Sam Wheat

Tuning - Mixing - Mastering

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World-class mixing and production tips to make your writing/creative work shine. You know your song needs a special mix. Maybe you aren't sure if the production is quite done, or the timing and tuning need tightening. That's where I can help, honest feedback and advice, additional production tricks and a perfect mix to bring it all together

I was the head engineer at Metropolis Studios in London for 10 years, working on numerous no. 1, top 10, and platinum-selling records, including Grammy-winning 'Damn' by Kendrick Lamaar and Oscar-winning title song 'Glory' by Common and John Legend. Other credits include Pharrel, Rihanna, Amy Winehouse, Van Morrison, Noel Gallagher and many more across all genres.

I am the go-to mixer for The Rolling Stones with their legacy Live shows, I have done around 12 titles covering 4 decades of their career. I also revived the Live to Vinyl technique at Metropolis Studios where a band plays live, I mix live and a mastering engineer cuts live, direct to acetate disk. Credits include Nile Rogers, Moby, TLC, Public Enemy, Kelis and loads more, some for the 'Once in A Lifetime' show are available in the US on Netflix.

All of this has given me a sharp insight into how to grab the attention of whoever hears a song. We are working these days to attract listeners but also playlist curators, music supervisors and advertising executives to maximise revenue streams in this competitive space.

As you may be able to tell from the above I work across all genres and styles. Every song is a new puzzle to me, understanding the intention, presenting the ideas and getting into the ear of everyone who hears.

Hit the button and we can work out how to achieve the most for your music.

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

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Sam Wheat
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Jungle
  • Frankie Miller
  • David Guetta
  • David Guetta
  • Public Enemy
  • Mika
  • Mika
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • Public Service Broadcasting
  • David Guetta
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Katherine Jenkins
  • David Guetta
  • Belinda Carlisle
  • Level 42
  • Level 42
  • Nitin Sawhney
  • Nitin Sawhney
  • The Joy Formidable
  • Cheryl
  • Kristina Train
  • Kate Miller-Heidke
  • Rita Ora
  • Caravan
  • The Zombies
  • Van der Graaf Generator
  • Caravan
  • The Zombies
  • Van der Graaf Generator
  • Toots & the Maytals
  • Clare Maguire
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • Jazmine Sullivan
  • They Came from the Stars I Saw Them
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Weird Genius
  • Weird Genius
  • Sophie Harris
  • Melanie Pappenheim
  • Ian Belton
  • Howard Moody
  • Barclay James Harvest
  • Barclay James Harvest
  • Joanna Forest
  • David Guetta

38 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Ryan
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    Very patient and thorough with his work and his client's needs. We spent weeks working on one of my darkest tracks until I was finally satisfied with the result. I can't thank this man enough.

  2. Review by Lisa
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    Sam is super efficient and very easy to work with. The result was amazing. I can highly recommend working with Sam!

  3. Review by Felix W.
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    Sam is an amazing engineer. He is patient, kind, and delivers incredible sounding mixes. Thank you!

  4. Review by Javi
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    2nd. song working with Sam! Great professionalism, attitude and communication. Always willing to try new things and going the extra mile to get results. One of the few providers that earn every penny, so to speak. Totally recommended!

  5. Review by Charissa Memrick
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    Honestly—Sam is exactly what I needed MONTHS ago. I am so happy with my mixes. Thank you, Sam!

  6. Review by tommy a.
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    Sam was willing to work creatively towards a really specific sound, and ready to trim and edit quickly given the notes I gave. He built the atmosphere for the track from disparate influences including Eno, Coldplay, psychedelic music with deft skill

  7. Review by Danny L.
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    The song I got previously mixed by Sam ended up being Pete Tong's essential new tune on BBC Radio 1 for 4 weeks! ... So I had to come back for more and again really happy with the attention to the overall mix and the also finer details!! ...Long live Sam f***ing Wheat!

  8. Review by Florin B.
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    Working with Sam was a stellar experience! Great communication, great vibe! Thanks a lot!

  9. Review by Juan M.
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    Sam did amazing work. Even though I sent him a rough track, he could understand what I wanted and turn it into reality. Really looking forward to working with him again. Thank you Sam!

  10. Review by Rockland L.
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    Sam is a great guy. He’s doing this for the love music and his heart is in it. He was so kind to me, and just as much helpful.

    He made my music sound like it did in my dreams. Now I can listen to my song like this good real life.

    He’s a real honest good hearted person, and he is SKILLED. This man is a master at his art.

