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.

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

Reviews of Rob Murray

  • Listing_thumb_image40 minutes agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_image16 days agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avatar7 days agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_cambridge_room_cm_1414 days agoby Verified Review

    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.

  • Default-avatar30 days agoby Verified Review

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

  • Listing_thumb_miguel_angelesabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    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!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

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

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

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

  • Listing_thumb_brianlosch10 days 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-avatar5 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_k15 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_k15 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-avatar5 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-avatar5 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-avatar5 months agoby

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

  • Default-avatar5 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-avatar5 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-avatar5 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.