I am a Nashville-based audio engineer specializing in music production, recording, and mixing. I have a degree in audio engineering technology with extensive training in recording, mixing, and production. I have the musical background to understand your vision and the technical expertise to deliver professional results.
My passion is music and I’ve worn many different hats in this regard–composer, producer, engineer, performer, educator, and mentor. As a result, I have a unique ability to manage multidisciplinary projects and work collaboratively with artists of diverse genres and styles. I specialize in helping people organize and capture their musical ideas both live and in the studio. Whether you are starting a new project or just need help with the finishing touches, I’d be honored to assist you!
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9 ReviewsEndorse Nick Lobel
Nick is an absolute legend! I recently finished a 5 song EP with Nick and can't imagine having had a better experience with anyone else. Extremely understanding when working on tracks, you can tell Nick cares about what he does and about making it sound not only exactly like what you wanted but up to par as well! Couldn't recommend him more!
I've gotten to work with Nick on two projects over the last several years, the latest being an EP. While we were able to track most of it in person, we relied heavily on remote sessions for mixing/mastering. I must say, Nick's ability to find an artist's true sound (even remotely), continues to amaze. In short: timely, quality results. 5 Stars!
Nick honestly cares about your project. He knows how important capturing that sound that you're going for is to an artist and musician, and he knows just how to get it. He truly went above and beyond what was needed to perfect my project. I couldn't have asked for a better engineer to have worked along side with for my two song project. Nick Rocks!
I had the honor of hiring Nick as engineer/producer on my 6-song EP last year. I couldn't say enough about how smooth the entire process went. Nick is both talented and a pleasure to work with. He's an out-of-the-box thinker and great at promoting the artist's vision. I would recommend him to anyone looking to record high-quality work!
I had the pleasure of working with Nick on historic music row in Nashville, TN. He was very professional and got right down to business, not wasting any time, and at the same time was so approachable like we'd been friends for years.
Nick was a great engineer, and an excellent producer as well. My band loved him!
As a classical performer, it has been difficult to find someone who understands the tone and textures of a classical sound. Working with Nick was not only simple, but it was incredibly fun! He understood exactly what I wanted out of the session and he was able to deliver a product I was proud to share. I HIGHLY rec. Nick for classical performers!
Nick gets it. My buddy and i brought songs to nick and he literally took them to the next level. He is an open book in terms of dealing with the artist and their vision of the song and is willing to try whatever it takes to make that vision come true. Bottom line is Nick is genuine .He puts his heart and soul into whatever he touches.
Last November I was given the opportunity to produce a two-song project that Nick tracked and mixed. He communicated with the artist and I very effectively during pre-production and was prepared when we arrived at the studio. Nick was constantly focused and patient, yet extremely keyed in on helping us attain the sound we wanted. Nick is the best!
Last summer I had the pleasure of working with Nick on my bands 7 song EP. He pulled some really long days with us. His understanding of our artistic vision and efficiency at getting us there was one of the high points of our experience. His passion and knowledge of the recording arts comes out in his work. He gets it!
Interview with Nick Lobel
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The line between writing and producing can be blurry. Same with producing and mixing. It's not uncommon for me to shift between roles and wear multiple hats on any given project. Ultimately, your vision guides the process and everything is in service of the song!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research and choose a producer/mixer who understands your vision and believes in your music. Similar taste never hurts, but don't be afraid to try someone outside of your main genre or style. After all, collaboration and merging different influences create some of the best music!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Backups, backups, backups!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the ability to help focus the arrangement of your songs and come up with a unique sound. As a mixer, I will highlight the strengths of your song and performances, and amplify the overall vibe to create a compelling listening experience. I have the musical background to understand your vision and the technical expertise to deliver professional results.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Lines in the Sky is one of my favorite bands, so getting to mix their song "New Season" was a huge honor and privilege! The band did a great job with the initial tracking and getting great performances. My goals for the mix were to simply enhance what was already there and create some interesting/exciting moments throughout. We submitted the song to the global AES recording competition and were honored to win the Silver award!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on several projects: mixing a single for the prog rock band Lines In The Sky, mixing a full-length Electronic rock album, producing/arranging for indie pop artist Abbey Moss, and of course writing and producing my own original songs.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your vision for the project? Who are some of your favorite artists? What was the inspiration behind the music? Do you have any references that I should check out?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, UAD Apollo, Emotiva Monitors, Fender Stratocaster, Neumann U67
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been in love with music for as long as I can remember. I picked up the guitar when I was 9 and started playing in bands shortly after. By high school, I was playing guitar professionally and writing music in a wide range of styles. After high school, I studied music composition at Columbia College in Chicago for two years. The composition program was an excellent learning experience, but I found myself more interested in the technical aspects of recording and production. I left Columbia and enrolled in the audio engineering program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where I got to study and apprentice under some extraordinary producers, engineers, and mixers. I interned at several studios and experienced the full range of recording scenarios from singer-songwriter demos to full on orchestral scoring sessions. These days I primarily work from the comfort of my home studio, mixing and producing for clients all around the country.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, Hip hop, Pop Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Oh man...there are too many to list here. Here's a few off the top of my head: Butch Vig, Danger Mouse, Paul Epworth, Max Martin, Bruno Mars, Manny Marroquin, Jeff Bhasker, and so many more!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production and mixing. Whether I'm building full instrumental arrangements or sculpting sounds in the mix, everything is in service of the song and achieving the client's artistic vision.