    Thanks Sam

  11. Review by Tomrussmcr
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    Great to work with Sam again. Quick and professional as always!

  12. Review by Tomrussmcr
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    Can't thank Sam enough for his technical inputs and patience with this, my first ever track. It was in a fairly rough state to start with and I'm so happy with the final, polished version. Always quick to respond and took all my suggestions on board with great flexibility. I'd certainly work with Sam again.

  13. Review by tommy a.
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    Splendid mix, lovely to work with, Sam brought out the Paul Simonesque character of this tune brilliantly.

  14. Review by Danny L.
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    Yo this mix is fire Sam, Just how I imagined it absolutely smashed it!!!

  15. Review by tommy a.
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    This track was a mammoth project, and Sam took it in his stride, taking the time to work from different angles and find the roots of the mix. I'm so happy with the result. Back and forth for alterations were quick and clear. Looking forward to the next one!

  16. Review by born74
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    Went beyond the need to help me out on this one ! Thanks once again ! Always professional and prepared to support the artsit with his knowledge and experience.

  17. Review by Christina S.
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    I’ve had the opportunity to work with Sam on two jobs and he does phenomenal work. He’s responds very quickly and delivered exactly what we were looking for. 10/10 would recommend!

  18. Review by Kimia Jay
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    Worked on another track with Sam, great communication and results!
    Happy to be coming back for future projects

  19. Review by Danny L.
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    Yo this mix is too sick!! Loving all the extra seasoning you've subtly added ...really pleased and impressed once again mate!!

  20. Review by Gabby F.
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    I have been working with Sam a few months now. He is a very professional and dedicated sound engineer. His attention to detail with my musical projects to date mixing and mastering has been 100%. I recommend him at the highest level in this industry. Gabby Fitzgerald.

  21. Review by Dom J.
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    Sam added so much to our music and was really flexible with the way we like to deliver stems etc. Sam has really great instincts for the sound based on style, genre, format etc. He just gets it. Very reliable, pro, musical and fast.

  22. Review by M-Carlos
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    Yeah Sam did it again ! Such an awesome mix engineer to work with !

  23. Review by Billy L.
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    Working with Sam is always a pleasure, he delivers the perfect mix + master every time and is happy to make as many tweaks as you want. 10/10 best guy on here !

  24. Review by Christina S.
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    Sam was a pleasure to work with. He approached our song with excitement and great attention to detail and feeback. The quality of his works speaks for itself and I will absolutely be working with him again. He's also very responsive.

  25. Review by Danny L.
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    Much More Commercial vibe with this mix and it’s come out great, once again really pleased!

  26. Review by Kimia Jay
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    A pleasure to work with! Sam knows what exactly needs to be done to bring your creative vision to life when it comes to mixing/mastering. Excited to work with him on more upcoming projects

  27. Review by M-Carlos
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    2nd track mixed by Sam for us, we are more than happy with the results, very looking forward for the next one :)

  28. Review by Javi
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    Working with Sam was amazing. He is very talented and very patient; has great communication, goes into detail, and works really hard to get you results. Definitely a top SoundBetter provider. Recommended!

  29. Review by tommy a.
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    This is my second project with Sam, I went straight back with new songs after he nailed the first one!

    These were for theatre, and Sam responded to the spaces I was describing to bring that live sensation to all 3 songs. Giving notes and getting mixes altered and back was super quick, no fuss, and with a musical touch. Noticed this especially with the vocal harmonies where Sam balanced and panned them in a super musical way that drove the songs forward.

    Pro, musical and speedy.

  30. Review by tommy a.
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    Sam was brilliant to work with, sensitive to a pretty weird style of song in a way that made it punch and sing, all on a strict deadline too. Sam delivered just what I asked, and then some. He's got ears and uses them, so things came back with a 'wow' factor for me. I'll be using his skills again for sure!

  31. Review by M-Carlos
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    Sam is a great professional indeed, and a easy and nice guy to work with, hopefully we will work toguether soon again, Best

  32. Review by NiTasha J.
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    Sam Wheat is a phenomenal Mixer, Mastering Engineer and Producer who's expertise and masterful quality of his work explain his impressive resume. What makes his work extra special, is that he loves what he does and that shows in the stunning end result each and every time.

