Daniel Salcido

Recording | Mixing Engineer

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Open minded approach to all projects and willing to give an outside opinion to help deliver a quality final product.

I have been twisting knobs professionally for over 10 years. After earning a degree at L.A.R.S (Los Angeles Recording School) in Recording Arts, I worked at Cherokee Studios and Nightbird Studios in Los Angeles. Eventually I came in contact with Grammy nominated Producer Johnny K and engineered Plain White T's "Big Bad World" leading to the opportunity to work along side Johnny K and engineer his future projects at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago. While doing so, I had the pleasure of working with Sevendust, Disturbed, Plain White T's, Anthrax, Alien Ant Farm, Finger 11, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Airbourne, Staind, Trapt, and many other major label acts. I currently own and operate Command Space Audio in Chicago.

As every artist will have a different vision, each project will be approached differently but will still have the same professional quality result. I am flexible with multiple song discounts to cater to bigger projects. Feel free to inquire.

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27 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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    Great working with Dan, really professional and everything is done to superb quality

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    Great job again! Really easy and professional to work with and great results

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    Great work again from Dan, result was exactly what I was looking for, great expertise

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    Great work by Dan, really listens and is able to bring the mix to life!

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    A great production from Dan once again, exactly the sound I was looking for

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    Great mix once again by Dan, got the exact sound I was looking for

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    Great working with Dan again on this track, sound came out loud, exciting and crystal clear!

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    Dan was excellent on this project. He got the exact sound I was looking for and I'm delighted with the results. I highly recommend anyone to use Dan if you are looking for high quality results.

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    Dan was great with my mix, very patient, understanding, especially since I have limited recording experience. Was delighted with final mix and master and will definitely be using Dan again!

  10. Review by Christian N.
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    Great experience working with Daniel! He helped me reach my vision and shape the sound I was aiming for. I will definitely be returning to get more tracks Mixed and Mastered.

  11. Review by Riley S.
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    Daniel hit the nail on the head with this mixing project. We were on a tight deadline and needed 5 songs mixed within a week and were surprised at how quick, responsive and awesome Daniel was given all the time contraints. He also worked Artist hours which helped with the late night 3am changes we needed.

  12. Review by James
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    Daniel was awesome to work with! The quality of every single song Daniel worked on was fantastic. He was very polite and understanding of my goals for the project and was extremely knowledgeable on how to achieve the best sound and managed to meet my tight deadlines despite it being a very busy period for him. An all-round pleasure to work with!

  13. Review by Brad A.
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    Great Mixing Engineer, and a breeze to deal with. Looking forward to working with Daniel again.

  14. Review by Pete F.
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    Dan is an excellent engineer with a great ear and a ton of patience! He has taken my music to the next level and I am more than happy with the service he has provided. He is very passionate about music and his work! Dan had no problem going the extra mile when it came to communicating recording tips and expertise to help me get the sound I was looking for. Awesome dude, great mixing engineer 🤘🏼

  15. Review by Dawid M.
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    Great guy. Professional and easy going! Pleasure to work with people like Daniel :D

  16. Review by Pete F.
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    Daniel is awesome to work with. He was extremely accommodating and listened to all the notes I provided him with. He worked with me until I was completely satisfied with every little detail of the track! Great with communication and a very professional and talented sound/mixing engineer. Would most definitely use his services again!

  17. Review by Joe A.
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    Daniel has been a pleasure to work with. "Tanked" was our first project with him. Also the first time our master came back extremely fast and he nailed it on the first try. We definitely will be working with him again. 5+stars.. Definitely give Dan a shot, you'll not be dissapointed with the results. He-Nis-Ra

  18. Review by em_jay_dee
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    I've worked alongside Daniel for the past 5 years at Groovemaster Studios and can personally vouch for his ability and professionalism. The importance of a laid-back and confident vibe in the studio cannot be understated, of which he surely possesses. He's pretty damn good…for a Lakers fan! ☺ Highly recommend!

  19. Review by Igz Kincaid
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    The first time I worked with Daniel, I brought to him a rag tag group of musicians to record the meat and potatoes of 7 new songs in one day. His utilization of equipment at his disposal as well as knowledge of the room was indispensable. He was meticulous with tones, tuning, and faster than Clint Eastwood with a gun on editing and clean up. A+++

  20. Review by Dave / Nonpoint
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    Daniel is an absolute pro, and one of the single largest reasons why our previous album achieved the successes it did - two singles in the top 20, and both of them accumulating over a year total on the top 40 as well as topping numerous "most played" lists for various national radio, satellite, and internet stations. One of the best in Chicago.

  21. Review by Robb Rivera
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    Amazing engineer with an incredible ear. Tells it like it is and will push you to get better. A true professional.

  22. Review by Deanna Whalen
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    My experience working with Daniel has been incredible. He has taken my original music to a whole new level of quality and professionalism. A high level professional in every way. I plan to work with him on all of my future projects.

  23. Review by Justin Street
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    Great to work with and does a great job
    Recommended

  24. Review by Dan Wonsover
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    Best engineer in Chicago. No question.

