consistently still.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
You'll absolutely be happy with the final product. I take it too personally for one person not to be happy.
What do you like most about your job?
Everything! Mostly hearing my work out there in the real world but I am happy to get out of bed each day and head into work.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Yo how much 2 make me famous? And I ignore them.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Hiring me with a big room is expensive. The hourly rate is a bit more than a newbie engineer in a small room but if you look at how efficiently things run and how much quality work you get done in a day then it's absolutely a money-saver in the end!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Telefunken 251, a decent set of headphones,
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Went to audio school, worked in studios and live sound, did some teaching. Dropped everything and moved to the USA and landed a gig with some very talented producers then landed a role at one of the top studios with many of the top talents. Been going about 12 years now since audio school.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream. Was the first major, major album I worked on and was within a week of starting studio work in the USA. Did a bunch of recording and mixing on it then heard my work on the radio when I next went back to New Zealand. Kind of buzzy.
How would you describe your style?
Whatever my clients want me to adapt to!
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Katy Perry. Whether you like the music or not the productions and vocal work are absolutely on point.
Can you share one music production tip?
If it sounds good it is good!
What type of music do you usually work on?
Bit of everything. I've got a background in rock and have spent the last few years working amongst some of the best pop, R&B and hip-hop musicians. Between my New Zealand background and New York City experience I'm pretty well-rounded.
What's your strongest skill?
Recording and mixing quickly, and communicating well with people. Beginners or Grammy-winners I'm the same easy-going person to everyone.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Every working engineer and producer pretty much.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I do all sorts. Tracking sessions from vocals over a beat to full band sessions. I edit performances, tune vocals, do whatever it takes to get a session ready for a broadcast-ready mix. And then I will do that mix. I can do basic mastering but I prefer to refer clients to a professional, specialized mastering studio.