Sound design, mixing and mastering has been a part of my life since I began in this industry 1998. Over the years, The way we listen to music has changed rapidly and most music is listened to in headphones. I adapted to this and I master 90% in custom IEMs = 100% sound accuracy. Im taking a lot of influence from my days as a Live Music FOH/MON tech
I´m not the average Mastering Engineer. I come from 20+ years in the Live Concert production Industry, working with everything from small bands to international DJ´s. Sound design, mixing and mastering has been a part of my life since I began in this industry 1998. Most music nowadays is listened to in headphones / bluetooth speakers / sonos etc. That means you have to view mastering differently today then in the past.
I master 90% in custom In ear head phones = 100% sound accuracy (or as close as can be).
Im taking a lot of influence from my days as a Live Music FOH/MON tech. Especially using my knowledge on how music sounds in in-ear monitoring.
I love to dig in to a audio project whatever it may be. I love editing, sound desinging, mastering, mixing. All of it. But I specialize in Mastering & Editing Music & Podcasts.
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Interview with Daniel Hellsten
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I would have to say it´s the Avicii Tribute Concert we did for 60.000 people in the audience and millions watching the stream. It was epic.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mainly single songs and podcasts, I do a couple of them myself so I work on them aswell. Best projects is when I get to master a Live track. Thats like getting back to where I belong.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: No I´m new to SoundBetter
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, there is no reason to go back to analogue these days. Maybe just for the fun of it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give it my all, every time.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The process to get perfect results. Also that I can do it almost anywhere as long as I have an internet connection.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you actually do? My Answer, I make good stuff sound even better.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we just run it through some standard plugins and get on with it. It is so much more.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you 100% happy with the mix you sent me?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to you stuff with fresh ears before you send it to me. Give me notes on what you would like to see done, or if its all up to me.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Headphones, Laptop, Notebook (with pen), Tooth Brush, Water bottle.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out with Live Audio back in 1998 when I was still in school. As time whent I worked my way up to touring as a FOH and Monitor Engineer to then move on tu full production managment and design for Live events. DUring all of these years I´ve took on as many sound editing and mastering jobs as I had time with, so I´ve been doing it for a long time. Later years I cut down on touring and are now focusing more on the mastering.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like to create room for the ears to explore but in the same time be literally blown away of the punch. The contrasts creates feelings.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: No particular one. Im open to all :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: You do not have to win the loudness war. Be brave, hold back.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: EDM mostly, but I come from the Pop & Rock genre from the beginning.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Knowing when to stop and be happy with it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Punch, Air, Width, Dynamic precision.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mainly use Adobe Audiotion for mixing and mastering. I use my custom IEM headphones for listening, and then I reference in my Genelec Studio Monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tim Avicii Bergling was a friend of mine and a true music genius.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering, Podcast editing, Live Sound, Sound Design