Mixing & Mastering

Adrien on SoundBetter

I’ll respect your tracks yet make your music impactful and moving!

Passionate about sound since I was born. Classically-trained musician (concert flute), self-taught extreme metal drummer and guitar player, I understand all music in-depth.
My skills in mixing/mastering were honed through hands-on practice and ever-improving.
For now I only do “in-the-box” mixing and mastering.
I do not offer guitar re-amping at this time.
We can communicate in English, French or German.

Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.

Interview with Adrien

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Digital because let's face it, not everyone owns $500.000 in gear. Digital can sound warm if the mixer's goal is warmth.

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

  4. A: The process of molding sound into shape like a sculptor does with clay.

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

  6. A: It's not about how impressive your gear specs are, how large your mixing desk is or whether your studio floor is mounted on springs or flying through space. It's also not about me, really. I'm here to maximize the music's impact so it can be cranked up safely and enjoyed! It's about understanding what the music needs in any context. And this is what I bring to the table: a deep understanding of music from a classical music theory point of view, being a fan of modern music and a tech nerd!

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

  8. A: Tape saturation, clipping and limiting. Use them.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Doing what the music needs, meaning heavy-handed when it serves the music, otherwise not.

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

  12. A: Metal, Rock, Acoustic

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

  14. A: Where / how did you record your tracks? Can you send me all the stems properly named, logically structured in WAV without any processing applied? Is there any artist you would like to sound similar to? Can you provide me with a sample of the last song of yours where you were fully satisfied with the engineering?

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

  16. A: Be explicit about what it is you want, but if you don't know it's ok, I will make it sound how I think serves the music the best, or "in the vein of" {insert your favorite band name}.

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

  18. A: MacBook Pro, Motu M2, Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 over-ear, Solar guitar A1.6RD Artist LTD

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

  20. A: Firstly I'm an audiophile. I deeply care about mastering quality and am a fan of MFSL editions of classic albums for example. The warmth and clarity is amazing. Been doing this for about 2 years. But as a kid I was already playing with GoldWave to analyze the spectrum and waveform of all my music, digitalizing my parents' tapes, messing up with noise removal, etc. I feel like I've been working with audio software forever. Other than that I have an office job as a software product manager.

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

  22. A: On an Enslaved - Vetrarnótt cover played and produced entirely by myself.

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

  24. A: Erik Rutan, Tue Madsen, Dan Swanö, Alan Parsons, Joe Sturgis, George Marino, Rick Beato and many more...

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

  26. A: Clarity, perceived loudness, punch, preserving dynamics.

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

  28. A: I am just starting to take this from a hobby to a side-job because I believe what I'm capable of for my own songs should be shared with better musicians than me who want to focus on making music, can't do everything themselves or want to take it to the next level.

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

  30. A: I will get the job done to your satisfaction!

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: Studio room is about 22 sqm with basic sound insulation. I know how this room sounds after many years so I get great results in it. - Motu M2 year 2020 - Mac Mini - Reaper 6 - Behringer Truth B2031A - Sennheiser HD650 - Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 over-ear - Premium gold-plated cables everywhere, obviously no bluetooth. - Waves' "Grand Masters Collection" plugins - EZDrummer 2 + Death Metal and Dark Matter sample packs - Line6 HX Stomp - Fortin Nameless plugin - OwnHammer Impulse Responses (Mesa and Marshall cabs)

Primitive Ways (Death Cover)

I was the player, mixing and mastering engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Up to 3 revisions. Payment 50% upfront, 50% upon delivery.

GenresSounds Like
  • Death
  • Enslaved
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