  25. Review by Tim Tournier
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    Daniel is an amazing producer with a stellar ear. Having worked with him along side platinum selling artists he is the first person I call for my artists records.
    Daniel is one of the few producers who have the ability to listen and truly taken in a song - understanding how to not only deliver killer sonics but help shape the song

  26. Review by Jordon Popp
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    A fantastic, attentive engineer who is absolutely on top of his game. Probably one of the top hard rock engineers in Chicago, and an absolute pleasure to work with. I fully plan on working with Daniel again in the future!

  27. Review by Edward Kerpan
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    Daniel's a total pro. He's got an acute ear for drums and guitar tone. I've hired him as an engineer as well as worked alongside him. In both cases he was professional and easy to work with. Given his pedigree of major label experience and almost freakish sense of hearing I'd trust him on just about anything.

Interview with Daniel Salcido

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

  2. A: I was blessed to Produce, Engineer and Mix "Stoop Goodnoise", a band from Chicago and we just completed the new LP coming out in January.

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

  4. A: Just got the new "Stoop Goodnoise" record back from being mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Mastering, you can hear it on my profile.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes! Any pop or hip/hop production and mixing go to Matt Dougherty

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both! Because recalls or easier digitally but hitting analog compressors, EQ's, and Pre's adds a vibe thats different from plugins.

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

  10. A: The goal and vision will be obtained and every penny spent will be worth it

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

  12. A: I get to be creative and help others finish a vision that they started. Every project is a new canvas for me. Essentially people trust me with their babies.

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

  14. A: When will they have the first mix. I usually answer well you havent sent the files so maybe 2 days lol

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

  16. A: I think people often think that they can "fix it in the mix" to be honest its usually not lol. There is only so much click bleed one can take out. Soooo take your time and record some good quality sources. You dont need expensive mics just good technique

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

  18. A: i like to ask if they have any specific deadlines and also for reference tracks and rough mixes

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

  20. A: Never hesitate to ask questions about the process. And invest in your projects. A mix cant save a crappy recorded drum set or out of tune guitars

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

  22. A: Is there electricity?

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

  24. A: After earning a degree at L.A.R.S (Los Angeles Recording School) in Recording Arts, I worked at Cherokee Studios and Nightbird Studios in Los Angeles. Eventually I came in contact with Grammy nominated Producer Johnny K and engineered Plain White T's "Big Bad World" leading to the opportunity to work along side Johnny K and engineer his future projects at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago. While doing so, I had the pleasure of working with Sevendust, Disturbed, Plain White T's, Anthrax, Alien Ant Farm, Finger 11, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Airbourne, Staind, Trapt, and many other major label acts. I currently own and operate Command Space Audio in Chicago.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I would like to say i am pretty laid back. I like to push the artist to play solid takes so the music doesn't need a ton of edits. I like things to sound natural and human, an element missing in modern music.

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

  28. A: damn...this is tough Obviously The Beatles...do i need to say why? Dr. Dre - I grew up in LA listening to Dr Dre and all the West Coast rappers...and he's ridiculously talented. Cage The Elephant - Indie vibe but a lot of production layers Thrice - so many cool guitar tones The Kills - great tones and so much emotion Adele - Would love to track her amazing vocals Beck - He would teach me so many tricks

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

  30. A: Sometimes less is more. But other times layer a bunch of things. :0)

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

  32. A: I work on a lot of Alt-Rock, Indie Rock, and Hard Rock.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Im not afraid to tell an artist if i think an idea is weak and that i know they can create something better. I like to push them so that they know they tried their hardest to make a record that will be with them forever.

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

  36. A: I bring a fresh ear and unique perspective to any given song. I try to make new sounds if i am engineering and not scared to record every idea to see what it does for a song.

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

  38. A: When it comes to making a record I typically listen to a band or artists previous work/live performance to see what the vibe is and what they have/havent done. When it comes to a mix I would ask the artist to send me references if they are digging another artists sound. I would also listen to the rough mix that is sent to hear if there is anything specific or cool that i would want to keep in my mix.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Where do i begin... 27" IMac Pro Tools Ultimate Avid HD Omni with 192 16x16 Barefoot Footprints NS-10s WA76 Distressor DBX160A BAE 1073MP Chandler 500 MK ii X2 CAPI VP312 X4 Skibbe Electronics 736-5 X2 BLA B12A X2 Focusrite ISA-428 Avalon U5 X2 and a whole bunch of guitars, pedals amps, and microphones.

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

  42. A: There are so many artists and other professionals that inspire me and push me to become a better Mixer/Engineer. No matter the genre i can fine something special that will catch my ear, weather its a cool effected overdub or a cool snare drum that hits you in the chest.

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

  44. A: Through SoundBetter most of my work is Mixing and some editing. At my studio Im Producing, Engineering, and Mixing full projects and send out to mastering for a fresh ear.

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Terms Of Service

Mixes include 3 revision, each additional revision is billed $30 per. Feel free to reach out to discuss your project and mixing needs. You get what we agree on and pay for.

GenresSounds Like
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Brand New
  • Nonpoint
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • Neve
  • SSL
  • Distressor
  • La2a
  • Urei
  • Avalon
  • Chandler Limited
  • CAPI
  • Black Lion Audio
  • Flickinger
  • Purple
  • BAE
  • DBX
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Willing to accommodate to most budgets. Discounts on multiple song projects.