Oregon based Mixing/Mastering, and Tracking engineer who specializes in Rock, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, and Pop-Rock. With 10 years of experience I will deliver a product that exceeds your expectations and delivers the sonic quality you're looking for! Client satisfaction is my #1 goal!
My name is Ray Shelley and I've been working studios for about ten years now. I started as an intern working out of a few different studios in Oregon and have just about done it all! I decided to start Sisters Sound Studio this year to serve artists both locally and remotely to help make people's dream of creating music a reality.
I keep the artists vision for the song in the forefront of my decision making process, weather I'm tracking, mixing, or mastering. I believe in taking the time to shape the sound when tracking to fit the final desire of the record. If it is inspiring when it's recorded, the artist will have a better performance and it will be inspiring to listen to!
I love listening to music that feels huge and detailed, and that's what I strive for in every mix I work on!
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
3 ReviewsEndorse Sisters Sound Studio
Ray was great to work with again and delivered a professional mix with a short turnaround at a great price. He’s super easy to work with and takes feedback really well. Great musician and a great guy!
Ray was an absolute pleasure to work with. He tracked live drums for my song and also mixed and mastered the entire project. He communicated well and delivered pro services at a great price. I will be working with Ray again!
Ray was a godsend for my project "Wanderer" that had been sitting in music purgatory for years. After a mix from a different engineer wasn't what I wanted, I sent the stems to Ray and his very first rough mix was light years better and exactly what I had been hearing in my head for the project. Ray understood my vision and influences for the project and worked very hard to get it right. He was excellent and expedient with revisions and tweaks. We also recorded some additional backing vocals in his studio which was a breeze and sounded fantastic. The whole process was easy. Highly recommend!
Interview with Sisters Sound Studio
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I just finished tracking a new record for a band called Flagship Armada and I'm super proud of the tones I was able get on it. Specifically the electric and acoustic guitars sound super sweet and full. Drums sound huge and punchy... really I like how everything sounds a lot;)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on tracking and mixing a song for a local artist to my area.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, but only because I haven't saved up enough for a console yet ;)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My 'promise' is to do everything I can to serve your vision and hand you a product that you are proud to call yours.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the process of taking raw tracks and putting everything in it's place. And hearing how excited a client gets when their song sounds how they hear it in their head!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long have you been doing this? 10 years and counting!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When do you need your project done by? Are you open to re amping guitars if needed?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have good mix references! It can be difficult to get behind a clients idea for a song if there isn't a reference to go off of.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: U87, Neve 1073, SSL buss comp, Apollo twin, and a MacBook pro!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as an intern at a small studio, that doesn't exist anymore, when I was 17. Fast forward 10 years and I've built a few studios for other people and decided it was time for my own!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Efficient. I don't like to waste time if I know what direction I'm going!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I think it would be super fun to work with Dave Grohl. I started as a drummer and his journey of drummer to frontman/influencer in music is inspiring!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record it how you want it to sound on the record! Taking the time to get a great capture will inspire a better performance and help guide the entire musical project.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk and rock are what I work on most, but I do a bit in pop as well.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hearing the clients vision and supporting it however I can.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a sense of direction to production/mixing. I think most artists have an idea of what they want, but don't know how to get there. So I provide the map!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I generally start with the drums or rhythm section and work from there. Gotta have a good foundation first!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I mix in Logic Pro, using an iMac. Currently all in the box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Butch Vig, Warren Hewitt, Joseph Puigg
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly mix these days.