  33. Review by Jakob M.
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    ‘If I hadn’t seen such riches I could live with being poor’. This line from the James song 'Sit Down' perfectly describes working with Sam - we’re not sure we can work with anyone else now! Sam mixed and mastered two tracks for us and not only enhanced them technically and sonically but was a pleasure to work with. He is the first to ever ask us for song references that we would like our mixes to sound like, so off the bat it was clear he had an interest in creating a sound personal for us and n

  34. Review by Danny L.
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    I've been on a musical journey with Sam for a little while now and I'm always really excited to see what he comes back with as he takes my music to the next level, there's always such a vast improvement from my rough mixes but without changing the vibe I was going for which for me is important because music is so personal!! since i've been using Sam's mixing services my music is starting to turn A&R heads in some of the biggest dance labels and getting love from global tastemaker DJs! ...5*

  35. Review by Oliver Brown
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    I love working with Sam! He’s extremely experienced, infectiously passionate, and an excellent communicator. Whenever I need help with a project, no matter what the genre, Sam is the first person I think of. He’s mixed club tracks for me, we’ve worked on Bluesy things, and if I ever land that big movie soundtrack then Sam will be right there with me. Not just for mixing but for recording the orchestra too!

  36. Review by Arema Arega
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    Working with Sam Wheat, it's like a school, since he is a person who cares about the details of the mix in an exhaustive way, in addition to answering questions about the mixing and the mastering process. He is humane, humble, very studious and takes into account every opinion, request or suggestion. The first album we made together was THE RED SOUNDTRACKS, my cinematic approach to a project where the songs were like scenes from a movie, with sound effects, variation in the environments, a whole task, that thanks to Sam was finished and pressed on Vinyl. www.arema-arega.com

  37. Review by Billy Low
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    Sam and I have worked together on a few songs now, each time I leave with a record that sounds exactly as imagined when I wrote it. He's always happy to tailor the sound to your taste. Never going back to mixing on my own!

  38. Review by Nick Rose
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    I have hired Sam to mix for multiple projects, always with outstanding results. I gave up wasting time trying to achieve a professional mix myself years ago and my music has improved dramatically as a result. I now concentrate on the writing and know that whatever I create has the best chance of success because it will be mixed to a professional standard. Sam is very good at communicating, flexible and patient when it comes to changes. Highly recommended!

Interview with Sam Wheat

  1. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  2. A: Layers of compression are nearly always more transparent than one compressor slamming away. Not uncommon for a lead vocal to see 4 compressors before it hits my mix bus. The first one on the channel with the most aggressive Attack and release settings (fast release is your secret weapon here), and then more gentle compressors doing less reduction as it goes through the bus's, blends with BV's, and off to the mix. That will make it more consistent to deal with and help you sit it in the right spot.

  3. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  4. A: If I was recording there is only 1 microphone for me U47. Gear wise... Distressor, Pultec eq, Fairchild! Neve console... Basically, everything that would die in 5 seconds of desert island heat

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: Really it's all sorts. Usually a vocal as the centre piece, somewhere between pop, indy and EDM.

  7. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  8. A: All of the Live To Vinyl sessions. They were the biggest challenge for me. Having Nile Ridgers on the floor and counting down the clock till he played and I mixed as it was being cut to vinyl is a trip. Maximum preparation, maximum pressure, maximum satisfaction.

  9. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  10. A: I always ask for references to open the conversation of the sound we are going for. I find it's the best way to understand the thought process from the get-go. It helps me to lock into what they love about music and usually starts a conversation about the different elements. It's a crucial step for me and I love hearing what people come back with. Sometimes they apologise because it's 3 totally different tracks... The drums form this one, strings from this, and vocals from this... but I can totally get the picture from that. It nearly always makes sense because the music is the common language and you can piece together their process.

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: Be self-critical of what you have done. It really is worth spending money on a great mix, it will multiply your hard work. But listen to other artists in your genre, have you put as much thought into the composition or sounds or playing as the people you admire. Is there any little trick they have done that is the icing on the cake?

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I worked in my first studio when I was 16, from small town to big city over 20 odd years, learning each one as I go.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Upfront and personal

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Beck I think, just an innovator and I love his take and style. One of the first artists I truly got into on my own.

  19. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  20. A: Both are essential for me. Analogue is how we get it in, digital is how we organise and make sure we get it out. It's perfect harmony. If we only had one or the other we would be poorer for it.

  21. Q: What's your typical work process?

  22. A: Varies a lot, but it usually starts with hearing the music in the state it exists at that moment, then getting into some philosophical questions about where it should go and what purpose it serves for the artists. Where the artist is at, where the song fits into that, how it should move forward. Then it is a matter of executing that, maybe adding some parts, maybe taking some away, or revisiting some. Then mix and work together to complete.

