Mixing and mastering engineer with lots of top pop and indie credits

Located in north Austin Rob operates his private studio Poolside Sound where he primarily does mixing and mastering, but has the ability to cut vocals and overdubs as well for select clients. For full production please enquire if Rob can't do it he can connect you with the best fit for your music.

A brief bio:
A classically trained musician Rob started his career recording live classical and jazz concerts in college. Upon receiving his masters he moved to NYC where he worked restoring and remastering archives for the Metropolitan Opera and US Air Force before becoming house engineer at Downtown Music Studios where he engineered for artists including Britney Spears, Mark Ronson, Mike Posner, Wiz Khalifa, Gavin Degraw and many more. He transitioned into independent mastering where a few clients included David Gray, Sia, Miike Snow, Major Lazer, and ODESZA. Wanting to escape the big city he moved to Austin where he now operates Poolside Sound offering affordable mixing and mastering to independent and major label artists.

*the linked allmusic page is one of several containing credits and even when combined are missing many. If you'd like to know more just ask.

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My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Rob Murray:

  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Vacationer
  • Britney Spears
  • Wiz Khalifa
  • 4Troops
  • 4Troops
  • Lizz Wright
  • Mark Ronson
  • Mark Ronson and the Business Intl
  • Falloe
  • Falloe
  • Falloe
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Bronze Radio Return
  • Running Red Lights
  • Joe Miller
  • Pee Wee Crayton
  • 2000 Lbs. of Blues
  • 2000 Lbs. of Blues
  • George "Harmonica" Smith
  • Smokey Wilson
  • Jimmy Rogers
  • Johnny Dyer
  • Rod Piazza
  • Lee Musiker
  • Mike Renzi
  • Leon Fleisher
  • Axel Tosca

Gear highlights

  • API 2500
  • GKL MAPEQ(matched modded pair)
  • Empirical Labs EL7
  • Antelope Pure2
  • Dunlavy SC-IV
  • Pealman TM-1

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Mixing:
Limit of 3 revisions
Editing and/or tuning not included files should be ready for mix on delivery.

Mastering:
Limit of one revision
Alt mixes $15

Reviews of Rob Murray

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar1 day agoby

    Rob was very patient, listened to my feedback and did a terrific job getting my track mixed and mastered. The end result sounded professional. Even when I made a mistake and had to replace a track, he helped me with no problems. Highly recommended.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fullsizerender2 days agoby

    Rob was extremely fast and professional about turning around an alternate mix/master on a tight schedule. As always, would highly recommend him to anyone looking to bring their music to the next level with mixing/mastering.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 days agoby

    Working with Rob was great! He did a fantastic job mixing my music. Highly recommend!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_tj_pic7 days agoby

    Rob is incredibly knowledgeable and knows his craft well. He will not let you down.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_053120 days agoby

    Rob does amazing work. Highly recommend him to anyone looking to get there songs mix and mastered by a pro.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_banner_xtro321 days agoby

    Rob was very easy to work with and made my track sound professional. I would definitely recommend him!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_301921 days agoby

    Extremely Knowledgeable and will 100% be using him again in the near future :) Mastering is exactly what I was looking for

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fullsizerender22 days agoby

    Can't recommend Rob enough. He was extremely fast in turning around in alternate mix/master for performance and helpful in making sure I had everything I needed to bring my project into a live setting. I will absolutely be working with Rob in the future as he's become my go-to mixing and mastering engineer!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar22 days agoby

    Absolutely a pleasure to work with Rob again, he makes it clear and extremely easy in helping you get the product you want.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fullsizerender26 days agoby

    Aside from being amazing to work with, Rob is a super talented mastering engineer who knows how to bring a mix to the next level. His quality of work and speed in turning around a professional sounding mastered song is unparalleled. I will absolutely be working with him again on future projects!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_screen_shot_2016-10-05_at_11.02.14_pm27 days agoby

