Recording / mixing engineer based in Los Angeles, USA and working with clients from all over the world. I mix with an emphasis on Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, Electronic and Alternative. Happy clients include Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Miguel, Melissa Etheridge, Wu Tang Clan and many more. Several Grammy nominations, bunch of Billboard chart-toppers.
I'm Lance Powell, a sound engineer based in Los Angeles. I spend my days and nights recording and mixing music for both major label, well-known artists and up-and-coming independent musicians. Genres from pop to R&B to hip hop to rock and back to pop again.
I have some Grammy nominations, gold records and #1 albums out there with my name on them but a happy list of clientele is the real testament to my people skills, work ethic and engineering standards.
I do both attended and unattended sessions with my clients. I have my own personal studio filled with carefully selected, high end equipment for when the budget doesn't allow for the 'big rooms' - absolutely zero compromise in sound.
I try not to do too much talking, and instead let my work speak for itself. But while we're shamelessly self-promoting.....
Grammy nominations include:
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream (Recording/Mixing)
Mali Music - Mali Is (Recording)
Wilco - Star Wars (Technical Assistance)
Great Gatsby Soundtrack (Technical Assistance)
Billboard #1 Albums:
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Melissa Etheridge - This Is M.E.
Mali Music - Mali Is
Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
Tank - Stronger
K Michele - Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart
Jennifer Hudson - JHUD (actually made it to #2 not #1)
Ledisi - The Truth
Gyptian - Sex, Love And Reggae
Jess Glynne - I Cry When I Laugh
Send me a note through the contact button above.
- Macy Gray
- Mali Music
- K Michelle
- Melissa Etheridge
- melanie fiona
- Wyclef Jean
- South Park
- LL Cool J
- Jennifer Hudson
- jess glynne
- Angela Hunte
- Rock City
- Slightly Stoopid
- Chris Brown
- Scott Storch
- Ghostface Killah
- 2012 Grammy Nomination
- 2014 Grammy Nomination
- Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
- Liza Minnelli
15 ReviewsEndorse Lance Powell
Lance was exactly who we were looking for. Very professional and created exactly what we envisioned. He was fast and provided valuable input that took our songs to the next level. We will be using Lance again!
extremely efficient and rapid and professional. hope to work with Lance again. ignore the other scrubs makin proposals, this dude's your hero.
I can't stress enough how key Lance's patience was throughout the process. As a first time SoundBetter user and as someone new to the professional mix/master world, Lance not only delivered in regards to quality, but in customer service as well. Taking my ideas/requests/questions and combining them with his experience to help reach my vision.
Lance was amazing!! He was kind, responsive, and consistently made me feel like my project was a top priority. He's very organized and his process is super client-friendly. He understood my direction for the project but also offered a superb ear and a great aesthetic of his own. He's extremely intuitive and often understood the sound w/o guidance.
Had an AMAZING experience with Lance, asked for 1 Hip-Hop record that needed to be mixed/mastered and he got everything I wanted down to a T! Super patient guy and the revision service was awesome! Would highly recommend to others!
Brilliant guy to work with! Got exactly what i asked for, amazing results.
Would Definitely recommend.
Best possible engineer I could have found. Especially for my first major project, he was extremely helpful and patient and me getting everything together when people that were supposed to be on the song pulled out, and I had to scramble to complete it. And him just being extremely cool isn't the impressive part, it the quality of the mix!
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 !!! 😊👍🏽
Lance is the BOSS MAN!!! In all aspects..
Great to work with, quick, and he brings your music to the next level.
A+++++++ Excellent turnaround.
Easy and great to work with. Fast turnaround and great communication.
Lance is a phenomenal and underrated, producer, recording engineer and mixer with years of experienced supported with his long list of credits. Had the pleasure and honor to work with him in several occasions, super skillful, very patient, easy to work with and knowledgable!!! Everyone loves him. This is not for amateurs but true pros who want to take their masterpiece to the A-list level without breaking your bank!
Being an effective listener is almost like having an out of experience because you really have to step outside of your own perspective to truly hear what’s being communicated to you. Some say listening is the key to success in any practice. Lance has mastered the art of listening and it allows him to really hear what a clients goals are and take them to the next level by exceeding them.
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.
