Want your songs to sound exciting and authentic? Send me your tracks and I’ll turn them into professional, heavy, impactful, yet organic sounding mixes! I can also help you get the whole production spot on, right from the start of the recording process, so you can make records that you, your audience and potential labels will love forever!
Hi, my name is Benedikt and my goal is to help you get the best studio experience and the best results possible.
Working with lots of different artists, labels and corporate clients all around the globe, I have experience with music of all styles, but the focus has always been on rock and alternative sub-genres like punk, metal or hardcore.
If you are into any of those genres, you know that many people struggle to get this kind of music to sound punchy and modern, while keeping the feel, raw energy and emotional impact of the performance. It often sounds either weak and amateur, or totally fake and artificial. So I have dedicated my whole career to making professional, high-end mixes and masters that deliver all the energy, emotion and power of your songs to your listeners and potential labels.
Aside from all the technical things, I’m always focusing on making the whole process as fun and pleasant as possible. You should not only get the best results, but also an enjoyable studio experience. At the end of the project I want you to be happy and excited, because we've brought your vision to life together!
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
11 ReviewsEndorse Benedikt Hain
Amazing professionalism and flexible timelines, Benedikt is the man when it comes to delivering the final soundscape touches to your mix as the excellent mastering engineer you need for your track!
I would definitely recommend Benedikt's mixing services.
He not only did a great mix of our single but also gave valuable advice, shared his experience and opinion on things which were important for me and my band.
This was our second single, and I think we were quite picky about the details. Plus, our mix was not ideally prepared, some things had to be changed down the road. Benedikt did a perfect job on all our requests.
We're definitely going to credit him as a member of our production team!
Die Zusammenarbeit mit Benedikt war fair und unkompliziert. Das Arbeitsergebnis war über unseren Erwartungen - das nächste Album werden wir wieder mit ihm machen!
Wir arbeiten schon länger mit Benedikt zusammen und es ist uns jedes Mal auf's neue eine Freude. Er nimmt sich jedem Projekt wie seiner eigenen Produktion an und steht über musikalische / soundtechnische Beratung auch menschlich mit seiner sehr angenehmen, freundlichen und zuvorkommenden Art zur Seite. Danke & absolute Empfehlung!
Both as a live and studio engineer, Benedikt Hain provides top quality service. In addition to his professional know-how and equipment, he excels in patience, efficiency and attention to detail. Working with him was a very positive experience: Benedikt Hain was friendly, helpful and had a keen ear for translating the energy of a song into the mix!
Super Zusammenarbeit. Werden wir auf jeden Fall wieder machen.
Top! Egal ob Album komplett bei ihm aufgenommen oder mit eigenen Aufnahmen zum Mixen oder Mastern vorbeigekommen - Benedikt holt immer das Beste raus! Die Atmosphäre ist absolut professionell! Zwar angenehm und locker, aber wenn nötig wird auch gefordert, um die gewünschte Performance zu erzielen! Alle Daumen hoch, wir haben schon wieder gebucht :)
We've recorded drums for our debut album at Benedikt's studio ("Dead End Paradise" by MYNDED). He knows his craft very well and it was a pleasure to work with him, both on professional and also on personal level. We're definitely coming back!
Super Tonstudio, schönes Ambiente, sehr Professioneller Tontechniker ob Live oder im Studio. Der Spaß kommt mitn Benedikt auf keinen Fall zu Kurz :)
Für absolut faire Preise bekommt man bei Benedikt nicht nur professionelle Aufnahmen mit bestem Equipment, sondern auch dessen vollste Aufmerksamkeit in allen Stufen des Produktionsprozesses und ein super angenehmes Studioklima in jeglicher Hinsicht. Bands und Musiker aller Budgetklassen werden hier vollends zufrieden. Unbedingte Empfehlung!
Super Tontechniker, ob Live oder im Tonstudio nur zu empfehlen!!!
Interview with Benedikt Hain
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How long does it take you to mix a song? A: I always have multiple projects scheduled to work on, but I'm pretty efficient and have great systems and a great team in place. So usually, my turnaround time is about 1-2 weeks for a single song and 4-6 weeks for a whole album. Q: Do you prefer getting DAW-sessions or exported WAV-multitracks for mixing projects? A: WAV-multitracks. Because I can work quicker if I import the files to my mix template and use my preferred routing, groups, VCAs, etc. Q: Should we print effects, track with EQ and compression, etc. or should we just try to get good, clean, dry signals? A: If it sounds good, it is good. There are no hard rules. If you like the sound of a certain effect and you want it to be part of the production - record it! Just make everything sound as good as you can from the beginning, no matter what it takes. If you're not sure about a certain effect or how it will fit in the mix, record one track with all the stuff on it and an additional dry one for safety. Done.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: In 2016 I worked on the album "Bambis Rache" by the German band "Zitronen Püppies" as a recording engineer, mixer and mastering engineer. So I was really involved all the time. The singer of the band produced it very creatively and made me rethink a lot of things. I got a whole new perspective on the recording and mixing process. We made decisions I would never have made alone, we tried out really unconventional techniques and some strange makeshift instruments. And we didn't use reference tracks at all, nor did we even care about what labels or the band's audience will think of the results. And now in the beginning of 2017, shortly after finishing the record, the band got an amazing record deal with one of Germany's biggest independent labels. Without even asking for it. They got recommended by someone, the people at the label listened to the record, absolutely loved it and signed them on the same day. It was released in April 2017 and I'm so happy with how everything turned out!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you trying to achieve with this production? Is there a certain story behind it, or some special background info that I should be aware of? Who will be the audience? Which medium is this being produced for? Who is in charge of making creative/artistic decisions (is there a producer/are you the producer/do you want me to (co-)produce)? What is your budget? When is your deadline?
