Shane Ward

I mix your fantastic music

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I’ve had the pleasure of working with Shane many times. His knowledge of the music and his approachable attitude are two qualities you’ll enjoy when working with him, Shane is by far one of the easiest professionals to work with who gets things done. - Holly Davidson Band

I will totally mix your project and get it to that 110% you are looking for. The plan is to make you dance when the mix is done!

* 19 years working as a producer/recording & mastering engineer
* Nominated for Juno awards
* Won multiple CAMA and APCMA's
* Mastered over 200 recordings, including archival releases

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

Interview with Shane Ward

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

  2. A: What if we disagree on something? My answer, it is your song, let's do it that way you want it done!

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

  4. A: Mix & Master! I can do both, but they are not the same thing and tend to get lumped into together. Mastering is not just tossing a limiter on the mix at the end of mixing.

  5. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  6. A: Getting a great mix done in a reasonable amount of time.

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

  8. A: One of the last projects I worked on was D.B. & The Deadbeats full length blues record. It was recorded mostly live off the floor, I recorded, mixed and mastered the project. And I did the graphics for the CD run! I had been working with D.B. on and off for about 10 years, it was nice to see the project finally get completed in a meaningful way. Great record!

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

  10. A: I am currently mastering an Old Tyme traditional instrumental record.

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

  12. A: Aubrey Whitfield she's awesome! https://lnk.bio/aubreywhitfield

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: Analog because it forces musicians to be musicians! That and it's quite a lot more fun to play with recording consoles, patch in outboard gear, and rewind tape.

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

  16. A: I will do my best to fulfil your vision, I will be honest with you.

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

  18. A: Honestly getting lost in a song, and humming the darn thing for days.

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

  20. A: 1.) I would like at least one reference track for the song we are working on. 2.) What is your timeline/deadline? 3.) Are the tracks consolidated and ready to be mixed?

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

  22. A: Be honest with what you would like to have accomplished. Everyone's path is different.

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

  24. A: A 4 track cassette recorder, a small mixer, a stratocaster, drum machine and decent synth.

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

  26. A: I worked as a producer recording engineer for 19 years at a small independent record label. The label specialized in world music. I took a bit of a break when the label finally closed and re-examined what I wanted to do. Now I would like to get back at it, focusing mainly on mixing and or mastering smaller projects.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: I think I'm very much a documentary style producer and engineer.

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

  30. A: Billy Corgan, his work ethic is crazy!

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

  32. A: Use a small tube amp in the studio, you can get big sounds!

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

  34. A: I spent many years working on all sorts of music from Pow Wow to traditional fiddling to metal. Nowadays I prefer pop punk, straight ahead rock and there is a special place in my heart for the blues.

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

  36. A: Years of experience and an open ear.

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

  38. A: Typically I spend about an hour just listening to a song, then I get into basic edits and mutes, arranging things. Then I jump into the mix. I usually spend about 2 hours mixing and then take a break. The next day I do the final tweaks.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: My setup is a typical home studio, I mainly use Pro Tools but have recently switched over to Harrison Mixbus which I'm enjoying! I have a Scarlett 2i2, a set of Adam T5V's and avatone mixphones.

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

  42. A: Butch Vig, Steve Albini, Rick Rubin, Sylvia Massey

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

  44. A: I am shooting for doing mostly mixing for clients nowadays and mastering when needed. I prefer to only do one or the other when possible.

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Typical turn around time for a mix is 3 to 5 days. 2 revisions, any more is $25 a revision. Includes WAV, Instrumental and Encoded MP3.

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