Ken Hutton

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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.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Credits

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

Reviews (31)

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  1. Review by Scott J.
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    The best thing I ever did was to work with Ken Hutton. He delivers the goods plus some. His attention to detail as well as his constant communication with me made the process fun and productive.

  2. Review by Austin Crum
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    Ken is a great producer/engineer! He knows exactly what he wants,and he tries to please his clients with the product.. All in all just a great pleasure and experience working with him!

  3. Review by Scott J.
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    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.

  4. Review by Austin Crum
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    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!!

  5. Review by Chris D.
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    Ken really got into this job and created something fantastic. Highly recommend!

  6. Review by Ioannis T.
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    Lucky to have Ken perform and record my cajon track :) Great playing skills and knows how to capture a good sound!

  7. Review by Emanuel G.
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    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.

  8. Review by Janis P.
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    Great vocal tuning and timing.Well done!

  9. Review by Emanuel G.
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    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.

  10. Review by Jakob W.
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    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. :)

  11. Review by Plus A Management
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    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.

  12. Review by Ana
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    Quick turn around + very professional and friendly!

  13. Review by JJ Villafane
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    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!

  14. Review by Jakob W.
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    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.

  15. Review by Ana
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    Great sounding vocals + fast turn around

  16. Review by Omar S.
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    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.

  17. Review by Nik C.
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    Ken is awesome. So easy going, professional, insanely talented and just a pleasure to work with.

  18. Review by Loic P.
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    Professional and fast that's all you need

  19. Review by Igg K.
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    2nd time working with Ken. Great engineer, friendly and turn it around fast.

  20. Review by Juan V.
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    I had a great experience working with Ken. Always very professional and offered insanely fast results!

  21. Review by Sarantos
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    great work

  22. Review by Sarantos
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    Great job!

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

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

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

  26. Review by Sia N.
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    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.

  27. Review by Dave Pomeroy
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    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!

  28. Review by Manuel
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    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!

  29. Review by Billy Löwe
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    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!

  30. Review by Jeremiah
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    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

  31. Review by Christian Tepasse
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    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

Interview with Ken Hutton

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: a Neo-soul / smooth jazz project with a great young singer.

  3. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  4. A: Getting behind an artist's vision and facilitating their success.

  5. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  6. A: 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.

  7. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  8. A: 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.

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: vocal-centric music across many genres

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Musicality

  13. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  14. A: 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.

  15. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  16. A: 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.

  17. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  18. A: can't get enough of Gregory Porter, Snarky Puppy, and the Metropole Orkestra.

  19. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  20. A: Artist development in Germany as producer / engineer.

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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.

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