Rock, Metal and Punk producer, mixer and mastering engineer specializing in making home recordings sound competitive and professional. I can help guide you to excellent results in your home recording process or mix your record to sound at home on a playlist with major artists in your genre.
For most of my life I have played guitar in rock and metal bands. I was consistently disappointed with the results of the recordings my bands would make, so eventually I decided to do it myself. For the last several years I've finally been satisfied with my results.
As a producer and mixer, I will treat your recordings like my own and do everything I can to make them sound big, polished and competitive.
When you contact me, I will be honest about what I can and cannot do with supplied recordings and budget. I will provide clear availability and deadlines to ensure your music is done and ready for release when it needs to be.
Above all else, I am here to help artists make records they can be proud to release. I will listen to your music and your vision and do my best to help you realize it. In the event, I do not think I am a good fit for your project, I will recommend someone who I think is a better fit.
I have a Masters Degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Production where I also completed my undergraduate studies.
Remote Services Offered:
Mixing (3 revisions)
Mastering (3 revisions)
Full Song Instrumentation
Other upon request. Just ask!
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5 ReviewsEndorse Ben Schrier
Ben is the most detailed oriented engineer and producer I have ever worked with. He cares deeply about audio and turning your music into the best possible listening experience. He produced a recording I drummed on, and not only was his feedback very helpful, patient, and thoughtful, he took my drums and made them sound MASSIVE while still keeping the nuance of my performance and dynamics. I also tapped him to mix a single by my rock band, and he guided us through each of the stages and did a killer job. Ben knows how to make a truly modern and competitive recording. Highly recommended.
Ben produced our album Megawet, but merely describing him as our producer massively undersells his contributions. Ben was our recording and editing engineer, provided backup instrumental support, and indispensable feedback at every stage of the process.
He pushed us to interrogate every assumption we had with insightful provocation; he has the grace to know when to step back from a recommendation and let the band lead the way, but now that I think of it I'm not sure if there was an idea that we didn't eventually come to agree elevated our music. If you want to rock hard, work with this man!!
Ben was the mastermind behind the entire recording, producing, and mixing process for my band's latest EP. I have no doubt in my mind that it wouldn't have ended up with half as good if we had done it without him. He was with us every step of the way. His painstaking attention to detail is truly something to behold. Can't recommend him enough.
I have had the great honor of knowing and working with Ben for nearly 6 years. In that time, we created multiple projects together. The most recent was an EP that was released this past August. In the midst of the pandemic, Ben was able to bring to life the songs in ways I never thought they could sound. Weekly scheduled meetings, creative and innovative ideas, and best of all. challenges the norm and is a fantastic collaborator. The energy Ben brings to the table creates an excitement that leads to a great adventure to the finish line. Cannot recommend Ben enough!
For our record, Ben was an essential element that helped us find the best version of our material. He had great insights in lyrics, arrangements, performances and more. He was incredibly invested in making our album great, and it shows in the final product.
On the technical side, you won't find a better set of ears, or a bigger gearhead in the mixing room. His knowledge of tools and techniques is insane. He has a particular knack for guitars and guitar driven mixes. What he was able to do with our tracks was amazing.
All in all, this man is a born producer.
Interview with Ben Schrier
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will always do everything I can to bring out the best in your music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it louder? My answer usually "YES!" but sometimes it works better to turn down something else.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I don't write lyrics and generally don't write new musical parts or sections. If I feel like something in the song isn't quite getting to where it needs to be. I ask the artist about their intention for the section and push them to figure out how to make it more impactful. There is a stigma about music producers that they change things or rewrite things and maybe that's true sometimes. For me, I want the artist to maintain ownership of the writing. I think it makes for more genuine performances and recordings. I do think my teaching background is helpful in pushing the artists to good places though.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How many records have you done before? What are some of your favorite records of all time? What are some of your favorite records from the last two years? What are some records you would like your record to sound like? What is your favorite pizza topping?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure your songs or tracks are ready to go before reaching out. If you are going to use reference tracks, make sure you obtain high quality wav. files rather than MP3s or Spotify links! Those compressed files are missing a lot of the sound! Make sure you take the time to listen to the results of the providers work between each revision.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook Pro, AxeFX, Guitar, AKG 414 Mic, Giant harddrive to carry all the samples!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out with an internship at a recording studio in place of my senior year in high school. From there I went to Berklee College of Music and graduated with a degree in professional music in 2007. Once I finished college, I was hired to engineer at a small studio in upstate New York. At the same time I began teaching music and ended up moving to NYC to pursue teaching and performing. I played around in metal and rock bands, produced some recordings and did live sound for cover bands and off-broadway theater at night while working in music education during the day. In 2017, I decided I wanted to go into Music Production full time and moved on from teaching to make records full time. I also went back to school and graduated with honors from the Berklee Masters program in Music Production in 2020.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style shifts from production to production and mix to mix but I always try to find the most engaging thing about the song/artist and really amp those things up. As a general philosophy, I want my artist to sound like a superhero version of themselves, playing a show in a scrappy city bar, with some drinks in their belly.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I really loved the first few Coheed and Cambria records and I would love to work with them on an epic concept album. That is a band where I feel like all of my influences would really contribute to a production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't try to mix while you are producing or writing a track but do try to choose complimentary sounds. I often will use a spectrum analyzer on my tracks while producing. This way if I am choosing a guitar amp setting or synth sound, I can see where the frequencies are thin in a production and fill them in. If all else fails, use percussion or pads to fill the space!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, metal and guitar driven genres
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think something that a producer or mixer should always do is bring a trained set of ears to the music but also listen like a fan and not like a scientist. Whatever I am doing with a song, I try to bring out the things that draw me to it the most.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a full production, I like to spend a lot of time in pre-production. Trying different things and making sure the song feels great to listen to without all the bells and whistles. I want the musicians to enter the recording process certain of what they are trying to do! This way there aren't a lot of surprises or guessing going on when we are looking to get final tracks. This also cuts down on costs if we are renting a studio or people are taking days off from work. For mixing I like to set everything up so it's ready to be mixed and then spend some time listening to the artists favorite music and/or music that is currently competitive in their genre. Then when I go to mix the song, I've got that sound calibrated in my ears. This helps me work creatively and worry less about referencing until I've really got a vibe happening with the tune.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a tricked out Macbook Pro and iMac with a Fractal AxeFX XL, UAD Apollo x8p, a large variety of plugins by UAD, Izotope, Fabfilter, Waves, JST, Nerual DSP, Drumforge, and many other developers. I can work in Protools or Logic. I've got Adam Audio monitors, HD650 headphones and a variety of other headphones and listening systems to check for transferability.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I really like Adam "Nolly" Getgood, Taylor Larson, Jason Suecof and Josh Wilbur for modern metal sounds. Brendan O'Brien, Sean Slade and David Bottrill have worked on some of my favorite rock records. As far as Artists and bands, I grew up on 70s Rock, Punk and Grunge, eventually got into stuff like Steve Vai and Symphony X. These days I still listen to all of that stuff along with artists like Periphery, Tesseract and Black Dahlia Murder. I've also been getting into Synthwave and lo-fi video game remixes recently.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have done a lot of full productions over the last few years from pre-production to recording, editing and mixing. However, since the start of the pandemic, I have been mixing and mastering more often. I've also done some remote producing which I've found can be an extremely fun process.