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.

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

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
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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.