I am a freelance mix engineer, producer and musician and a graduate of SAE Brisbane. I am a 'In The Box' mixer and I specialize in all things rock. I'm able to get your tracks punchy, warm and radio ready. I have years of experience recording, producing and mixing my own music.

I am multi instrumentalist and I am self taught in drums, guitar bass and keyboard. I have received honours in grade 1&2 theory of music. I have previously been in rock bands as the drummer and a bassist. Music has been my life and I have an artists background which has developed into a love for production.

This is where I can help your vision as a mixer and bring out the emotion in the song. I usually mix alternative rock genres like indie rock, pop-rock, metal, electronic for independent artists. I will work hard to make your song the way you want it with as many revisions as you need. Please send me 1-2 songs of your favourite music, a rough mix and some mix notes as this reduces the need for major mix revisions. All songs include mastering.

I also offer a Skype call to make your experience more personal and to help churn out a better product. (My Time Zone is AEST). I will work with you until you are satisfied with your music, see you on the other side!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Gear highlights

  • Premium plugins from Waves
  • Soft tube
  • Slate Digital
  • Voxengo
  • Izotope

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

One song turn around will be a maximum of 5 days.

Reviews of Jordan Rea

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    I made an ad for radio and sent it to Jordan for mixing. Immediately he offered up ideas about some effects we could use, replacing a couple of instruments with others, and how the mix cold be made stronger and punchier. He was highly communicative and understood straight away any ideas i put forward. I was very happy with the whole process and the results. Highly recommended!!

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby

    Jordan did a mix of an instrumental piece of mine after earlier mixing work had petered out. He's an excellent communicator and provided a great interpretation of the music with a new sense of focus for which sounds to make most prominent - a more unified approach with fewer distractions from competing parts. Would definitely recommend.

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Interview with Jordan Rea

Analog or digital and why?
I like a blend of both worlds. Analogue warmth ease of digital.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
Being able to turn tracks that aren't well recorded into something gold. The song needs to be recorded well, and arranged well before any more magic can happen.
What's your typical work process?
I listen to the song and assess its strengths and weaknesses. Then I import and edit if needed, lining tracks and removing noise. Then I do a rough balance and pan and have a break to clear my head. Then I go into the plugins, automation and FX. I like to blend in sampled drums along side live drums to make it cut through more.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I mainly mix all kinds of rock, and I sometimes create midi drum tracks or record real drum sounds to make their recordings better. I can also lay mic'd bass tracks.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring out the emotions in the song and try to keep the listener engaged.
Tell us about your studio setup.
It's very basic project studio. I mix on my Imac using Logic In The Box Style. I use some analogue plugins that make it sound nice and warm. I may experiment with outboard gear in the near future.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will work to make it exactly how you want it to be.
What do you like most about your job?
Having a happy customer, exceeding expectations. Nailing the vision they had for the song.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started recording and mixing and mastering my own music over ten years ago with a digital 8 track recorder. I would make alternative heavy rock, or punk rock with beats. I didn't really know what I was doing, I had the instructions to lean on. Each song I did, the quality got better. I can't really give an exact time I've been doing this but I can say that I've been mixing properly on a DAW for between. 6-7 years and learning from mentors.
Can you share one music production tip?
Don't over complicate mixing, other ways you may overdo it. Make it sound good and move on.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
My brother, search Richy Rea he is an electronic music producer, and he can record acoustic guitar, drums and he even can play the harmonica while playing the guitar.
What's your strongest skill?
Creating a new vibe, a new sound when it is requested. I like to really experiment and surprise the client.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Mostly I ask two main questions: Do you want your final mix to sound like your rough mix but better? Do you want your mix upfront or more depth with lush reverb?
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I would like to mix Amaranthe, The Naked and Famous, Smashing Pumpkins if I was around in their peak, Linkin Park and any symphonic metal. Those bands have the ability to take me away to another place and forget about the world.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Be clear about what you want for your project. Keep lines of communication open.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I work on rock/hardrock, electronic and singer-songwriter/acoustic.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
The 3 engineers that have shaped who I am today as a mixer are, Bob Katz, Mike Stavrou and Graham Cochrane.