Brian Malouf

Mixing & Mastering Engineer

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Multi-Platinum Mixing Engineer. Top 5 records in 4 decades spread over several charts, traditional and streaming. 16 years of experience as a major label A&R executive, I listen and mix with competitive ears. I specialize in getting the vocal right. To me this is the most important and lacking element with most producers and mixers today.

Brian Malouf is a multi-platinum American producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with acts such as Michael Jackson, Queen, Sabrina Carpenter, Andy Grammer, Mic Lowry, Cage The Elephant, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews Band, Tokio Hotel, Wolfmother, and All Time Low. Also serving as an executive at several major record labels over the years, his work has amassed a total of 53 gold, platinum, and double platinum records to date.

Malouf grew up in Los Angeles, playing drums from a young age. In high school he experimented with instruments such as the trombone and upright bass, writing for the school's big band, but he returned to his percussive roots.
By 1990, Malouf had risen to the top of his field as a mix engineer, and continuing to grow his high-profile clientele list. In 1994 Brian was offered the position of vice-president of A&R at RCA Records in New York, where he remained for eleven years while continuing to mix and produce. Working for various labels over the years as a consultant and senior A&R executive, including a 3-year run as the VP of A&R at Walt Disney Records, he now owns Cookie Jar Recording in Sherman Oaks, California.

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Interview with Brian Malouf

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

  2. A: Lit "A Place In The Sun". I mixed it and it has held up. Everclear, Eve 6 and The Verve Pipe - I was on a roll...

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

  4. A: Tribe Friday (Sweden) Mixing.

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

  6. A: No.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. Workflow.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: That I won't stop till you're happy.

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

  12. A: The music.

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

  14. A: When can you do it? When do you need it?

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That the more tracks, the harder it is to mix.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Do you like the rough?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Hire me if you're looking for a better vocal sound/presentation.

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

  22. A: Computer, speakers, Neve channel strip, Elam 251, Focusrite RED 3 Compressor/Limiter.

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

  24. A: Musician, Engineer, Mixer, Producer, A&R Executive, Producer|Mixer, Educator. 40 years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Transparent.

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

  28. A: Post Malone. Or Coldplay. They're the best songwriters.

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

  30. A: Use dynamic eq. Almost all the time.

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

  32. A: Rock, pop.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Getting the groove right and vocal sounds.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: A bight white spotlight on what is good, and a tasteful hiding of what is not.

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

  38. A: Receive files, do the add'l production work, mix, get notes, mix some more, get final notes, do final mix and master. 2-3 days.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Professional, tuned mix room with ProTools Ultimate and DControl Surface. B&W, Yamaha Speakers, tons of outboard and plug-ins.

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

  42. A: Ian Kirkpatrick, Greg Wells

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

  44. A: Final mix and Mastering, but often times Add'l Production, Mix and Master.

Terms Of Service

75% upfront, two rounds of notes, 25% upon completion and delivery of final version.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lit
  • All Time Low
  • Dirty Heads
Gear Highlights
  • Compressors: FOCUSRITE
  • TELETRONIX
  • EMPIRICAL LABS
  • DBX
  • UA
  • MANLEY
  • TC ELECTRONIC FINALIZER. Desk/Controller: D-Control (ICON). Every single Plug-In made by: UAD
  • Waves
  • Plug In Alliance
  • Sound Toys
  • Fab Filter
  • Sound Radix
  • Lexicon
  • McDSP
  • and more
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Multi song discounts; Mastering discounts