    Rob was such a pleasure to work with! He brought the best out of my song and delivered a top-notch mix in a super timely manner. Super friendly and straight-forward. A true professional! Will definitely work with again.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_625620_10151543695237631_1559458489_n30 days agoby

    Rob is alway great to work with. Very skilled and always a good communicator .. Look forward to next time!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar30 days agoby

    I think a lot of people give 5 stars just to be nice but in the respect to working with Rob, he has truly delivered 5 star work. Rob is on another level professionally and also a complete pleasure to work with. He is now the only choice when I need help on production, mix or mastering work.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_fullsizerenderabout 1 month agoby

    Rob has been an absolutely amazing to work with. His technical knowledge, quick response to feedback, constructively critical ear/advice, consistent communication, creativity, and artistic vision all exceeded my expectations and brought my music to another level. He is a top notch mixing engineer and I can't wait to work with him again!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    This was my second project with Rob and he killed it just like the first! He is a fantastic audio engineer with a quick turn around time. I definitely recommend him. I already got the next project lined up, let's get it Rob!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_625620_10151543695237631_1559458489_nabout 1 month agoby

    Was absolutely blown away with what Rob did with the song. Opening up the track and creating great space without losing any of the mix direction was brilliant. Rob's a great communicator and offers sound advice on how to make the master the best it can be. Look forward to working with him again !

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Quick, efficient turn around on the mastering. Top notch!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Once again super responsive and very accurate with his interpretation of our notes. Very understanding and cooperative with our vision and what we were aiming for. 100% recommend.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Rob was professional, knowledgeable, insightful, and proactive in our project to create our first EP. We revised a number of times during our mixing process--Rob was a great guide to help us resolve issues and get a great result. We would recommend Rob to anyone! He is always on top of his game, friendly, and straight to the point.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    Was a really great experience working with Rob! Very professional and experienced and I learned a ton through the process as well.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar2 months agoby

    Rob was amazing!! He has such a good ear and somehow knows exactly what you are looking for. He really has a passion for what he does. Best engineer i've ever worked with.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image2 months agoby

    This has been my second project with Rob and just as before he's been super professional. Hes very talented at what he does and his attention to detail sets him apart from anyone I've ever worked with. Rob truly cares about our final product and making it the best it can be.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Highly recommended for mastering as well, one stop shop here.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Rob is the man! Super fast response and quick with edits, he nailed our vision.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    At the time I thought all my nit picky questions and requests were starting to frustrate him, Rob answered back with above and beyond help. Super kind and respectful through the entire process and delivered a product of great quality. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    I chose Rob because by listening to his samples I knew he had the correct mix of technical skills and musical intelligence (and soul).

    He didn't disappoint me! My song turned out to be very professionally mixed. Also his human side makes the work very enjoyable. He was very patient with my doubts, and very open minded.

    Very recommended!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Rob was Amazing! Definitely exceeded my expectations. Had a clear understanding of the direction I was going for and killed it! Will definitely be working with Rob again. Highly recommended.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Rob is super talented and a pleasure to work with! Will work with him again!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_1620379_10152266593408926_1559440251_n3 months agoby

    Rob is smart, talented, and very easy to work with. The process was smooth and easy and he really took the time on my song. The final product is detailed and layered and was receptive to feedback and came back with something better than I described. Excited to work with him again soon.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Awesome as always!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_58103 months agoby

    It is the second time working with Rob and he continues to deliver outstanding work! He has an amazing ear pays a lot of attention to detail. He is also really patient to work with. 6/6 stars!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_samprofile3 months agoby

    Rob is a top-quality mixer. He provides fast turnarounds on revisions and works with you to make sure you are happy with the mix. Rob is patient and accommodating. Thanks Rob!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    Another great Mix. He is a magician restoring audio. I'm more than satisfied. Won't hesitate to choose him again!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_new_soundcloud_banner23 months agoby

    Very professional and helpful, Was more then willing to work with me to produce something i was very pleased with.
    Will look forward to working with in future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_11707722_1090269214334506_903413010365919603_o3 months agoby

