My main goal as your mixing engineer is to have you walk away happy and confident in the sound of your music. I will always put in the extra work to achieve the best end result. It’s your music and your dream and I’d like to make it sound the best that I can. I started out as a rock producer, but have become proficient in many genres.
I am a Los Angeles-based producer, mixer and sound engineer. Being that we are now in a pandemic I want to keep everyone safe so I am mostly offering remote services for mixing, mastering, editing, and production. I got my start playing drums for several bands such as Madus, Papafish, Tangent Transmission and as a hired gun for many other artists. After college I got an internship at Grey Area Studios with Erik Ron (Godsmack, Hands Like Houses, Slaves).
Though I have a background in rock, my genre specific mixing skills are flexible. In the last couple years I've worked on pop-punk, punk, rock, metal, folk, americana, experimental and indie. Last year I recorded an EP for indie-folk artist J.B. Boone called Severe Adventures. The single, “Hico” has been gaining traction on Spotify and other streaming services. In contrast, I recorded and mixed live sets for Dead Sara and Dijon, as well as working with Cusi Coyllur to create a Latinx song with Peruvian instruments for their lead single “Our DNA is Resiliency”, which caught the attention of She Shreds Magazine.
I’d like to take my experience and mix/engineer your records to achieve the best quality and at a reasonable price point.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
9 ReviewsEndorse Sam Sobo
Patience and productivity epitomized. Having worked with Sam for over a decade I can attest to his unwavering patience and focus that few others in the music industry have. Whether Sam assumes the role of producer, mixer, engineer, or sometimes all three, he's always willing to explore the potential of music to the client's content and keep an open door to any thoughts or discussions that may arise. No matter the stage of your song or composition Sam only seeks to be as excited and passionate about its completion as you.
I've known Sam for quite some time now and working with him is easily the BEST decision I could've ever made. We debuted my EP together amd are currently working on a full length. Sam is very easy to work with. He is very understanding of the process whether is writing, producing, or engineering. Sam is verrry good at facilitating the artist through every step of the way and even AFTER. If you're thinking about hiring Sam, DO IT! Without a doubt, I will continue to work with Sam.
Sam is definitely the guy for the job. He puts in the time, has the knowledge, the tools and is always down to experiment. He’ll help you find that sound in your head and make it come out of the speakers exactly the way you imagined it. I never hesitate to recommend him to all my fellow musician friends. Absolutely great guy all around.
Sam has been the best producer I have worked with over the past 12 years of being a musician. His understanding of what the artist wants to portray is what makes him so great. He is knowledgeable, patient, direct, professional and courteous. I highly recommend Sam if you want to make your music sound the best it can be. Usually producers have only one or two strong suits when it comes to recording, mixing and mastering. Sam is one of the few that excels in every aspect.
Without Sam, I would never have been able to reach half a million streams from over 150,000 people in just a single year. He is patient, extremely knowledgeable, and knows how to help you reach your goal. He’s also got an incredible percussive mind, and practically wrote all of the percussion to all my songs. As a solo indie artist, I can’t recommend Sam enough to anyone at any level in their career.
Working with Sam Sobo was a wonderful experience! He is always willing to work as hard as possible, and go the extra mile to get the exact sound you’re looking for. He is also incredibly creative, so if you’re not satisfied, or having writers-block for a section of your song he will always have suggestions and direction. Because he is a musician, communication in acquiring precisely what you desire is easy. He is also very friendly and personable. I don’t regret working with him at all, and will call upon him for future projects.
I’ve worked with Sam musically on-and-off for over a decade! From being in a band with him, to writing and recording music together. The guy not only knows the production side, but he also knows the artistic side. In the music recording world, it’s important to work with people that are patient and able to collaborate. Sam is extremely welcoming and pleasant to work with, which makes the production process with him that much more enjoyable and fun. Whether you are a solo artist or a band, I highly recommend giving Sam a shot at producing/recording/engineering your next project! - Greg
Sam Sobo has an amazing ear for the little details and sounds that make music sound ... well great! I've worked with Sam to get guitar tones and drum tones just right and he's a breeze to work with. He's passionate about his craft and also honest with the intention of making sure you are happy as the client and that your work sounds the best it can. You definitely won't be disappointed with Sam.
I’ve worked with a lot of people in music since I was a kid, and I’ve never had such a positive experience in the studio before recording with Sam. Especially as a womxn in music, I was often told that I don’t know what I’m doing, my ideas aren’t good enough, or was pressured into giving away credits to my songs. Sam always made me feel that my visions for my songs are more than good enough, they’re perfect. If you want to leave the recording studio smiling, laughing and actually enjoying the recording process, work with Sam Sobo. I look forward to recording more songs with him!
Interview with Sam Sobo
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Do cables, computers, and instruments count? If not, Id say UAD Apollo, my Slate ML1 and ML2 microphones, an 1176 and my Hairball Audio Lola pre amp.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out playing drums in bands called Madus and Papafish. In the midst of recording demos for the band I became infatuated with he recording process. I went on to intern for Erik Ron (Bush, Godsmack) at Grey Area Studios where I was able to take my skills to the next level. They were kind enough to take my under their wing and it was immensely important to the way I do things now. While interning there I started taking some projects on the side and ended up working on folk, hardcore, and experimental projects that I would've never expected but it helped be branch out. I've always wanted to be a versatile producer as I love so many different styles of music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: RX Bandits because their music and sounds have always inspired me to want to make better music and take that extra step to achieve my goals.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Usually less is more but sometimes it's not. Sometimes more is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I'm mainly a rock guy but have also done a lot of folk albums.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Back in March, at the start of the covid-19 pandemic, I moved all of my gear out of my studio and have most of it set up at my house. I'm using an Apollo 8p with Adam A8x and Avantone mix cube monitors. I have a hybrid setup for mixing. I mostly mix in the box but will use some of my analog gear depending on what's needed. I also use audiomovers to do remote mixing, mastering, and production sessions with clients and keep everyone safe. My analog gear is as listed below: Pre Amps BAE 73MPL Hairball Audio Lola Capi VP 28 Compressors 2 JLM LA 500 Effects Yamaha SPX90 Distortion Chandler Tube Driver
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine, Sylvia Massy, Erik Ron, Colin Brittain
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, Mixing, Mastering, Editing, Songwriting