I specialize in mixing and mastering for Electronica Pop, Indie Rock and Folk bands/artists. If you sound like these bands I can help you make your recordings incredible: Maggie Rogers, Vampire Weekend, Connor Oberst, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, alt-J, The Head and the Heart, The Killers, Angel Olsen, Lucy Dacus, Men I Trust, Big Thief, Grimes, etc
I offer to Mix and Master not just singles but entire albums. There's actually nothing better to me than the feeling of hitting "send" on a completely finished album.
I opened up my studio, Marmalade Music, in spring of 2018. I am by trade a Mixing Engineer and love mastering albums as well. I started recording in fall of 2006 specializing in Punk, Punk-Rock and Emo (yep, those were good days). Over the years I've navigated myself towards with a lot of female fronted electronica groups, folk bands and singer-songwriters of all kinds, and a very wide variety of Indie Rock groups.
If your album/single has layers and you're nervous about how to figure out how to make them all fit in the song without overpowering it, I'm your guy. I can make room for anything without compromising the integrity of the other channels.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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I am not a talented singer or songwriter... However, every year for my wife's birthday I have Chris help me write and record a song. He's an absolute miracle worker! He makes it sound like I'm a half decent singer (which I'm definitely not). He has an amazing ear. He knows what will sound good and he knows how to make it sound good. He's beyond talented at sound mixing. On top of that, he's an amazing song writer. The lyrics he helps me write put my wife to tears every year.
Interview with Marmalade Music
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on a Singer-Songwriter's album that turned out to do very well. I had the ability to and freedom to make judgement calls and worked on the album as a partnership role as opposed to just a contractor and it made the album 10x better in my opinion.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A fantastic singer-songwriter's album and a Dream-pop artists EP
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog and digital as needed. I love the life that analog brings to tracks and mixes. Digital only can leave a mix lifeless imo.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will love what I return and feel confident in your next step for the music
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing fantastic music and being able to be a part of great albums in the making
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is this your only job? - Yes What do you expect from me? - Give me references and give me feedback! We are in a partnership during this.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can turn a crappy recording into a high-end sound
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Why are you creating music? (Is this a hobby or an attempt to make a living) What are your plans for the album/single once you receive the finished product? (Will you be marketing it, touring, or looking for licensing)
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a vision and references in mind for how you are wanting your track to sound. And be aware that the Mix can only be as good as the quality of recordings/production given to me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1079 preamp, API 2500 Compressor, Pultec Pro-Legacy EQ, AKG BX 20 reverb, Ampex Tape Saturation
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been mixing and mastering as a hobby since 2004 and moved into professional in 2017.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My mixing style definitely has roots in the New York style (I'm a fan of parallel compression)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with a number of Indie and Punk female led groups because that is my favorite music to listen to.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure. Don't be afraid to use Mid/Side EQing on individual channels, buses or even the entire mix. Using a Low/High shelf to reduce the low range on the sides and the highs on the middle channel can do wonders in creating a more compelling mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Indie, Punk, Electro-Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Listening and hearing what is missing. For example, I hear the spaces that could be filled with a short delay from the vocals, or a bump needed on the mid-range instrumentation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Oomph, EQ balance, Refined stereo imaging, Air, Clarity, Depth...Basically, I turn a standard mix into a product.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I have various templates for different types of projects, but I always start first by importing and organizing all of the tracks, then adding in various effects needed (typically just a short delay and short/long reverbs), decide on multiple references, and listen to the song making detailed notes about my first impressions. Then using any instruction given, I combine my ears with the artists vision to create a polished product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I operate in a treated studio using ADAM Audio a7x monitors, Avantone mixing cube for mono reference, and several various speakers, headphones, earphones, for additional monitoring. I also utilize Sonarworks. I mix and master through my Apollo 8xp interface, utilizing the full range of Universal Audio plugins. My DAWs are Luna Recording System (for bus mixing and mastering) and Logic Pro X (for production).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Lots! Think Maggie Rogers, LCD Soundsystem, Ray Lamontagne, Lou Reed, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Camp Cope, etc. I'm a huge fan of solid singer-songwriters and creating a world around beautifully composed lyrics, vocals and the bare instrumentation. But I also love creating complex, driving music involved in the punk, electro-pop and indie genres.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work is to add effects production and mix and master the music.