Konopka Sound Productions

Mixing Engineer/Film Composer

82 Reviews (62 Verified)
Konopka Sound Productions on SoundBetter

I'm an Emmy® award-winning film composer. As a mixing engineer, I specialize in blending the sonic elements of a recording into a cohesive and professional sound. With years of experience and a finely tuned ear, I strive to bring out the best in every project. Let me take your music to the next level.

I specialize in two overlapping spheres of the music business: film composing and mixing. As film composing can be very wide-ranging in genre, I have found that I have had to become accustomed to acoustic and electronic production. The typical genres I work with are electronic/EDM, indie, pop, rock, and classical. I enjoy working with independent filmmakers that want to make substantive films. Documentaries, tv series, video games, and podcasts are my favorite to score since they offer the greatest range of creativity in the music and sound design. As a classically trained audio engineer with experience recording orchestra, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, string quartets, choir, and solo performers, and with access to professional session players, there isn't anything I can't provide for a film soundtrack.

As a mixing engineer, I pride myself on my ability to transform raw tracks into polished and professional-sounding pieces of music. With extensive experience in the field and a keen ear for detail, I am confident in my ability to take your music to the next level. I specialize in creating a cohesive and balanced mix that highlights the strengths of each instrument and vocal. Whether you're a solo artist, band, or producer, I am committed to providing you with a final mix that meets your expectations and surpasses them.

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

82 Reviews - 7 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Alex B.

    It was such a pleasure to work with John, very professional, very polite, he got right away what was my vision for the song and delivered an A+ result! Thank you sir!

  2. Review by Burkay D.

    John consistently delivers very clear mixes, and so easy to work with. Did a masterful job with this one!

  3. Review by Wendy
    by Wendy

    John did a really good job on all of my four songs' mixings. He is technically skilled, communicative, and patient. He cares a lot about clients' thoughts on every single detail, and he's willing to take the time to make the adjustments. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a mixing engineer.

  4. Review by Burkay D.

    Amazing mix. All the issues I thought I had with my mix were gone in John's version. Completed the job on the first shot with no change requests. Excellent work!

  5. Review by Burkay D.

    Another amazing mix by John! Makes all of the sounds shine every time.

  6. Review by Dallas O.

    John is a great engineer with a great ear in mixing different genres of music. He’s kind, patient, and makes sure you feel like you are leaving with your best work. He has a great attitude and extremely professional. John delivers quality projects and isn’t afraid to try something out of the ordinary when it comes to production. Highly recommend!

  7. Review by Burkay D.

    John did an amazing job with this mix. There were a couple of issues before I sent the mix over. After his mix, all of the issues were gone and it sounds amazing! He really takes care of your song like it is his own.

  8. Review by Christopher

    John did a good job for us, in a very short time frame. He was flexible and very professional, which we really appreciated.

  9. Review by Burkay D.

    Very quick delivery as promised on this touch up work. Thank you John!

  10. Review by Burkay D.

    Simple follow up done timely and to specs. Great work as usual John!!

  11. Review by Brigid B.

    We chose to have Konopka master the first single from our upcoming album and we couldn't be happier. Our producer checked everything, from professional mixing speakers to car speakers to high-quality headphones, and it all sounds great. Even played it on my iPhone speakers. Total win.

  12. Review by Burkay D.

    Another amazing mix job by John. Great clarity in the mix and very quick turn around!

  13. Review by alan s.

    I searched out soundbetter to see If anybody had the skill base to mix out and give a semi orchestrated, busy piece of music with lots of vocals the space to let instruments breed. While there are many out there that can mix, John's knowledge of classical music, and knowing how to position instrument's in the stereo field shines through. John is very easy to work with. Highly recommend him. I gave him mud he gave me back a song.

  14. Review by Burkay Donderici

    Another amazing mix from John! He is always very patient, easy to work with, and also achieves amazing clarity and balance in his mixes!

  15. Review by Burkay D.

    Another amazing mix from John!! Great clarity, he really brings out the best every time.

  16. Review by Burkay Donderici

    John delivers very consistent results and amazing clarity! I love how it sounds now! He is also always so easy to work with and communicates very well.

  17. Review by Teddy C.

    John is always a pleasure to work with- He turns out a fabulous final product on time, every time. I worked with him on many of my songs and look forward to doing so again. I highly recommend him for your next project!

  18. Review by Burkay D.

    Another excellent mix by John. He makes the process so easy. I enjoy working with him because he always has perfect clarity in his mixes, and does the best he can to bring out the best in every track.

  19. Review by Teddy C.

    Working with John has been a FIVE-STAR experience every time!

  20. Review by Burkay D.

    John has done an amazing job and further elevated my mix which was already acceptable. He made is sound much crisper and cleaner. He never ceases to amaze me with his sonic skills!

Interview with Konopka Sound Productions

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

  2. A: I'm working on film scores and mixes!!!

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

  4. A: A Mac, Pro Tools, U87, Millennia Mic Pre, and a Lynx interface.

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

  6. A: I worked at the Cleveland Institute of Music as an audio engineer, recording concerts and recitals, and I also ran my own recording business. Believe it or not, I started scoring films when I was 17 and won an Emmy Award when I was 19. I had been using Logic Pro/Pro X since I was around 10 years old- I dropped out of my high school as a senior and homeschooled myself. I only did this because I wanted to devote as much time as possible to learning audio engineering and composing.

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

  8. A: I bring a wide range of technical skills and creative vision to each song I work on. I approach each mix with a critical ear and a deep understanding of how to use tools such as EQ, compression, and spatial effects to shape the sound and bring out the best in each element of the mix. I also bring a keen sense of musicality and a deep appreciation for the emotional impact of music, which helps me to make artistic choices that enhance the overall impact of the song. Whether working as a mixing/mastering engineer or film score composer, my ultimate goal is to help my clients achieve their vision and create music that resonates with listeners.

