Dereck Blackburn

Matchless Mix Engineer

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I understand the emotional impact that great mixing can have on a good recording. I operate in sonic textures - a way to translate the vision of the artist to the enjoyment of the listener. I'm very easy to work with, always available, and ready to help you take on the next level.

My name is Dereck Blackburn and I've been having a great life making records.

My tools have certainly seen an upgrade in the past decade - I now employ a hybrid approach to mixing: In the box digital with a high end analog mixbuss. Regardless of the tools I use, I do whats best to serve the song and the artist - bringing my understanding of the emotional depth and effect music has on the listener. I've measured out my life with coffee spoons and hours and hours of critical listening and analysis.

I can record and mix anything but my focus has been Rock, Punk, and Indie Pop music. I've engineered, mixed, or mastered recordings for Windmills, Imogen Heap, PK14, After Argument, Idle Pilot, Ghosts of the Atlantic, Husbands, Carsick Cars, DIDERS, and Sidewave. I've also attended in the Mix with the Masters sessions with Steve Albini, Sylvia Massey, Andrew Scheps, and Andy Wallace. I'm a full member of the Audio Engineering Society, as well as a member of the Executive Chair and Audio Builders Workshop.

I work out of my studio, Quiethouse Recording - in Bedford, MA.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Dereck Blackburn

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

  2. A: I started my career in broadcast as a board operator for Chicago area radio stations, but I've always been recording and mixing music since I was a kid. I would record local punk and hardcore bands with a Tascam 4-track and a handful of SM57s, then export the stereo mix into Cool Edit Pro to attempt to remove noise and add EQ and compression. I was so fascinated with the process I did everything I could to learn about how the musicians I loved sculpted the sounds that meant so much to me. My tools have certainly seen an upgrade in the past decade - I now employ a hybrid approach to mixing: In the box digital with a high end analog mixbuss. Regardless of the tools I use, I do whats best to serve the song and the artist - bringing my understanding of the emotional depth and effect music has on the listener. I've measured out my life with coffee spoons and hours and hours of critical listening and analysis.

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

  4. A: I understand the emotional impact that great mixing can have on a good recording. I operate in sonic textures - a way to translate the vision of the artist to the enjoyment of the listener. I'm very easy to work with, always available, and ready to help you take on the next level.

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

  6. A: Tracking and Mixing are my most common jobs for clients. I have a custom built 500 series console I use with high end conversion to bring 16 channels of analog preamps into ProTools. My tracking setup is efficient and it sounds spectacular. Mixing is a hybrid endeavor - I mostly mix in the box but I will also use analog summing and outboard signal processing as needed.

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Rich Woman by Windmills

I was the Recording and Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Mixing: We talk about the song together, you send me files, I mix them, you give me notes, I mix until you are happy with the song (within reason).

GenresSounds Like
  • Slowdive
  • Richard Buckner
  • M83
Gear Highlights
  • ProTools
  • Ableton Live
  • Universal Audio Apollo
  • CAPI Preamps/Summing
  • Rupert Neve Designs Preamps/Summing
  • Elysia Compression
  • Various DIY Rack gear.
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