Brendon McCaig Sonic Sounds

Mixing/Post Engineer, Musician

Brendon McCaig Sonic Sounds on SoundBetter

I am a very budget competitive mixing engineer. My main genres I work on are Alternative/Rock/Metal/Folk/indie. I am competitive in pricing and work very quickly. I am a session musician as well and have access to other session musicians as well if need be.

I will mix your alternative/rock/metal song. I have been doing this for 5 years now.

I am Avid Pro Tools Certified Operator for 210M and 210P

I have a sound engineering degree from The Academy of Sound Engineering in Johannesburg.

I graduated in the top 3 students, receiving 12 Distinctions in my final year of studies as well as top student with the highest average Pro Tools score of 86% over the 5 Pro Tools tests, passing first try each time.

I have done live sound for the last two years, mixing a large amount of South Africa's very well known local artists, inc, Rubber duc, Wonderboom, Cindy Alter, Mark Beling, Pedro Barbosa, Justin Serrao, Loyiso, and many others.

I have my own studio facilities at my studio, Sonic Sounds.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Brendon McCaig Sonic Sounds

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I did a dummy radio broadcast mix (it was a real world situation, but the radio broadcast did not go anywhere), for Tima Reece. I was using an SSL 4000G+ as the input into Pro Tools, then used a combination of the SSL and digital Plug ins (controlled by the Avid S3) to mix her live performance. The combination of the tools I had to use, as well as the great performance by the artist, gave my mix such a character, and something that I am proud of and privileged to work on.

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

  4. A: A post-Hardcore song by the band called The Apprehended, as well as a demo scene of Moana (I'm recreating all the Sound Design/Foley/ADR for the scene).

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I don't know anyone on SoundBetter.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. Simply because I cannot afford analog yet. In future, if I have money to buy and use analog, I will probably use a combination of analog and digital.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise to deliver a product that is to your expectation.

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

  12. A: Creativity and the constant learning and improving, while meeting other like minded people and musicians to grow the industry.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How long can it take? 3-5 Days What DAW do you use? Pro Tools What plugins/gear do you use? Combination of plug ins that I prefer, mostly Waves and FabFilter

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

  16. A: That this is a hobby and not a way of income and a professional industry.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: What reference song do you want me to use? Are there any specifics you want like style/sound/tone? Do you want me to have some creative input?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I will make you song or EP/Demo sound more professional. Think of it as a semi pro EPK.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: My DAW, my monitors, my headphones, my Les Paul, my AT2020.

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

  24. A: I studied Sound Engineering, specifically Music Production and Post Production. Graduated in 2018. Received award for Highest average Pro Tools results over all 5 tests, maintaining 86% average over the 5 tests, passing each test first time. I have both 210m and 210p qualifications and received 13 distinctions in my final year.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I would describe it as meaty, dynamic.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Don Broco. They are the genre I love the most.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Less is more most of the time.

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

  32. A: Alternative, Rock, Metal, Folk, Funk.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Instrumentation.

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

  36. A: A punchy energy filled song that's bright and meaty.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I level match and do gain staging to properly balance out the song before I do any processing. I mix drums usually first, then rhythm, then and lead or featured instruments, then lastly vocals, but it is also dependent on the genre or type of song I am mixing, i.e. depends on the context.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I am in Quarantine at the moment, so I have a home studio setup. My DAW is Pro Tools.

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

  42. A: I am a huge fan of Victor Wooten, Chad Smith, Flea, Joe Dart, as you can tell, I'm a bassist. URM Academy, Hardcore Music Studio, and Specter Sounds Studios.

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

  44. A: I mix a clients songs or demo's.

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Tima Reece - Feel that way

I was the Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

I will do 3 revisions, typical turn around time is one week, additional costs may incur for session musicians.
You will receive a red book standard wav file.

GenresSounds Like
  • Paramore
  • Stand Atlantic
  • Killswitch Engage
Gear Highlights
  • Truth B2030A Reference monitors
  • Scarlett 18i20 mic pre
  • AT2020 Condenser mic
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SoundBetter Deal

I will mix your song for $5.