I'm a multifaceted audio engineer with experience in mixing, producing, performing and sound design. I've learned everything I know from real world cases as well as graduating from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.
When I first began releasing my own music as a kid in middle school, the struggle was always being able to hear the difference in quality between the songs I was putting out and professionally mixed songs, and yet not understanding what it even was that made that huge difference. All I wanted was someone to mix and master my songs for a reasonable price without getting taken advantage of, which a lot of artists can testify that it can be a frustratingly difficult thing to find.
In an attempt to solve this problem, I have spent the past 10 years of my life learning the craft of mixing and production. I got this experience from my many years spent in formal educational schools such as the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, Sync Edge, FOH and online mixing for churches, and of course by trial and error.
While I definitely have a niche for mixing Pop genres that sonically relate to artists like LANY, The Weeknd or The 1975, I can take on any project by artists who want that true pop-like-polish on their songs.
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14 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Cole Jamison Tessier
An amazing experience working with Cole. Very professional and easy to communicate. He has an extraordinary music taste that fits with what i wanted. I will work with him for the next songs.
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Beautiful! Very nice mix, and a lovely track. A joy to master, as usual with Cole's tracks. He's great to work with! Always a smooth gig.
Thank you, Cole!
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LOVED the track - Very nicely mixed too! Had a blast mastering it. So much fun! And Cole, he's so nice!
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Second track together. Man! What a nice mix 🔥 It came out fantastic and Cole's such a nice guy, a pleasure to work together!
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What a great gig! Cole made sure I got everything I needed to deliver him a fantastic master. Lovely mix! This one was analog-tape mastered and it came out just perfect. 5/5 100% recommended!!
Super cool guy and super good work!!
Cole is the man. Was a big help since i was going for a specific vibey sound from the 70s. Knew exactly what I needed very quickly. Would highly recommend !
Does good, professional work. Is easy to work with. Takes and implements feedback well!
Once again, really quality work. Took all my notes and suggestions and made it sound better than I imagined.
It was an awesome experience working with Cole. Even though we had different timezones and we kept most communications text-based, he made it feel like he's always there to answer questions and listen to my opinions. He's professional and casual at the same time, which made the experience comfortable. Musically, the quality is great. Radio ready. Very well mixed. He was also able to understand my vision for the song. Overall awesome experience. Love the guy. Definitely would recommend!
Cole is fantastic ! Got my new song sounding slicker than I ever envisioned. If you want your stuff to sound incredible definitely hit him up !
Did literally everything I asked and wanted and more than I could imagine. Would recommend 👍🏽
Cole was recommended to me by a close friend of mine. After hearing his work in his own band as well as some side instrumental work I was blown away by his prowess in all aspects of his music from mixing, arrangement, mastering and a good internal music sense. I work with hip-hop and R&B work almost exclusively and Cole was able to meet my level of expectations and add his own flair of individuality as a producer. He was true to the (albeit small amount) of source materials I provided and was more than willing to work and arrange things to my taste in a very timely manner. Don’t miss out.
I had actually heard about Cole from a friend and I got in touch. He was very professional and super prompt with the mix turnaround and with responding, even though he was in the middle of moving. The songs came back sounding SO much better than I expected. He has a good ear for mixing and for arrangement.
On top of all of this, Cole was willing to work with me to polish the songs to my complete satisfaction, something that is so important as an artist. You will not regret hiring him. Seriously. Do it.
Interview with Cole Jamison Tessier
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I grew up producing and writing music for fun, played music for church, then in high-school I started shadowing and interning for sound mixers and producers, then I graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, then started working for an audio post production company in Tulsa (where I still work), which lead me to finding even more work on SoundBetter! Fun fact: I have a few Location Sound gigs under my belt as well, but the filmset life is one that I am more than happy to leave behind.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: "Bedroom Pop" is a term I've heard from my brother use and it's one I feel best describes my niche. This is the kind of simplistic music that can be made using your school laptop. But of course, this doesn't mean the performance, production, writing, the mix and master can't be top quality. That is why I do what I do. A more simple answer could also be that I can emulate popular sounds like LANY, 1975, Jeremy Zucker, The Band Camino etc...
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: My answer to this question is always changing but writing a song with Sia would be great. I always lean towards writing in keys that I can't sing myself so there would be 0 boundaries working with her.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My sense of pitch is a convenient skill to have. I think I have something like perfect pitch but the last thing I want to be is one of those pretentious people who don't shut up about their perfect pitch.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I've been told more than anything else that I bring a lot of punchiness and clarity to the drums and low end in my mixes. I think as bedroom producers become more and more common, people discover how difficult it is to accurately monitor what's goin on with the low frequencies when in those uncontrolled spaces. Low end is everything and it can make or break a track IMO, so that it usually the first issue I tackle. Vocals are another thing that I take very seriously. They might even be more tricky than dealing with low end as it is the thing I probably spend the most time on when mixing a track. I love talking with people about what the best vocal mixing techniques are so feel free to ask me questions!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Once I've gotten all of the stems from the artist and we've gone over what the end goal (sonically) is, I'll ingest those stems into my Protools rig, organize everything, and then I'll listen to the mix through my headphones and/or KRK's about 8 times while taking notes on the issues I'm hearing. From there I simply go down the list and attack each issue one at a time. Before I send it off to the artist I always make sure to listen to it in the car, a bluetooth speaker and iphone speakers, this way I know whether it translates across all systems or not. After the artist has heard it and is ready to give me their notes, I'll hop on a zoom call, send them a clean feed link, and together we will go through the protools session and make the adjustments they want. This has made the collaboration process so much smoother and gives the artist all the control in the world. Their song is like their baby so like a good baby sitter the mixer needs to call the parents every now and then.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: When I attended school I mixed on a variety of boards API, SSL and a few others. These days I am on the road a lot before I settle at my next and most likely permanent location. The setup I use now consists of my laptop which I use Protools, Logic and Reaper on, a pair of KRKs and my DT 880 Pro Studio Headphones. I use my Apollo and occasionally my Focusrite interfaces for recording. Instruments include a few Taylor guitars and Juno synth, as well as some Midi controllers.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Mike Crossey is someone I've looked up to for a very long time. He's one of those people who seems to be tied somehow to every song that has impacted me to an extent. I also love Dave Pensado. Him and Herb Trawick's podcast is a source of inspiration and knowledge that I go to now and then.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Simplicity is always the key term I tend to fall back on. The more simple we can make our song, the easier is for the listener to understand the ideas we’re conveying.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on what you're using it for, but more often than not...digital is the modern way to go since plugins are so good at replicating the real outboard gear.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it is easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask for a reference so we are on the same page as to where to take the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work mainly in the Pop genre, ranging from Synth Pop or even Pop Rock. Weirdly enough most things I've worked on tend to have an 80s Pop inspired sound to it. Not really sure what that's about but I love the 80s so I dig it.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Mastering are the most common, but any time I'm able to assist someone in the writing process is always a treat.