Bill Deaton

Mixing, Mastering, Programming

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Get your song mixed/mastered by the best. Check my discography for full list of artists and soundtracks/tv shows I've worked with... from Bob Dylan, Keith Urban to Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. The list is too long for here, but listed on my bio, website or Allmusic.

I have lent my creative skills to many of the top artists in Nashville over the last 25 years from Alan Jackson to Amy Grant and Bob Dylan. There are at least 15 Grammy Awards and nominations for artists on the specific albums I have worked on, CMA's for Alan Jackson, and lots of Dove Awards for many others in Christian Music.
Movie soundtracks and trailers that include Legally Blond, Alias, Michael Keaton’s Jack Frost, the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Danny Devito movie Twins, and Dennis Hopper/ Keifer Sutherland’s Flashback, 8Days, song for Young and the Restless, and Charlotte’s Web.
My recording credits include:
Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Jonathan Jackson solo projects (TV Show Nashville) + Enation, Bart Millard of Mercy Me, Natalie Grant, Gloria Gaynor, Patrick Leonard, Casting Crowns, Jars of Clay, Hanson, Kelly Price, Ilonka, Meredith Andrews, Twila Paris, Audio Adrenaline, Bob Carlisle, Rebecca St. James, Sandi Patti, Steve Green, Dawson Hollow, Maura O’Connell, Nicole C. Mullen, Steven Curtis Chapman, Noel Paul Stookey, Michael Crawford, Henry Lee Summer, Laura Story, Andrew Peterson, Paul Overstreet, 4Him, Phil Keaggy, The Waiting, Angelo and Veronica, Tammy Trent, Chris Eaton, Graham Kendrick, Wayne Watson, Tracy Bird, Kim Boyce, Rachel Rachel, Vince Ebo, Rich Mullins, Margaret Becker, Duane Eddy, The Art of Noise, Out of the Grey,

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  • Millie Jackson
  • Rebecca St. James
  • David Ian
  • David Ian
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Paul Overstreet
  • David Ian
  • David Ian
  • Matt Jones
  • Meredith Andrews
  • Superchick
  • Amy Grant
  • Superchick
  • Jamie Slocum
  • Crystal Aikin
  • Michael English
  • Michael English
  • Michael English
  • Casting Crowns
  • Natalie Grant
  • Sandi Patty
  • Tammy Trent
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Jessa
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  • Phil Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Lisa Weyerhaeuser
  • Lisa Weyerhaeuser
  • Lisa Weyerhaeuser
  • Lisa Weyerhaeuser
  • Lisa Weyerhaeuser
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Kainos
  • Steve Green
  • Steve Green
  • Skye Moore
  • Skye Moore
  • Skye Moore
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Amy Grant
  • Twila Paris
  • Pat Waters
  • Keith Urban
  • Jamie Slocum
  • Kelly Price
  • FFH
  • FFH
  • Sandi Patty
  • Avalon
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Audio Adrenaline
  • Super Chick
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  • Fusebox
  • The Silvertones
  • The Domino Kings
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Faron Young
  • Nichole Nordeman
  • Faron Young
  • CeCe Winans
  • Paul Overstreet
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  • FFH
  • Joy Williams
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Avalon
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  • Paul Overstreet
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  • The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
  • The Millenium Chorus
  • The Millenium Chorus
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Sandi Patty
  • Michael Crawford
  • Michael Crawford
  • Bonnie Keen
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Henry Lee Summer
  • J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
  • J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers
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  • Steve Wariner
  • Steve Wariner
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Sandi Patty
  • 4Him
  • Two Dollar Pistols
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Faron Young
  • Faron Young
  • Aaron & Jeoffrey
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
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  • Glen Campbell
  • Glen Campbell
  • Church of Rhythm
  • Clay Crosse
  • Keith Urban
  • The Waiting
  • The Waiting
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Phillips, Craig & Dean
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Beyond the Blue
  • The Waiting
  • The Waiting
  • Michelle Wright
  • Faron Young
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  • Steve Wariner
  • Don Walser
  • Steve Green
  • 4Him
  • Gary Allan
  • Al Denson
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  • Alan Jackson
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Michael O'Brien
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  • Rebecca St. James
  • John Schlitt
  • John Schlitt
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  • Chris Eaton
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  • Willie Nelson
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  • Sandi Patty
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  • Jag
  • Wayne Watson
  • Wayne Watson
  • Michael Card
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Rebecca St. James
  • Reba & Dony McGuire
  • Bob Carlisle
  • 4Him
  • Millie Jackson
  • Steve Green
  • Steve Green
  • Wayne Watson
  • Wayne Watson
  • Wayne Watson
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Bob Carlisle
  • Kim Boyce
  • Sandi Patty
  • Sandi Patty
  • Faron Young
  • Phil Keaggy
  • Henry Lee Summer
  • Tracy Byrd
  • Rachel Rachel
  • Rachel Rachel
  • Rachel Rachel
  • Rachel Rachel
  • Alan Jackson
  • Tapestry
  • Rob Crosby
  • Tapestry
  • Tapestry
  • Tapestry
  • Amy Grant
  • Amy Grant
  • Amy Grant
  • Wayne Watson
  • Steve Green
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Vince Ebo
  • Michael English
  • Michael English
  • Tapestry
  • Tapestry
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  • 4Him
  • 4Him
  • Threk Michaels
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Twila Paris
  • Amy Grant
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Paul Overstreet
  • Steve Wariner
  • Exile
  • Sandi Patty
  • Margaret Becker
  • Rich Mullins
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Margaret Becker
  • Wes King
  • Wes King
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  • Henry Lee Summer
  • Henry Lee Summer
  • Rich Mullins
  • David Mullen
  • Donna McElroy
  • Rick Cua
  • Rick Cua
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  • Millie Jackson
  • Paul Smith
  • Dino
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  • WhiteHeart
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  • Jim Glaser
  • Jim Glaser
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  • Rebecca St. James
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  • Danika Holmes
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  • Ilonka
  • Ilonka
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Reviews (12)