  23. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  24. A: I'll get it right for you! I love the collaboration and I want to know about your vision, I have loads of experience in what works and what doesn't, and I have the technical skills to make it sound amazing.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: I'm pretty good at getting to the bottom of a problem and handling it sensitively. Band or artist dynamics can be complicated and I think it is one of the roles producers have played throughout time. Mediating all the creative brains that exist in a production.

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: Apart from experience mixing all sorts of music, an honest and informed perspective on what works and how to make the most of opportunities that exist out there.

  29. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  30. A: I was in the big studio system for a long time, working 80 channel consoles and sessions with 40 or 50 mics on the floor. It's really tiring coiling all those cables! haha, No I keep it simple for mixing. I have some choice bits of outboard gear that I run through or print back into ProTools. Urei compression, API EQ, some crazy Russian delays, filters and so on. I have some amazing v72 pres that I had wired into a box with some clever electronics so I can run anything through them. Sometimes stems or the whole mix,

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: So many... I love big sounds with intimate performances, if that makes sense? Neon Bible by Arcade Fire is a favourite, produced by the band, working closely with engineer Marcus Strauss and then getting Nick Launey in at the later stages to sit in on sessions and mix the whole thing. Seems like a great inclusive approach using everyone's skills. The record sounds epic and intimate, and I think that was because there was such a deep understanding between everyone involved. I love it. Other producers I love are Daniel Lanois, Rick Rubin, the gods of the game, basically. Mix engineers, Tom Elmhurst has mixed so many of the records I love, Amy Winehouse, Bowie, Beck... Really great mixes of amazing songs... when the two collide, well, that's what we are aiming for. Artists right now, I'm a bit in love with Dua Lipa, I love her dark pop sound and kind of disinterested vocal, the productions are all so cool, either big and dark or really bouncy, but she ties it all together and it all fits. Also love Banks for taking pop to the outside, making weird ok. I could go on but you get the idea, I love it when everything works together, the results are magic

  33. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  34. A: Mostly I mix, sometimes I master if that works for the project, plus I quite often add programming and production to finish up songs. Lately, I have been collaborating a lot and co-writing as well, for artists to release but also for library and sync opportunities.

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5 revisions but I am very loose with this. I want you to be happy and the amount we will talk through the process should mean we are on the same page and working to the same goal.

GenresSounds Like
  • Adele
  • Arcade Fire
  • Swedish House Mafia
Gear Highlights
  • Urei Compression
  • API EQ
  • V72 Pre amps
  • Vintage Valve Amps
  • Rhodes 73 mark I
  • PMC Monitors
  • UAD
  • Izotope
  • Fab Filter
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    Looking forward at the party scene... Just mixed an EDM/Pop banger called 'Over You' by Leo Gretz, watch out for that as the sun starts shining!

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    Just been mixing some amazing harmony vocal arrangements.  If you can tell the emotional story in the chords of the harmony then wow, so effective.

  • Lockdown musicMar 09, 2021

    Just finished up an amazing track with M-Carlos and Oum.  There take on lockdown and the mindsets that has created.  Sung in both Arabic and French with improvised sax and tech-house beat.  Very cool.  Look out for the release

  • NiTasha Jackson - More Than EnoughFeb 24, 2021

    Just finished 'More Than Enough' by NiTasha Jackson.  Love the song and her style of lush BV's under beautifully written melody's.

    Simple songs beautifully executed, go check her socials and Spotify

  • 2 versionsFeb 17, 2021

    Leopld recently came to me with a project that had a main, and a stripped-back version.  Some elements taken away for the stripped-back, and some added.  I thought it was a great way to get the most out of a track and expose it to more opportunities.


    It was great to work with both in mind and find ways to make them cohesive but also stand out as individually valid pieces of music.

  • Thank You'sFeb 08, 2021

    Thank you to NiTasha Jackson, RETNA and Leopld for allowing me to work on your music this week.  All totally different songs... A ballard, a banger and a beauty.  An honour to be trusted and help you guys with your tunes!

  • Finishing up Rolling Stones from Rio 2006Feb 03, 2021

    PRINTED TODAY! Rolling Stones live show on Copacabana Beach, Rio, 2006. Attended by 1.5 million people...


    Get in touch if you have a mixing project. I have my crowd size fader dialled in... You can sound like you're whispering in an ear, on the radio, in an arena, or now... on a Brazillian beach with 1.5 million people screaming!