John Graham

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John Graham on SoundBetter

I'm a keyboard musician who offers editing, mixing, and mastering at reasonable prices. I've collaborated with several top SoundBetter vocalists, most recently Tammy Berman, Aika Zabala, Mariana Gouveia, and Jessica Jolia. I specialize in mixing Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, & Adult Contemporary genres.

I will mix and master your Singles, EPs, or Albums, and provide vocal/track editing as ordered. Average Turnaround Times (business days) as follows: Mastering - Singles (1-2 days), EPs (3-5 days), Albums (6-10 days); Mixing - Singles (1 week or less), EPs (2-3 weeks), Albums (3-4 weeks); Track/Vocal editing response times same as Mixing. For Editing you will receive 24-bit WAV files, Mixing you get a ready-to-master 24-bit WAV, Mastering you get a 16-bit WAV and MP3 for each song (AIFF or FLAC available as you desire). Track Editing services include Noise Reduction, Timing/Quantizing, Vocal Comping, and Vocal Edits (tuning, breaths, de-essing). The basic process is you send me your 24-bit WAV files and tell me what you need done - I'll take it from there! Your complete satisfaction is my goal and my standard of performance.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

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9 Reviews

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  1. Review by Kaz Zabala
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    It was a pleasure working with John. He's very knowledgeable and quite technical when it comes to details but he's the type of producer/engineer who will let you have your own creative freedom. He is also very appreciative of one's work and is very generous. I hope to work with him again in the future!

  2. Review by Inés Vera-Ortiz
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    Very kind person to work with. Hope to work again with him!!!!

  3. Review by Federico Tarquini
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    This is my first experience using SOUNDBETTER and it couldn´t be better really!
    John is a great professional musician and a really friendly person. He knows what he wants and he know how toask for it.
    Hope we can make a lot of music together.
    100% recommendable!

  4. Review by Tammy
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    Working with John has been awsome! He´s very talented, kind, easy going, organized and respectful of the artist´s job. He provided me with all the material he could, and he´s been there all over the process, without putting any pressure, just offering his help in case of need, always with kind and warm words. Being part of this project has been a real pleasure and I had a great time recording this song. I´m really looking forward to working again with him! Thanks again, John! ;)

  5. Review by Chris Hall
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    I enjoyed working with John! He is diligent and very professional. I appreciate his feedback and timeliness

  6. Review by Mariana Gouveia
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    John is an amazing musician and extremely kind and always helpful. His communication is outstanding and ver professional. I highly recommend his work and will definitly work with him again. 😊

  7. Review by Aika Zabala
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    John has been so far, one of the best clients I've worked with. His production skills are absolutely top-notch and he has a great professional work ethic. I extremely appreciate his detail-oriented submissions; on top of the standard music guides, he will go out of his way to provide lyric charts and sheet music to help bring out the ease in the work process and the best in the final output. Absolutely looking forward to working with him again. Highly, highly recommended!

  8. Review by Jessica Jolia
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    John is a talented keyboardist and composer! He is a true joy to work with, as he provides great insight on what is needed for his projects. Can’t wait to work together again soon!

  9. Review by Audrey McDonald
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    John is great to work with! He provided all the tracks I needed for the recording and even changed the key to better fit my voice. Plus he was always fast to respond and friendly. I would love to work with him again. He's the perfect client to work for in every way.

Interview with John Graham

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

  2. A: Amber Sweeney is a powerhouse singer whose career is skyrocketing right now. She recently had an #1 R&B single in the UK. It was my privilege to work with her on a project covering a song by the Eagles, “I Can’t Tell You Why.” I did the production, arrangement, instrumentals, editing, mixing, and mastering for that song – which included 26 vocal tracks of Amber’s Lead, Harmony, and Ad Lib performances, including a spectacular duet with herself. I’ve featured this track here on my profile page.

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

  4. A: I’m working on an EP project involving cover songs with vocalists from the USA, Canada, Poland, and the Philippines who have credits from American Idol, The Voice, and the Grand Ole Opry.

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

  6. A: If you’re looking for female vocalists, I love working with Amber Sweeney, Audrey McDonald, Jessica Jolia, Aika Zabala, Mariana Gouveia, Tammy Berman, Christina Hall, and Ines Vera-Ortiz, all of whom are consummate professionals. And if you need a guitarist - Federico Tarquini is a master (and teacher).

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I prefer mixing “in the box” because I like the way it sounds, the efficient and productive flexibility of it, and it’s very convenient for turning around any changes or revisions.

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

  10. A: I know that clients aren’t always comfortable working with a remote service provider in a virtual environment. It’s hard to reach out and risk your music with someone you’ve never met. And it can be personal – after all, your music is something you’ve put your heart and soul into, sometimes for many days or weeks. I’ve been in the same boat myself as a session musician hiring other performers, and it can be nerve-wracking until you’ve got that great-sounding final track in your hands. But please remember, I’m here for you. Without you – I’m out of a job. So I’m dedicated to your success and the part my service plays in getting you there.

