Your music will be mixed by someone dead set on excellence - every time. Hi, I'm Dave, a mixing engineer from New York. I'm an AVID Pro Tools HD Certified Instructor, and the Recording Arts Department Chair at The New School Albany. I've got over 20 years of pro experience, and I'm a stickler for details. I would really enjoy mixing your music.

You'll receive expert mixing services in a timely manner at an attractive price.

Pro Tools HD allows me to work at lightning speed while staying in a deeply creative and musical mindspace. Though my engineering experience spans a couple decades, music performance was my first love. As an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, and lifelong performer, I hear the mix from a musician's point of view - like you do.

Your music will be mixed with the best gear as well. I mix in Pro Tools HD with Focusrite converters bringing the signal into the analog domain, where my industry-standard Yamaha NS10s show me how it sounds. A 24-channel moving fader control surface allows me to literally get my hands on the mix.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Pro Tools 11 HD with 24 Moving Faders
  • Yamaha NS10 and JBL monitors
  • Ears
  • Brain

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

A typical mix gig includes two revisions, but I'd be happy to discuss your needs as everyone is different. My turnaround time for a first delivery is usually within just a couple days. Let's talk!

Reviews of David Tyo - Mixing Engineer

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Several experts in my city didn’t seem to know how to do, what I needed done. David was positive he could do it. His communications were superb. He completed the projects way sooner than I expected. I would highly recommend him.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    David delivered a solid mix, professional, with a good manner, would use him again.

  • Default-avatar8 months agoby Verified Review

    David did a great job with an unusual project for me and was professional, responsive and very quick.
    I'm grateful for his time and effort.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    David did a great job with my pop ballad! With first mix I wasn't so satisfied but after 2 revisions we were at the goal line arms raised in a V.

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    David mixed our song in a way we didn't imagine it would sound like. Davids new way of mixing the song eventually became the way we got used to, and also later appreciated. We sent back a few things and wrote down some notes he could change in the process, but in the end we got very satisfied with the result.

  • Listing_thumb_249110_457087534379553_1665487973_nover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    David has done a wonderful job on the Bubonic Babe track "College Rock." He's a great communicator, and was able to easily produce the sounds we wanted. We will definitely work with David again!

  • Listing_thumb_image8 months agoby

    David was easy to work with, detailed, and prompt. Would want to work with him again.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I'm the Afternoon Drive Host/Commercial Production Director for WEQX in Manchester, Vermont; I love mixing/production and the creation of vibrant sounds. I have a great respect for those who take the time to learn the intricacies, and subtleties, of sound production; this absolutely applies to Dave Tyo.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I have recorded with Dave as an engineer on multiple projects and bands, and have always recieved nothing but the very best from him. He has a vast knowledge of sound and equipment, and really becomes a valued asset inthe recording process. I am a violinist, and have recorded with rock and metal bands. I always get an incredible sound with Dave!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Dave did the re-recording (foley and ADR) and mixing for a 30 minute short film of mine, and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. His attention to detail and drive to "get it right" was exactly what the film needed. Dave is thorough but works quickly and loves what he does. He's a pro.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    David was extremely easy to work with, and the communication was super! Thank you!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I first met Dave Tyo while working with " The Fighting 86's" - an Irish Rock band. His ears are incredible. He did a one off mix of scratch vox and guitar that sounded better than many studios Ive worked with over the years. He treats each project with sensitivity, and a deep respect for the music. He's one talented recording professional !

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    David remixed my single, 'Withinside,' and I loved how he brought my song to life. He understood my music roots and honored that through his mixing choices. There are many passionate engineers out there, but the ones that stand out are those that can back up that passion with the talent and the chops to make a discernible difference. Thanks David!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    What a TRUE TALENTED Professional! I can't say enough amazing things about working with Dave. In addition to his skills with the mixing board, his natural talent as a musician is the foundation of all his goodness. I have worked with him on several projects and each and every time, the quality of the product is REMARKABLE!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I've recorded with Dave with 3 different music projects, both at the New School and at his home studio. Each experience has been enjoyable & he delivered a killer mix of our Adele cover! Dave is in tune with a musician's needs, is a creative problem-solver, with positive energy pushing you forward to achieve the best results. Yes, he's a Mensch!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    We outsourced many projects to Dave Tyo while doing our morning show on ClearChannel Albany (Now i<3 Radio). Nailed the hell out of it every time. He gets what you're going for and, before you know it, it's in your hand and on the air. The best.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Did a session at The New School of Albany w/David & his students recently. Very impressed with the professionalism. The students were great and with David's "holding their hand", but directing them, they all contributed in a very positive way. That speaks very highly of him. David mixed one of my songs & it kills! Very pleased!!!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I have been a professional musician over 25 years. In that time I have recorded in many pro level studios with highly regarded engineers. I would rate Dave at the top of the pack. His ear is impeccable and his knowledge of recording and personable demeanor make the process and product a great experience.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    We went in and worked with Dave and his class at The New School in Albany, NY. Dave was great with getting us all accommodated and set up. In just three short hours we did 5 runs of one song and even had enough time to do some quick overdubs and a couple vocal takes. Best of all, Dave sent us his own mix of the song and it sounds killer!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Dave did a recording session a few years ago for my band. He was very professional and so easy to work with, which made all the difference. He certainly knows his stuff when it comes to recording. Our mix came out great. Would recommend his services to anyone.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Just worked with Dave on mixing my new album "II" and I am so pleased with the balance and full sound of the final mixes!! Dave usually mixes rock bands, but my album is solo piano with multiple orchestral parts and the level of quality is unlike anything I've had in the past!! I will never have anyone else mix my music from here on out!!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    My Celtic Rock band recently recorded an original composition with the expertise of David Tyo. I can honestly say that in the 30 years of recording that David is one of the most knowledgeable, skilled and professional engineers that I have ever worked with. His demeanor is light-hearted yet he gets the work done efficiently. Can't wait for more Tyo

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    I had the great pleasure of working with Dave Tyo who went out of his way to record us and also give us a perfect mix. I explained what I was looking for and he followed through. It was an enjoyable experience and I do look forward to having him mix us again!

