After achieving an Audio Engineering Diploma from SAE London, I went on to work for BBC Radio where I trained and worked for six years in the BBC's Maida Vale studios, recording and mixing live performances by bands for BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, BBC 1Xtra and 6 Music. Short samples of my BBC work can be provided on request.

I have been a professional sound engineer for over 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 offer a free consultation prior to any booking. I can tell you where I feel your song needs sonic 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 mix changes before I begin mastering.

My specialisms are mixing rock, punk, alternative, indie, heavy metal and...wait for it, funk music (yeah, I know!) for radio. I master any genre of music.

As a mixing engineer, my talents lie with balancing your recorded, arranged and edited tracks into a professional sounding, radio-ready mix. Therefore, the production work should have already been done on any project you'd like me to work on.

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

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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
  • Pro Tools 12.5
  • Focal and B&W 805s Monitoring with BK XXLS400 Subwoofer
  • Waves
  • Soundtoys
  • Sonarworks Room and Headphone Reference plug ins
  • Sennheiser HD650 headphones.

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I am currently able to offer a mixing and/or mastering service to SB clients with no limit to revisions, average turn-around per song 5-7 days depending on the project, track count and work load.

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Interview with Sara Carter

What do you like most about your job?
I doesn't "feel" like a job
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 a second one in case it breaks down! (Ever prepared)
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
An artist with great songs that give me goosebumps. I particularly enjoy working with female bands and artists because I feel they are under-represented in the music business and I'm big on promoting the bands I work with, wherever and whenever I can.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Usually, it's rock, punk, indie or alternative because that's the music I listen to however, I also really enjoy working with funk 'cos it's groovy.
What do you bring to a song?
I love how music sounds because I believe this brings the goosebump factor. My goal is to make the song sound awesome on your hifi, iPhone, laptop whatever.
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?
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.
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.