Sam Fredenberg

Pop/Hip-hop Mixing Engineer

12 Reviews (3 Verified)
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An alumni of the historic Henson Studios in Los Angeles, Sam has worked and rubbed shoulders with the music industry's up and coming. While at Henson, he had the pleasure of learning over the shoulders of Spike Stent (Marshmello, Grimes, Harry Styles), Josh Gudwin (Justin Beiber, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny), Joe Barresi (Chevelle, Tool) etc.

Sam Fredenberg is an indie mixing engineer and producer based out of Los Angeles, California. A classical pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Sam has touched all aspects of the music making process, but found that mixing provided the level of depth and intricacy necessary to keep him curious. Known for his approachable communication style and genuine desire to see his clients succeed, Sam is prepared to do what it takes to see you grow as a client and artist in the music industry.

Specializing in Indie-Pop, Hip-Hop, and Downtempo Electronic, Sam is ready to put the finishing touches on your record and will provide unlimited revisions until you are absolutely satisfied with your mix.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

12 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Another great moment working for Sam. He makes things so easy and nice that you really wish all clients were like him. Great, great guy, a pleasure to work with!

  2. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Another excellent experience working with Sam! Thanks very much for your continued trust in my work, it is a great pleasure to work with you, you are extremely kind and easy to work with!

  3. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Always happy to work with Sam! :)

  4. Review by Andres Mayo
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    These collaborations with Sam have been wonderful! I am very happy we keep on choosing each other.

  5. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Thanks Sam for trusting me your music once again, it has been a real pleasure to work with you. You couldn't be nicer. Cheers!

  6. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Sam was the most pleasant experience; we communicated often and achieved a great result in no time. Hope we continue working together!

  7. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with Sam was the most pleasant experience; we communicated often and achieved a great result in no time. Hope we continue working together!

  8. Review by Luther J.

    Had an amazing experience working with Sam!!! Did an awesome job helping bring my song to life!!!

  9. Review by Abraham F.

    Sam knows how to read the track and get the energy I'm looking for. I've mixed a couple singles through him and have always been super happy with the result. Thanks Sam!

  10. Review by Noah F.

    Sam mixed my EP and really brought the project to the next level. Most of my recordings were from my home studio, so there were technical errors with white noise and static sound, but he worked his magic and brought all the sweet notes out in the mix and really maximized the recordings and production. Couldn’t have asked for a more professional experience and will be back when I’m ready to release the next project.

  11. Review by James Auwarter
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    Super easy and straightforward working with Sam again! Appreciate ya, sir!

  12. Review by James Auwarter
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    As a producer, Sam puts his client first. That's about the most important thing a good producer can do. On our project together he communicated very clearly with me what precisely he and his client were looking for, and this is something I do not take for granted. Sam is very professional and I'd love to work with him again anytime!

Interview with Sam Fredenberg

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

  2. A: I just finished an EP for N Kelsey, and a single for Abe the Babe. The next job is an EP for ellen ive ove. It's good music with very interesting production. I'm excited for the challenge.

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

  4. A: I engineered, helped produce, and mixed N Kelsey's EP, DELTA. We achieved our artistic goal, and I'm proud of the end product.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital, because it's controlled and reliable. I've worked with some of the biggest mixing engineers in the industry, many of which are old timers and masters of analogue. They're switching to digital too. It just makes sense.

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

  8. A: My promise to you: I'm here to achieve your vision and deliver a radio-ready track.

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

  10. A: The most common question I get is essentially "Do you think this is a good track?" The answer I give is that art is art. What matters is that it is your true and genuine expression. Maybe everyone likes it, and maybe barely anyone likes it. Regardless, it's valuable and a victory of the spirit.

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

  12. A: That mixing is a place for fixing things. In reality, it's a continuation of your work--I just put the finishing touches on what you've already created.

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

  14. A: I started exploring music on my family's piano as a ten-year-old and never stopped. Eventually I decided that it wasn't a hobby, which is when I started working at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood. After a year and a half there, I realized that the gig was funneling me into a specifically analogue engineering career. I knew that that's not what I ultimately wanted to do, so I quit and started working freelance. As they say, the rest is history.

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

  16. A: Who are your influences? What are some good reference tracks for the mix, and what do you like about them sonically? Who is your target audience?

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Organic, energized and dynamic.

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

  20. A: Switchfoot is both my dream session and guilty pleasure. They were the band that launched my obsession with music, and I still appreciate their work.

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

  22. A: It has varied, but I seem to be drawn to Pop and Indie-Pop. I've done some Hip-Hop as well.

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

  24. A: I bring an intuitive and minimalist expertise to every track I touch.

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

  26. A: I start by organizing my desk and clearing my mind. On first listen, I close my eyes and experience each track end to end. I want to understand what the artist is hearing; I want to find the good stuff and highlight it. Also, I never want to miss the forest for the trees. A track is an organism. For it to live and breath, every part has to play its symbiotic role, and each section needs to ebb and flow in movement with the underlying energy. Once the process is started, it's a race to the finish. I lock in and push till I've got a first draft. Over-exposure is an objectivity killer. I send it out pronto, and wait for the artist's feedback so that we can move forward in tandem.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I'm running through Apollo Pres and AD/DA, and out through Adam A7X's, Sennheiser HD650's, a mono Avantone Mix Cube and a multitude of other headphones and car speakers. I work primarily in Ableton, using UAD, Izotope, Slate Digital, Soundtoys, Wavesfactory etc.

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

  30. A: James Auwarter has done good work for me. He was great to work with, and genuinely interested in taking my mixes that final step in the mastering stage.

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

  32. A: I get to enjoy music, 24/7. Is there a better job?

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

  34. A: Send me your track, and let's talk about your vision. I'm here to help you reach your goals and release benchmark quality audio.

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

  36. A: My mac, studio monitors, a treated room (cheating? Maybe), my Apollo and a vintage Neumann U47

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

  38. A: Be purposeful. If an instrument or element doesn't add to the energy, cut it, and find something that does.

  39. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  40. A: My strongest skill is hearing the flow of the production and mixing to that energy.

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

  42. A: Benny Blanco, Frank Dukes, Sufjan Stevens, Travis Scott and his crew, Josh Gudwin, Rick Rubin, Spike many countless others.

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

  44. A: Mixing, engineering and production.

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GenresSounds Like
  • 24kGoldn
  • Bon Iver
Gear Highlights
  • Adam A7x's
  • UA Apollo Pres
  • Sennheiser HD650's
  • Avontone Mixcube; UAD
  • Soundtoys
  • Izotope
  • etc.
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