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby

    We worked remotely with David from San Francisco, California, and he was fast, effective and a pleasure to work with. His mixes were huge. It was evident on all 3 of the songs he mixed on our record that he was working towards what the song needed, and we look forward to working with him again!

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Interview with David Tyo - Mixing Engineer

What's your typical work process?
Housekeeping, housekeeping, housekeeping, then mix. I am a firm believer that an organized session is of paramount importance if the goal is to deliver a great mix. I always clean the session, organize and comp my tracks, edit for bleed, setup all my templates including FX returns, 2-bus processing, etc. before I even think about mixing. Furthermore, once all the housekeeping is done, I will take a break before entering the mindspace of the mix. In my opinion, it's extremely important to separate technical duties like housekeeping, and artistic duties like mixing.
What are you working on at the moment?
Mixing the new single for Probing Digit. They're a hilarious comedy rock band who will surprise you with their musical chops!
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Sure! I recommend to all of my students (I teach audio engineering and production) that they sign up for SoundBetter. If a client needs a driven professional who will likely work for a smaller rate, but is also seeking to build experience and portfolio, the client should seek out any of my students.
Analog or digital and why?
Digital. It allows ultra-fast work, and is flexible to any workflow. The sound-quality debate, in my personal opinion, is silly. The capture and reproduction of sound in the digital domain is perfect beyond the scope of human hearing and perception, and the science behind it is clear.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
They will be happy with the result of our work together.
What do you like most about your job?
It allows me to draw on my 20 years of practical experience to skillfully execute a project that at its core is an artistic statement. When I'm in front of my monitors, and my hands are on the control surface, I feel like I'm Hans Solo expertly navigating through an Asteroid field without a single drop of sweat.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
What equipment do you have? My answer is typically to mention Pro Tools HD and Yamaha NS-10 monitors, but I will often steer the conversation toward what I feel is more important, and that's experience and musicianship.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
1. That mixing and mastering are the same thing, or should be done by the same person. 2. That vocal tuning, and comping performances are part of mixing. 3. That it's "just mixing" and anyone can do it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What recordings do they like? If they are going for a certain sound, give me an example. What are the goals for distribution? CD, YouTube, Spotify? These are important considerations these days so that proper levels can be addressed in production for best outcome.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just reach out to me. You'll find that the communication is easy, and I can more than likely provide any mixing service you need from 2-channels of singer/singwriter to 250 tracks of hugeness!
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Food rations, a boat with an engine, fuel, sunscreen, and a life jacket. Once I made it home, I'd get back to mixing.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've known I was going to be a music and audio professional since I was 11 years old. The first time I heard Bohemian Rhapsody, it was decided. I was absolutely flabbergasted. I listened to it a thousand times wondering how in the world something like that gets made.
Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
In 2006, I recorded an EP with my band Bipolar. It was a few weekends of brotherly love, and intense comradery among me and my bandmates. Our dear friend, founding member, and drummer, Peter James, died in his sleep of an undiagnosed heart condition at the end of the production. It was his last work, and it is incredible. I'll never forget those sessions.
How would you describe your style?
Clean, wide, present, deep. I always find the leading element of a mix and make sure it's right in front of you, while the supporting elements are creating a solid foundation and space. My workflow is fast, efficient, consistent, and precise.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Adele. Her voice is as real as it gets, and I'll listen to any story she has to tell if she's singing the words.
Can you share one music production tip?
Yes. Don't second guess yourself. Make confident decisions, and move on. Mistakes are inevitable, but tweaking anything to death will result in exactly that. If your decisions are not good ones, then they'll start getting there if you make more of them.
What type of music do you usually work on?
My clients are generally in the rock genre, but I've enjoyed a diverse career. I've mixed hip-hop, death metal, jazz, barbershop, big band, and even 1800s period music! But in my heart, I'm a rocker, so that's what usually finds me.
What's your strongest skill?
Letting the song tell me what it needs. Every mix is different, and I'm very good at letting the song show me its destination. Though it's inevitable that a mixer will leave his mark on a song, it's most important that the song tell the mixer what it needs. I enjoy the process of discovery as much as sailing the ship.
What do you bring to a song?
A musician's perspective. I have been singing for 30 years, playing guitar for 25, drums for 20, as well as bass, piano, and more. I also write and produce music. When I mix, I am a musician who happens to be a technical expert as well.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio is setup specifically for mixing. My monitors include two pairs of Yamaha NS-10s (at different angles because sometimes when I'm really getting into an automation pass, I stand up!), JBLs, Auratone-style cubes from the 1960s, and a very powerful subwoofer when I want it. I mix entirely in Pro Tools HD on a 24-channel moving fader control surface.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I had the distinct pleasure of studying with Chris Lord-Alge, who is the best mixer on the planet in my opinion. However, what surprised me was not the technical things I learned from him, but the attitude and personal approach.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I wake up, make a pot of coffee, and mix. That's what I love to do, and my 20+ years of experience have led me here with a smile on my face. Though I am an avid performer on several instruments, and I've got countless hours logged in the recording studio, my passion is taking the tracked material and building it into the sonic masterpiece it should be. I feel like a kid in a candy shop every time I load up a new session. If I'm mixing your music, you can rest assured knowing it's getting done with precision and a musician's artful touch by someone who truly cares.