I’m an award winning mixing and mastering engineer with more than 10 years experience in the music industry. My clients include Warner Music and Netflix. I’ve worked with music producers such as Mark Dodson (Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne) and Deni Lew (PJ & Duncan), as well as artists like Viktoria Modesta, Olly Chamberlain and Armstrong Martins.
I love passionate musicians and helping them finalize their sound. Writing a song is the first step, making the production is the second and finishing it with an excellent mix and master is also crucial; without a decent sound nobody is going to listen to your music. As a professionally trained musician, I can connect with any kind of genre. I’m always looking for new opportunities to work with great musicians and take their sound to 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 and JDM Music. Most of my music has been published by Warner Chappell and used in Netflix campaigns. I usually work on these tracks as a composer, producer and mixing engineer.
Please listen to 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 upcoming projects very soon.
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25 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Daniel Szanto
I was very nervous to have someone I didn't know mix and master my song, especially it being the first piece of my own music I've ever released, but I'm so glad to have found Daniel. He not only took the time to explain anything I didn't understand (again, first time!), but he got the project completed in a matter of a few days! He also listened to any concerns I had, and made any changes I requested. This has been such a great learning experience for me, and I'm extremely happy with how it turned out. I will definitely be working with him again!
Daniel has exceeded expectations yet again. He was the final touch that added very critical aspects to my song, and he did this in a consultative manner, bringing his understanding of sound and interpretation of the song itself into play. As always, timely updates and delivering earlier than expected. Will be working with him again for sure!
Daniel was an excellent partner in the mixing and mastering process, especially for someone new to this. His input on exactly what was required and the best way to get it done, always providing timely updates, working on the smallest of details and providing his personal opinion and viewpoint contributed to delivering the best possible outcome for my music. I will definitely recommend Daniel and will be coming back to him with my future projects!
Daniel has completed mixing and mastering the fifth song of my 5-song EP. I've been continually impressed with his patience, professionalism and obvious excellent skills as a mixing and mastering engineer. He always goes the extra mile, and communicates timely progress reports. He's brought my vision to life, and I will continue to hire his services in future productions. Highly recommended!
Daniel has continued to deliver high quality work for me, mixing and mastering my tracks no matter what I genre I throw at him. He has a very talented ear, which he uses to give songs a clarity that few other engineers can compete with. Whatever project I am working on, I would definitely want to hire Daniel first and foremost.
This is the fourth song (from my upcoming debut EP) that Daniel has mixed and mastered. It's obvious that I continue to be impressed by his professionalism, transparency, helpful critique/suggestions, and patience. Again, highly recommended!
Another great mix/master from Daniel. Professional, patient, accommodating, and implemented all tweak requests perfectly and within deadline. I've been really impressed with his work, and have hired him to mix and master all songs from my forthcoming 4-song EP. Highly recommended!
This is my second mix/master that Daniel has completed for me. As with the first mix, he's proven to be the consummate professional - insightful, helpful comments, regular progress reports. He comes across as a genuinely nice guy!
Daniel mixed and mastered my first ever song for commercial release, and I'm very pleased with it. So pleased in fact, that I've already commissioned him to mix and master the remaining 3 tracks for my first EP.
He was professional and helpful throughout the course of mix timeframe, offering helpful suggestions, and keeping me fully informed of the progress he was making in sculpting the mix. His comments and suggestions were always spot on, and in line with the song's lyrical content.
It was great to finish my self titled LP with Daniel who provided the best mastering I’ve ever had.
Daniel worked quickly and efficiently and delivered a great sounding mix. He took all of my notes and revisions into account and knocked it out of the park.
Daniel has a professional approach. Good communication and knowledge with can-do attitude . Hope to deal again.
Daniel has worked extremely hard on this track for us. At every stage of the process I've been impressed with his insight, professionalism, attitude, work ethic and most importantly - his end product. It's been an absolute pleasure to work with him and I look forward to working with him again as soon as possible.
Daniel is both professional and courteous. He brings a masterful clarity to all the mixes he made for me. I hope to continue working with him on future album, and I would recommend him to any other artists seeking an expert music mixer.
Daniel is hands down a certified audio genius! He makes my music sound clear, rich, and professional. He has mixed and mastered five of my songs so far and I have been pleased with every mix. Every time I have asked Daniel to make some changes he has been polite and understanding and has worked tirelessly to make sure I am completely satisfied. I highly recommend Daniel for any genre of music you might want to be mixed or mastered.
Did what was asked, and made any necessary corrections
Daniel was super flexible with turn around time, and brought out the best in the song, with precise attention to detail
Highly recommend his work
Track sounds amazing ! would definitely recommend!
Daniel's craft mastery was on full display yet again! On top of delivering crisp, clean and full mixing and mastering, he delivered a product that still sounded wholesome without losing the tone to unnatural processing. I gave him a different genre this time around and he finessed it with the greatest flexibilty, communication, and quality, showcasing that his attention to detail is only surpassed by his feel for a mix.
Daniel is as professional as they come. From quick turnaround times that deliver on professional quality audio to intimate service that's keeps you involved at every step of the process. In my eyes, a true professional in every sense of the word. Really put his best foot forward in making sure you realise the best outcome for your project. I'll be using him again for sure!
Recorded vocals, mix and master on one song.
Remasters of five other songs.
All done in a professional, efficient, and friendly manner.
Top quality experience.
I'm very happy with the mix/master Daniel made. He is very professional, communicative, flexible and easy to work with. You can rely on him with your songs. I'm planning to work with him again in the future. Highly recommended!
I hired Daniel to mix and master some of my songs and I couldn’t be happier with the result. He is very professional, patient and reliable. I’m looking forward to working with him again!
Daniel is a great mixing and mastering engineer. He's extremely professional and very easy to work with. Would highly recommend!
Interview with Daniel Szanto
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 remarkable with only a few elements.
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 the main focus on mixing and mastering.
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 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'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 actual 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: 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: 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 are you working on at the moment?
A: I have just finished mixing an album for a London based blues band and now I'm mixing and mastering some songs for Singer-songwriters.
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: 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 Sonodyne 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 iZotope, Plugin Alliance, Softube, Soundtoys 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: 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 and time alignment.
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: 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 endless.
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: 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: 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 2,5 million views on Youtube.
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: 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 to carry too much stuff with me, a piano would be enough :)
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 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: 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.