My name is Don Nafe and I'm head honcho here at TMR Productions. I have no awards, no accolades and no name artists under my belt. What I do have is decent gear, a solid knowledge base and a killer work ethic but more importantly, I make it my goal to ensure all my clients walk away happy!

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Turn-around time on a single mix is usually 48 -72 hours. There are no limits on revisions as experience has shown me most songs are completed in five to seven.

Reviews of TMR Productions

  • Default-avatarabout 21 hours agoby Verified Review

    Great Job once again, Thank you

  • Default-avatar14 days agoby Verified Review

    Perfect mix, was a pleasure to hear my song back

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_o23 days agoby Verified Review

    Incredible. Just incredible how it is easy to communicate with Dr. Don. He is a hardworker, he trully tries to make the song sound like you imagine in your brain, even if I had gaps in music ( I don't know the specific vocabulary for what I want to do) , I explained the way I could and he did an amazing job ! my 2nd song is a Success thanks to him

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_o29 days agoby Verified Review

    Don is a magician in the music industry. We finished the mix of the 1st song of my 2nd EP. He is humanly and musically good. It's always a pleasure to work with him , I'm definitely mixing all the other songs of my 2nd EP with him.

  • Listing_thumb_vpm_logoabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Killed it!!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Awesome mix, Thank you

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Very good work

  • Listing_thumb_12523046_10103336074621653_4465564331767176066_nabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Best song yet. TMR works magic. Can't wait for the next.

  • Listing_thumb_coleah3 months agoby Verified Review

    Don was amazing to work with, fantastic communication, very professional, and great results. I will definitely be working with Don in the future!

  • Default-avatar3 months agoby Verified Review

    I contacted TMR with a time sensitive request.
    It was for a song for a very important wedding.
    Don went above and beyond, searching for tracks that could allow the mix we wanted. Even when it seemed doubtful to succeed, Don stuck it out and delivered.

    A+ effort = A+ results , enough said.

  • Listing_thumb_mark_lukey_dork_hat4 months agoby Verified Review

    I've had two songs mixed by Don now and all I can say is he's the best mixing engineer/ producer I've worked with. He has a knack for taking my comments, comparisons, metaphors and analogies and incorporating them into the song. I presented the first song he mixed to the band and they were completely blown away!

  • Listing_thumb_12523046_10103336074621653_4465564331767176066_n5 months agoby Verified Review

    I cannot say enough great things about working with TMR Productions. Don transforms my chaos into brilliance.

  • Listing_thumb_dscn1863_bw__5 months agoby Verified Review

    I have to say, Don at TMR is awesome and worked some innovative magic to get my song sounding right! Not only that, he gave me an opportunity to engage what he could do before embarking down the process. Just a great artist to work with and I will be coming back!

  • Listing_thumb_12523046_10103336074621653_4465564331767176066_n6 months agoby Verified Review

    Don is really on point. He's 100% professional, fast turnaround time, and a great listener. I'm looking forward to starting on our next song asap.

  • Default-avatar6 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again TMR turned out an excellent mix. Don's skills in mixing as well as collaborating with the artist led to a final product that exceeded my expectations.

  • Listing_thumb_mark_lukey_dork_hat7 months agoby Verified Review

    I must say I'm impressed! I asked Don to mix an 11 track live drum recording for me. Normally something like this would take a lot of time and extensive communication but he seemed to have a natural intuition for mixing drums and the result was perfect! All of this was done very quickly. This saved me days of mixing on my own. Money well spent!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    Don's instinct was right on for my track, and he was remarkably responsive to my thoughts. He clearly has extensive experience and a great ear for what will bring out the best in a track. Very smooth to work with.

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby Verified Review

    I just finished up working with Don on my first tune and I must say the experience was fantastic! Quick but professional results tailored to your liking. Don doesn't quit until your completely satisfied! Great job on our first track and looking forward to working with him in the future!

    Highly recommended!

  • Listing_thumb_john_dutchbs8 months agoby Verified Review

    Every artist wants that "machine" behind them to be able to help put out quality material as fast and as sonically sound as possible. Don is definetly a key piece to any independent artist that's ready to compete with the majors.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    Brilliant job. Lightning quick and great work. So happy! Will definitely use again.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    TMR Productions, run by Don, are absolutely brilliant. He's incredibly responsive and a great communicator, taking on board any input and then feedback you might have. In terms of skills not only is he fast but he did great mixing work for me. I wouldn't hesitate to use him again...I would hire him in a heartbeat.

