Recording/mixing engineer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Currently available for remote mixing and session work (saxophone, guitar, banjo, bass).
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My name is Bobby Katz. I'm first and foremost a music lover and music maker. I hold both my bachelors and masters degrees in music from NYU and have over ten years of engineering experience. I specialize in making music with real instruments so if you're looking for someone to record or mix your singer-songwriter, folk, americana, or jazz track I'm your guy! I'm also available to track acoustic/electric guitar, saxophone, banjo, and bass for your project remotely. My musical background is in jazz and folk/acoustic music. I studied jazz saxophone at NYU and am a professional saxophonist who has performed in some of NYC's most iconic venues with legendary musicians. As a folk musician, I am one-half of folk-pop duo "Bobbylene" and am currently producing and mixing all of our tracks. I look forward to hearing from you and working on your next project :)
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19 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Bobby Katz
Always a pleasure to work with. He did a great mix/ master on this one- excited for people to hear it!
Fantastic work as always. Bobby has a great ear, and he always tackles revisions with enthusiasm! Will definitely hire again.
Bobby was so easy to communicate with and understood exactly what I needed for this song. He used my reference tracked and knew what I wanted right off the bat! Thanks so much!!
I'm a returning customer, always happy to be here - I really appreciate Bobby's consideration and results with a great mix once again!
A great service again from Bobby. I wanted a track mixed in a particular time frame and Bobby did a great job, helping to take on board my feedback to make sure I'm happy with the finished track.
Bobby Katz is always a pleasure to work with. He's got a great ear, is very communicative, and is a killer musician. Can't wait to have him mix and master the next project!
Another fantastic experience with Bobby. Love that I feel comfortable to give feedback on an initial mix and Bobby makes it easy to get to the final mix, taking on board my thoughts. I have really enjoyed getting my track mixed again and will be back next time!
Bobby is fab, love the sound, a great mix and is SUPER patient with me and my requests and feedback on the mix.
I usually find getting tracks mixed a stressful experience and it can be difficult to have good communication between me as artist/producer with a vision and the mixer, so it's a really breeze to work with Bobby and feel at ease. Thanks!
Will be booking in again soon.
More beautiful work by Bobby. He is great at understanding the heart of a song and figuring out how to bring that out in his mix!
Another great experience with Bobby! He was very flexible when I decided to make changes to some of my tracks in the middle of the process and thanks to his patience the end result was much improved.
This was such an easy and pleasant experience working with Bobby.
As a creator, communication from collaborators is SO important and Bobby did everything to make my life easy and clear as well as delivering a brilliant final mix and additional versions I requested.
I'm so pleased with the end result and will not hesitate to return when my next song needs a mix!!
Another awesome experience with Bobby. He was able to lend his jazz expertise to my track which had a jazz feel to it and come up with an interpretation I wouldn't have been able to do myself. Always a pleasure!
This is my second experience working with Bobby and I am so glad that I found him. He is so easy to work with and kind, plus he knows how to make my music sound beautiful!
I had a wonderful experience working with Bobby for the first time. As someone who is new to this process I appreciated how easy it was to communicate with him as he asked me many questions and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know what I had in mind for my song. He did exactly what I wanted for the first pass and then was happy to play with different ideas so I could hear how they changed the overall feel. I am very happy with the result and highly recommend!
Bobby's a total pro. I've done studio work with him. Bobby remotely wrote and recorded solos for an upcoming project. He's a pleasure to work with.
Bobby has recorded and mixed for me many times over the years and has consistently produced high-quality, beautiful work. His attention to detail and commitment to realizing my vision for each project always makes me feel like I'm in good hands. On top of that, he's been super easy to work with and has had great communication throughout each project we've worked on!
I had a wonderful experience working with Bobby on a cover project. As someone with no experience with studio recording, I was very nervous! Bobby was attentive, patient, and made sure I was truly happy with the finished project. I would highly recommend him!
As Brandon Lambert's collaborator, I echo everything he said in his review. Five stars is not enough. Bobby was not only extremely competent, knowledgeable, prompt, AND professional, he went above and beyond to ensure our project was a success. We'll be back.
Creative endeavors are tricky, and it's hard to know who to trust with your time and money. You can trust Bobby.
If I could give Bobby six stars, I would. He's that good.
The recording sessions were well-prepped, extremely smooth, and most importantly FUN. Bobby has a great sense of humor and really knows what he's doing. He worked great with all eight of my vocalists, and made them feel right at home.
