There's nothing I love more than mixing, producing, and creating a great record. I began my professional career as a staff engineer at EastWest Studios (LA) & Blackbird Studios (Nashville). Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Blake Mills on John Legend's latest record 'Darkness and Light.'
My passion is in helping others transform their music into the story they want to tell. My background is in audio, specifically recording and mixing. Over the years I have been lucky enough to work with incredible producers & engineers such as Blake Mills, Don Was, Rick Rubin, Greg Kurstin, Dan Wilson, Billy Bush, Greg Koller, Bob Rock, and many others. These lessons and skills I have picked up have taught me invaluable professional and personal lessons.
In addition to engineering, I have been hired as a session drummer/percussionist and guitarist. I have performed on records for artists including Jake Durkin, Sumeau, Ariana Masters, Andrew Hamblin, Danny Kalei, Rainbow Jackson and more.
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Andrew is a pro. Period. He engineered me on drums for two songs and it went really smooth. Sounds were great. Highly recommended!
Andy is the man. Drum Edits were spot on!
Andrew is the best! Mixes are clean and lush. * Love love his placement of shakers & tambourines! Working with him is a pleasure as he's patient and really listens to the feedback you're giving him. We're looking forward to working with him again on the next one!
A mind-blowing producer with an all-too-undervalued ability to communicate with artists that far surpasses that of any producer I've worked with. Apart from being a true master (pun intended) at engineering, mixing, and mastering, Andy is also a fantastic musician and usually does the drums and percussion on my tracks. His love of creating music makes him an absolute blast to work with.
An absolute genius of his craft, andy recorded live instruments for an EP and an album of mine while also providing percussion, guitar, and bass for all tracks. Meticulous on all aspects of recording. With Expert Mic placement and soul-driven musicianship along with mastering skills that blow my mind, he's also an phenomenal person
My time spent with Andrew is a huge contributor to my love of music and recording. Since my first exposure to audio engineering years ago, Andrew has always been my go-to mentor. He's helped me on many different projects, making a difference through his knowledge, musical/engineering talent, and over all positive disposition. Top-notch engineer.
A true professional.
Andrew has been helping me record my new album and all I can say is that he is a top quality recording engineer/mixer/musician who has helped tremendously with making my songs sound like I never though they could. Within one month he has recorded 5 of my songs with him on bass and drums and I couldn't be happier.
Interview with Andrew Masters
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy/cheap. (I get paid well to make it look/seem easy)
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Because there are great qualities about both realms.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked with producer Blake Mills on John Legend's recently released record "Darkness and Light." I learned so much about production, and got to work with multiple heroes of mine. I was the assistant engineer on the record.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, Recording, Drumming
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Spike Stent, Blake Mills, Matt Mahaffey and generally people I've worked with who are talented and work harder than anyone else.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Mixing/tracking facility. Control room includes PT ultimate 2018, aurora HD converters, NS10s, Tannoys, Sub. Outboard processing including 4 blackface 1176ln, 3 BAE 312s, distressor, Neve 1081s, SSL g384, Overstayer EQ/comp/limit + saturators. Mic collection includes 87s, u47, AEA r88, 414's, at 4050's, 421's, D112's, b52, subkick etc. Tracking room gear includes AC30, Orange TH30, Fender deluxe, 1960's Slingerland 4 pc, C&C Black beauty, Ludwig Piccolo etc. Juno synth, miniKorg, yamaha CP70, nord electro etc.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Mixing top down. I love mixing the analog world with the digital world. The 1081>1176>PT is one of my favorite chains for recording. When I mix I love using Slate digital plugs, Sound toys, fab filter and more really digging in and pushing the boundaries of a mix.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience, fast workflow, quick turn around, quality results and a positive attitude.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and communication.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Have an undeniable rhythm section.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Justin Timberlake, he is incredibly innovative with natural percussion, works fast and has a great energy in the studio. (Had the pleasure of working with him in 2016)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like a productive, fun and exciting vibe.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started recording music as a teenager, & I moved to Los Angeles for engineering school at 19. I started at one of the best studios in LA EastWest Studios, and built my career and credits there for over 5 years gaining incredible knowledge and experience. Since then I've worked in Las Vegas for multiple artists, and am now based in Nashville as a freelance recording and mixing engineer. It has never been more fun!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic guitar, computer, mic, midi keyboard, speakers.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's talk about your plan, and take a listen to the project. I will work with you to make your project undeniable.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your expectations? Can you send me references? When do we start? When is the deadline? Are you ready to have fun?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you do this? Yes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy the process and learning everyone's unique style.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be very happy your results.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Brendan Dekora. He's a great friend and very talented engineer.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Mixing a big pop song for a sync company.