  • Default-avatar11 months agoby Verified Review

    TMR privoded good work and great commutation throughout the duration of the mixing process. Easy to work with as well

  • Listing_thumb_vpm_logo11 months agoby Verified Review

    He did it again, it was a long 3 weeks, he made it so easy and smooth, a gem of a person, moving forward to work with him again in the coming year!!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    great service. He's a very patient man, with vast knowledge on his craft. i learned so much working with him, and he seemed like he didn't mind teaching an empty headed young pupil like me how things work. in the end he mixed my song exactly how i envisioned it and it was awesome

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Last song of the EP done ! It's impressive how skilled Don is, he is a hardworker and a skilled one! very good communication, and I'm 100% satisfied ! He did an amazing work on the 4 songs of my EP and took them to the next level , I explained step by step everything I had in mind, and he found a way to do it ,he is amazing ,I highly recommend him!

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    3rd song of my EP mixed by Don ! a lot of work and effort has been put on this one , like on the other mixes we've done! Always a pleasure to work with Don , he is the best mixing engineer with who I've worked so far
    Very Open-minded and sociable , always here to work until the artist is satisfied!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    TMR Productions recorded, edited & mixed a full album at a fair rate. I was very pleased with the final product! I truly enjoyed working with Don and look forward to working again with him on future projects! Professional & Productive!!!!

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    2nd song of my EP done with Don ! He is the real MVP. I am 100% satisfied working with him , he got the skills required to mix the song as the way you imagine it. Don puts a lot of effort in the mix, and make a really good work !
    I am grateful to be able to work with him. I learnt a lot from him!
    It's a pleasure to have my songs mixed by Don!

  • Listing_thumb_14590101_1260752547308800_3201339012348602108_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Don is the real MVP! He works really fast and always make sure the artist is satisfied. He pays attention to every single detail and mixes very well.

    I started to work on 1 song with him ,but I'm about to start a new project and make my 4 songs EP mixed by him.
    I highly recommend him if you're looking for a competent mixing engineer!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    We had an incredibly rewarding experience of having Don work on a hiphop punjabi track we had sent him. He was very quick and proficent at everything he was doing. Every change was done without any questions. The beat was very tricky to pull of but Don did a fantastic job, great value for money and what a guy....Legend

  • Listing_thumb_ls_brainstorm_artworkover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Had the plasure of working with Don! Sent him a track I needed mixed and was unsure of the track. He sent it back to me, really patient and helpful with I specifically asked for and the track sounded dope after he was finished. He was very quick with this job. Very friendly!
    If you need a job done quick but with a professional sound, Don is your guy!

    :)

  • Listing_thumb_vpm_logoover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    I Have Found a Diamond in Don, He is a Perfectionist, His Sound Power is 10 times more than a normal human Being, a Gem of a person. Guys if you your song to sound like Heavan "Don Nafe (TMR Production) is the Right Person. Just go Ahead without even Thinking a second!!

  • Listing_thumb_imageover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Good job TMR .. Everything sounds good and I sure must work with u again on my next project..

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby Verified Review (Client)

    I recently had an incredibly rewarding experience of having Don work on some tracks I had sent him. He was very quick to respond to questions and he was true to his timeline. He was so easy to work with. He has an amazing ear for detail and is extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend Don and look forward to working with him in the future.

  • Listing_thumb_11050755_10204574442693895_1361840906905696905_oabout 1 year agoby

    I just finish working with Don. He turned my shitty mix into a master piece. It was a pleasure to work with him and to share his knowledge. Also he is very paciente and very committed to you. Till you don't get the sound you are after is not over. What else could I say... A very recommend mixing engineer with a lot of experience and a great ear.

  • Listing_thumb_jazzfestover 1 year agoby

    Don is great at what he does and the tracks sounded great; highly recommended!

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I attempted to record/mix/master my own song at home, and it was just a huge mess. Don took the project over and performed some kind of miracle on the song. It was a night-and-day difference between the version I did and the finished product that Don handed me. I was so pleased with it. AMAZING! Don't try to wing it on your own - have Don do it!!

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    Don has the best ears around. Took our mix Sunset Blvd and breathed life into it.
    Don is more than an engineer. Don has great experience in producing.
    Combine his technical and creative experience and you have the whole package with Don.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    Don is a class act all the way! He's fantastic to work with and always has ideas that add and enhance the projects. spanning all genres, his sound is crisp , clear and refreshing. Ten thumbs up!

    Drea Benjamin
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  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    Don knows his stuff and is a blast to work with. You'll appreciate his experience and patience.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    When I recorded my voice over demo CD, Don Nafe was awesome. A true professional who stepped up to the plate to go beyond being a sound engineer, but also to offer his directorial suggestions, which always worked wonders! I'd recommend Don Nafe to anyone for any recording need!

