I'm passionate about mixing songs and vocals that POP. I've mixed vocals and songs for records on: Avex Music, Spinnin, Armada Music, Cloud 9 and more. I mix at some of the best studios in Hollywood. I pride myself on seeing and finding the vision that the artist wants, not just imposing my ideas on each production.
I've always been obsessed with the drama of mixing and the staging of it. I try to make my mixes reward the listener with unexpected drama -- clean, wide, and huge! In EDM and pop music, the way frequencies hit your ears is a big part of whether a track is "believable" or not, and it can make the difference between a big sounding record and just an average one. I also specialize in vocals, for example top lines mixed for existing beats.
I feel the same way about the sub frequencies. I spend more time down there than many engineers, and I won't rest until the foundations of the mix are solid.
I've also done hundreds of artistic radio edits for many of the world's biggest DJs, including a former world's #1 DJs and a "who's who" of the global elite. For privacy reasons I can't show these names, but if you're into EDM, you know them all! ;)
Please note that I audition projects before deciding to work on them or not, so I require a demo first before I will definitively mix your project. In short, not every song can get to the right level!
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Another awesome production done with Ross. Always great to work with !
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Ross is fantastic to work with. Great communication and an awesome collaborator. We have future projects lined up already. Thank you!
Ross is my nr 1 go-to mixing guy! I've tried MANY over the years, and he is my absolute favorite because of the pure joy he gets from mixing and sound. He will always go the extra mile for ANY client, really figures out what they want, maximizes what they give him, sometimes working absolute miracles. He is also incredibly fast!
Ross delivers professional mixes and masters, is reliable and communicates well. I'm very pleased to work with him.
Interview with Ross Palmer
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What records do you LOVE the sound of? What is your target with this release? What do you love about the current mix? What do you hate about the current mix? What would make you really happy when this process is done?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's not important, that it can't have a HUGE impact, that it's not a vital, artistic piece of a completed song, that there's no difference between a "record" and a "demo" in terms of major A&Rs loving a record. A mixed song ALWAYS does better in pitches than ones that aren't.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been DJing for 13 years, and I got my start DJing campus parties. I quickly fell in love with sound engineering, as I realized it was something VITALLY important that most people had/have no idea about. When you play records out live, you hear a big difference between the best and the worst sounding, even if the ideas are the same. How a record sounds is a large part of whether it's a hit or not. I learned everything I could, putting out music and releasing for other people and helping artists improve. I helped start one of the world's largest EDM blogs before moving to Amsterdam, where I worked at Armada Music (record label of Armin van Buuren). Two years ago, I moved to Los Angeles and continued mixing and mastering for clients. Many of my clients are Europeans who can't seem to get the "American" record sound.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: One Auratone, a Subwoofer, my Macbook Pro, Apogee Duet, GREAT headphones.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering, or just vocal mixing over an existing beat.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In terms of mix engineers, Serban Ghenea is the current world's greatest, and Bruce Swedien is the greatest of the previous era. Other heroes of mine in mix engineering are Manny Marroquin, Jimmy Douglass, and Phil Tan. Max Martin is a genius.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The client sends me a demo track showcasing the status of the mix/vocals/demo. I assess the amount of work needed and provide a quote for what they are looking for, along with setting targets together with the client. Once we have established a sound they are going for (using provided references), they client delivers the audio files to me and I start the mixing process. I send the first mix, and then we adjust as needed to suit the client's tastes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a critical ear, taking EVERY project seriously. I pride myself on not just applying a formula, but rather on listening to what each client wants for THEIR project and bringing that to life. I want to make each client the best version of themselves, so that they can overcome the technical hurdles in their way.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is mix engineering in general. I like phat American bass, and I like making the mix shine on a wide variety of playback systems.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop/Dance/EDM/Hip Hop
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Monitor in mono at low volumes to make your record pop more when it's loud!
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Honestly assess your situation by comparing what you have to commercial records. Understanding how far along you are in your life's journey as well as in your sound is very important. People need to be realistic about what can achieved if they record with a noisy USB mic in an untreated apartment, etc. We can work miracles, but garbage in = garbage out, so don't be unrealistic.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Yamaha NS-10 studio monitors (with matching Yamaha amp), Auratone 5PSC nearfields, KRK V4 secondary monitors, KRK 10 Powered Subwoofer, Apogee Rosetta converters, BAE 1073 mic pre, Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone, Mac Pro running Logic, Ableton, and Pro Tools. I rent major studios for larger projects to ensure top sound quality.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would like to work with Adam Blackstone -- genius amongst geniuses.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can we sound like [insert Billboard top charting artist here]? My answer: that depends on what you've got going in -- writing, arrangement, how well everything was recorded, where it was recorded and more. With the right factors, we can make a great sounding record. Without the right factors, we can greatly improve a bad record, but it won't be able to reach the highest highs.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Audio frequencies hitting my brain constantly.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to take each project seriously and to work on it to the best of my ability. I promise to work with them to make a satisfactory result, and to ALWAYS have the end game in mind.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. When you hear what Skrillex can do with just Ableton and his laptop, you really won't be so concerned about anything else. The ears and skills are WAY more important than the gear.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I would recommend Manny Marroquin as a top level engineer for those with a bigger budget. I recommend SoundBetter as a resource ALL the time!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A production/mixing job for a HUGE Chinese pop girl group.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was proud to work on 'Lelio' from Ayumi Hamasaki, because it sold over 60,000 physical copies in Japan and was performed at a stadium of screaming fans!