Mark Willsher

Film Music Mixing

20 Reviews (14 Verified)
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Music Mixing for Film, Television, & Games. — Supervising Music Editor: The Hobbit Trilogy & The Lord of the Rings: ROTK, Paddington 2, Downton Abbey Movie — Scoring Mixer: Soul of the Ultimate Nation, 2009 Lost Memories, Aviator OST, Moom, Puppet Killer, Age of Sail — Music Mixing: Emily Jane White, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Howard Shore

Whether the budget supports a full symphony orchestra, a handful of players with samples and electronics, or samples only; I can help you realize your music's full potential - delivering mixes that will stand up whether played in a cinema, on a television, or on a portable device.

Formats available include stereo, 5.1, 7.1, 7.1.4, and Dolby Atmos.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

20 Reviews - 5 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by J. Adam Wesley

    Mark really shaped and controlled the sound of this project to be as impactful, clean, and effective. With a project that will be used exclusively for live sound he made so many accommodations and thought through how to make the project the most effective it cold be.

  2. Review by Tony Y.

    Working with Mark has been just great. Great communication and, something I felt was very important for this project, great imagination. - I'm not overly technical with my instructions, but Mark was able to quickly turn my ideas into reality. And the final mix is simply Top Quality. Highly Recommended! And thanks!

  3. Review by Jean-Miles C.

    Mark gave great advice when preparing tracks for mixing, shown a lot of patience and has provided a great result. I would recommend him to anyone wanting the best mixing available.

  4. Review by Gareth H.

    Working with Mark was a great experience and pleasure. Not only did Mark bring my composition alive through his excellent mixing and mastering technique and ability, but he was professional and input his valuable experience in a way which I can practically apply.

    I will definitely continue to look to Mark for my future requirements.

  5. Review by Surin Song

    He fully understood what I would like to pursue to achieve my vision in music, and every response as well as delivery was incredibly fast and clean. Absolutely satisfied to work with him.

  6. Review by J. Adam Wesley

    Mark is really great to work with. Very intuitive and so accepting of feedback. He delivers such a great product every time.

  7. Review by Alan M.

    Amazing mixing engineer! Will work with him again :)

  8. Review by J. Adam Wesley

    Mark is the best. 1) He is fast. 2) That speed does not waist his efficiency. His intuition is spot on. 3) He is a really nice guy. 4) Those credits mean something and you feel the wisdom gained through his experience in your tracks. I don't know about you but I want that in my music.

  9. Review by Surin Song

    Mark is an absolutely gifted engineer who has golden ears. He exactly not only knew how to make orchestral sounds solid and come alive, but carefully paid attention to all of my detailed requests. He's undoubtedly professional and I strongly recommend working with him.

  10. Review by Paulina Mil

    Mark is really great! Recommend to working with him.

  11. Review by ÄLLIE

    Mark got ears made of Gold. Efficient, very sensitive about details, wonderful tastes for how music suppose to be placed. I can sense how he's been enjoying in his profession and how he treats music like it's his own. I'll be thrilled to recommend him if anyone is looking for a professional work with beautiful delicate music tastes! That'll be Mark

  12. Review by Brian M.

    I would enthusiastically recommend Mark for anyone seeking professional sound mixing work. We had surround sound mix issues for a documentary, and Mark was able to solve our questions intelligently, professionally, and efficiently. Highest rating!

  13. Review by Michael M.

    Mark is a real pro. He made my poor sounding recording sound powerful and was able to make corrections I would never have thought could be done.
    He is a great communicator, very structured and quick.
    Highly recommended!

  14. Review by Jackie L.

    Response time and service exceptionally fast and efficient.

  15. Review by Delphia

    Mark is sincere, humble, and extraordinarily talented. He will take the time to lend a helping hand, and makes sure you are heard. I would not hesitate to recommend Mark Willsher for any project that requires a delicate touch and an astute ear.

  16. Review by Jason L.

    Working with Mark was a great experience! He is very knowledgeable and has a great ear. On top of that he works very quickly which is definitely a plus. I would highly recommend Mark for your mixing needs!

  17. Review by Emily Jane White

    Mark strongly enhanced the overall artistic direction of the material by sculpting a beautiful dimensionality, and by bringing out the dynamics and drama. His tremendous technical skill, musical ingenuity, and artistic sense helped my album reach its full potential. He is efficient and a good communicator. Overall a true pleasure to work with!

