Hi! My name is Jake Knox and I am a Mix Engineer/ Producer in Los Angeles, CA. From multi-platinum Bipolar Sunshine (DJ Snake, Gryffin, Beyonce) to talented indies Lily Lyon, and even my own Jake Knox project! My goal is to give your song the dimension and punch that matches the emotion of the project, while using the best analog gear. Lets do it
I am offering mixing services, but I am a producer and instrumentalist as well. I say that because a great mix does not simply "sound clean" but it moves dynamically following the performance and writing of each song. It's all about the vibe and enhancing the character of what you have done! I love what I do, and I hope I can apply it to your songs.
All mixes will pass through analog gear from (Neve, SSL, Manley, API) as well as the digital domain (UAD, Soundtoys, Fab Filter). This process of printing adds thickness via the transformers, as well as the saturation that "in the box" tries to emulate, yet still has a few processes digitally that analog gear can't provide. The best way I tell clients is, its the equivalent of having your whole mix run through a Neve board, with API EQ's, and SSL compressors, with a warm tube punch from a Manley Pultec. It will make your music sound warm, yet punchy as hell.
Congrats if you have made it this far! My schedule is pretty swamped, but if you are interested in working feel free to reach out.
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Jake is a phenomenal musician and producer. Just to be with him in the studio and to watch him go to work on your song is quite a thrill. He took my songs and transformed them into special tracks that I will treasure for a lifetime. He works with you at your level of experience, too. He is very easy to work with. Can't wait to work with him again.
Jake Knox is hard worker and a true talent. He has a real gift for turning creative ideas into a fully developed musical sound. I highly recommend working with him!
Interview with Jake Knox
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Too much.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: If you need a trombone or trumpet, Quinn Carson.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do my project. If the song vibes with me, and I feel I can do my best work on it I will work on your project. If it doesn't vibe, or if I feel I am not the best fit then I will politely decline. This isn't a money thing for me, its about building community.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The mix is just cleaning. The mix is about provide the vibe that the artists vision dictates.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Shop around. I have been in the same situation. Ease your mind and contact the people you want to hire. Ask as many questions as you can, and then start to develop a relationship with whom you want to work to. There is nothing worse than not having a spark with those around you. Even if you have the best in the biz, they might not be able to make the right product with you. If it feels right, it usually is.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve, Speakers, Keyboard, Guitar, U67.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I got started music directing for artists, then producing them, then mixing them, then writing with them, then doing all of it together. Now I try and take the experiences I have learned the hard way, and help get your vision completed!
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Seek to polish the performance, not try to make it something its not.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Alt Hip Hop, EDM, rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication and work flow.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I try to hear what the emotion of the performance and writing is. Then figure out how to convey that through hz, and db.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Correct and Clean, print analog, shape and color, correct and clean, print analog. Rinse and repeat.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is hybrid analog and digital, that features the gear I like and use. Nothing more, nothing less. For nerds: I run everything through Neve transformers, shape with API, add glue with SSL, and air with Manley Pultec.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work as both a Producer, and Mix Engineer for my clients.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Their goals for the project, and who they would hire if they didn't have any budget restraints. This helps me get an idea of the clients true vision. If I feel that I can help you get there I will tell you. I will also tell you if it would be better to look for someone else! In the end every music job is a collaboration.Lets create.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with others.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Honesty, Good Communication, Hard Work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Always both. They both do things the other can't.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am proud of each project I work on. My goal in working is to better myself with each job. There is no project that I am not proud of!