My name is Lee Unfried and I am a mixing and recording engineer in Nashville, Tennessee. I have been working as an Audio Engineer in Nashville for about 6 years now at different studios on Music row. I have mixed many records and specialize in country, indie, rock, and electronic music.

To me mixing is more about creating a vibe rather than just blending a bunch of sounds together. I feel that is important to create textures with the sounds, then blend the textures together to form the character of the final mix. I base my mixing approach around the client. My goal as a mixer is to bring out the best in your recordings and embellish what is given to me. I treat every project differently and I understand the importance of making thing sound commercial, yet unique enough to stand out.

Have a song or demo and need to add a full band to it? No problem.
Working in Nashville on a day to day basis has given me the pleasure to work with some of the most amazing musicians in the world. Because of the amount of quality musicians, I am able to hand pick the right band to get the job done.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Lee Unfried:

  • Greenleaf Cast
  • Nashville Cast
  • John Anderson
  • Jim Ed Brown
  • Jim Ed Brown
  • Kutless
  • Riley Etheridge, Jr.
  • Jacey
  • Brian Free & Assurance
  • The Taylors
  • Jeff Coffin Mu'tet
  • Jeff Coffin
  • The City Harmonic

Gear highlights

  • API Legacy Console
  • API 2500
  • Alan Smart C2

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

1 round of mix tweaks included. Additional tweaks will be billed at $25/hour. Typical turn-around is 3 to 5 days. Contact me for more details.

Reviews of Unfried Audio Mixing

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Lee is the man. I've worked with him in and out of the studio for the past 4 years recording drum covers to full EPs. He's got a great ear and knows how to get the sound he (and you) are looking for.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby

    Lee is great to work with. He gets the project done the right way and doesn't take shortcuts. He understands best sound practices and can make a record sound unique. He was the mixing engineer on my recent and first professional E.P. and was able to make the sound come to life in a way that I couldn't do on my own. 5 of 5 stars.

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Interview with Unfried Audio Mixing

What do you bring to a song?
I love to make sure that the song goes somewhere and actually builds to something. Louder is not always better. I try to make people feel something when they listen to my mixes. When they get to the bridge, I want the to feel like they are at the climax of the song. If it is a sad song I want the artist to feel the tension and unease. I try to magnify whatever the artist is trying to get across emotionally. It makes a difference.
What's your typical work process?
I love to start with the focal point of the song, usually the vocal. I am a believer in building the tracks around the vocal, making sure that the message of the song can always be heard. I typically start building the mix at the Climax of the song (usually the bridge). Once I get the vocal tone dialed in I start building up the rhythm section. From there I start to add in all of the other elements one at a time until they sit right around the vocal.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I went to Middle Tennessee State University for Audio Production and graduated in 2011. While I was In school I interned at a commercial Recording Studio on Music row called OMNISound Studios. Shortly after interning I accepted a staff Audio Engineering job and have been at the same facility ever sense. I have been mixing professionally for about 6 years.
Analog or digital and why?
I love the flexibility and transparency that my Digital rig has to offer but I still feel like theres nothing better than audio hitting a console. I believe that they key is to use a bit of both. I like to use what's called a "Hybrid" mix setup where I use a combination of Pro Tools and analog summing. By doing so, I process most of the audio in the computer before sending it all out to the console. I am a firm believer that recording consoles help glue sounds together.