Trained by Daniel Wyatt (Steely Dan, Curtis Mayfield, Thievery Corporation), I've been tracking, producing, mixing, and mastering for 8 years. You name it and I do it to an obsessive degree of quality: live multi-mic tracking, production, drum editing, vocal editing and tuning, mixing, mastering.
I work out of my own custom acoustically designed and treated studio. Since I don't rent time, you get a professional result for a price that includes no markup, as well as quick turnaround on any job, including full production projects. I'm a skilled multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, and my network includes male and female vocalists, songwriters, guitarists and bass guitarists, key players, and drummers.
I mic & track, edit, produce, mix, and master. I work meticulously, with focus and inspiration.
My calling is to realize the heights of your vision with clarity, so the world can know you the way you've always known yourself.
I can and will facilitate anything you can imagine for your music.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
6 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Mitch Bell
Once again, Mitch delivers the goods on time and with professional care. I'm happy to be permanently done shopping for someone to master my work.
Mitch is 2 for 2 with me. Prompt, precise, and professional. It's exciting to be forging a professional relationship with someone who's serious about doing serious work. Give this guy your goods and he'll give it his all. Very pleased, very impressed.
Mitch was the consummate professional from beginning to end. His communication was clear, prompt, and professional, while his craftsmanship truly speaks for itself. If you're looking for a serious talent and a serious professional capable of delivering top-tier work quickly, Mitch is your guy.
I've worked as a session drummer for many types of producers with many different tendencies. Mitch, above other guys I've worked with, has the intellectual curiosity to make it happen. Collaboratively, Mitch is an ideal counterpoint influence in creative processes, he can take any musical idea and develop it without adding fluff. He's one of the few guys whose technical abilities in the lab are matched with musical sensibility and prowess on the multiple instruments he plays. As a producer he continually intrigues with textured layering, sensitive arrangements and creative spark.
Mitch has a great work ethic, he is quick and efficient at getting things done and you can see that he has a true passion for what he does. His critique is honest and his musicianship skills are incredible. I enjoy working with him because he has a great personality, he is entertaining and brilliant, his music technique is very expressive and creative. Most importantly he wants you to find your true self in your music. I highly recommend working with Mitch!
I am a long time client, collaborator, and friend of Mitch Bell's, and that is because he is the best I've worked with. His musical skillset is more diverse than anyone else's that I've met, but at no expense to the level of obsession and passion that he imbues all of the dimensions of his work with.
He simplifies everything for you. All you need to do is show him your songs, and his enthusiasm, artistry, and unique philosophy of art will lead you into creative places you'd never knew existed. I guarantee you that your songs won't just sound better with Mitch; They'll come to life.
Interview with Mitch Bell
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Good production, mixing, and mastering are defined by what you do. Great production, mixing, and mastering are defined by what you don't do.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My matched pair of Mojave MA-300 tube mics (does that count as one piece of gear, or two?), Avalon V5 solid state preamp, Sennheiser HD-650 headphones, and my lucky silk sleep mask (trust me, what you see distracts you from what you hear.)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started on the bass guitar at 14 and began writing and gigging not long after. In undergrad, I piled all my classes into a three day schedule so I could spend 4 uninterrupted days a week recording. After graduating, I did audio work in the corporate world and invested every cent into my studio, gear, and skills. Thank goodness, now I'm in the studio full time.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The grind must be kept separate from the art. When grinding, you must have no pity upon yourself. When making art, you must serve yourself completely.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: The capacity for stillness and silence. Busybodies lose context and choke the work.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Precision. Identity. Inspiration.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: My clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds. I've lent my perfectionism to visionaries in need of professional polish. I've helped working musicians through creative blocks by unleashing their dimensional minds. I am not afraid to identify and confront my clients' struggles. The most common type of work I do, then, is listening: to my client, to their work, and to my own. Greatness is won or lost on subtle margins.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: There is no typical work process because there is no typical client. Every artist possesses a unique spirit and vision, and if I didn't approach each job with full presence I would run the risk of overlooking precisely what it is I'm hired to bring forth.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog/digital is a false dichotomy emerging from largely unproductive conversations between tech-savvy amateurs and stubborn veterans. Analog and digital are tools, substantiated only by how well they're used. As hard as I lean into the limit-driven inspiration and non-linear response of analog gear for musical creation, in the realm of technical tasking I prefer the rapid pace afforded by digital systems. Any totalizing approach to tool selection is inefficient at bringing about conventionally-sound artistic outcomes.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a custom built space with acoustics carefully designed for accurate monitoring in mixing and mastering, as well as tracking, including multi-mic applications such as live drums. I've been working in this space for 8 years, and have deeply familiarized myself with the sonics of my rooms. This investment in familiarity allows me to take a controlled approach to every project, achieving with precision what my clients and I hear in our heads.