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I had great recording sessions with Don, he has a very good hear and he was able to guide me. Very professional and because of his good work, the final product was the best I could get.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I've known Don for some time now. Both in a sound capacity and a friendship has come from this aswell. He has done mixing in a live sound capacity, recording and he played drums with me.
    He is excellent in all these aspects and I would not hesitate in recommending him for any project

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I had the pleasure to work with Don this past year while recording my band Sea Change's first EP.
    As a drummer, it was such a pleasure to work with someone who had my back. I could trust his word when he said it was a good take. He's easy going, he knows his gear inside and out, and the final result was beautiful. He's super generous dude too.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I have worked with Don on and off since the late 80s/early 90s. He's knowledgeable, he knows his gear, and has the sound and mixing knowledge to make you sound great. He is an amazing drummer, as well, and has an impeccable ear for drum mixes, and over-all sound knowledge. A great guy to work with, in a band or recording situation.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    Great guy to work with. Has the chops, the gear, and the personality - making it fun & productive time spent, for quality product.

  • Default-avatarover 2 years agoby

    I recently had the pleasure of sending one of my tracks 'Lost at Sea' to Don. We'd never worked together before, so I was taking a bit of a gamble.

    But my gamble really paid off. Don was a real pleasure to work with & delivered a mix that was bang on the money. He captured the exact feel I was looking for & a real pro sound.

    Highly recommended.

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Interview with TMR Productions

Tell us about your studio setup.
My present studio is built around a dual DAW system using EMU-Ensoniq's PARIS - Frontier designs Dakota and a Lynx Two A for I/O and Reaper and Pro Tools 10 for mixing - editing - processing. Plugins include - Waves Gold bundle and other individual plugs, 4 UAD cards fully loaded / the full suite of Slate Digital plugins as well as a host of tried and true third party plugins. Everything is monitored through a pair of ADAMs P-33 near field monitors, a trusted Panasonic Ghetto Blaster, a pair of no name computer monitors as well as a pair of Grado RS-1 headphones.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am mixing different projects on a daily basis from Hip Hop to Country to Alt Rock.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Have you ever mixed my style of music? My reply is always the truth and if I haven't worked in their genre before, I have access to several AE friends that can point me in the right direction and/or assist me in achieving my clients goals. So far there have been no complaints.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That mixers can perform magic. There's a lot we can do but the bottom line is the closer you get to your musical goal in the actual recording process, the fewer the number of surprises come mix time.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What Genre of music are you working on? What is the instrumentation and track count? Do you have any reference mixes of your song(s) or reference tracks by other artists that you're looking to emulate?
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I started out my journey as a drummer in 1969, picking up my first kit at 12 and playing my first paid gig at 13. At 21 did my first session in a studio where I became fascinated by the whole recording process....Over the next 20 years I toured Canada a number of times as a drummer and FOH engineer for local touring bands as well as engineered, produced and /or played on several CDs....In 2010 I opened a small shop with a friend which unfortunately was prematurely closed down. Since then have been a free-lance recordist and mixer working with artists from Canada to Russia.
Can you share one music production tip?
Whenever possible take the time to record all your tracks properly and exactly how YOU want them to sound
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
As most of my work involves mixing - this includes track vetting and assembly, time editing, music editing, sample and / or instrument replacement / enhancing, 2 track mix widening, applying buss and track Level, EQ, Dynamics and FX and applying basic mastering to the finished mix when requested.
What do you like most about your job?
Over and above the actual process of mixing, that moment when I get the first bit of feedback from the client on a mix, good or bad
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Honest and timely communication is an essential and often overlooked factor in a successful project.
What do you bring to a song?
A great set of ears and the desire and where with all to translate a client's vision into reality
What's your typical work process?
Generally once I have the audio vetted, and placed them in one of my mix templates I check out the tracks for level and mono vs stereo requirements. Then depending on the song I will either start with the lead vocal track or the drums and begin setting the various instrument levels and panning and see how the mix sits. Once I'm comfortable with rough levels and pan I start to surgically attack individual instruments with EQ, Dynamic Processing and FX. From that point on it's a matter of accentuating the positive until I feel I have the song nailed down at which point I'll send the client this mix for critique. Then it's (hopefully) small tweaks to make a my client happy.
Analog or digital and why?
Both are valid formats (I started out on a 16 track Studer through a Neve console) but because of cost I have chosen to play in the digital world.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I will do just about anything to make sure my clients walk away happy.
How would you describe your style?
Full bodied and symmetrical.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I have recorded or mixed just about every genre of music out there but lately most of my work has been with Hip Hop artists and Alternative rock bands.
What's your strongest skill?
Communication...I listen to what my clients want and then do my best to translate that into a mix they are happy with.