  18. Review by Jeff Grace

    Mark is extremely good at what he does. Knowledgeable and efficient, he also has great taste and a finely tuned ear. He's just awesome to work with!

  19. Review by Zach Johnston

    My composing partner and I worked with Mark on our second film. We are very new to film scoring so we still need a lot of guidance. Mark was not only great at his job - he took the time to educate us about the process. He cares about getting great performances rather than relying entirely on post and he puts story first. A true pro!

  20. Review by stephen gallagher

    Mark mixed some score cues for a recent film project that I composed for. I was working in Wellington, New Zealand and uploaded my audio files to Mark to mix, in San Francisco. We were on a tight deadline and Mark delivered a stunning job. I was overjoyed with the result
    His keen ear and enviable skill set took my music to a much higher level!

Interview with Mark Willsher

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

  2. A: If something is bothering you fix it at the time - don't assume you can fix it later.

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

  4. A: I would take no gear.

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

  6. A: I played trumpet and piano through college (BMus), which is when I got involved in recording. After college I did a year and half stint at the Banff Centre for the Arts as an Audio Associate working primarily on chamber music and jazz projects, as well as live concerts. Early in my career I had no interest in film music and just wanted to make records. Unexpectedly I ended up working on three film projects back to back in 2002 that took me as a scoring mixer to Moscow and Seoul, and as a music editor to Abbey Road (London) and New Zealand. After that I was hooked and realized that I loved working on films as much as - if not more than - records.

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

  8. A: I have found that the ideal way to communicate about music and sound with someone you haven't worked with before, is through examples; which will help lay the foundation for a common language. Without examples the same verbal descriptions can mean different things to different people.

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

  10. A: Can I get any demos you have, as well as conductor scores (if they exist)? and picture (when mixing for film)? I will also have questions about the story, and how you approached writing the music.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I would say the ability to step back from all the minutiae and see the bigger picture. Does the track make me want to listen - does it encourage me to lean in or to step away - is it conveying the artist's intention - is it supporting the storytelling?

MYSTIC - Main Title (David Long & Stephen Gallagher)

I was the Mixing Engineer in this production

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    MYSTIC - Main Title (David Long & Stephen Gallagher)
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    1M4 Helicopter Ride from "Moom" - Zach Johnston & Matteo Roberts (composers) Tonko House LLC
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    Excerpt: Menace Of The Army Wings - Howard Shore (Soul of the Ultimate Nation Soundtrack - Howe Records)
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    Excerpt: Do Ya Love - Michael Franti & Spearhead (Stay Human Album)
Terms Of Service

Prices listed are based on average complexity single tracks - full album/score projects will be discounted. All surround mixing includes full stems and a separate bespoke stereo mix.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lord Of The Rings Singers + Orchestra
  • San Francisco Symphony
  • Cypress String Quartet
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools Ultimate
  • Pyramix Virtual Studio
  • Neumann Surround Monitoring
  • Prismsound Convertors
  • Eucon Controllers
  • McDSP Analog Processing
  • Flux
  • Eventide
  • Fabfilter
  • Waves
  • East West
  • The Cargo Cult
  • Exponential Audio
  • Empirical Labs
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  • Cypress Quartet's Brahms SextetsJan 18, 2017

    latest release from the Cypress Quartet of the great Brahms Sextets
    (Opus 18 and 36), featuring guest artists Barry Shiffman & Zuill
    Bailey, has debuted at Number 6 on the Billboard Traditional Classical

    Produced by Cecily Ward and Mark Willsher - Engineered by
    Leslie Ann Jones and Mark Willsher.

  • Moom wins Best Animated Film at the Canada International Film FestivalMar 09, 2016

    Tonko House LLC's animated short "Moom" takes it's 1st award at the Canada International Film Festival. 

  • Moom to premiere at Cinequest San Jose March 5thMar 02, 2016

    Watch the trailer on Variety.
    A fantastic animated short from Tonko House LLC, with a beautiful and moving score composed by Zach Johnston and Matteo Roberts.  Thanks to Stephen Jarvis for providing his Schoeps MK2H/KA40 "Decca" tree set-up, and a set of GML 8300 mic pres.