True analog mixing & mastering

By Oliver Wagner

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When it comes to mixing & mastering what counts is experience! With 25 years of experience my tracks appeared on over 1 million records (I have 112 Discogs credits under Oliver Wagner). When it comes to making a track pro & major sounding what counts is classic analog hardware! I use API, SSL, Neve, Pultec, KushAudio... with PrismSound converters.

So how does it work? I carefully match the character of my outboard EQs & comps to the character of your specific stems, e.g., API for guitars, SSL for drums, Neve for vocals, Pultec for strings... I also use an original SSL G Comp for buss compression. I basically RE-RECORD ("printing") all your stems through my analog hardware! Yes, it's more work for me, but results are way better than using plugins. It just "sounds like a record"!

Besides my long standing experience in music production, mixing and mastering, I am also a professional piano player (classical and jazz). In the 80s I played in several bands (rock, pop, jazz), hence, I am very aware of how the different elements of a band shall sound like, a critical skill for a successful mix. In the 90's and early 00's I focused mostly club music. So besides rock and pop projects I also welcome electronic music projects.

FAQs:
1) Do I have to pay in advance? => No, only pay if you like the result.
2) Other genres than mentioned below possible? => Absolutely. Happy to do any genre.
3) How to get stared? => Press the green contact button above and I'll reply ASAP.

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

14 Reviews

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  1. Review by Todd M.
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    This song required intricate manoeuvring to create subtle, moving sounds. Oliver's intuitive sensibilities always seem to match the directions we go.

  2. Review by Lefkios Demetriou
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    Oliver is amazing! I’m so glad to have work mixed by him. Thank you so much and hope to work together soon!!!

  3. Review by Damien
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    Oliver is very dedicated and stands out in the "online mixing" scene. He is really committed to his work and I had the pleasure to mix 2 tracks with him and master 1. Every time he tries to give you useful tips to take your productions to the next level and I must say that his work is top notch. Actually, it does feel and sound a lot better after his processing. I had a few bad experiences online when so called "mixers" only use plugin chains preset without fine-tuning it to YOUR music. With Oliver its 100% clear that he focuses on your song and what can serve it well. 5 stars.

  4. Review by Ryuji Kanno
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    It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Oliver and I cannot say enough about him. He is a professional in both creating sound and with project management - Oliver's sonic sensibility and awareness of his equipment is amazing. For my rock projects, he has been quick to interpret where the songs need to go and has been my go-to-guy in developing my music. Oliver is easy to work with, communicates well and is always on time. He displays tremendous dexterity in applying effects, playing instruments as required and he will provide valuable feedback on recording/arrangement/etc. He rocks!

  5. Review by G.Paganelli
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    Every time I have a track I feel its good enough to finish, I'll give it to Oliver. I produce mostly house, I made a 4 track ep with Oliver and I'm about to finish the second one with him too. Very helpful and competent, always looking forward to send him a track.

  6. Review by Benjamin
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    Oliver is really an incredible music producer and sound engineer, the quality of his work is excellent and the communication is great!!! Very important in this world of production, if you want your song to listen as you have in your head, Oliver helps you get to that sound; he will very well attend to all your doubts and questions and will make the necessary changes to reach the sound you are looking for. Don't look any more, Oliver is your best option !!!!!

  7. Review by Matthew
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    Great work have had him work on a few of my songs and have been very happy with the results

  8. Review by Asaf
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    Oliver is super talented and professional. He mixed my song perfectly with a lot of attention to every detail. He also very patient, friendly, and knowledgeable, and it was a pleasure to work with him. And I so happy with the result!

  9. Review by BioRhythm Music
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    Oliver's been my go-to engineer for quite some time and it didn't take multiple projects or any other long drawn-out process for that to be established. He's always going beyond what you'd expect him to in order to bring what you've envisioned to life.
    Making your art shine is the art form that he's mastered.

  10. Review by Randy
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    We've worked together for a few times and Oliver always deliver. All my requests were fulfilled, even when i requested something off the order he still delivered fast and painlessly. I recommend you Oliver for true analog mixing and mastering. Your song will become much better in Oliver's hands.

  11. Review by Suraaj Parab
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    Oliver is talented engineer. He have mixed and mastered my many songs and he never fails to surprise me with his incredible skills in sound engineering.

  12. Review by Athena
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    It’s so wonderful to work with Oliver! Very professional person and the communication is always excellent and detailed. He has a great talent, a rare musical sensibilities, a depth of knowledge and an incredible care for details. Most importantly, he’s very passionate about his work so it’s always a joy work together. I’m a happy returning customer and the final result always exceed my expectation! He’s the best.
    Highly recommended.

  13. Review by Clark
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    Every song I have sent for mixing and mastering has come back sounding 1000 times better. The attention to detail, thought and skills that Oliver applies to my music is why I will always consider his services first.

  14. Review by Todd Warner Moore
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    Oliver has mixed around 100 of my songs. I can’t say enough about his musical ear and search for perfection. I always come back to him. Not to mention, he’s a kind person.

Interview with True analog mixing & mastering

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

  2. A: To provide a rough mix and references. To quality check the stems for audio clicks/glitches.

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

  4. A: Learning classical piano from 6 years old. Learning guitar from 13 years old. Playing in various bands (New Wave, Rock, Punk) from 14-18yrs. Learning Jazz piano 20yrs. Playing in various Jazz bands. Establishing a music studio in Frankfurt/Germany age 24yrs. Producing club music for many years. Several Top 10 and Top 40 charts. In the early 40ties slowly becoming interested in mixing and mastering using top notch gear. In the past 4 years I mixed and mastered 500 tracks with continuous highest ratings (on another platform).

