David Pichard

Americana Mixing & Mastering

22 Reviews (8 Verified)
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As a two time Nā Hōkū Hanohano award nominated mix engineer, I have the skills, experience, and ears to bring your production to a polished, professional finish. I would love to help make your musical vision a reality!

I have been mixing, mastering, and producing music for over 20 years. Growing up in Tallahassee, FL where I attended Florida State University for Media Production, I was a veteran of the music scene producing and engineering local bands for many years. From there I ended up working at Studio A in Juneau, Alaska and Blue Planet Sound in Honolulu, Hawaii where I have lived since 2012.

For Mixing I use Pro Tools with Dangerous Music analog summing running through my handmade Roger Foote Precision Mastering Compressor with a built in Cinemag transformer for that smooth analog sound. I use only the best plugins from Universal Audio, Fabfilter, Sound Toys, Slate and many more.

Feel free to contact with me with any questions regarding your project. I look forward to working with you!

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

"Dave Pichard finds the tone in these old guitars, and records them with finesse. His work on My Aloha is outstanding!" - Peter Rowan

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

22 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Leandro Zilberberg
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    I had a fantastic time adding my piano part to the beautiful song David sent me to work with. Our communication was great the whole time. I must say I'm really looking forward to future collaborations! Thank you!

  2. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Yet another fantastic experience working with David. always Great!!

  3. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Always great working with David!!!!

  4. Review by Kimble M.

    David is always awesome to work with! He really helps me enhance the sound and fine tune things just they way I need + want for each project.
    I greatly appreciate his responsiveness, amazing technical knowledge, and super personable approach. Mahalo!

  5. Review by Kimble M.

    DWP is really awesome to work with - so happy with the results and super-quick turnaround. Mahalo, David!!

  6. Review by Kimble M.

    David was so great to work with - heʻs fast, responsive, and very personable. Looking forward to the next project!

  7. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Another great experience working with David! Always awesome to work with!

  8. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Yet another great experience working with David. Awesome engineer. Really organic, and fun stuff to work on!

  9. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Love working with David. Great engineer doing great work. An absolute pleasure!

  10. Review by David Mohacsi
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    Another great experience working with David! A super talented engineer. Everything sounds great! Awesome guy to work with!

  11. Review by David Mohacsi
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    David hired me to do some simple vocal editing for him and it was a great experience. Files were clean and easy to work with, and the music was great! Hope to work more with David in the future!

  12. Review by Brook G.

    I feel lucky to have made a connection with David on this site. He was great to work with. He has lots of experience that he was able to integrate into my song. I trusted his suggestions and it paid off as I'm very happy with the end result. Thanks David!

  13. Review by Jason Frankel

    David was Awesome! I went through a lot of mixers, and even paid for a few others, and David's mix blew them out of the water. Very Responsive! I'm starting my full EP with him now.

  14. Review by Monae Miller

    David was amazing to work with. He really invested himself in the project and made things work for me. Being an independent artist on a minimal budget and a truncated time table he was able to deliver far beyond expectations. I will use him again on my next project.

  15. Review by Rawlins J.

    David is an excellent engineer, very understanding and will work with you to get your mix right.

  16. Review by Joh L.
    by Joh L.

    David did a great job mixing and mastering the first song off my new album! he took some serious time to make sure everything is in place and was extremely polite and willing to adjust little details even weeks after he did the mix! this was all due to my busy touring schedule and i really appreciate that! AMAZING GUY!

  17. Review by Ydine
    by Ydine

    David has an easygoing manner in the studio and gives helpful feedback and ideas to enhance the music. I’ve had excellent experiences recording with him over the years, and he is a wealth of knowledge in musicality, engineering and all the nuances of the process of releasing music. All star!

  18. Review by Asha
    by Asha

    David is professional and easy to work with. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in several different musical styles and contexts and his adaptability and attention to detail is what does it for me. Thanks for your help mixing some of my records! Will definitely reach out again the future for more!

  19. Review by K McCann
    by K McCann

    His mastering skills really gave my latest project a great polish and finish. I really appreciate his skills and expertise - a big mahalo to DWP!

  20. Review by K McCann
    by K McCann

    David was awesome to work with, and always is. He has great skills and a super-quick turnaround time to get projects completed in a timely, professional, and personable manner. DWP really helps take things to the next level and is super dependable - I always appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with him.