The mixing and mastering process was equally outstanding. He gets exactly the sound you're looking for and implements any notes quickly.
I look forward to working with Bobby again in the future!
Interview with Bobby Katz
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! There's nothing like the sound of a nice analog console, tube compressor, or preamp. While I'm currently exclusively mixing in the box, I use many analog emulation plug-ins that truly sound like the real deal.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I would say the biggest misconception about a mixing engineer is that they simply adjust levels and turn up or down faders. In actuality, we're dealing with many things including dynamics and spatial processing, automation, EQ sculpting to get all elements within a mix to sit within their own space, and many, many more!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I typically ask prospective clients to send me reference tracks and let me know what exactly they like about those tracks. This always helps inform my mixing decisions. I also ask if they have any preliminary notes or ideas for me prior to beginning my mix. I view mixing as a collaborative process where my job is to get that artists' track to sound the way THEY want it to sound.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Most recently, my girlfriend and I released our single, "Denver." This is the first song we co-wrote on our own without collaborating with other songwriters. In addition, this is our first release that was fully self-produced. I recorded, tracked, produced, and mixed the song.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will deliver a high-quality product that I will give my all to. Yikes, that sounds corny, doesn't it?! But I truly wouldn't want anything to be released with my name on it if it wasn't my best work. So that's my promise.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making, producing, and mixing music is what I've always wanted to do with my life and I'm so grateful that I get to do it. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Check out my mixing samples to see if you like my style, visit my website to learn more about me, and reach out to me with any questions you have prior to hiring me!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been making music ever since I was a kid. In middle school I became interested in recording and mixing and would spend my weekends working on cover songs in my parent's basement. I went to college at NYU and studied jazz performance and music education. I have since been pursuing a career as a freelance jazz saxophonist and teaching music part-time as both an elementary school teacher and private lesson instructor. I am also one-half of folk duo, Bobbylene, a project I started with my girlfriend. I currently act as our producer and mixing engineer. As a mixing engineer and producer, I have been working with clients for over ten years now!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always request a rough mix from a client who asks me to mix their song. This way I can hear the mix they have been living with and how I can enhance it. I'll typically ask a client to send me reference tracks in addition to sending over some questions about their song. All of this helps me to get an understanding of their taste/vision and what they want their music to sound like! After that, I'll get right to work and will keep my client updated every step of the way!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My saxophone, guitar, computer/Logic Pro X, Shure SM7B mic, and its cables?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure thing. Make sure every section of your song has something different in it - never COPY AND PASTE! Listeners can subconsciously tell if your second verse sounds different than the first and it will keep them engaged and immersed in your song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: As a multi-instrumentalist and someone who enjoys listening to a wide variety of music, I think I can enhance a mix using my knowledge of various musical instruments and styles. I also have a strong background in music theory and composition. I feel these skills help inform my mixing decisions and allow me to achieve a musical and cohesive mix.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio space consists of a Pearl drum kit, Yamaha grand piano, Focusrite Clarett audio interface, and an assortment of high quality microphones including a Shure SM7B, Miktek microphones, and more! While my studio is within an apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I have fully sound treated it to achieve a deadened room sound with minimal outside noise. I am super happy with the results I have achieved both mixing and recording in this space!
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have been inspired by SO many musicians and engineers. I've currently been listening to Taylor Swift's new records on repeat and am also a big Lauv fan (he definitely writes some of the catchiest music out there). Jacob Collier is another big influence of mine, somebody who fully self-produces all of his amazing work within the comfort of his own home studio!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: In addition to mixing for various clients, my girlfriend and I are currently working on writing and recording a new EP. You can check out our songs on Spotify or any other streaming service (Bobbylene).
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: John Mayer - he's the man and my favorite songwriter. Also, his mixes are my favorite of them all in terms of their warmth, clarity, and fullness.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is bringing new production ideas to a project. Whether that be adding an electric guitar line in the pre-chorus, finding a harmony line for the chorus, etc. I'm a music theory nerd and an avid songwriter/producer, so I always enjoy discovering new possibilities for a song to help bring it to life!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer-songwriter, folk, country, acoustic pop, and jazz.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I specialize in recording and mixing music with real instruments, spanning from folk, to pop/rock, to jazz. I also offer remote tracking services on guitars and saxophone.