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

  6. A: Don't attempt to copy what others do. Be creative, be yourself, experiment. If a melody does not touch your heart it won't to other's heart. Music is to evoke emotions and feelings. Try to make songs that exactly do this: causing goose bumps when listening. It is easily said I know, but persistent "try and error" may lead to desired results.

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

  8. A: I would say I bring life and dynamics to a song. I am able to open up a song and add that necessary touch of magic and depth. This can be only done with analog gear. It is hard to explain but the end results just "sounds like a record".

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: Though it is not clear on the sample photo my studio is fully acoustic treated. There is also a subwoofer important for EDM and Hip-Hop mixes. I am 100% convinced that plugins are still not able to provide the depth and magic of the emulated hardware. Why? It is that simple: I own both, the original classic hardware and the plugins for comparisons. I am also very much convinced that excellent AD/DA conversion tremendously contributes to the final sound. Thus, I use best available converters such as PrismSound and Mytek.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: I am in the fortune situation being able to compare many software emulations with the real hardware equivalent. Most plugins not nearly come close to the original. Mostly what plugins lack is the 3D depth and magic which is hard to explain but audible in the final result (it "sounds like a record").

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

  14. A: Usually I ask clients to provide a demo mix to see if it really needs mixing or if mastering would be sufficient. In latter cases I ask for slight volumes changes here and there before I do the mastering. However, if I feel it needs also mixing I ask for the stems. I provide clear instructions what would be the best way how to prepare the stems. Then I begin printing the stems through selected analog equipment. I often use a chain of EQs and compressors to get the best sound. In the mixing process I sometimes apply corrective EQs in my DAW to integrate sounds better in the mix. I am a big fan of parallel processing. I often sum (aux) stems up and apply different EQs, heavy compression etc. and mix these sums lightly below the main stem. I also do lot's of fader rides to add more dynamics and (depending on the song) more epic and dramaturgic feel. Tedious panning and reverb are absolutely critical to reach a pleasant sound stage.

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

  16. A: At another platform I mixed and mastered 500 songs in the past 4 years for so many clients. It is sometimes difficult to follow up the success. Often it takes time for them to produce accompanying videos etc. Meanwhile, positive feedback from clients keeps up my motivation and encourages me to take even more challenging and more complex projects.

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

  18. A: I am currently working on a rather simple project for which I increasingly receive requests: to mix vocals to a beat (Hip-Hop). It seems a huge trend now that clients (Hip-Hop genre) purchase a pre-produced beat and sing/rap unto it. The next step is then to mix several vocal layers (main, adlibs, backings etc) and to integrate it with the beat. Then mastering. Before I worked on an Americana album for Todd Warner Moore. I mixed already 6 albums for him.

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

  20. A: Darrell Thorp.

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

  22. A: It depends on the rough mix I receive, but in 90% of cases I can say that I can make it "sound better".

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

  24. A: To work with so many people around the world. It is fantastic and it often leads to friendships with returning clients. And of course being able to listen to music every day and to learn more about music development and new productions styles. As a previous producer it is very valuable.

  25. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  26. A: Are you doing a demo mix? Answer: yes for low stems counts absolutely no problem. For a 36 stem project I may hesitate though and instead point to the many before/after examples I have on SoundCloud.

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

  28. A: I sometimes receive stems without any rough mix or reference so I just mix the way how I think it would sound best. Then after my delivery client sometimes says: "Oh could you please listen to this reference I want it sounding like this". This is basically alright, but it is always better to talk about a specific reference sound beforehand.

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

  30. A: To communicate well how to prepare stems. To see if production advise is needed. To provide a rough mix and references.

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

  32. A: SSL G Comp, Pultecs, KushAudio Clariphonic, SSL 4000 E EQs, 1176.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: To provide clarity, to open up mixes to infuse depth and 3D and to add that kind of magic often missing in digital mixes.

  35. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  36. A: I would like to work with artists like Dido or Jason Mraz such as I believe that especially here analog gear shines. I love challenges and I would also dare to work on projects by Goldfrapp, Coldplay or Massive Attack.

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

  38. A: Alt-Rock/Indie-Rock, Folk/Americana, Hip-Hop, Techno, EDM...

  39. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  40. A: To carve out the right frequencies of a certain element in a song. One reason is maybe that I played various instruments (piano, guitar) and also played many years in different band project (from rock, to punk to jazz). Thus, I am well aware how the different elements in a band sound. Also I produced a lot of club music on the late 90ties and 00ties. At Discogs I have 112 credits for (mostly) club music (under Oliver Wagner).

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

  42. A: As a mixing and mastering engineer I surely have my "mix heroes". Among them are Toni Maserati, Manny Marroquin, CLA, Mick Guzauski and Trevor Horn.

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

  44. A: Analog mixing and mastering. Often vocal tuning (manual pitch corrections using Melodyne). Sometimes I provide production tips before we get started.

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  • Jason Mraz
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Gear Highlights
  • API 550b
  • API 527
  • SSL 611EQ
  • SSL 611DYN
  • SSL G Comp
  • Chandler Limited Little Devil
  • Neve 8803
  • WarmAudio EQP-WA
  • WarmAudio WA76
  • Kush Audio Clariphonic
  • Aphex EX BB
  • Fredenstein F602
  • PrismSound Orpheus
  • Mytek 8x192
  • Genelec 8040A
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