Interview with Lance Powell
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen. I recorded and mixed this album and it became the most critically acclaimed album of 2019, and equal with Kendrick Lamar for the decade 2010-2019. Sonically it came out great, and I had complete control of the audio aspect from start to finish. I flew around the world to complete the recording sessions, and then the band flew to Los Angeles to work with me out of Conway Studios. It came out brilliant and everyone was really happy.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Hiring me is going to be really expensive. If you want to have a production that competes in Spotify playlists, label compilations, Youtube and on airpods and car systems you need to hire a professional that knows how to bring the best out in your music. You'll need to have a budget of course, but my independent musician rate not as brutal as one might expect.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Go with your gut, if you get any red flags then it's not a great start. Should be about the project first, money second. But if you low-ball or skimp on payments, providers like myself tend to put a little red flag next to your name so it's a two-way street! Also be sure to print a rough mix. Doesn't need to sound great, but it should sound as good as you can make it. This forms the blueprint for what comes next.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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 in New York City with many of the top talents. From there I got a reputation as a cool-headed dependable engineer that gets it done and gets it done well, so I've maintained a solid career since then. Moved to Los Angeles start of 2018 and quickly began working with the superstars out here. Put together my own mixing studio and have been keeping busy every since.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Whatever my clients want me to adapt to! My mixes are generally pretty bold - the one thing I do on every production is make it really jump out of the speakers.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds good it is good! Go with your instinct and don't second guess yourself, it's important to keep taking steps forward, not sideways and backwards.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recording and mixing quickly, and communicating well with people. Beginners or Grammy-winners I'm the same easy-going and focused person to everyone.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I make songs sound like records. Other than that I keep my personal opinions largely out of the way (unless requested to do otherwise) and let you make music.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually I turn mixes around pretty quickly, and open them up to feedback from the client. I'll incorporate any and all mix notes and keep doing revisions until everyone is thrilled. When tracking, 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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My personal studio is based around a Pro Tools rig running just about every plugin under the sun. I sum mixes through my Thermionic Culture Purple Bustard (16-channel high end tube mixer) then hit a Manley Nu Mu, Manley Vari Mu, Solid State Logic (SSL) Fusion and back to my print bus via a Crane Song HEDD 192. Zero compromises anywhere. For tracking sessions, I regularly work out of Woodshed Recording in Malibu, California. It's a lovely space (www.woodshedrecording.com). It's got a baby SSL, a ton of high end preamps/compressors/EQ's and a Burl Mothership for out I/O into Pro Tools HDX. We monitor through Augspergers and ATC's (as well as NS10's of course). Again, zero compromises on sound. My home setup includes a Pro Tools rig with all the plugins I use (UAD, Slate, Waves, Melodyne, Autotune, Fabfilter, Izotope etc etc etc etc). I have an Attack Wall system from ASC to get my acoustics absolutely spot-on (better than most high end commercial studios, no lie) and I use APS Aeon MkII monitors + Sub 12 and some smaller Genelec 8330's. I use the latest Apollo x16 for my outputs, and feed a Thermionic summing mixer followed by Manley NuMu and Manley Vari Mu bus compressors before hitting a Crane Song HEDD for my conversion back in. So I lose absolutely nothing by mixing at home as opposed to a commercial spot. When I do record or mix at a commercial spot I just take my gear in with me and use that anyway - it sounds perfect, it's reliable, it's better than what most studios own anyway, and I can take it home and recall mixes 100% to tweak further.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is mixing records remotely for clients around the world. I have a studio in Los Angeles that I usually work out of, but will often work out of commercial studios too. About half of my clients are from major labels and the other half independent. I enjoy working with both equally.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Every working engineer and producer pretty much.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Yo how much 2 make me famous? And I ignore them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: 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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You'll absolutely be happy with the final product. I take it too personally for one person not to be happy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both - whatever is best for the situation. If you are smart you can incorporate both and keep it moving quickly and consistently still.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: 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 my years in New York City I'm pretty well-rounded compared to many Los Angeles engineers.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lana Del Rey. Whether you like the music or not the productions and vocal work are absolutely on point. Last time I saw her she took down my number - Lana if you browse Soundbetter for some reason I'm waiting for that call!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Telefunken 251, a decent set of headphones, my rack of Manley's and my plugins.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Lots of stuff! Clients from LA, NYC, New Zealand, Netherlands, Russia, UK, Australia. All sorts.