    Very fast response and turnaround.
    Highly recommend!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    My experience with Rob was great, he's got very good taste, I'd work with him again.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_58104 months agoby

    I asked for 1 mix. This is my first time working with Rob and he gave me everything I wanted. He has an amazing ear for detail and pushed my mix to another level. He has a solid portfolio of amazing work and I plan on working with him within the next week. Rob is really down to earth and very easy to work with. One word describing Rob is quality!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_miguel_angeles4 months agoby

    Second time working with Rob, another great experience. Very professional and patient! 5/5

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_banters_x_yung_smul4 months agoby

    Pleasure as always. Thanks Rob!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_13567528_1646979155626018_5673445137829794606_n5 months agoby

    Rob is as professional as they come. His experience and knowledge of music made our experience with him all the more valuable. Easy going guy who was never too far away whenever we had requests for our mix.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    I like Rob's style. From the initial email I knew he was an expert in his field - good technical feedback and suggestions for mixing. The process was quick and didn't have to chase - even with a UK-USA time different. Super friendly and polite. Thnx! Rebecca

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_myndir_cover_36 months agoby

    Rob is a top guy, fast turnarounds and I don't think it's possible to get a better price for the quality provided.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    Rob never fails to deliver clean and polished tracks in a timely manner. He is helpful and talented. I highly recommend his services.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    Rob was great! He was able to deliver with every detail I gave, no matter how specific. Definitely working with him again.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_banters_x_yung_smul6 months agoby

    Really happy with the stereo master he did for my track. Nice and down to earth guy. Professional!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image17 months agoby

    Another successful mixing job by Rob. Easy to work with.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    Rob helped me understand the process of mixing and mastering with willingness to answer all of my questions. He was determined to give results that I would be pleased with while delivering helpful and constructive criticism. Turnaround and communication was quick and much appreciated. I’m in love with the sound of the track. He did a great job!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_procore-2017-d3-51287 months agoby

    Rob was great - Very detailed ongoing dialog, quick responses and turnaround, and an overall great result. Rob was happy to address any questions, comments or changes I had with thoughtful comments and fixes, and I couldn't be happier with how the song turned out. Thanks Rob!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image17 months agoby

    Another very positive experience. Easy to work with and awesome results.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    Easy and enjoyable to work with, great mix and master, thanks Rob.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image7 months agoby

    Working with Rob has been such an awesome experience. His attention to detail was SO far above what I would have ever expected. Rob truly cares about the best interest of the song and attaining the goal of the artist. He is a true professional who will transform your music into something you might not have thought was possible.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image17 months agoby

    Rob did an excellent job mixing my track and nailed it on the first pass. Highly recommended!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    Working with Rob was great. If you need a mixing/mastering engineer that is time efficient, while willing to give you their 110%, he is the guy. It is a blessing to be able to find someone who truly cares about your craft. I will definitely be working with him in the future.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_cambridge_room_cm_147 months agoby

    Rob did a stellar job on mixing & mastering my song. Great communication, nice guy, and great results. Highly recommended. I would use his services again.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    It was a pleasure working with Rob. First class communication, timely, accommodating and a great end result. Highly recommended

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_miguel_angeles8 months agoby

    Working with Rob was great! Very easy to communicate with and helped us achieve the exact sound we were looking for! Took the time to listen to our desires for the track and was very accommodating and professional. Highly recommended!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar8 months agoby

    Awesome job, super quick turnaround, great communication and everything sounded amazing!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    Great master. Great sound. Great communication. Thank you!!

  • Listing_thumb_brianlosch7 months agoby

    Rob has both ears and a heart of gold! He has worked with some of the world's best pop producers and brings this professionalism and expertise to everything he does. As a mastering engineer, I trust Rob to give feedback and improve on my own projects, knowing he will use his experience to only make them better.

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Rob was very much the anchor of the studio during the making of my album, and just a huge part of what made it the best creative experience of my life. I heartily echo what others have said with regard to his mastery of the boards, ears, and professionalism. In my case, he also became a friend.

