Mixing and mastering engineer based in DK. 3 years of education as an audio engineer from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, along with 8 years of experience as a touring musician and audio engineer. A wide variety of collaborations with Danish and international artists, spanding from classical and folk to electronica and indie.
Primarily I work as a mixing engineer, in my studio in Copenhagen.
I have 3 years of education as an audio engineer (Tonmeister) from the Royal Danish Academy of Music, which has given me loads of experience with mixing and recording all kinds of acoustic instruments, and large orchestras, so there is probably only a handful of instruments left in the world that I haven't worked with before.
I also have an extensive list of mastering work behind me and some top quality analog hardware to give the mix the final push in the audiophile direction.
Along with mixing and mastering, I also have experience with creating sound design for albums and TV-series. When I create sonic landscapes I really try to "get personal" and use a variety of different instruments, vintage tape machines and pedals to create something that is different from more digitally based creations.
Finally, I also have a lot of experience as a touring and recording musician, primarily as a guitarist/bassist, so I am also very open to adding some nice guitar lines og steady and groovy bass to your track, if that sounds interesting to you. My style of playing is in the Jonny Greenwood / Johnny Marr kinda way.
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Interview with Sebastian Vinther Olsen
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was the recording an mixing engineer on an album called "Ind I Evigheden" by the Danish/Italian songwriter Marc Facchini. The entire album was recorded without any overdubbing and there was a huge variety of instruments, including strings, percussion, organs, horns and woodwinds. After the recording I also did a lot of post-production and sound design in collaboration with the producer of the record, Neill Furio, so I am very proud of the blend of great acoustic performances and weird electronic soundscapes.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on an album project with a Swedish songwriter. It is going to be an album with a very cool blend of great lyrics and quirky and surprising production elements.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I am new to this platform, so I can't recommend anyone yet :)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. With regards to sound quality in general, you can't beat analog hardware in my opinion. To get the right tonal balance of an instrument or a voice, I will almost always use some kind of analog eq or comp at one point. However, when it comes to inventing new sounds and adding to the personality of a project, the digital domain gives you total freedom to experiment and be creative.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to my clients is, that I will leave no stone unturned when it comes to making the most out the project, whether it be mixing, mastering, sound design or anything else, really :)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I believe that arts and culture are fundamental to our wellbeing as humans, so I love the fact that I get to contribute to all the great music that is being created. AND, it gives me a kick when I am in the studio and I really feel a production starting to come together and get a life of it's own.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Jazzmaster, Roland RE-201 Space Echo, Coles 4038 ribbon mic, Revox A77 tape recorder and an extra Roland Space Echo ;)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a musician. I have been playing the guitar since I was 8 years old and in 2011 I started touring and recording as a musician full time. In 2014 I started recording demoes for the band I was playing in and then I slowly moved on to mixing and recording for clients from the Danish upcoming scene. From 2016-2019 I was enrolled as an audio engineer student at The Royal Danish Academy of Music and I have been working in my own studio with recording/mix/mastering for 4 years now.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with mixing a production or recording by Tame Impala or Beach House. I think I would be able to add a little bit of grit to the sound, to give it another dimension.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Preparation and understanding of the client is key to a good production.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my work is in the indie/acoustic genre. But I also work a lot with classical music and sound design, so there is quite a lot of variation in what I do.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: When mixing, my strongest skill is my ability to bring clarity and focus to the mix, leaving no parts or instruments inaudible or covered.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Attention to detail and personality.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It is very different because a lot of the projects I work on are very different. One important thing for me though, is to always take the time at the beginning of a project and get a good understanding of what the client is looking for, so we're working in the same direction.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is based around my RME interface and a pair of Adam A77X speakers. Along with that I have a long list of plugins and some top quality analog hardware (API,SSL,)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Radiohead and Nigel Godrich have been huge inspirations for me, both with regards to songwriting, production and sonic tastes. I am also a big fan of how Tame Impala has reinvented the indie-sound and shown that having a killer sound doesn't have to mean you can't have quirks and personality.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most of my work is mixing or mastering of recordings or productions made by my clients. I also do a lot of live sound and concert recordings.