Interview with David Pichard

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

  2. A: I am producing several songs, one of which is a classic cover tune in the style of bluegrass featuring the amazing Peter Rowan!

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

  4. A: David Mohacsi for vocal tuning, he is the man!

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital with lots of incredible analog emulations because they are so good at this point and because the power of instant recall is way more valuable than the perceived "voodoo" of old school analog. Don't get me wrong, I've paid plenty of dues on tape machines and they have their place but for my workflow at this point in time in the box is the way to go.

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

  8. A: Deliver a powerful compelling mix that you are happy with!

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

  10. A: I love music and the creation of music. With the mixing process you can truly make the sum greater than the individual parts. When you add in a nice mastering touch it really does bring the song to life in the best possible light!

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

  12. A: Who have I worked with. I send them to my website or AllMusic.com for samples and credit listings.

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

  14. A: Clients often think mastering is merely throwing a limiter on a mix to raise the volume and it's good. Proper EQ and compression and choosing the right limiter for the job is critical!

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

  16. A: What their musical vision is and what some of their influences are.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Laidback professional!

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

  20. A: Rising Appalachia, because they have such incredible voices.

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

  22. A: Usually making sure the client vision is clear and we have established a good channel of communication before we get too far into the process. From there it's answering any questions about file formats and resolution etc before they send my the multi-tracks or pre-master. From there it's making sure the customer is happy with the sounds I am sending them!

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I have a fairly portable rig which I can take on the road with me when traveling to work in other studios. I always take my Sennheiser HD headphones, Apollo Twin X, and a few other essential items with me when not working in my home studio.

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

  26. A: As far as mix engineers go I am a big fan of Greg Wells, Andrew Schepps, and Dave Pensado. As far as inspiring musicians, too many to name all but some top picks are Andrew Bird, Elvis Perkins, Rising Appalachia, and of course John Prine and Peter Rowan.

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

  28. A: I most often will help clients with the mixing and mastering phases of their projects.

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

  30. A: Know the difference between the tracking, mixing, and mastering phase and what you can realistically accomplish in each of those.

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

  32. A: An acoustic guitar so I could continue to write songs, a pick to play the guitar, a spare set of Elixer strings, a lighter for building a campfire, and a machete for opening up coconuts!

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

  34. A: I have been involved in music/audio production since 1997. My first job out of college was working at a local CBS affiliate as an audio engineer. From there I went on to work as an audio engineer for a multi-media company that specialized in producing CD Rom content (back in the day). My job then was to edit, cleanup, and normalize hundreds of audio files each week. This was my "wax on, wax off" training and paying of some serious dues. Beyond that, I was always the guy in my bands recording our songs as well as songs for other local bands. I've always had some manner of project studio going and as of 2012 I have been working out of a commercial studio in Honolulu called Blue Planet Sound.

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

  36. A: I had the honor of working on Peter Rowan's last CD "My Aloha." I was the tracking engineer and got to mix 4 of the songs. It was so much fun working with this living legend, he is such a wealth of knowledge with the history of bluegrass and all things folk.

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

  38. A: I really love acoustic/organic instruments and sounds.

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

  40. A: I have played bass and guitar in many different bands in the past and I also have completed a jazz guitar class from the Berklee online music school. I feel like these experiences help me better communicate with clients as we strive towards making the best decisions for what each song needs.

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

  42. A: When delivering programmed drums always include the source midi file in addition to wave/aif sound files. It opens up so many doors to creating new textures and sounds that may be more appropriate to a song than what is captured in the sound files. With the midi file, I can try out different snare sounds, ride sounds, etc or at the least enhance overhead sounds which always seem to need some help coming from programmed drums.

  43. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  44. A: Relentless persistence. Giving whatever I'm working on 100% of my skill set and attention. My love and passion for music, all aspects, help drive me to learn something new every day in order to keep improving and getting better.

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Terms Of Service

Typical turnaround time is usually a day or two per mix depending on complexity.

GenresSounds Like
  • Peter Rowan
  • Andrew Bird
  • Elvis Perkins
Gear Highlights
  • Roger Foote Mastering compressor
  • UA LA-610 MK II
  • SSL Board
  • API Lunchbox
  • 2 Neve Pre's
  • 2 Summit Audio Pre's
  • 2 UA 1176's
  • 2 pultec EQs
  • Pro Tools 2022
  • many many plugins.
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