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  1. Review by Dennis Patton
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    I've had the joy of working with Bill on many projects over the years. He has an amazing ability to hear the most microscopic detail of a solitary track, without ever losing sight of the entire mix. He's one of the most talented, professional and personable people in the industry...

  2. Review by Vince Emmett
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    Bill doesn't mix a style of music, he mixes YOUR music. I've asked him to mix everything from Bluegrass to 100pc orchestra. I am continually amazed that record after record he always finds the heart of the recording. I feel that is what keeps his work so current and fresh.
    Best friend a song ever had.

  3. Review by Dave Ghazarian
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    Bill is an exceptional audio and mixing engineer with a mountain of experience. Works well with both traditional and non-traditional creative projects. He has helped me taylor several recording projects to deliver a unique and masterful sound. Highly recommended.

  4. Review by Bob Carlisle
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    Bill has produced, engineered and mixed most of my records as well as numerous other projects we've done together. He's simply the best engineer I've worked with, and I've worked with many. His musical way of mixing, not just technical, provides an artist with a much more emotional mix. From strings to rock, Bill Deaton is who you want.

  5. Review by Marty McCall
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    Bill is a unique talent. I've worked with him for decades and love hearing his brilliant mixes. He is innovative, sensitive and is always looking for better sound concepts. Finding Bill is finding a treasure. A dream to work with. Experience matters!

  6. Review by Martin
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    Love working with Bill. Creative, gracious and humble. Fun to work with. Fantastic results. You won't find better. Working with Bill is like working with "that" friend in the neighborhood who can do it all, while at the same time making you feel like it was all you. Highest recommendations!

  7. Review by Matt Jones
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    Being new to the recording industry and feeling quite like a "fish out of water", I had many questions and concerns about recording. It became such a rewarding experience, mainly because of Bill Deaton. Aside from his incredible ear and consummate professionalism, Bill is quite simply put, a wonderful person and I was so blessed to have met him!

  8. Review by Cheri Keaggy
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    I had the privilege of working with Bill on a song I wrote and recorded for a movie, a first for me. It was so important to get it right, and Bill made me feel completely comfortable delivering a stellar finished track. The director was thrilled! I will definitely welcome the opportunity to work with Bill again.