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

  10. A: As a mixing/mastering engineer, the most common type of work I do for my clients is taking their raw audio tracks and transforming them into polished and cohesive final mixes that are ready for release. As a film score composer, I typically work closely with directors and producers to create original music that captures the mood and emotion of the film while enhancing its overall impact.

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

  12. A: Yes! My uncle Dan Konopka (member of the Grammy® Award winning band OK Go). He is an incredibly experienced engineer and session drummer.

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

  14. A: Film composer for "Celebrating the Comeback of the Burning River" documentary. We won the Emmy® award for Best Topical Documentary in 2019.

  15. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  16. A: Both. You need analog for certain sounds and you need digital for others.

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

  18. A: I will give my best effort with each project, because I care about your product and I take pride in my work. Attention to detail.

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

  20. A: I love being involved in others' musical ambitions and help to serve their goals.

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

  22. A: How long will it take for this to be mixed? It depends, but I normally need two days minimum for a song. I will work on it for one day for a few hours, and then I will return to it the next day to review it because every project needs that second take.

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

  24. A: I'm not going to be able to make ANYTHING sound like an Atlantic Records release--a great mix begins with a great foundation, i.e. well recorded vocals, guitars, drums, bass, synths, and high quality samples. "You can't polish a turd."

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

  26. A: What are your intentions for this project? What is your message? What artist do you want this to sound like?

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

  28. A: Make sure you give your best effort for every track you make and then allow the engineer to do his job! (you can always give mixing suggestions of course)

  29. Q: How would you describe your style?

  30. A: My style of mixing is more minimalistic as compared to the average mixer. My style is very flexible as it adjusts to who my client is and what my client wants.

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

  32. A: Bon Iver, because I consider him to be one of the most talented song-writers today and in history. His creativity amazes me and has inspired me in my productions of music and of mixes.

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

  34. A: "Keep it simple stupid." I think the greatest misconception in the audio industry is that you need all sort of different plugins on every single track within a mix, like compressors, limiters, reverbs, delays, effects, tone shapers, etc. For me, I mix with my ears--if I need a compressor, I'll use one. If I don't, I won't.

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

  36. A: I am asked to do lots of different types of jobs. Film composing is one of those things I am asked a lot to do, since I won an Emmy® award in 2019. I am also asked to do lots of classical recording for musicians at the conservatory in Cleveland, whether it be recording sessions, audition tapes, recitals, concerts, you name it. As far as mixing, I am generally asked to work with indie pop/rock, hip-hop, and electronic tracks.

  37. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  38. A: Bringing out in the sonic landscape what the song wants to say musical and vocally. In other words, there is a mood, a message, an emotion which every song tries to capture--I will try to translate the technical aspects (mixing) of a song into the emotion and musical direction that the artist wants to convey. I have been a musician for almost two decades and so my primary focus is to communicate and translate the creativity of the artist and manifest it in the mix of their tracks. I am not mathematically minded, I am artistically driven.

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

  40. A: First, I listen to the track and proceed to organize all the files into a session. Second, I typically start a rough mix of the entire song. Third, I begin to start to treat the most important elements of the session and then mix them together. From there, every song has a different mixing process.

  41. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  42. A: My studio is acoustically treated with carpeted floors, absorption panelling, and diffusers. I own the Apollo 16, Apollo 8p, Apollo Twin, UAD DSP Processor, a maxed out Mac Mini (3.2 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, Ram: 64 GB 2667 MHz DDR4), KRK Rokit 6s, Neumann U87, Neumann KM184 (pair), Schoeps MK2 (pair), UAD plugins, Waves plugins, Altiverb (the best impulse response reverb in the business), iZotope plugins, and FabFilter plugins. Additionally, I have a sub37 Moog, a Juno 108 (vintage synth from 1984), a Bach C Trumpet, and a Yamaha Bflat Trumpet. The DAWs I work in are Pro Tools, Ableton Live Suite, Logic Pro X, and Sequoia.

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

  44. A: Almost impossible to answer this in a paragraph--but some of the key inspirations are the Bon Iver, the Avett Brothers, Kanye West, Young Thugg, J. Cole, Jack Antinoff, the Vince Guaraldi Trio, Arvo Pärt, just to name a few.

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  • Nicholas Britell
  • Hans Zimmer
Gear Highlights
  • UA Apollo 8p
  • Mac Mini (maxed out)
  • ATC Loudspeakers SCM20A PRO MK2s
  • UAD Plugins
  • Altiverb
  • Waves Plugins
  • FabFilter
  • iZotope
  • Neumann U87
  • Neumann KM184 (pair)
  • Schoeps MK2 (pair)
  • Royer 121
  • Steinway Baby Grand Piano
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  • Shepherd in WinterFeb 16, 2023

    Honored to be composing music for this fantastic film produced, filmed, and edited by Andrew Baker. He is a seasoned film producer and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. The film takes place in rural Vermont as it takes the viewer through the multifaceted story of an elderly couple who bought their farmland early in their marriage during the bizarre cultural changes in the mid-late 20th century.

  • Radio Drama!Feb 16, 2023

    I just had the pleasure of working on a very unique project, "Postcards from Nyx." A sound film, much like a radio drama, that brings you through a narrative of space and time from the perspective of an AI supercomputer. This was a challenging project as it was a foreign artistic medium. However, I learned a lot about sound films and we were able to get the mix and master sounding great!

  • Finished mixes and masters for STVSHFeb 16, 2023

    Had a great time working with STVSH on his two tracks, "Who Gon Please Me" and "Late." Met him in Austin, TX this past year during SXSW where he was performing.