After achieving an Audio Engineering Diploma from SAE London, I went on to work for the BBC where I worked for several years in the BBC's Maida Vale studios, recording and mixing live performances by bands for BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC 1Xtra and 6Music. Artists include Corinne Bailey Ray, Biffy Clyro, The Black Keys, John Legend, Gomez, Beth Orton.

I have been a professional sound engineer for approx 10 years working both in professional studios as well as home studios and therefore, can help you achieve the sound for your music that currently only exists in your head. I will shape the sound of your recording using EQ, dynamics and effects until your music sounds like a radio-ready record, or not, if that's what you want!

I'd like to offer a free consultation prior to any booking. I can tell you where I feel your song needs enhancement or even a re-recording of certain tracks. For mastering bookings, my free consultation will offer advice on your mix if I feel the song could benefit from some changes before I begin mastering. I'm happy to attend your recording session in the UK and offer advice and direction if required, this is often how the best mixes happen by getting the recordings right at the start.

My specialisms are rock, punk, alternative, indie, heavy metal and...wait for it, funk music (yeah, I know!).

I also work on podcasts, editing and mixing them so they are a pleasure to listen to on all devices and sound like what you would hear on a commercial radio station.

Finally, you'll find me friendly and easy to talk to with a desire to make your music sound the best it could possibly sound.

Contact me through the blue button above and lets get to work.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Sara Carter:

  • The Music
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Howling Bells
  • KT Tunstall
  • KT Tunstall
  • My Latest Novel
  • Gilles Peterson
  • Finley Quaye

Gear highlights

  • Presonus Studio One 3 Pro
  • Focal Monitoring
  • Waves
  • Soundtoys
  • plug ins.

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I am currently able to offer a mixing service to clients with 3 major revisions, average turn-around per song 4-5 days depending on the project and track count, 50% deposit required before the start.

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Interview with Sara Carter

What's your 'promise' to your clients?
It's not finished until you're satisfied.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Who's your favourite artists? What's your all time favourite song? How long have you been performing? What are your expectations from me during this arrangement? What are your career goals? How are you going to use this song? Can I come to a rehearsal?
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
My MacBook Pro, Focal Spirit Pro headphones, my iPhone (to tether the macbook to for the internet), some sort of solar powered electricity generator, and another one in case it breaks down.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started in the late 90's following a desire to record myself practising guitar, playing along to backing tracks then the recording bug took over. My home studio grew and grew, I had an 8 bus mixing console, outboard effects and recorded to a Fostex 16 track hard disc recorder. In 2001 I jumped into changing career and went to SAE in London for a couple of years then landed the dream job at the BBC in 2003. After 6 years there, I decided to take a break to pursue a different passion (beer!) and have returned in the last couple of years to set up another home studio based around Apple computers, the much talked about pro-tools competitor- Studio One from Presonus and plug ins by Waves, Soundtoys, Fabfilter and many more.
How would you describe your style?
Easy to work with, super attention to detail with a relaxed approach. I'm easy to talk to and see the funny side in most things yet I'm very serious when it comes to music and seeking my clients satisfaction.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
An artist with great songs that give me goosebumps.
Can you share one music production tip?
Take the time to get great sounds recorded, don't rush it. You don't need expensive gear, just take to time to place the mics so they pick up the best qualities of the instrument as it sounds in the room.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Usually it's rock, indie or alternative because that's the music I'm most familiar with, it's what I listen to most of the time however, I also really enjoy working with funk 'cos it's groovy.
What do you bring to a song?
I love how music sounds. My goal is to make the song sound awesome on your hifi, iPhone, laptop whatever. I love the technical side of engineering and will make your song sound like a record.