Irving Gadoury

2x Platinum, Mixing/Mastering

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Irving Gadoury on SoundBetter

Hi there! My name is Irving Gadoury – I’m a 2x platinum record, GRAMMY nominated, recording engineer based in New York City. You can find me in the studio, on location, and everywhere in-between. My favorite type of music to work on is all types of rock music - but I have lots of experience with pop, rap, jazz, musical theater, and other genres.

Here's a rundown of some services I offer:

Mixing - I can mix your song using top of the line plugins by Sound Toys, Plugin Alliance, Fab Filter, Lexicon, Empirical Labs, Acoustica Pulsar Audio and Izotope. I offer 3 revisions per mix.

Vocal editing and tuning - I use Melodyne and Vocalign to pitch correct and edit vocal tracks in whatever way you need.

Mastering - I master in the box using a combination of out of the box EQ and in the box compressors and limiters from brands listed above, and can create ddp files using tools from HOFA.

Location recordings - I have a 30 input, multi-track location recording rig that I can bring anywhere. Live shows, rehearsal spaces, living rooms, film shoots, you name it. As long as there's a power outlet, I can record there. This is a great option for artists who can't afford a proper studio, but still would like to record in a non-traditional space with top-notch gear.

Studio recordings - My two favorite studios to work out of are Douglass Recording in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and Mighty Toad Studios in South Slope in Brooklyn.
However, I'm available to engineer at any studio.

Live Sound - If you have a show and looking for someone to operate live sound for you, I can do that too.

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

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Irving Gadoury
  • Robert Dean
  • Aminé
  • Aminé
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Megan Thee Stallion
  • Jacquees
  • Earthquake Lights
  • Dan Perlman
  • Ryan Shaw
  • Dave Hill
  • Jeff Simmermon

7 Reviews

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  1. Review by Anna
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    by Anna

    Irving was a pleasure to work with, thoughtful and kind and the mixes sound great!!! Highly recommend working with him.

  2. Review by John Joseph
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    by John Joseph

    Working with Irving was nothing but a pleasure. He is as kind as he is talented, and did everything he could to make sure the music came out just how I had hoped it would. I cannot say enough good things about him and his work.

  3. Review by Arden
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    by Arden

    Irving is a pleasure to work with. Easy-going yet prompt and extremely professional. Much care goes into his time. I look forward to working with Irving again soon.

  4. Review by Jessica
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    by Jessica

    Excellent customer service, and just an overall wonderful person to work with!

  5. Review by So B
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    by So B

    Irving was recommended by an engineer friend and I hired him for an usual live street-music performance. He was both nice and professional to work with and the end product sounded great. Highly recommend.

  6. Review by William Caldwell
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    by William Caldwell

    Both the process and the product were amazing! Working with Irving was fun, efficient and affordable! What more could you ask for? Would give 10 stars if I could!

  7. Review by Gabe Violett
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    It's all too rare to work with someone who is both a consummate professional and an incredibly kind, communicative human. Couldn't say enough kind things about Irving, every session with him is one to look forward to!

Interview with Irving Gadoury

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

  2. A: Gabe Violet is an amazing singer!

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

  4. A: - First and foremost: a good set of monitors! - Millennia STT-1 channel strip - SM57 - U87 (I've used it so much, it's what I'm used to!) - Manley Vari-Mu .........So I don't have to own these things right now right? haha

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

  6. A: I got my degree in Music Performance with a concentration in Sound Recording Technology, then immediately moved to NYC in 2013 to pursue a career in the music industry. I interned and was hired on staff at a, now defunct, large format recording studio near mid-town and cut my teeth learning the tools of the trade there. My career path since then has included being an assistant engineer at a few different commercial studios, then I went freelance, engineering around the city. As I'm sure anyone who's made a career in the arts work in NYC would say, it's been a wild ride.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I start by getting a basic, serviceable mix. Then, depending on the genre, I really enjoy adding in some tasteful saturation where I can. And in some genres, "tasteful saturation" can be a whole lot, which I think is a ton of fun.

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

  10. A: I love coming through in big pressure moments. One of my proudest projects is recording Emily King live - a big pressure moment with maybe close to a thousand people in attendance. And it came out amazing. Of course, everything Emily does is going to sound amazing, but I was thrilled to come through and capture the group's performance in the best way possible.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Kind of a cliche question, no? They both sound amazing, and if you have the time and resources to do certain things analog, then that's just another great tool to have. But you can't ignore the incredible convenience digital has to offer - it saves clients thousands, and even more headaches.

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

  14. A: Tell me everything you can about your project. I want to know as much as possible - what vibe are you going for, what tones are you really happy or unhappy with? What comparable sound are you going for? What do you want (or don't want) from the engineer.

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

  16. A: I'm supposed to say I'm an expert at a certain genre here, but I've had quite a wild time in NYC with all sorts of genres. For nearly a year and a half, I almost exclusively worked on pop/rap vocals. I was lucky enough to work with some big names like Megan Thee Stallion, Gunna, Lil Baby, Azalea Banks, A Boogie and others. Other times I would record/mix/master solo acoustic singer-songwriters live performances twice a week for weeks on end. Some months I spent working on musical theater, tuning and lining up vocals. Sprinkle in there my love of rock and jazz projects, and I can't really pin point a specific genre. I'm regrettably confident with many different styles.

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

  18. A: So many different kinds of compressors have a distinct sound - keep trying different ones and adding them to your toolbox. Oh and pitch shift toms. That's fun too.

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

  20. A: Musical acumen. I consider myself an artist - I have a degree in music performance with a concentration in recording, so I did the ear training classes, the performances, the theory and history of music. I'll understand the language behind certain vocal harmonies, or meter or key changes.

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

  22. A: It's different depending on the project, but first and foremost is communication with the artist. I want to hear from them what vibe they're going for, and listen to any reference tracks - I always ask for reference tracks. Usually in this part of the discussion, I confirm what they're looking for from me: Do they want my fingerprints on there? Or do they want me to not alter the stems all that much? Important things to hash out ahead of time.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I work on Dynaudio LYD48s, and a pair of Avantone cubes. I love building my own gear so I have a lot of 500-series units that I built from kits from various companies. I'll take some stems and run them through my analog gear for some added mojo.

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

  26. A: Steve Albini is of course very inspiring - running his own studio for a reasonable, known day rate despite his status. Other engineers would be Russ Elevado for his love for analog, and Joe Lambert is my favorite mastering engineer. I've sat with him and based my mastering approach based on his work.

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

  28. A: Tracking and mixing are my two biggest jams. I package some of my services for some artists around the NYC area so I'll record, mix and master for a whole project. Super fun stuff.

Terms Of Service

I allow for 3 revisions depending on the project, I'll always be clear up front about the timeframe you can expect me to finish.

Gear Highlights
  • Dynaudio LYD48 monitors
  • LA500A optical compressor
  • Melodyne
  • plugins from Plugin Alliance
  • Soundtoys
  • FabFilter
  • Lexicon
  • Empirical Labs
  • and others
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