Professional Recording Engineer/Mixer located in Santa Cruz, CA. Experience working with Grammy award-winning producers and artists such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Portugal.The Man. Work featured on official Spotify and Apple Music playlists.
My mission is to deliver a final product that captures the client’s vision for their project in the best way possible.
My sound has been shaped by my many musical influences (Foster The People, Still Woozy, Alabama Shakes) into what I would consider a natural, analog tone. I'm inspired by music that makes me feel something, sonically and emotionally. I strive for that feeling in my mixes.
For my mixing, I work in both Pro Tools HD and Logic Pro X.
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12 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Nick Agee
Great communication and great sound! Very fast communication and willing to make revisions as needed! Super awesome work!
Fantastic and applied any revisions I needed with speed!
You can trust Nick 100% with the vision you have for your project. He is super thoughtful and helpful!
Nick was excellent working on and helping me put together my first EP! Would recommend him to anyone!
Nick is amazing! He really cares & helps my projects to reach their fullest potential. I would definitely recommend.
This was my 3rd time working with Nick & will not be my last. He is so easy to communicate with and always executes my vision for that specific project.
Nick is a great mixing engineer! He gave so much life and warmth to my song in a matter of days. It was so easy to communicate my ideas and he implemented them with ease. Highly recommended!
Nick is really efficient and easy to work with!
Nick was a tracking and overdub engineer and he mixed several tracks on Little Faith's "Eternity" album, produced by Michael Baker (Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox). He was responsive to Michael's requests as well as those of the band and was a pleasure to work with. I have also worked with Nick on other projects and I have always been happy with the final results. I recommend Nick Agee without hesitation.
Nick Recorded, mixed, and mastered my last record. Total pro and pleasure to spend that many hours with. There is no one better!
Working with Nick was an excellent decision. Not only is he professional and talented, but works his hardest to make sure you're satisfied with the finished product! I look forward to working with him again.
Having worked with him on multiple projects across multiple genres, I have to say Nick Agee knows what his clients are looking for, and delivers time and again. I'm quite particular about my work, and his patience and efficiency is refreshing in a session. Nick’s also not afraid to suggest & critique, but knows the client's word is ultimately bond.
Interview with Nick Agee
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love when a client's vision for the song has been met or hopefully exceeded!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been working in music for about 10 years now. I studied audio engineering at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. After my time at MI, I started out as an assistant engineer at the legendary Grandmaster Recorders Ltd. in Hollywood. Within about 6 months, I was running my own sessions as the lead engineer for the studio. I ended up doing that for many years, but relocated to New Orleans, LA to check out the music scene there for a while. I've recently moved my studio back to California, where I reside currently in Santa Cruz, CA.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently my studio space includes a pair of Neumann KH-120 monitors, a 27" iMac, and a UAD Apollo Twin as my audio interface. The room has been treated with acoustic paneling and my monitors have been calibrated for the room to ensure that they are producing a flat frequency signal. Making it an optimal space for mixing and mastering.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually am working on Indie, Pop, and Hip-Hop
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very inspired by the vibe that artists like Frank Ocean and Foster The People bring to their music. I'm also inspired by most things that Mark Ronson is apart of as well.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually just Mixing & Mastering, but I also offer Drum/Instrument editing and Vocal pitch correction.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Before starting a mix I like to get all of the organization done first, such as editing, track labeling, grouping. After that I can start the mix with fresh ears and let my creative side work without worrying about any editing getting in the way of my focus.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I love to bring emotion out of every project I work on. I want my mixes to make the listener feel exactly how the artist did, when they wrote/recorded the song. That is what I believe resonates with people most, so I strive for that in my process.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to treat you and your music with the utmost respect, to give you a memorable experience.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, because of the ability to recall sessions quickly even when traveling. The analog emulations are becoming so indistinguishable from the originals!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I am working on a batch of new singles from a pop artist from New Orleans, LA named Jøs Vincent. I'm producing her singles as well as mixing and mastering.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Foster The People. They have such amazing and elaborate productions that sound incredible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I'm a huge fan of things that sound "vintage" and "analog", so I'd say that style definitely finds its way into the music I tend to work on.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals and visions for this project and how can I help make sure you are able to attain those goals and visions?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I feel like it's the fact that most people think they don't need a professional to mix and master their music. It's a VERY crucial part to the process of making a record and shouldn't be taken lightly. A professional engineer will give not only a fresh ear to the project, but they are going to be well trained in the specifics that go into these final stages of music production. This is where a song/recording that you might have worked on for months, can be elevated or ruined, if not handled correctly.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more! The more tracks you try to squeeze into a 2-track stereo out the smaller it can sound. Theres a reason the Beatles and Motown records sound so big even though they only used 4 and 8 track machines..
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm very dedicated to making sure that the client's vision is the target and their word is final.