20+ year veteran of multi-platinum projects, particularly interested in artist development. Credits include Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Trisha Yearwood, John Michael Montgomery, and George Strait.

Ive logged more than 10,000 hours working for world-class producers, including Don Was, Val Garay, George Massenberg, Tony Brown, James Stroud, Garth Fundis, Al Kooper, and Richard Landis on projects for MCA, RCA, Sony, Warner Brothers, Almo Sounds, Capitol, and more.

I offer:
Mixing
Complete track production (drums, bass, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars)
Drum and percussion programming.
Virtual Instrument Programming / Arranging
Vocal editing, comping, tuning, timing by hand using Melodyne.

ITS ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC.
The function of technology is to facilitate the delivery of musical ideas and performances to the public.
Great music comes from people, not gear.

Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Ken Hutton:

  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Tim McGraw
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Tim McGraw
  • Marty Stuart
  • Sambo Barraba & Johnny Unungmurra
  • Don Williams
  • Rick Tippe
  • Connie Smith
  • Prairie Oyster
  • Pam Tillis
  • Brent Mason
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Sawyer Brown
  • Michelle Wright
  • Tim Ryan
  • The Rankin Family
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Michelle Wright
  • Crystal Bernard
  • Sam Bush
  • Sam Bush
  • Charlie Major
  • Marty Stuart
  • Keith Gattis
  • Paul Jefferson
  • Pam Tillis
  • Don Williams
  • John Michael Montgomery
  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Ricky Skaggs
  • Al Kooper
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Aaron Tippin
  • Ty England
  • Lee Roy Parnell
  • Jon Randall
  • Marty Brown
  • Flaco Jiménez
  • Hank Flamingo
  • Tim McGraw
  • Al Kooper
  • Rick Trevino
  • Kim Hill
  • John Jarvis
  • John Jarvis
  • Ricky Van Shelton
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Mark O'Connor
  • Suzy Bogguss
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Trisha Yearwood
  • Marty Brown
  • Mike Rayburn
  • Joe Ely
  • Joe Ely
  • George Strait
  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
  • Janis Ian
  • Curnutte & Maher
  • Curnutte & Maher

Gear highlights

  • Melodyne
  • VSTs and processing plugins galore
  • great monitoring

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Up to 10 revisions free of charge.
Typical turnaround for vocal tuning and light editing is less than 48 hours.
Up to 10 days turnaround is typical on a mix.

Reviews of Ken Hutton

  • Default-avatar16 days agoby Verified Review

    Ken is a top notch producer and engineer. He was prompt with his replies. He was great to work with and I am excited about working with him in the future.

  • Listing_thumb_img_052417 days agoby Verified Review (Client)

    Ken Hutton really delivers to his client.. and makes sure you have a great product!! I'm so thankful he give an 18 year old a shot to play on one of his sessions!! I hope I can play on many more for Ken!! Highly recommend him!!

  • Default-avatar27 days agoby Verified Review

    Ken really got into this job and created something fantastic. Highly recommend!

  • Default-avatar30 days agoby Verified Review

    Lucky to have Ken perform and record my cajon track :) Great playing skills and knows how to capture a good sound!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    After so many trials and lots of money wasted on trying to get my music to a level only I pictured possible, I found the right partner for the job. Now I look forward to sending Ken the next track knowing that my creativity and my money are trusted in his hands. Such a pleasure working with this guy. I just hope he continues fit me in his schedule.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Great vocal tuning and timing.Well done!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    At first I was hesitant to hire someone online because communicating back and forth through texts could be a big challenge. Nevertheless I gave it a try and I am really happy I did. Ken was really kind and clearly understood my creative needs, he also made sure I was completely satisfied with the final product. I will continue working with Ken.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    I've never worked with someone who has more patience than Ken. Such a nice guy. The result is just perfect, really professional! Thank you Ken.. for everything. See you soon. :)

  • Listing_thumb_plusamanagement4 months agoby Verified Review

    Ken did a great job. He made an extra effort to deliver quickly and we appreciate that. the result was great and we couldn't be happier.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Quick turn around + very professional and friendly!

