Well seasoned Engineer with credits on projects that have charted top 10 on radio and albums that have gone multi-platinum. Open minded approach to all projects and willing to give an outside opinion to help deliver a quality final product. Lover of harmonic distortion!!!!!
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 Los Angeles.
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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- Alien Ant Farm
- Bang Tango
- Plain White T's
- Lupe Fiasco
- Cody Simpson
- Mark Tremonti
- Jim Root
- Alter Bridge
- Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge
- Josh Rand
- Man The Mighty
- Against the Current
- Rogers Park
- Sky Machine
- Aaron Williams Band
- The Last Vegas
- PoP Evil
- finger 11
59 Reviews - 7 Repeat ClientsEndorse Daniel Salcido
Did a great job mixing my track on short notice. Really good communication. Fast and professional; implemented revision notes very effectively. Made the song a lot bigger and better; would definitely recommend him.
Great Job, working with Dan was a pleasure and I'm delighted with the results. Highly recommend him for any musician/artist
This was the third song that I've done with Daniel, and it definitely was the best, really learned how to communicate to each other to get the results i was looking for,Daniel is my go to guy
Daniel helped me out with a mix critique. He was easy to communicate with and his advice helped me improve my mix greatly
This is my third time working with Daniel and I don't think I would ever work with anyone else to mix or master my tracks. Daniel is very detailed, a good communicator, and timely! My EP sounds exactly how I wanted it to because of him. You won't be disappointed!
I look forward to these mixes!
Daniel always brings out elements that make the track feel new!
I am very detailed oriented and full of requests but Daniel wlawys found a way to make my vision come through! Great work
Highly communicative, easy to work with, and willing to change and alter things to be what you wanted to hear. A pleasure to work with Daniel and to hear him turn Sign of the Times into a real piece of music.
The go to guy! He's awesome!
first rate job us completed quickly sounds awesome,finishing up tracking for Daniel to mix next month,will be my go to guy
Bill ,Altered Fate
Another amazing project completed by Daniel! He made everything I wanted done happen. Amazing mixes, and a quick turn around time, I would recommend Daniel to anyone!
Daniel took a less-than-ideal mix and managed to accomplish everything I asked with mastering it. Very patient, good listener, fast turnaround, would definitely recommend!
Always a pleasure, super fast, super efficient, love this guy!
Very professional and the sample mix sounds great! We are very much looking forward to getting the rest of our album mixed with Daniel.
Thank you Daniel!
Daniel did a fantastic job and nailed it on the first try. Incredible talented guy! A++
Another amazing track!
Good guy, very efficient! I was amazed with the final product.
I am very picky when it comes to the mixing of my music (Rock Alternative). I have worked with many different engineers but Daniel is one of the few who immediately understood my vision and delivered incredibly fast. Just give him a chance and you won't regret it!
Daniel did an awesome job on my track. Will definitely use him again!
Got a great mix from Daniel, would definitely recommend him.
Great experience from beginning to end working with Daniel. He was able to deliver exactly what I was looking for. I'm looking forward to working with him more and would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to take their music to the next level!
Great result, really good
Great working with Daniel.
On the other side of the world but professional enough to know what our music needed for the mix.
Brought it to a higher level.
Daniel is a genius at mixing. Perfect results every time.
Dan was brilliant throughout the mixing of the entire album, very professional and skilled. He can act as a mentor if you are unfamiliar with recording and can listen and help shape whatever vision you have for your music. I highly recommend Dan if you are looking for a high quality production
Daniel is an amazing engineer, every song sounds like a radio hit, the best at what he does!
Daniel is a masterful engineer, A perfect mix for a busy song!
Fantastic, just completed a full album with Dan, professional and highly skilled throughout
If you are looking for an awesome mixing engineer who will collaborate and take your ideas and turn them into something even cooler, this is your guy. Looking forward to working more with Daniel, and super happy with the mixed and mastered end product of my song.
Great results, Dan is really great to work with, super professional and knows how to create a really big sound
Daniel is an impeccable professional who knows exactly what he is doing.
Great working with Dan, really professional and everything is done to superb quality
Great job again! Really easy and professional to work with and great results
Great work again from Dan, result was exactly what I was looking for, great expertise
Great work by Dan, really listens and is able to bring the mix to life!
A great production from Dan once again, exactly the sound I was looking for
Great mix once again by Dan, got the exact sound I was looking for
Great working with Dan again on this track, sound came out loud, exciting and crystal clear!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Great Mixing Engineer, and a breeze to deal with. Looking forward to working with Daniel again.
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 🤘🏼
Great guy. Professional and easy going! Pleasure to work with people like Daniel :D
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!
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
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!
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+++
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.
Amazing engineer with an incredible ear. Tells it like it is and will push you to get better. A true professional.
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.
Great to work with and does a great job
Best engineer in Chicago. No question.
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
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!
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
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
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.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
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.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
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.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
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.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of Alt-Rock, Indie Rock, and Hard Rock.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sometimes less is more. But other times layer a bunch of things. :0)
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
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
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
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.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Is there electricity?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
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
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: i like to ask if they have any specific deadlines and also for reference tracks and rough mixes
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: When will they have the first mix. I usually answer well you havent sent the files so maybe 2 days lol
Q: What do you like most about your job?
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.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: The goal and vision will be obtained and every penny spent will be worth it
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! Because recalls or easier digitally but hitting analog compressors, EQ's, and Pre's adds a vibe thats different from plugins.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes! Any pop or hip/hop production and mixing go to Matt Dougherty
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
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.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
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.