So, you've got a song and it sounds good. You wrote it, spent hours on mic positions, recorded, re-recorded, spent a lot of energy, and perhaps even money while tweaking it, bringing it to perfection. making your song sound as good as it can. as good as you imagined it. Is sounds good, but it's not perfect yet. That's where I come in...
My name is Maor Barazani and i'm an engineer, producer, and a musician myself. I specialize in Mixing and Mastering recorded music- all the way from Rock and Metal, through Acoustic Pop and Folk music, all the way to Blues, Jazz and Big-Band.
What I offer you is a fresh perspective on your song, and an experienced set of ears to help get your project to the next level. Working on my own music, and the music of various artists over the years I've learned how to focus on and eliminate the problems that so often emerge on recordings and mixes. even though I primarily do mixing, sometimes I'll even go further to change arrangements, and even add vocal harmonies or instrument parts- just because I like your song!
Remember, music is about conveying emotion. It's about people.
working online is a great tool for communication and collaboration. so instead of sending your precious work (and it is precious!) to a stranger- talk to me, get to know what I can do, and walk me through on what you want to accomplish.
Got any questions? Go ahead and bother me! :)
Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.
74 Reviews - 13 Repeat ClientsEndorse Maor Sound
Once again Maor delivered a beautiful master, this time for a single.
Maor was excellent, capable, communicative, and sensitive to the nature of the project. Highly recommended for mastering!
I can't begin to describe how happy we are with Maor's work on our project. This was a long, multi-month, full album project and Maor handled every bit of it with professionalism and treated every track with the same quality, and creative vision he would his own music. We cannot be happier with how our record turned our and We WILL work with him again on our next project. Thanks Maor!
HI We're really pleased with the mixes we get from Maor. He has great ears and great taste. HIghly recommended. Fast and excellent.
Maor is like an experienced chef that knows how to turn various ingredients into a delicious meal. He masterfully blended my song of many tracks into a sweet harmonious sound. Bravo!
Maor is top notch. I'll hire him again in the future, no problem.
Maor is an adept engineer with an excellent ear and a matching work ethic. Wouldn't hesitate to use him again.
Maor has the golden touch! Working with him is always a pleasure! Highly recommended
I highly recommend working with Maor. He did an excellent job mixing/mastering a track I produced. Thanks for the amazing delivery! Looking forward to working again!
Maor has the golden touch! Another incredible Mix and a great job Mastering. Always professional and always a pleasure to work with.
Maor is talented, fast and great to work with. I love the mix and master job he did for us on a tricky song.
Always a professional and always delivering quality!
A pleasure to work with!
Maor is a brilliant! He has a true feel for his craft - His mixes are always balanced, energetic and full of life.
Always a pleasure to work with!
I'm so glad I chose Maor, it's my 2nd time working with him, and I'm absolutely sure it will be a long-term partnership. He understood so well what I wanted and made a perfect mix on the first try. It was so smooth and easy to work with him. Great talent. I'll recommend him to anyone who ever asks me. Thank you!
Maor helped me master a 5-track EP - in which the songs were mixed in different sonic styles and genres. He successfully glued the EP together with professional mastering techniques, so it sounded like a coherent album, yet in the same time, kept the individuality of each track. Hope to work with Maor soon again!
Very professional, very timely. If you have a specific request, he'll get it done. Excellent mixing ability; he can get an analogue sound out of a digital recording. Mastering is on point as well. Great volume, width, and clarity which are big for me. Vocal tuning is also spot on...no auto-tune at all. Very natural. Will definitely work closely with you throughout the entirety of the project. Will be working with him for some of the artists under me. Highly recommended.
Great Mastering job! Lots of clarity with volume and no loss of fidelity - Maor always delivers!
There's a reason I keep coming back, Maor is awesome and a pleasure to work with! Great ears and a genuine feel for ALL genres - Rock, folk, dance even kids/family music, he can polish any mix and make it sound great!
Thank you for the work done, I am very pleased.
Maor proposed a mix and my song began to sound bright and interesting!
We will meet again on my next album! Thank you for being a good listener and humble all the way till finish the project!
