The Swedish Music Studio

Remote mixing and arranging

4 Reviews
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Not a single toplist placement (yet) and not a clue as to how many streams i got, but all my former clients, people from the local music scene, seem to like working with me. I work hard and dont stop until you are happy with the result!

My name is Niclas Gustafsson, and my studio The Swedish Music Studio is in reality a small pink shed in the middle of Sweden. I dont have a lot of fancy outboards to warm the room, or an SSL console to put my laptop on, but i have a masters degree in clarinets, a wierd sense of humor, some points in music production and 27 years of learning how to play, arrange, write and produce! I LOVE music! I live and breath music! And I want to mix your songs!

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4 Reviews

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  1. Review by Tina Wilhelmsson
    by Tina Wilhelmsson

    Niclas is a brilliant producer who makes my music sound like magic. My warmest recommendations.

  2. Review by Mats Lindbäck
    by Mats Lindbäck

    Niclas blev vår räddare. En hopplös inspelning fick liv och färg i hans händer. Vi i Längtans Motell rekommenderar gärna Niclas för liknande uppdrag. I vårt fall det som blev att han med sitt lyssnande öra förstod våra ambitioner och därefter skapade en mix med en ljudbild så som vi hade tänkt oss det!

    /för LM
    Mats Lindbäck

  3. Review by Charlotte Fransson Gyllbäck
    by Charlotte Fransson Gyllbäck

    Tack tack tack för ett utomordentligt jobb! Nu snart är det dags för singel släpp. 😊

  4. Review by Sara Hammarbäck
    by Sara Hammarbäck

    I can highly recommend Niclas.
    He is always listening to what I have to say and work hard to get it right. He is an amazing musician with a professional education and he is not afraid to try new things and think outside the box. I always have fun working with him and I always feel secure that the end result will be good!
    I have worked with him on multiple projects and will definitely keep on working with him for many more.
    //Sara Hammarbäck

Interview with The Swedish Music Studio

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

  2. A: I am very proud of an old release with the artists "Gustafssons". Its my family getting together (none but me are musically inclined) to make a song saluting my mother at her 60th birthday. its my first public appearance as a singer, and my little sister is rapping! haha. it was so much fun! I am also very proud of a video i did on instagram interpreting Miss Lis sheet music for a song she had yet to release. When it finally was released i compared the two and our arrangments and production choices was spooky similar. That was really cool!

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: A rock track, a piano ballad, 2 singer/songwriter productions, some ambient clarinet and piano music, and arranging music for a kids orchestra.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No. Sorry. Totally new...

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital. Analog is awesome but aircons makes such loud noise...

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

  10. A: I will not stop until i have done the most i possibly can. I will never charge for subpar work. If you are not happy we just forget the whole thing ever happened!

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: The sound itself.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Why are you so cheap, you could charge way more? I dont want to. If i did, i wouldnt get to know these amazing hard working artists, and i would exclude so many poor musicians! I rather have some leway artistically and maybe take a bit of time doing it. I hate beeing rushed if there is no point. So i try to avoid it by making a deal about they paying less and the work takes a few weeks and not days. Its also about balancing beeing a father of three along with life in general.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: The standard "fix it in the mix" of course, but besides that I think it is that its a service job only. Its ART! I love every eq move and every automation point and take my work just as serious as i would when i write!

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

  18. A: What is your references? What is the music for? Why do you do what you do? When do we start?

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

  20. A: Dont be afraid to ask questions, and to take a chance on people (goes both in here and in life in general!). I have hired lots of amazing talents myself that no one else did. And I have made lots of new friends and got some great music recorded in the process!

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

  22. A: My Macbook Air m1 laptop, Metric Halo ULN2 (or a ULN8) and a pair of Ollo Audio headphones.

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

  24. A: 2006 singer/songwriter, busker, music teacher 2007 Music Conservatoire in Falun 2008 Lunds University bachelor. Also touring with a klezmer band 2008-2014 freelancing in symphony orchestras, musical, doing field recordings, finished my masters and took music production classes. 2014-2020Teaching music, and freelancing as a solo artist, learning mixing and production as i go. 2021 Starting my company The Swedish Music Studio

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Diverse!

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

  28. A: Alex Lacamoire and Lin Manuel Miranda. That songwriting and arranging duo is just out of this world. I Love Lacamoires arrangments and must have listened to the Hamilton soundtrack 200 times or more, totally honest.

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

  30. A: The big "aha" moment for me this year came when i started using an actual mono speaker, instead of summed mono in the nearfields. It translates so much better to both cars and phones when there is just a single speaker vibrating.

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

  32. A: singer/songwriter, soft pop, acoustic, classical, ambient.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Vocals, and woodwinds!

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

  36. A: I bring almost 3 decades of playing music, despite beeing only 34. I have learned to make the most of what i have, since I come from a working class upbringing, and am kind of an expert on turning a feather in to a chicken! I have extensive knowledge in orchestral instruments, and can arrange and record lalmost any genre on the fly. I have been teaching music for 2 decades and know how to bring the best out of the artists performances, and I NEVER let go until every stone is turned hunting for the perfect song!

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

  38. A: If its mixing i will start by listening to a rough mix if there is one, to know what direction to go. Then i listen to any reference material a few times while prepping the session. Listening through each track (more or less), balancing and trimming, cutting, moving parts and tightening individual notes if needed. Then i most often rebalance the entire song starting with the fundamental elements and building my way to a finished static mix. Since i mainly work in acustical music i try to automate as little as possible and leave that to the performers, but i am not afraid to add production elements if needed and asked for up until the final mix. I normally send the stereo file off undithered in 32bit floating /44.1khz to the mastering engineer, but that varies almost as much as the weather!

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Its an all digital setup to be able to work remotely and meet clients demands for fast turnarounds and low costs. I work in a well treated room with MunroSonic The Egg 150 nearfield monitors and Metric Halo ULN2 interface/converters. I also use headphones from Ollo Audio (endorsed by the company), Focal and BD, and microphones from Weissklang, CAD, Shure, sE Electronics and others. I work in Studio One and Logic for mixing and Dorico for scoring.

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

  42. A: Gregory Scott, Dan Worrall, Mike Senior, Sylvia Massey

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

  44. A: Full production for local artists. From cowriting music to mastering, and everything inbetween. I want to go more in to mixing, and have been doing remote recording, and mixing over the last year.

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  • MunroSonic The Egg150
  • Metric Halo ULN2
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