I love helping artists achieve their sonic vision, and mixing is the stage where a song can really come to life. I want to help you bring your music to a place of quality and professionalism with which you are truly proud. I'm very easy going, and I'm never satisfied with a mix until you are.
I've been a musician my whole life and recording and mixing for 10 years, professionally for 6. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production and Engineering, as well as Drum Set Performance. After graduating, I moved to Los Angeles and worked at The Village Recorder. In LA I worked with Robert DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots, Pentatonix, Ed Kowalczyk, Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams), Yuna, Justin Timberlake, and many others. I've also done extensive work for Nickelodeon, as well as Disney. Now I'm in NYC working primarily with indie artists.
For mixing, I have a hybrid set up. I favor UAD, Soundtoys and Fab Filter plugins in the box, but then I run specific elements through outboard compressors before summing analog through the Dangerous D-Box. The analog sum then runs through the beautiful API 2500 for warmth and the Kush Audio Clariphonic for air and shine. I monitor through the D-Box D/A on Yamaha NS-10s (Bryston 4B amp) and Focal Solo 6Bs
In addition to mixing, I have an excellent ear for both pitch and rhythm. I specialize in editing live drums or programmed elements to make a song groove, as well as vocal tuning.
Feel free to reach out and chat. I'd love to help you out with your production in any way that I can!
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Steve recently mixed and mastered our LP and we couldn't be happier with how it turned out. He was always responsive and up for any kind of notes we gave him. He also made us better than we ever thought we could. Through it all he maintained a professional yet friendly attitude and we can't wait till we can work with him again!
I've worked with Steve on everything from orchestral film scores to pop/rock records, and each time we collaborate I'm left stunned by his professionalism, creativity, ears and just general awesome-dudeness. He's not only a super-talented mixer, he's an artist who offers insightful musical solutions that elevate projects from good to great.
Steve mixed my debut EP, and I am so grateful that he did! After working on the same songs for months you begin to not hear them anymore. Your ear is over saturated, but every time I got a mix back from Steve it was like hearing my songs for the first time. He did everything so well, and was able to handle really dense material. He is fantastic!
I spent weeks in the studio recording my album, and when I started mixing, I found the drums and guitars weren’t lining up. In comes Steve- He was able to edit everything to be in time and gave the record a life it didn’t have before. He was easy to communicate with and sent files in a quick manner. I ended up using him to mix my entire record.
Immediately from the start and all the way to the end, we saw Steve to be down to earth, good humored, attentive and willing to creatively insert himself into a project. He's a reliable, knowledgeable, hard worker with great ears & ideas! Though I'm glad our album is done, I'm sad the experience is over. I definitely hope to work with him again!!
Interview with Steve Bone
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love helping people hear their music in a whole new light. The biggest compliment I received from a client was that she fell in love with her song all over again after hearing the mix.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A Distressor, Yamaha NS-10s, a Bryston Amp, I'm gonna cheat and call the Soundtoys bundle one piece, and assuming I need an interface, a UA Apollo. Does this island have grounded outlets?
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career started at The Village Recorder, working my way up from runner to assistant. I was freelancing the whole time, and eventually found enough work for a producer to leave the big studio. I also had a staff job as an audio editor at Nickelodeon for a little over a year. I've been mixing music for about 9 years, 6 professionally.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid digital/analog set up. I mix primarily within Pro Tools HD12, but run elements of my mix out through some outboard gear and sum analog. It seems to be the best of both worlds. I also have an 8 fader control surface which I love; it helps me feel the mix better to have my hands on faders.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: All of Jose Gonzalez's projects are amazing. I also really love everything Beck does. Lately I've been listening to a lot of Sia and Feist. As far as engineers go, Alan Moulder and Nigel Godrich are my favorites.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I most often mix EPs and albums for independent artists.