Sam Wheat

Tuning - Mixing - Mastering

108 Reviews (102 Verified)
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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.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

108 Reviews - 21 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Vincent B.

    Sam is an absolute pro, and I would work with him all over again If given the chance. He has a real ear for music, and is willing to listen to any and all feedback. Hire this man if you want to level up your sound!

  2. Review by JayHoney

    Top notch with some mad skills!! What I really loved about Sam was his patience with me and compassion for the project.

  3. Review by LUCIA C.

    Sam has been great to work with, kind, encouraging and quick. Liked what he has done with my song and would use him again !!

  4. Review by Jimmy O.

    Sam was an absolute pleasure to work with. Incredibly kind, communicative, timely, and very very good at mixing, mastering, and editing. Absolutely love how my song came out and look forward to working with him in the future!! Highly recommend!

  5. Review by Cassity R.

    Working with Sam was really awesome. Being new to music production, I am often unsure of the standard procedure when sending stems, audio files, and having organization within my session. Instead of shrugging it off, Sam took the time to help me out, and was very patient with communicating what he needed from me. He brought my song to that next level and even beyond! Sam clearly knows what he is doing. You will not be disappointed!

  6. Review by zeke cherney

    I just completed my 1st job with Sam. And the 1st thing I'm going to do, is start a new project to get my album of 10 songs mixed by him!!! He is a complete powerhouse of an engineer. His mixing not only shows off his incredible creativity, technical expertise, and superb musicality. But also his complete professionalism. He has the patience of a school teacher putting up with all my edits:) and communication skills of a true pro. I can't recommend him enough. Do you're music a favor, Hire sam!

  7. Review by Devon O.

    Kind, easy to work with, and incredibly talented. I hope to work with him again!

  8. Review by igor.jovicic

    Very nice job, very nice guy and will recommend 100%

  9. Review by Drew R.

    Sam has done a 10 song mix from our playlist for a choreographed fireworks display we hold in the UK. All finished in less than 24hrs and for a good price too. Mega pleased! Will be using his DJ services again 100%

  10. Review by Thomas R.

    Sam mixed and mastered a track for us and corrected bits and pieces. We are very happy with the end result and will be using his services in the future! Cheers Sam

  11. Review by Thomas R.

    This is the second song Sam has worked on for our band Mindful Eyes. He mixed and mastered the song and corrected parts like vocals and instruments. We are extremely happy with Sam’s work and professionalism. Revisions are done quickly and the we couldn’t be happier with the final mixes. We will definitely be using his services moving forward.

  12. Review by Jeff J.

    I'm blown away at how quick the work Sam got done on a vocal I struggled with for days and it turned out absolutely fantastic! Great tuning skills, Great service and on time!! Not to mention a life saver!

  13. Review by Sean M.

    Outstanding mixing work, would highly recommend!! Sam really contributed to the great feel of my song and added a lot of great intuition into the mix. I gave him a good description of what I wanted and he was off and running with it. Top notch stuff!

  14. Review by Florin B.

    Stop searching! Tell Sam what you want to accomplish, and he will help you make it happen. He is really passionate about his work, his mixes sounds huge and polished. Can't wait to work with him again!

  15. Review by John R.

    Sam was awesome and really worked with me to achieve the sound I wanted, even when I wasn’t always sure what that was, haha. Very professional and tracks and bangin’ now. Thank you Sam!

  16. Review by Josh S.

    Sam brought my composition to life, and he made it such an easy process. Our ideas of a great mix were aligned from the start, but it was quick and easy to make any adjustments that I wanted. I definitely plan to work with him in the future.

  17. Review by Lyubomir M.

    It’s my first time in the platform. I've chosen Sam as a mix engineer not just because of his great portfolio, but since he took the time to listen to the rough mix and provide insight. During the process I became confident about my choice. I am very pleased with the final mix and will be glad to work with Sam again.

  18. Review by manson8990

    He did absolutely great!
    He nailed the vibe of the song from the very beginning and with a few references he jumped straight away.
    It's a pleasure to work with someone with such level of commitment.

  19. Review by Purelouange

    So many great things to say. Sam is comprehensive, very talented, and he know what to do to have the exact results you need. Great man !👍

  20. Review by Craig H.

    Sam was great to work with. He was very pro-active and helped me get my song to its next level. I appreciated his fast turnaround time and communication as well.

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.

'Crush' Great vocal work from Nardacss

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    'Crush' Great vocal work from Nardacss
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Terms Of Service

I basically do unlimited revisions, no one goes away unhappy and the amount we will talk through the process should mean we are on the same page and working toward 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
  • Waves
  • Arturia
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  • My latest secret weapon for mix gritJul 12, 2021

    Klevgrand Plugins!!!

    Really great... DAW Cassette for lofi vibes DAW LP for crackle and wobble Degrader for bit crush...

    And they have free-amp to try for free... go check it out

  • Leo Gretz BangerApr 15, 2021

    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!

  • Tommy Antonio's vocal arrangementsMar 29, 2021

    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!