Interview with Maor Sound
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: as of June 2016 I'm wrapping up the mixing on a 10 song album by the band Navarro, starting to work on my own EP ideas and producing the upcoming artist Noam Grace.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I know the work of Aran Lavi and I appreciate it very much, he's a very talented producer and mixer. I would also have to mention Yossi Sassi who's a very gifted musician and has an unmistakable musical vision and a unique sound.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Usually I get asked about revisions and file formats: regarding revisions I usually allow a lot of changes being made after my 'final' mix or master has been delivered. I tend to move towards the clients vision and not strict him or myself to a predetermined number of revisions, within reason. regarding file formats- I usually prefer either .wav or .aiff, in the same bit depth and sampling frequency you recorded them (i.e. 44.1khz 24bit). I can deliver whatever file format fits you the most with whatever specs, as well as iTunes ready masters.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a musician for 15 years. produced my own music, and the music of others for the last 10 years. I started recording, mixing and mastering "along the way" more than 8 years ago and fell in love with it. since then I did free work, paid work, volunteers projects, and also had the chance to study with my country's leading mastering eng. Yoram Vazan (WuTang Clan, Michael Jackson). I also spent a few years as a freelancer recording/mixing enginner in big label studios, working with Aran Lavi, Louis Lahav and others. recently I also produce a couple of indie acts in my own studio from start to finish.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly analog, "recorded", organic studio music. anything from the heaviest realms of rock and metal- to smooth and easy blues and jazz.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Usually regarding mixing- it starts with a good conversation. being able to understand the artist's vision is 50% of the work. I then take my time actually listen to the project, evaluating it and making both artistic and technical notes. Only then I "start" working on it- but I'm not playing the 'guessing game'. usually before I finish I give the artist an 80% done product, and ask him for a list of corrections and also things he liked- so I know what to fix and if my general vision matches the artist's.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Its an impossible dream but I'd like to work with Paul McCartney in Abbey Road's studio 2. John Mayer as well, Arctic Monkeys maybe :)
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: In mixing: 1. always start with the basics- gain staging, volume, pan, eq, compressor. create a "static" "dry" mix only using those tools. 2. always make sure your process and plugins have the same volume when bypassed and active. A/B them with your eyes closed- you'll be surprised. 3. Before you compress anything, ask your self- "why do I want to compress this?" "for what purpose?". dynamics are the soul of music, dont kill it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I'll do everything within my power (and within reason :P ) to give them a service they will enjoy and a final product they will love and be proud of.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital. because with 24bit/96khz there is so much quality and headroom, all you have to do is "steal" the analog world's way of thinking and working, along some unusual plugins- and you can make it sounds however you like: warm, cold, punchy, flat, loud, dynamic, noisy, pristine, analog and digital! plus, the benefits of working digital are so great, and becoming more and more prominent in today's world and music industry.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The feeling of accomplishment (like holding the vinyl in your hands) and being able to share it with others (the artist)
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is in order to make good, well acknowledged music- you need to spend 100,000$ on studio gear, vintage analog cables and what not. it's just not true. it's a misconception by parts of the industry unwilling to grow up! Recent proof can be found with artists like Fitz and the Tantrums who created their EP at home with one microphone and an antique version of protools, and they just topped the Billboard charts.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask what artists they like, inspire the, they wanna sound like. I ask what they expect in terms of production, timeline, and budget. I try to understand who is their crowd, what they are listening to, and where and how the music is going to be distributed. I try and understand what more can I do to help them, besides mixing for example, using my wide 'tool belt'
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say trust your ears, trust your heart. dont go blindly after big names, expensive gear, rumors and "internet" misinformation. I might not be the right choice for you, but make sure whatever choice you make- you make it for a good reason.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: well.......... of course it will be the absolute minimum for creating music: computer, sound card, microphone, electric guitar, guitar amp :)
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I volunteered at a community center near my neighborhood. I helped a 15 year old girl who's had some rough time, produce the song she wrote. i recorded her, created the music, mixed and mastered everything. She took 2nd place in an art-tech convention in the U.S.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style of work is well planned and precise. The style of music I like to create is very organic, and has room for mistakes and magic to happen.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would have to say communication, and working under a deadline.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: a Lot of love for "old-school" sounds and techniques. a great familiarity with various musical genres. Also, my fresh perspective not just as a "technical mixing engineer" - but as a producer and musician my self as well.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a project studio with a balanced listening environment, based around a ProToolsHD system and high quality HEDD digital monitoring, and editing capabilities.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Generally speaking- artists, both technical and not, who can use their technical or musical skills to touch people's hearts. that's truly ART, and i'm in that business.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm an online Mixing and Mastering expert, helping artists from all around the world get their music to the finish line.