  • Listing_thumb_k112 months agoby

    Rob is a true industry professional. He knows what to do in a studio.
    He's fast. He's versatile. He's sensitive to the needs of his clients.
    He brings the best out of everyone he works with.

  • Listing_thumb_k112 months agoby

    Rob is a true industry professional. He knows what to do in a studio.
    He's fast. He's versatile. He's sensitive to the needs of his clients.
    He brings the best out of everyone he works with.

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    I started working with Rob on a recommendation from a friend upon moving to Austin. The creative process can be strange when you don't really know who you're working with, but with Rob it couldn't have been easier, he's a great hang. We've had some excellent vocal sessions together and his ears and mixing/mastering skills are second to none!

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Rob has been my go to engineer for multiple projects and I couldn't be more satisfied with his work. In addition to his contributions to my projects I'm always impressed by the other work I hear of his, he is super diverse and always kills it!

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Love working with Rob! He is easy to get along with, knowledgable, professional, and always produces great work.

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    In music production, a great engineer finds a skillful balance between the competing forces that propel creativity. Rob is both honest and kind, enthusiastic and relaxed, welcoming and challenging, and (most importantly) technically skilled and open to new ideas. Work with him.

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Rob is as solid as they come. Great ears, kind disposition, fast yet thorough. Overall, he makes the process all of what it should be; a pleasure!

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Rob is as solid as they come. Great ears, kind disposition, fast yet thorough. Overall, he makes the process all of what it should be; a pleasure!

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Interview with Rob Murray

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
The Wild Honey Pie's "Welcome Campers" and "On The Mountain" seasons 3. It's a live performance video series I built audio teams we reinforced, and recorded live performance and then mixed/master for a video series.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm producing a record for a local songwriter which is probably the most exciting thing.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Two-time Grammy award winning classical engineer Brian Losch, I'm sure there's more if I dug through the lists.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. Recall-ability and control. I like the romance and art of having analog gear and controls in front of me, but end of the day I get better results in the digital domain. There's no substitute for a good analog frontend during recording, and occaisionally I'll run analog in a mix or master, but if the sources are good, then the harm of the D/A/D loop usually outweighs any potential benefits.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
Satisfaction Guaranteed! (unless you're the type who's never happy and never wants the record to see daylight, then you're on your own)
What do you like most about your job?
The Music!
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
On the mastering side people tend to think a bad mix can be fixed in mastering... It definitely can't.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Mostly what aesthetic they're going for, who their influences are, what's their audience.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Make sure your songs/production are good. No amount of mixing can make a bad song a good one. To quote a friend "I can't polish a turd, but I can at least remove the smell"
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Pro Tools, API 2500, my speakers, coverters and my hammock.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I have a masters in sound recording where I cut my teeth largely doing classical and jazz, and many internships at an analog studio, classical festivals, and a mic company to name a few. I assisted at world class studios like Galaxy in Belgium and Downtown in NYC and worked restoration and remastering for the metropolitan opera and US Air Force before freelancing as a recording and mastering engineer in NYC and moving to Austin, TX where I opened my own space. All told, 10-15 years depending if you count school.
How would you describe your style?
All-Fi. I can do hi-fi but I'm not opposed to heavy compression, distortion or other lo-fi elements when appropriate.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Ryan Adams, Wilco or Spoon. Great songs, great production and something different every time.
Can you share one music production tip?
"over"-brightening followed by a high frequency limiter can really help add air to a track without making it harsh.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Everything, I'd say I'm strongest at acoustic and rock, but my clients tend to largely come for my pop, electronic and indie credits.
What's your strongest skill?
I'd like to think my ears, and attention to detail.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I have a dedicated mix/master suite in Austin, TX with select hardware from companies like API, Antelope and GKL and extensive software and plugins, all centered around Dunlavy SC-IV's with Perreaux amplification.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I'm primarily a mixing and mastering engineer. I have clients spanning classical to hip hop, but most of my credits are pop, rock, or elctronic.