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, and rock.
Every client is different. Everybody hears things a different way. My goal as a mixer is to bring out the best in the recording and do it in a way that fits the artist's style. I never use a "Template" or one size kits all approach. To me mixing is more about creating a mood or vibe rather than just blending a bunch of sounds together. The mix should feel good, not just sound good. I base my mixing approach around the client. 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.
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Worked with Lee to mix our first album. We were blown away with what he ended up doing with our recordings. He was very easy and awesome to work with, and took detailed notes before he started, to make sure he got them sounding the way we wanted. He ended up going above and beyond, and gave our songs a new life to them.
We will definitely be using Lee on all future projects.
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.
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.
Interview with Unfried Audio Mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: 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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: 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.