I am a mixer, producer, and composer of music, dialogue, and underscore. I have worked across many genres, media, and styles, having accrued significant experience in the field. Of late, my work has predominantly been within Pop, EDM, Hip Hop, and R&B.
I do everything from ground up production and writing, taking what may be a piece of an idea and working with the artist to turn it into a finished record, to sweetening dialogue or helping to put the finishing touches on a mix. Every project I work on is different. Each gets the attention a tailor or designer would pay to the manufacture of a custom suit.
My productions and mixes are largely in the box. I find the consistency, reliability, and recallability of a DAW to be a source of comfort in the weeds of the creative process. I work in Pro Tools, but am set up to handle Logic and Ableton sessions if a project calls for it. In addition to a treasure chest of instruments, a trust-worthy monitoring setup, high end microphones, and rock-solid conversion I'm stocked with hundreds of plugins, including favorites from Fab Filter, Waves, Native Instruments, U-He, Sound Toys, UAD, iZotope, Valhalla DSP, Good Hertz, and Slate, among others.
Recording technology has come a long way and I'm set up for and used to remote collaboration. As long as there is internet, you can join me in my studio, wherever you may be. I’m currently in Montana working with musicians, making beats, writing, producing and enjoying the view, one login away from everywhere.
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Reviews (3)Endorse Jake Birch
Jake has been the ultimate asset in our production. We are specialised in Irish and Scottish Folk music and wrote a concept album for themes to do with astrophysics and needed someone to give it an EDM / Pop sound to undelay and highlight bagpipes, guitar, fiddles and Irish whistles. Jake gave us a sound like we had dreamt of.
Working with Jake is a songwriters dream. He has a unique sensibility to capture an overall feel as well as the minute details of a piece ensuring quality inside and out. When working on tracks for my EP, he was able to go on the journey with me and re-imagine the tune in a way I never thought possible. Fast, professional, and dope producer.
I had Jake mix a super dense electronic album for me. With his highly trained ears and craftiness the mud in my tracks seemed to magically disappear. They re-emerged with new clarity and a professional sheen that only the pro's can accomplish. His communication in making sure he knew my mix goals were incredible and so important!
Interview with Jake Birch
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I am a voracious learner. I love being constantly at the edge of my comfort zone, being challenged, and having new experiences. The beauty of making recordings is that as I've grown, I've had a literal record of my own development like snapshots in the family album or trophies on the wall. This learning, like much of life, is full of proud accomplishments and embarassing memories.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am proudly in the box. I believe it is the vision, not the gear that makes a great record, and that compelling music can be made with any tools, whether they're pots and pans or a mouse and keyboard. Mine is simple: controller, powerful computer, compact, top of the line converter and monitoring path, high end microphones, trustworthy acoustics, more software than I'll need on any one project, and lots of out of the box instruments and toys. Some day, I may add some analog gear to my 2-buss...
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, speakers, midi controller, portable recorder, hard drive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Go to the source: compromises you make with the foundation of any work of music will create problems down the line. A great record was never made without a great song. In other words (working backwards), it is much harder to mix a bad arrangement than a great one, it is harder to arrange for a performance that is uninspired, it is harder to perform a song that isn't written in a way that caters to the voice, and it is hard to write a melodies and words that don't fit together in a compelling way.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm mixing some music by a folk-rock artist from Michigan. It's heart-breakingly beautiful stuff, impeccably recorded and produced. A true pleasure to listen to and work on.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. It is so convenient, it has gotten to be unarguably higher fidelity in the most literal definition of the word, and the sonic differences in processing are getting smaller and smaller. The tools are more expansive, numerous, precise, predictable, stable, transportable, and recallable. Digital is the great leveler in the music game. It seriously lowers the barriers to entry for everyone, which means there are more people than ever creating and evolving music at an incredibly high level.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing and sound design, realistically. I love all aspects of the music making process and can contribute with ease and skill to nearly every part of making a record, but I feel most confident about my ability to make things sound great.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I am an outsider. I get to hear a song as someone who has never heard it before. This perspective exposes blind spots and unearths hidden treasures.