Ron Shaffer

Mixing & Mastering

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13 Gold and Platinum Records awarded. Mixed top 10 R&B Billboard hits including Joe's "I Wanna Know". Mixed 3 Grammy Nominated Albums. Mixed Adele's performance for Emmy winning series, MTV Unplugged. I will skillfully and carefully Mix and/or Master your record!

Through the mid 90's I mixed and engineered for many top R&B artists at some of the best studios in New York including; The Hit Factory, Sound On Sound, Right Track, The Magic Shop, Electric Lady Land and Criteria Studios in Miami. I Produced and Mixed power pop band The Interpreters (4 star Rolling Stone review) at Mayfair Studios in London, England for RCA Records.

At the turn of the century I was Producing and Developing many exciting indie-rock bands in the NYC Electro Pop/Rock scene. From there I went on to develop my Mastering skills and Audio Post-Production techniques.

Today, I work exclusively out of my own studio (Atlantic West Studios), Mixing and Mastering tons of projects ranging from rock, singer-songwriter, pop and R&B, to Downtempo and Afro Beat club tracks. I also Mix, Dialog Edit, add Foley and Sound Design for Films, Web Series and Commercials.

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  • Trixie Whitley
  • Populous
  • Chin Chin
  • Chin Chin
  • Meghan Wolf
  • Meghan Wolf
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  • Patti LaBelle
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  • Tricky
  • Pieces of a Dream
  • Keith Sweat
  • Glenn Jones
  • Glenn Jones
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • The Dells
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Robbie Mychals
  • Patti LaBelle
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  • Jodi Bongiovi
  • El Buho
  • Thornato
  • King Mono
  • Sun Palace
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  • Novalima
  • Manatee Commune
  • The Orion Experience

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by David Marston
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    I have worked with Ron on several projects over the past couple of years, and I am consistently impressed with Ron's mixing/mastering work. In my opinion, what sets Ron apart from other engineers who I have worked with is his excellent attention to detail, his ability to listen and understand the needs and expectations of his clients, and his versatility and knowledge as an engineer. Ron has become my go-to engineer for mixing and mastering, and I am looking forward to working with him on future music projects.

  2. Review by Nickodemus
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    I've worked with Ron for 20 years because of his versatility to deal with all our mastering needs from live to electronic from the widest ranges of un-mastered material. He knows how to dial it in to sound great & with really good turn-around times.

  3. Review by David Weil (Syd&Dave)
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    A great set of ears!
    Working with Ron was a great experience. Not only did he produce a great master mix, but also spent time adding those little nuances that made our track really come alive. He’s a very straightforward, no fuss guy that actually listens to your needs and delivers solid results.

  4. Review by Timothy K Ellis
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    Ron is a truly fantastic engineer, mixer and producer, with amazing ears and narrative instincts; IMO he really can do pretty much anything, as well as is genuinely friendly and easy to work with; a consummate pro and just a cool guy. highest recommendation!

  5. Review by Torbitt Schwartz
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    Ron’s the best! He has mixed a few albums for me and I’ve always been thrilled with the results. I also used to use Ron for mastering when I didn’t have the budget to go to Sterling. No more. Now I go to him regardless of my budget! He kills it every time. His communication is as great and clear as his audio work.

Interview with Ron Shaffer

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I work in a comfortable, acoustically treated room. I use 3 different speaker sets (one mono) and headphones to check for various frequencies and balance. I'm an Avid Certified Pro Tools "Operator- Post Production" so I use Pro-Tools HD Native, latest version.

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

  4. A: I am working on mastering stem mixes for electronic musician/DJ David Marston and mixing a live recording I did celebrating the hits from female vocalists of the 60's and 70's.

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

  6. A: To get it right. There is always a way.

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

  8. A: Ask questions. Feel comfortable with who you are giving your "baby", your emotional project to.

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

  10. A: I started recording my psychedelic/jam/rock band back in high school on a 4 track tape recorder. In 1987 I went to the several month engineering program at the Recording Workshop in OH. Then I got an assisting engineering gig at a small studio in NJ. From there, after cutting my teeth, I got hired at famous Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. Here I quickly moved up from assistant to engineer, to mixing engineer. Sigma sent me to Cleveland, OH to work with the O'Jays and Gerald LeVert. From there I went freelance and moved to New York City in 1998. I worked at various amazing studios around NY recording and mixing for Tricky, Cyndi Lauper, Sean Lennon, Joe, Gerald LeVert, 3LW, Ambulance LTD, Clem Snide etc. etc.

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

  12. A: Besides the sadly deceased John Lennon, David Bowie or Tom Petty, I guess I'd like to work with Katy Perry or Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga or Lorde. I feel all these female pop singers have a great sense of what is going on around them and how to express it. I feel I could bring a lot to the table in terms of sound and vibe that would help them find the sound they are looking for.

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

  14. A: Don't loose sight of the the original inspiration for the song. Also, don't send out your mix to a mastering engineer with heavy compression or any peak limiting. Send it at a reasonable level about -18 LUFS give or take 2 LUFS.

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

  16. A: Energy and clarity.

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

  18. A: I really like Nigel Godrich's work. Radiohead's In Rainbows is an excellent example of recording and mixing perfection.

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

  20. A: I work on a variety of styles of music; rock, pop, indie-rock, acoustic, trip-hop, reggae, jazz, R&B, afrobeat and electronic/pop.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: My years of experience, using the right gear for a given task and my ears.

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

  24. A: For Mastering: I listen down to the track and can fairly quickly determine what is good or what is lacking in the mix. I then go to work on either adding or subtracting frequencies or concentrating on widening the mix using mid-side techniques. I typically use a minimal amount of compression and a minimal amount of peak limiting to achieve a dynamic enjoyable to listen to track. For Mixing: I listen down to the rough mix of the song and get an idea of the approach. Then I typically start from scratch with the Kick, Snare, Hi Hat and Lead Vocal. This gets me going. Then I'll mute the lead vocal and add in the rest of the drum mics paying close attention to any phase problems, add in the bass and un-mute the vocal again. Then I'll start adding in the instruments. This is about the 1st 2 to 4 hours of mixing where I'll be trying out different things and going down different to roads to find the best energy and emotion for the song. The next few hours is spent honing in that direction I chose with the right reverbs/effects and balances. And the last few hours are preforming all the detailed rides and added effects to fill in the story and make the song shine.

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

  26. A: Mixing and mastering. An sometimes what I call "mixtering" which is taking a multi-track mix that a client has pretty far along and tweak it to the next level. I also find that I'm getting great results with stem mastering.

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Terms Of Service

I typically allow 3 revisions (usually nail it within 1). Typical turn-around time for a mastering is 4-48hrs, 48hrs+ for a mix. Additional costs occur for stem mastering as well as re-sent files.

GenresSounds Like
  • Usher
  • The Strokes
  • Captain Planet
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools Ultimate and tons of great plug-ins including; Slate All Access
  • iZotope RX7
  • Music Production Suite3 and various Waves plug-ins. KRK VXT 8's and Yamaha NS-10M studio monitors.
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