David Badstubner is an award winning musician and audio engineer. Since 2010 his focus has been to provide the best experience possible to the artists and audiences he has had the pleasure of working with. His approach emphasizes coaxing performance, highlighting emotional connection, and establishing a comfortable yet effective atmosphere.
I offer professional and comprehensive recording, mixing, production, and mastering services. I strive to achieve the highest possible quality for my clients. In addition to the aforementioned, I also offer my skills as a musician on bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitar, drums, and keys. I am fluent in Protools, Logic Pro X, and more. I mix in a hybrid situation; summing and processing through analog gear while maintaining the flexibility of the modern DAW.
My philosophy is centered around accentuating what makes the records and artists I work with special and unique. I am not genre specific as I enjoy working with all types of music, but the majority of my experience lies in acoustic based musics. My standards are high and client satisfaction is my ultimate goal. Nothing makes me happier than to work with great artists and help them achieve the aspirations they have for their art.
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David Badstubner is an absolute gem to work with. His knowledge of outboard gear, plugins, instruments & room acoustics makes him invaluable as an engineer. He also has a gift in understanding psychology & sociology which makes the entire recording experience smoother as David helps navigate band & creator dynamics. He also has made room for me, an artist with a knack for the tech side of things, to spread my wings in the studio as a producer & engineer. The days of hard lines between artist & engineer are over. David is about vibe, not about ego. More sessions to come with DB!
Dave's kindness, compassion and dedication are unmatchable. I've recorded two studio albums with him at the helm and would absolutely work with him again and again. As an engineer is brings a focus and intention to every take that made me feel more than capable to not just complete the tasks at hand, but also to explore and delve deeper into the sound and energy of every track. He is patient and compassionate with his clients and above all, he will record a really awesome record for you!
I worked on an album with Dave for about two weeks, and in that time he taught me a lot about not just the technical side of recording, but recording philosophy and studio etiquette. He pulled great performances out of the whole band and made it a great experience. I look forward to working with Dave again in the future and I would recommend him to anyone.
Working with Dave was an absolute pleasure! All I had to do was say a few key words and time and time again, he would deliver me exactly what I what I had in mind. He's incredibly humble, but don't let that fool ya. He is a big reason why my EP won Pop Album of the year for the New Mexico Music Awards. The amazing production of the album is often one the first things mentioned and that is in large part, thanks to the incredible job Dave did engineering and mixing it. I am definitely calling upon his expertise again in the future! Even if I have to fly him back to New Mexico!
Dave Badstubner is a consummate professional. Always striving for perfection and has an ear that can rival the best in the business. Words cannot describe how amazing David is. Highly recommended for any style or platform and he is a masterful teacher.
Dave Badstubner has ears of gold!! I've seen Dave work on countless projects big and small and he puts his whole heart into everything he touches. He's got about a decade of working and teaching experience under his belt and it shows through his work. His patience and attention to detail are unmatched. Nothing is rushed with Dave but never to point of getting stuck in ruts. There is literally no one I'd rather work with. Check out his stuff and see for yourself!!
I can honestly say that I couldn’t have had a more wonderful experience recording with Dave. He had the right mix of giving me ample space to explore and find the heartbeat of each song and spoken word piece to my satisfaction, and giving me enough direction and encouraging feedback to make this vision come to life. He made the environment feel easy and natural ….while behind the scenes having precision and attention to details to ensure a professional product. And the mixes…WOW. He’s a genius and I could go on and on, but in short, I’ll say that Dave is a badass AND a stellar human being.
I originally met up with Dave through do diy.org. we jammed together many times and I even wrote my lead single off the album that we recorded together with him. He is a talent multi-instrumentalist in his own right. He is so much fun to work with and has an excellent sense of humor. When it came time to make the record, Dave offered to mix and do overdubs at his personal Studio. It was the best sounding recording I could have dreamed of making. When it comes down to gear and the technical side, he really knows his stuff. I would love to work with Dave again and highly recommend him.
