Experienced Mix and Mastering Engineer. Pop, R&B, Hip Hop, and urban sub-genres. First studio experience after graduating from school was working on a double album by Five Finger Death Punch, that later went Gold in it's first week. Studied under Young Guru (Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rihanna) at Mix With The Masters at Studio La Fabrique in France.
Passionate about the craft of mixing. My interest in mastering is growing, with it's own set of challenges and things to learn - which inform and in turn, have improved my mixes.
I work at a professional recording studio in Los Angeles. I also take on freelance work, primarily mixing and mastering, as well as some post-production for podcasts.
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Pleasure to work with! Very patient and wants to make sure one is compeletely satisfied with the work!
Brandon mixed my six-song project, and did an incredible job. He is extremely professional and organized. I have trouble finding producers who are familiar with mixing female vocals, but Brandon understood my sound and did a great job mixing my tracks. He was very patient throughout the process and made sure I was completely satisfied with his work. I look forward to working with him again!
Brandon helped me on some mixes for a high profile client back when he was first starting out and I was blown away by how good he was already. He quit his day job and took a leap of faith to go to L.A. to make it as a mixer, and he has. He was 100% reliable and easy to communicate with and always went above and beyond my expectations!
Brandon was exceptional at engineering and co-producing the first season of Snoop's GGN Podcast. From editing content to supervising the final mix for broadcast, Brandon was always proactive & communicative (making himself available at a moments notice), diligently focused & extremely professional. I look forward to working with Brandon again.
As a Hip Hop producer/engineer myself, I am delighted when I'm able to communicate ideas & objectives to the mixer and have them fully understood. Brandon has mixed several records for our artist Raven Felix and has consistently delivered the quality we're looking for. He is dedicated to his craft and a pleasure to work with in the studio.
Interview with Brandon Pins
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Different mix and mastering projects. Post-production for Snoop Dogg's GGN Podcast
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both have their pluses and minuses. But digital is getting really good
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working in a creative space. And delivering work the client loves!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "What's your rate?" I have a standard rate but it can vary
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That engineers are just these human pods pushing buttons. Lol
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What genre/artist/song have you been listening to a lot lately? What is it about that music that you love the most?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Turn everything down 3 db's. Haha. Kidding aside, I really enjoy getting feedback along the way. I want to make your project the best it can be, so your vision about where the song should go is so crucial.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Pultec EQ, SSL channel strip, my laptop, a decent pair of headphones, and fresh ears
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: At the age of 25 and after getting a degree and working in field that I couldn't get excited about, I went back to school for audio production. Since graduating in 2012, I have worked as a studio manager, assistant engineer, and freelancing while still holding down a day job. My path has not been easy to navigate and required a lot of tireless hard work, but because of the experiences I've had, places I've been fortunate to go to, and people I've been lucky enough to meet and call friends, I wouldn't change it for the world.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dr. Dre. The amount of knowledge you could take in from working with someone like him would be priceless.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: "Less is more"
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whatever it needs
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: The first thing I like to do, because it is essential to the success of the project, is to understand what vision the client has for the song or entire project. Sometimes they may ask for me to construct the entire mix with my own style and taste, and other times things just need to polished up. Having that sense of direction makes the goal clearer and the process in achieving that vision simpler.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Too many to name
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing. Mastering. Post-production. Editing. Vocal recording. Tuning.