Hi, I’m Sam Sterk. I’m an audio engineer based out of Vista, CA with over 10 years of experience.
I love working with people that are passionate about their music. As a musician myself, I know firsthand the effort that it takes to write and record music. After the recording process is done, you need someone knowledgable and dependable to mix your music and take it to the next level, and I'd love to help. I’ve combined the techniques I’ve learned from some of the best in the industry (Nashville-trained) as well as my own experiences. I specialize in indie-rock, but have been known to mix all kinds of music.
It's always been a dream of mine to record and mix music. After being born and raised on Zeppelin, the Beatles, and REM in middle school, I've always been curious of how that music was made. That curiosity led me to recording Bowie covers in my bedroom with crappy computer microphones, recording my own bands, and then pursuing it college. I attended Middle Tennessee State University and learned from some of the best in the industry.
Please feel free to contact me about any questions that you have. I work with people from all over and I'd love to work with you.
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3 ReviewsEndorse Sam Sterk Audio
Sam is awesome. Great ears, great gear, great attitude. Very prompt and professional. His mixes brought our tracks together and helped bring our record to life. He was fun to work with and very sensitive to our specific needs and concerns for the project. Sterk is a badass. Give him a call.
We were referred to Sterk by another great engineer who didn't have time to commit to our project, and we were thoroughly pleased with the mixing experience that he provided. He was very prompt in the delivery of each iteration of our mixes, and even let us come into his studio to attend the first session. The guy knows his stuff!
Sam is a person you want working on your project. A talented musician and audio engineer with a great ear for quality, he will elevate your music to the next level. In addition, Sam is very easy to work with - prompt, passionate, knowledgeable, professional, hardworking, and thorough. Utilize the expertise that he offers.
Interview with Sam Sterk Audio
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie Rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My clients tell me that I bring a dynamic, distinctive, and capturing mix. In my productions, I love to experiment.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I prefer to do mix work for my clients, but I also record, edit, and master as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm a big fan of rock music, but I've been told that I have pretty eclectic tastes. My favorite engineers include: Michael Brauer, Nicholas Vernhes, Andy Wallace, Aaron Sprinkle, Matt Goldman, Rich Costey, John Congleton, and Tom Elmhirst.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I record and mix out of my room in Vista, CA. It's a cool space with a vintage nautical theme. It's not large, but it's a fun hang. It's great for overdubs and mixing, but I've also found that it's a really good sounding drum room.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For mixing, people typically send me their consolidated WAV files and I import them into Logic. I find that it's great to have a rough mix of the song, so that I know what direction they're going for. Once I have a mix at a point I'm happy with, I'll send it back to the artist and wait for any feedback that they might have. I'll take that feedback and make revisions to it. Once the artist is happy, I'll send them a final mix that's ready for mastering.