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

  12. A: I love working with other musicians and helping artists achieve their dreams of producing a great sounding song.

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

  14. A: - What types of music do you Edit, Mix & Master? Pop, Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Adult Contemporary, Orchestral, Country, A Capella Vocals. I can handle pretty much anything except Heavy Metal, Rap, or Hip Hop. - Do you have Samples of your work I can listen to? Sure. There are some examples here in my profile page. - How long can my tracks/songs be? Songs don’t need to be a specific length. The average song length of a Pop song or one you might hear on the radio is about three and half minutes. Cover song licensing can cost more if a song is more than five minutes long. But you have to ask yourself, “Who is my target audience?” Would your fans listen to and enjoy an eight-minute song, or would they rather hear a radio-ready hit? As for my editing, mixing, and mastering services, my prices are the same regardless of song or track length. - Can I get Revisions? Yes! I will do up to five free revisions per Service (Editing, Mixing, or Mastering) – after which they are $25 apiece. And I will do unlimited revisions on any package deal (Edit & Mix; Edit, Mix & Master; or Mix & Master).

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

  16. A: That every song is mixed and mastered the same. Each mix is unique and mixing/mastering engineers approach each project with a fresh perspective and a commitment to making the final recording sound the very best it possibly can.

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

  18. A: What do you consider to be your genre? What artists have influenced your music? Is there recording of a song/performance similar to yours that you admire? What is your schedule? When do you need the final product? What media are distributing to (streaming, CD, MP3, Film, TV)? Do you need any alternative mixes (a capella, instrumental, backing track)?

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

  20. A: You may have the absolute best raw recording ever made, but in order for it to have the professional sounding finish of radio-ready songs, it needs to be mixed and mastered. Ask yourself some of these questions about your mix: Does it have contrast? Does it build? Are sound elements like instruments and vocals in different areas of the stereo field? Does it have a lead that carries the focus of the song? Is it noisy? Is it clear? Does it have punch? Does it sound too far away? Can you hear every word and note? Does it have dullness? Is it uninteresting or boring? Does it groove? The services of a mixing/mastering engineer will address all of these issues and more – so let us help you take your recording to the next level.

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

  22. A: Keyboard, keyboard amp, my DAW computer, USB interface, and I guess a generator to power it all...

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

  24. A: I trained in classical piano in the 1950s and '60s, then got into popular organ, and percussion intruments. I played with bands and solo gigs in my youth until I got drafted for the Vietnam war. Then music was a sideline until I retired from the military in 2001, and have finally been able to do it full time the past six years.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Plain speaking, roll up your sleeves, and keep going until it sounds the best you can make it.

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

  28. A: On the production side, I get to work with singers and instrumentalists from all over the world - and I'm always impressed with the way music brings us together in a positive no matter where you're from. As far a famous artists are concerned, I'd love to see how Chris Botti and Paula Cole do a recording session together - because the "conversation" between those two is stunning.

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

  30. A: Never be afraid to try something new - but be honest about whether it really works or not, and ask others for feedback if you're not sure.

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

  32. A: Mostly Pop and Adult Contemporary, but I've done Rock, Jazz, and R&B as well.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I'm usually able to balance dynamic range and loudness in a way that makes customers happy.

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

  36. A: I'm also a musician and producer myself, so I like to think I bring that perspective. I'm always looking for that perfect marriage of a great hook, outstanding contrast, and something unique or different in the performance that makes it special. I think in this business you've got to be passionate about what you do - and I absolutely love it.

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

  38. A: Upon receipt of the customer's mix or track files, I organize and label everything into groups, subgroups, tracks, and FX, work with the customer on any final decisions on takes/comps, and delete empty or unused tracks, and ensure no plugins or automation is in use. If there are vocals, I edit them for noise, de-essing, or pitch issues. Then I work on any obvious timing or tempo issues and tighten up any instruments that need pocketing. Next I work gain-staging and make a backup. If the customer has provided any reference tracks or song/performer type guidance I listen to all of that, or if not, I discuss and choose a reference mix with the customer and use that to begin a static mix with volume and pan only in mono, then stereo. After that, I use EQ, Compression, Reverb & Delay as needed, and then sweeten the mix using automation. Then I usually break for a day to let my ears rest and re-engage with fresh ears and make any final changes before printing a file for mastering. Then I master the mix using my referencing, width, depth, loudness experience and tools - optimizing for the desired media, and working back with the customer to make sure he/she is satisfied.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I use a Dell 8930 server running ProTools, Reaper, and host of supporting software from Waves, Native Instruments Toneboosters, iZotope, TSE Audio, Voxengo, among other programs and plug-ins. I mix using various studio monitors such as Yamaha HS8's, Roland Micros, headphones, and various other playback test systems in a dedicated, acoustically treated facility.

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

  42. A: I especially admire the work of Chris Lord-Alge, Bob Brockman, Benny Faccone, Jon Gass, and Dave Pensado, among others.

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

  44. A: I provide editing, mixing, and mastering services for music audio tracks.

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I Can't Tell You Why (feat. Amber Sweeney)

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I will provide up to 5 free revisions per Service (Editing, Mixing, Mastering), after which they're $25/rev. I will do unlimited revisions on any package deal.

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  • Pro Tools
  • Reaper
  • Waves
  • Native Instruments
  • Toneboosters
  • iZotope
  • Mastering the Mix
  • TSE Audio
  • Voxengo
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I offer package discounts including Edit/Mix, Mix/Master, and Edit/Mix/Master special rates. I also offer discounts for EPs and Albums on all my services.