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Being the best engineer I can be. Finding authentic artists and exciting music. Always.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Of course! Alex Adelhardt, Jan Kerscher, GKG Mastering, just to name a few. Pretty sure there are more great engineers I know here at SB.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started recording my own bands and bands of friends when I was about 16 years old. After a little while, people began to pay me for it and when I left school I already had a lot of local clients and a small home studio. After school I went to college to study "media technology". But as more and more people started to book me for their recording and mixing projects, I decided to drop out of college and go full-time in 2012. So, basically I am self-tought and have been spending as much time as I could learning, reading and of course practicing since about 2004. I took on my first real paid projects in 2008.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Modern and punchy, yet organic, I guess? I just always try to serve the song. Of course I have a personal taste but I try not to impart that too much unless I am asked to. The goal is always to understand the artist's/producer's intention and make the song sound as good and exciting as possible, while retaining it's unique character.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Yes, this one: Gear is just tools. Learn as much as you can about it and use it carefully! Understanding how your tools work, what they can do, and when to use them gets you way further than purchasing new gear. In the end you shouldn't have to think about it too much. Just move quickly and intuitively.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'd say my keen sense of hearing, feeling and understanding the music as well as the client's and/or artist's intention. I can adapt to different situations very quickly, which enables me to make the right decisions and to deal with almost any kind of material pretty confidently.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The least I can bring to a song is an enhancement of it's original vibe, making it sound just like the artist intended it, but "better". Depending on the material and the client's idea behind it I can make things sound punchier, deeper, wider, bigger, fatter, warmer, more Hi-Fi, dirtier, more "vintage" sounding, whatever suits your song or record. And of course I can get creative and try to improve your arrangement, composition or performance, if you want me to and let me do this.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Depending on the desired workflow and results you have to decide what is best for you. After all, it's just tools.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that I will always do the best I can to satisfy my clients and to help them reach their goals with their music. And I will always respect their art, be aware of what their music means to them and therefore try to serve their songs.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I make records and work with amazing artists full-time. What's not to like about that?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The one I can make the best possible record with.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I think, that the most important parts of any setup are your brain and ears, but in the right hands good gear can definitely make a difference. So here you go: I'm running a hybrid setup, meaning I use the best of both the analog and the digital domain. I work on a Mac Pro with Cubase and mix with both plugins and outboard gear. AD/DA conversion is performed by an Antelope Audio Orion 32 that is connected via MADI to a RME HDSPe FX PCIe interface. For monitoring I use a pair of ADAM A77X, various smaller systems and quality headphones. I use outboard gear by: Thermionic Culture, Empirical Labs, Tegeler Audio Manufaktur, ART, Warm Audio, SSL, Lake People, Tech21
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Inspiring artists: Converge, Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen, Have Heart, Kurt Ballou, Greg Bennick, Dave Grohl, Fugazi, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters, Vein and many many more... Inspiring producers/engineers: Kurt Ballou, Steve Albini, Chris Lord-Alge, Will Putney, Jay Maas, Andrew Scheps, amm...
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: The biggest misconception is to think that I can make poorly recorded tracks or crappy performances sound just as awesome as (insert band name here). I can improve almost everything, but it always takes a good song, performed by a good musician, recorded carefully to really produce something great that will get the listeners attention. We're engineers and artists, not magicians!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to their work and, just as important, find someone you trust and who you think is easy and fun to work with. The connection and communication between the artist and the engineer can make or break a production experience.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Adam A77X Monitors, Thermionic Culture Rooster, Empirical Labs Distressor, a Computer with Cubase, any good converter
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I do a lot of band-based projects in the rock, alternative and heavy music world. I don't do edm, hip hop and stuff like that very often. My favourite genres: Heavy music (hardcore, punk, metal, stoner, etc.) and generally all kinds of rock music, as long as it's authentic and inspired stuff.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First I talk to the client and try to find out as much as I can about his/her intention, budget and expectations. Then I calculate the time and effort necessary to satisfy the client and deliver the best results possible. I'm always willing to assist and coach the client before he/she records the actual session to help him/her get the best out of his/her abilities and make their session a more relaxed and fun experience, leading to better results and a faster and cheaper mixing job. When the actual mixing starts, I certainly have a few go-to starting points, but I don't follow a strict plan. I will always try to make the right decisions and use the right gear and techniques for each project individually.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and mastering rock, punk and heavy music. Mostly remote, sometimes attended. I've got an amazing assistant as well, who does editing and reamping for me and my clients.