Yo, I'm Adrian. I am a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and mix/master engineer from Las Vegas. Let me know what you're envisioning and I will make it happen!
I've been playing music since I was a kid, recording music into DAWs since 12, and prioritizing learning and growing as a musician every single day since. I've been heavily involved with all types of music throughout my life and I can provide unique insight and integrate various musical styles into the songs I write or produce.
I took an interest in the behind the scenes work of music because I was made aware early on that no amount of individual skill or technical prowess could ever touch the power enveloped in a fantastically produced, well designed composition. Composition and production must work hand in hand to truly articulate what an artist is envisioning in their minds. I strive to think big picture and always push every project to reach its full potential!
Here are some things I can do for you:
Remotely mix and master tracks of any genre.
Produce your music and give it that professional sound and feel.
Compose the music and optimize sound for any videos, tv or internet series, short films, etc.
Perform or program all instrumentation for tracks of any genre.
Prioritize achieving the absolute best product possible.
Let's create incredible music from those ideas that have been trapped inside of your head for so long!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
8 ReviewsEndorse Adrian Tanner
Adrian is a great guy to work with, he really takes his craft seriously. I can always depend on him for a great mix. You can’t go wrong hiring him for your song or project.
Adrian’s production skills are phenomenal and he’s great at bringing a project’s vision to life. I’ve worked with him on 2 EP’s and a single in the past and all of them turned out better than my expectations.
Adrian's production was really able to bring the vision for my band's EP to life. He brought a calm but confident attitude to the tracking process which helped us achieve the best final product we could. Great communication and willingness to make revisions we wanted in the mix. Working with him was a great decision overall.
Adrian has a very professional sound to every project he has worked on. He has a broad and diverse experience which makes him great for any style or genre of music. If you need a songwriter/engineer/producer he’s your guy!
I have worked with Adrian on various live drum tracking sessions and mixing sessions. He is always very punctual and professional and always achieves a great final product! He is always willing to put in the extra time to make sure a project comes out perfect.
I was blown away with Adrian's production. He tracked and mixed my band's EP and got the drums sounding PHAT. I love how much space there is for each instrument in the mix.
Adrian mixed a couple songs for my worship band and they sounded way better than any of us expected. He can do everything!!
I worked with Adrian a couple of years back with one of my first bands. He's an absolute pleasure to work with and, in my experience, he will make sure that you don't walk away with a song or an album that you aren't happy with. The band I was in at the time played metal/metalcore and Adrian seemed very comfortable working with our material. I would definitely highly recommend Adrian to anyone needing assistance in any aspect of recording, he's the guy.
Interview with Adrian Tanner
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music production and audio engineering. I love working with clients who aren’t afraid of outside input and are willing to put egos aside to achieve the best possible results!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My primary setup consists of a Saffire Pro 40 interface, 3 outboard preamps and 1 compressor running into Pro Tools 12 and coming out of a pair of Yamaha HS8s and a KRK10S. I have a wide selection of microphones, a Kemper Profiling Amp, tons of plugins and software instruments, and a bunch of guitars and basses.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to start mixing by leveling a track overall first and then once everything is sitting in a decent spot, I’ll break the mix down and start back at the kick drum until it’s all done. If at any point I hear something or think of a move I want to make, I’ll do it right then and there. Holding onto mix notes eventually gets really complicated so I attend to it immediately rather than after the fact. I am meticulous when it comes to my attention to detail, so I’m constantly listening to mix revisions on many different systems to compile an accurate representation of what the song will sound like to most listeners. After all that, I’ll apply any final sweetening and wah-lah!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a fresh set of ears and an eager state of mind into every song! I also have advanced music theory knowledge and musicianship that spans most of the instruments involved in modern production. These skills come in handy when producing a track or engineering the best takes out of an artist.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill would be my ability to listen and provide unbiased feedback. No matter the genre or artist that I’m working with, my goal is to help you achieve the sound that you have in your head.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I typically work in the realm of rock music, more specifically prog rock, metal, mathrock, etc. Recently though I have been involved with a lot of hip hop and pop productions which have influenced my production style drastically!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don’t spend too much time on one little aspect if it’s giving you trouble. Forget it for a while, keep on chugging and focus your efforts on the song as a whole. Getting too nitpicky with things is a trap I’ve fallen into many times, and it’s always the biggest time drain in retrospect. Take frequent breaks and listen with BIG ears!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is non-conventional at times, and downright traditional at others. It just depends on the project and how I feel about it. I’m a big advocate of writing and mixing in the box (mainly out of necessity) but the more experience I gain, the more my style will change.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path has always been in the world of music. I was playing my first shows at 12, recording and producing albums at 14, playing music all over the US right out of high school, then live sound engineering, studio interning, teaching music, - you name it, I’ve probably done it.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: I would take a really nice acoustic guitar, a laptop with infinite charge and my pro tools rig, a midi keyboard, a C414 and a UA interface.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to tracks they’ve done! Nothing speaks higher than a portfolio in this industry, so just use your ears and see if the quality matches the pitch they’re giving ya.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to know if there are any specific goals with the project. I also like to inquire about their influences and a get a general vibe established for each song. More questions inevitably come up as the project progresses, but usually those are handled for real in the revision stage.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it’s easy. This stuff takes time and effort just like any other job, and yet so many treat this profession as a joke. We’re here to create art. That’s no simple task.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Most questions I usually get pertain to the way I engineer sessions. For example, how I edit drum or vocal takes, which microphones placed where in the room, what plugins I’m going to use, etc. The answers to all of these are different depending on the project, but I make sure that a prospective client is comfortable with all aspects of the process before finalizing anything.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love waking up every single day and knowing that I get to be a music maker. It’s a lifestyle that I can’t get enough of, and so monetizing my musical skills is like getting paid to eat candy!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to you is that I will not stop working until the end result is something that we can both be proud of!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Analog tracking, digital mixing!!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh Bearden. He’s been working up the Vegas recording scene for some time now and he’s killing it! Definitely hit him up for all of your heavy music needs!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I’m currently working on a 6 song mathrock EP that I sing and play guitar on. It’s very dense instrumentation (drums, bass, 2 gtrs, keys, lots of vox) so it’ll be interesting to see what moves I bust to make the mix slap! I’m very excited to keep learning and growing with each release, this is no exception.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My most recent project was an album for a prog rock band I founded back in my junior year of high school. I was a writer, guitarist, vocalist and producer for this one. We started writing the songs like 4 years ago, and since then they have been through hell and back. We added another guitar player into the mix, scrapped songs, rewrote sections, retracked and remixed probably hundreds of times. I really went through a lot during this period of time in my life and now that it’s finally out and streaming everywhere, I feel ready to take on any and every challenge thrown my way.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Queen, Danny Elfman, Rick Beato, Periphery, Max Martin, Hans Zimmer, Eddie Kramer, Hail The Sun, CLA, Thundercat, Kendrick Lamar, Gentle Giant, King Crimson, Yes, the list goes on and on and on and on and-
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Thundercat. He is such an incredible musician and I think that if ever got the chance to work on a project with him, we could lay down some seriously PHAT stuff. His bass with massive drum production?? You don’t even know!