I’m an award winner professional mixing and mastering engineer based in London. I’ve been engineering professionally in the past 10 years. I worked with music producers such as Mark Dodson (Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne) or Deni Lew (PJ & Duncan) and artists like Viktoria Modesta, Olly Chamberlain or Armstrong Martins.
I love passionate musicians and helping them to finalize their sound. Writing a song is the first step, making the production is the second and finish it with an excellent mix and master is also crucial as without a decent sound nobody is going to listen your music. As a professionally trained musician, I can connect with any kind of genres and I’m always looking for the opportunity to work with great musicians and take their sound into the next level.
As a graduated film music composer I'm also writing music for some of the biggest trailer music labels in LA such as Really Slow Motion, Glory Oath + Blood or JDM Music. Most of my music published by Warner Chappell and used on Netflix campaigns. I usually work on these music as a composer, producer and mixing engineer.
Please listen my audio examples (more samples will be sent on request). You can read more about me in the interview section and if you have any further questions please let me know. I hope we are going to work on one of your following projects very soon.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Interview with Daniel Szanto
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I was working on the advertising campaign of a Netflix series called Altered Carbon a couple of years ago. I was get involved as a composer, producer and mixing engineer of the music what you can hear on the official teaser. It has been already reached more than 2 million views on Youtube.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Currently, I don't know anyone yet personally I could recommend to work with, however I'm sure you can find plenty of professionals on the site with great reviews you can trust.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: A mixer is not a producer. When I say, I'm able to improve sound quality, musicians often think I can also improve the production, but that's wrong. I'm happy to give production advice when the client wants to achieve something in terms of sound and the production is not ready for it. In that case, I can suggest a couple of things to change to be able to get the result they want in the end.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask prospective clients to try explaining me their sound as detailed as possible. In that case, I can have a better understanding and the possibility to deliver better sounding product in the end.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Many amateurs out there who are advertising themselves as professionals. Furthermore, it is very hard to find the right person for you who really understands your style and actually can help improving your sound. If the person has verified references, audio examples, gear list, professional pictures, offers unlimited revisions like me and you like how he/she introduces himself/herself, probably you can't go wrong.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Very hard to pick only one artist, but I can tell, I would be happy to work with anybody who has original ideas and uniqueness. That's what I'm always looking for.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I already had some thoughts on that in one of the previous questions. I think both are great tools, but the final result is depending on your knowledge, not on your equipment.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: From every client, I ask a production mix and a reference track. First, I'm listening these and going to figure out the similarities between the two tracks. After that I'm starting organizing the project in a way, how I want to work with the song. That can be very different for every project as it mainly depends on the genre and the instrumentation. During mixing, I switch between my mix and the reference track many times and I'm working on it until I can get the closest possible result.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do professional mixing and mastering services. I can also do editing when it is needed such as pitch correction or time alignment.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have just finished mixing a cover album for a London based blues band and now I'm mixing and mastering some songs for Singer-songwriters.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I can't promise anything, but my clients can be sure I will try my best to get the best possible sound out of their music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job allows me to be creative all the time which is very important for me. It is also a pleasure to be part of something new and helping to make it better with my knowledge.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: The question which most commonly asked is how much time I need to finish a mix or master for a song. It is a hard question especially when I don't know anything about the project (genre, duration, amount of stems, etc.). However, I would generally say, I can deliver a mix within a week and a master within 1-2 days.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: As I don't like carry too much stuff with me, a piano would be enough :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My interest of music has begun in the very early ages. I started learning classical piano at a music school and I continued along with classical music composition and jazz piano at a conservatory. After that, I made my degree both in composition and sound engineering. As I believe music nowadays is all about production which requires musical and also technical knowledge, I really wanted to understand both sides and I've been professionally working as a composer and sound engineer in the past 10 years. In the past 5 years I was the manager of a recording studio in London where I had a chance to work with many great artists on many great records. Nowadays, I'm doing the same as a freelancer with a main focus on mixing and mastering.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: As a professionally trained musician I'm influenced by countless artists, records and genres. I like minimalism, the opportunity to create something big with only a few elements.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more. Try to use less elements and be perfectionist with those. Most of the producers think nowadays, the only way to create something big is to use infinite numbers of equipment. The problem with this mindset is you are never going to know all of these equipment as much as you could get to know only one. Just pick one gear and figure out everything what you could achieve with that. At the end you are going to realize the possibilities are infinite.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Through the years, I had a chance to work with a wide range of artists and genres such as Classical, Acoustic, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Pop, Electronic or Soundtracks. Nowadays, I work with Singer-Songwriters the most. You can listen the first acoustic sample on my profile which is a really good example.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Every step is really important in my job, that's why I believe I have to be as good as possible during the whole process which requires different skills.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My main goal is to bring clarity to a song. When I receive a great production, many times the production mix sounds really good already, however after a couple of listening I always find some small elements what I can start improving and I always end up having a much bigger and more open sounding mix in the end.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio setup is very minimal, but I have everything what is needed for a professional audio production. First of all, I have a soundproofed and acoustically well treated room. I use an RME Babyface Pro audio interface for conversion and EVE Audio studio monitors for monitoring. I use some headphones and I also check the final sound on some hifi systems. I work in Cubase with native plugins such as Soundtoys, Plugin Alliance or Waves. Digital technology has been improving drastically in the past decade in a really good way. I'm always trying out the latest plugins and recently I've been very impressed about the quality what you can create with these tools nowadays. I have experience working with analogue gears, however I ended up working only in the box because of the reasons mentioned above and the flexibility what this working method can offer.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Everybody who is passionate about music can be inspiring in some ways. Everyday I'm learning something new and that also gives me new inspirations. If I had to choose some names, I would say I found Bob Clearmountain's and Tony Maserati's works and attitude very inspiring.