  • Listing_thumb_img_94204 months agoby Verified Review

    Ken went above and beyond to make sure that I would get a great vocal track for my song. I will work with him again in the future!

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    I love about Ken that he sees music as art.He takes feedback very patiently,which, in combination with his good ears,immediately allows him to understand what his clients want & what your track needs.His enthusiasm for experimentation & his many years of experience in the music business provides the best prerequisite to achieve a satisfying result.

  • Default-avatar5 months agoby Verified Review

    Great sounding vocals + fast turn around

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    I had some timing issues with my track Ken did a great job in with snapping the vocals to rhythm, will definitely work with him again.

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Ken is awesome. So easy going, professional, insanely talented and just a pleasure to work with.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Professional and fast that's all you need

  • Default-avatar10 months agoby Verified Review (Client)

    2nd time working with Ken. Great engineer, friendly and turn it around fast.

  • Listing_thumb_meabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    I had a great experience working with Ken. Always very professional and offered insanely fast results!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    great work

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Great job!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Ken is professional, quick and extremely responsive & goes the extra mile. Will definitely work with him again

  • Listing_thumb_590x550over 1 year agoby Verified Review

    I had a great time working with Ken. He is a really nice person, works fast and delivers high quality results.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Had a great experience working with Ken. Needed to get some vocals edited and Ken delivered the goods and then some!

  • Listing_thumb_producer_sia_nas_small_image12 months agoby

    Ken was lovely enough to give me some excellent free advice and support. I wish I knew about him before wasting my money on unnecessary services by others. Definitely will contact again.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I have known and worked with Ken Hutton for many years, and he is not only a great engineer, he is a great person with a positive can-do attitude with the skills to make your music sound better. He has a great work ethic and has the musical and editing chops to match!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Ken was the greatest plus to our project we could have added. His technical skills and musicality are excellent without any doubt. But even more he totally influenced the whole attitude, both professionally and interpersonally positively during the complete course of our work. Strongly recommended for anyone looking for a producer/artist developer!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Through the whole production process of our new demo Ken helped us to take a grand leap forward. We would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who wants to raise his bar in musicality!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I've worked on several projects with Ken over the years. He's EXTREMELY good at what he does, and he was always ton of fun to work with!

    Jeremiah

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Ken has an excellent ear for arrangement, production, and engineering. We love what he has done to help us move our music forward.
    Christian from Billion http://www.billion-music.com

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Interview with Ken Hutton

What are you working on at the moment?
a Neo-soul / smooth jazz project with a great young singer.
What do you like most about your job?
Getting behind an artist's vision and facilitating their success.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Some people have the misconception that perfection is the goal. Over-tuning, over-processing, and over-mixing tend to make sterile sounding products. Editing and mixing should always allow for natural feel and flow. We want the technology to enhance the humanity, not oppress it.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
20+ years. Started assisting in Nashville at Sound Emporium, worked up to being in high demand, got burned out from too many hours, took a break to regroup, started working in sound therapy and Neurotherapy, found my love for music again, then began doing artist development for unsigned talent, which I find very rewarding.
What type of music do you usually work on?
vocal-centric music across many genres
What's your strongest skill?
Musicality
What do you bring to a song?
I was trained as an orchestral trumpet player, then got deep into Nashville singer / songwriter projects. I make sure that everything I do is strong technically, but the ultimate goal is to respect, preserve, enhance, and never lose sight of the most important aspect; musicality.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is called barebones, because it has nothing unnecessary. Each element, however, from instruments to cpu to software to plugins to monitors is high end and used musically. Gear can be impressive, but like a surgeon's scalpel, if not used with skill and discretion, it can be quite destructive.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
can't get enough of Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, and the Metropole Orkestra.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Artist development in Germany as producer / engineer.