Amano Recordings

Producer and Engineer

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Credits include Nathaniel Rateliff, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Martha Wainwright, Dawn Landes, Jim Campilongo, Laura Cantrell, Sex Mob, and Catherine Russell. I teach music production and mixing at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema in NYC.

I produced well over a thousand tracks for advertising as head of an original music company, for global clients from Volkswagen to Coca-Cola. As an artist, I released three albums with the band Wagon, and most recently produced the Davis Kathriner album "Losing Habits" featuring Laura Cantrell, Lauren Balthrop, Erik Friedlander, Tony Scherr, and others. This broad range of demands has given me a wealth of experience in genres from classical to hiphop to a personal soft-spot for Americana. And in turn, my approach to recording, production, and mixing has been to borrow from these disparate worlds whenever possible, to enrich songs with flavors from unexpected places.

Here are a few selected credits and my role(s):

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel "Are You Sleeping" (M, co-P)
Davis Kathriner & Laura Cantrell "Breakfast Table" (M, Mu, P, co-R, co-W)
Dawn Landes "Lifeline" (M, co-P, co-R)
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down "Old Lady" (M, co-P)
Martha Wainwright and Jim Campilongo "P.O.V. Waltz" (M, co-P, co-R)
Kelli Rae Powell "Please Do Not Go" (M, P, co-R)
Davis Kathriner "All My Time" (M, Mu, P, co-R, W)
Wagon "Anniversary March" (M, Mu, co-P, co-R)
Sex Mob and Catherine Russell "Poli High" (M, co-R)

M = mixed
Mu = musician
P = produced
R = recorded
W = writer

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6ugsaeoctEDYu6Ezf588xB?si=ZT5xz90tQju-8pVeHq3DOA

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

4 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Gilmore L.
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    Ben, delivered a really great mastering service and I am deeply satisfied with the results! Good communication and fast delivery as well! Highly recommend his services!

  2. Review by Gilmore L.
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    I contacted Amano after listening carefully to his material and the fact he's mastered songs for one of my favorite artists I knew it was the right choice! thank you for making my song sound even better than it already was!

  3. Review by Patrick Conway
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    Ben's creativity and attention to detail are unmatched! I highly recommend him for music production and commercial work.

  4. Review by Knud Riepen
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    I had a recent Gig with Amano Recordings and can highly recommend collaborating with them. My Gig included recording, mixing and mastering a cover version song for us. What can I say - Ben provided a five star experience. The recording studio is just wonderful and we had a great time being there, and felt in good Hands with Bens expertise.
    The communication was always quick and friendly even though we’re living overseas, and Amano Recordings was overall professional in every single step of the way. Definitely my fav when it comes to audio production and I can’t wait to book the next gig.

Interview with Amano Recordings

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

  2. A: J. Tom Hnatow for pedal steel and any and all guitars.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Only a general rule: analog before the sound arrives at the interface (from mic to preamp to outboard compression), then digital after (so we can manipulate in Protools and/or Logic). But welcome opportunities to break the rule.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Instruments: a piano and a guitar. Gear: UA 1176, UA Apollo Interface, Great River Preamp.

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

  8. A: If it sounds good in the room, it will sound good "on tape".

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

  10. A: Folk, Indie, Americana, Pop, Rock, Genre-agnostic

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

  12. A: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel "Are You Sleeping" from Songs From The Point! (M, co-P), Davis Kathriner featuring Laura Cantrell "Breakfast Table" from Losing Habits (M, Mu, P, co-R, co-W), Dawn Landes "Lifeline" from Songs From The Point! (M, co-P, co-R), Thao & The Get Down Stay Down "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly" from There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly (M, co-P), Martha Wainwright and Jim Campilongo "P.O.V. Waltz" from Songs From The Point! (M, co-P, co-R). M = mixed Mu = musician P = produced R = recorded W = writer

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: What's the cost? My fees are flexible, and depend a lot on the complexity of your project. I always talk with clients upfront to be sure we agree on costs for specific deliverables.

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: I have worked in the recording and music supervision fields for two decades, in advertising music, music production, and in higher education. Most of my training has been on the job, though I have studied audio recording at Webster University, San Francisco State University, and the Globe Recording Institute.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Laura Marling
  • Blake Mills
Gear Highlights
  • UA Apollo
  • Protools
  • Logic Pro
  • New and vintage mics include Neumann
  • Audio Technica
  • Sennheiser
  • Shure; Genelec Monitors
  • UA Plugins
  • Waves
  • Soundtoys
  • Altiverb
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