I found Dave by happenstance. I went to his website and every song he posted was not only expertly recorded and mixed by him, but there was something special about each one of them. It was like he really took the time to learn the watermark of each artist and make sure it came through in the recording and mixing. On that small exposure, and frankly, on a gut feeling, I reached out to him for my first recording and I am so glad I did. I had heard horror stories over the years of artists recording their first album in a haze of frustration and confusion but, because of Dave, I can honestly say t
Dave is a magician. He has recorded some of the best sounding songs that I have AND he is an amazing teacher. He taught me how to play the guitar, how to record, even how to properly fold a cable. His endless support has pushed me to let go and work beyond my own expectations. He is selfless and has so much love for the work that he does. Over the past ten years of knowing him, I have developed a strong desire for anolage recording, I have toured and played countless shows all around the world. His attention to detail is Impecable. He’s the BEST and you won’t regret it if you work with him.
Interview with David Badstubner
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! They both have their strong suit and downsides but at the end of the day they're just a means to an end. I love working strictly in analog but it can be limiting and cost prohibitive. I'm a fan of hybrid scenarios where you can maximize each technology's potential for creation.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Hearing and seeing the gratification of my clients, and helping them achieve their vision.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can take something subpar and make it fantastic. The production, message, and arrangement needs to be as strong as possible to enable an emotional connection to the audience. Unless I'm involved in the production of the song/track I cannot make it better or more effective with mixing tricks and a "fix it in post" attitude. The production needs to put its best foot forward for success.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision? What's your budget and deadline? Do you have examples or influences you'd like considered? Are you happy with your work? Did you have fun creating this? Is there anything special I should know or should keep in mind?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask as many questions as you feel like you need to. Hire based on conversation and perceived personality. Is the provider willing to go the extra mile to make you happy? Could you envision having a beer or coffee with this person and get along and have a great time? A majority of this work in music is based around interpersonal relationships. Hire based on quality and integrity, not on perceived success.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Retro Powerstrip, Two good multi-pattern LDC's, my headphones, and my interface. (I hope I already have a computer and cables, some wildlife to record, and lots and lots of water.) :)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing the guitar seriously when I was thirteen. So I've been at the music game for about sixteen years. I've been recording and producing seriously since 2010. In addition to engineering and performing I have a strong Live Sound background and have taught audio technology at the undergraduate level since 2013.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is artist-centric.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love work with a variety of artists but at the moment I'd have to pick Dr. Dre or Wilco for the top. The are very different choices but both extremely prolific and creative.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Focus on the song and the arrangement. Songs/productions are only as inspiring as their content. You can make something sound technically wonderful, but if it's lacking heart and soul then it won't impact the listener.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mostly acoustic based musics that involve vocalists. Rock, Pop, Folk, Americana and the like. I do have a growing passion for electronic based musics, and I love hip-hop.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is communication with my clientele. As far as my strongest work skill that would be mixing.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I admire the productions of Wilco, Kid Cudi, Gregory Alan Isakov, Broken Social Scene, Steve Albini, Butch Vig, Jack White, Margaret Glaspy, St. Vincent, Ryan Hewitt, Dr. Dre, Dave Cobb, Sylvia Massy, and John Congleton, to name a just a few.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My attention to detail, steadfastness to a commitment to quality, and my unique perspective are my strongest assets. I’m also not afraid to state my honest opinion, but only if I feel that it would strongly benefit the production. I also don’t say “no” to suggestions or experiments, I’m a “yes” man.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My first approach is to get a sense of what the artist is envisioning for their project whether in a production role or a recording/mixing role. Once influences and goals are discussed I work quickly and diligently to frame a mix. Starting with the broad picture I take all elements and make a cohesive and effective presentation, working to narrow it down to details. I know when I’m close to finishing a mix when even the most minute change causes a drastic effect. Then I will send the mix/production to the client for approval and notes. I welcome honest critique as it benefits everyone involved.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I currently operate in a hybrid recording/mixing situation. I sum analog and I mix and produce using a variety of outboard gear, plugins, and DAW’s. I utlilze high quality converters by Lynx and RME, and my monitoring is based around a Dangerous DBox. I monitor on two separate sets of near fields by Focal and Tannoy and crossrefence on headphones and other consumer mediums.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I provide a variety of services but the most common type of work I do is recording and mixing.