My name is Lateef Sides. A mix engineer from NY. I'll work hard after you've worked hard to make a great song. Let's work!
I can provide edits/balances/demos/final mixes/masters for all kinds of tracks.
I also record vocals frequently at my NY studio.
Send me folders with individual track stems. (Mp3/wav)
Group stems & 2 tracks are also okay if that is all you have to work with.
The artists I've worked with have 70+ tracks released on Spotify & other platforms. Let's work!
Send me a note through the contact button above.
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Interview with Lateef Sides
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run a quad core Mac Mini connected to a black face Apollo 8. Monitors are Neumann KH-120. Soyuz SU-019 Microphone. Manley Core Preamplifier.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: All of them. At the end of recording/mixing the artists were greatly satisfied with their work. I recorded vocals, mixed beat stems, mixed and mastered it all. It's a lot to be responsible for.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently mixing a 7 track project for a local group as well as other various singles In the process of recording 2 other projects as well.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet. I am looking forward to meeting and learning from other great engineers.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Earth is analog. Digital exists to help us live here. Hybrid. Can't have one without the other.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will do all I can for the song. We'll go from hearing the song to FEELING song.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Mixing is the closest we'll get to physically touching music. I love it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What is my rate? $30/HR
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That we don't do anything. The average fan might not ever know who engineered/mixed or let alone recorded the song they are listening to.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What type of music do you work on? Have you ever recorded before? What artists do you like? What about their sound do you like?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you are VOCAL about what you want. Be descriptive at all times so that you get what you want.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Gear I clearly dont have. Lol Burl B2Bomber D2A Chandler Curve Bender Soyuz SU-017 Neumann Monitors Prophet 6
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Ran in a family business up until 2013. Started producing in 2012. Started assisted engineering under gospel engineer part time 2013. Full time Recording/Mix engineer since 2015.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Clean Professional Aggressive
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pharrell. I love the experimental but familiar sounds he creates.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn fundamentals, break rules.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Hip Hop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Technically Sound
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an open mind and ear to a songs idea. I feel as though I can help the artist express the message of the song through the process of my mix. Clarity.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I load my ever evolving template up, and begin my mix from square one. Balance, balance, technical goodness, a little magic & boom, the deed is done. I will work hard for you.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone who is unconventional in sound selection/arrangement/sonics.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording of vocals (mostly rap/R&B) & mixing of full songs. I usually mix full beat stems with vocals, sometimes 2 tracks with vocal stems.