  9. Review by Jonathan Jackson
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    Bill is an absolute joy to work with. His knowledge and experience is immense and his approach to music is inspiring. I have thoroughly enjoyed recording with Bill... I have felt so comfortable and can hear myself in a way that allows me to take risks and feel completely free. His mixing is amazing as well! From start to finish, it's wonderful!

  10. Review by Tim Ash
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    I had the pleasure of working with Bill on my second Indy record back in 2008. He is in my opinion one of the best in the business.
    Not just a consummate professional, but also has a heart of gold and a work ethic and integrity needed to succeed in this business.
    Timothy Michael Ash

  11. Review by John T.
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    Working with the largest names in the business, and for many years, Bill Deaton has acquired a breadth of knowledge of sound and of how to get it. He has an incredible "ear" and not just in the classical sense, but in hearing possibilities that exist, those you bring in with you, things you may not have thought of, that make dreaming fun.

  12. Review by Jeff Roley
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    Bill is the consummate professional; humble and gracious to me as a new artist and brilliant and experienced in getting great sounds out of my tunes. He has the "it" that you are looking for in your record. I give Bill the highest recommendation.

Interview with Bill Deaton

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I just produced, engineered, mixed and mastered a light Jazz project for Ilonka called "To Be Loved" for the Naxos label. It's open and simple, and sonically maybe the best sounding project I've ever done.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Jonathan Jackson ( from the TV show Nashville). He's a fantastic talent.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Wonderful analogue on the front end, and digital for mixing and editing. Although this conversation can go on for days, and I've experienced the good and bad of both methodologies. All the arguments for or against are mute if the material sucks.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: To give you my best always.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Music and painting with sound.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: 1. Can we make this sound better? Sure, if the song is good, I can always make it sound better. If it's a bad song, I can only give you a better version of your bad song. 2. What will it cost and how long will it take? Always a bit ambiguous, but for this website $500/song and a five day maximum turnaround.

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: The failure of people to realize the importance of critical concentration of a multitude of styles and artists for 30 years, and how that benefits them.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: What are your favorite artist and styles? Is your material like your favorite artists? In a perfect world, how would you like this song to end up? What do you think your music should accomplish?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: Make sure you have a great song and a good performance. It makes everything easier.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: Satellite Phone. Boat. Extra fuel. Tent. Food. ... actually a Langevin Tube pre, a Big tube mic ( that's actually a brand name), custom made LA-2 , Langevin 251 EQ, an 1176.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: As a kid I worked in music stores, later selling audio gear in Nashville. Started engineering in the early 80's. Being a musician, I also build tube guitar amps. Through all the years, I've worked hard at making each project better than the last!

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: I'm very laid-back. Very emotion conscious of the content. If my mix can make me smile, cry, or want to dance... I've done my job. My mixes are typically deep, big and lush... unless you specify dry, bad and cheap sounding.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: I'm working with my favorites right now.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: The less junk on the tracks, the bigger it will sound!

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Lately it's been ethereal rock from Jonathan Jackson + Enation (ala Rock meets Gabriel), light jazz from Ilonka, "To Be Loved", and some Americana from a new band called Dawson Hollow. I've always refused to be put in a box, lol, and work on wide varieties of styles.

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Mixing. I am very attuned to the emotion a song conveys.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: I am very experimental, unless you want a straight up country or rock vibe. I love electronica world music.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: Mixing usually stays in the box on Logic or ProTools. At my discretion, I may outboard some cool vintage gear when needed.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Lots of vintage gear. Lots of Langevin pre's and EQ's. I have the console from Producers Workshop in LA that Aja and Gaucho was recorded on., Fleetwood Mac's Rumor's was done on it as well as Pink Floyd's guitars for The Wall, also Alice Coopers School's Out and lots of other cool history. I use Tannoy Super Gold 10's with the Mastering Lab crossovers, custom Mastering Lab modified amps, and subwoofers. For DAW's I use Logic, ProTools, and Soundblade for mastering.

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: There are too many to properly include... I love Peter Gabriel. I worked with Patrick Leonard over the years and love his musicality and talent, as well as so many great musicians around Nashville and LA such as Dann Huff, Vinnie Colaiuta, Robbie Buchannon, Nathan East, Paul Leim, Kenny Aronoff.

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Most of my work is mixing and or programming synth pads and sequences for their songs. I also record a lot of lead vocals, which I do very well.

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