Danny K

5.1 Mixing, Sound Design, NR

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Experienced Pro Sound for Music, Film and TV. Sound Design, Dialog Editor, Re-Recording Mixer for 5.1 Surround and I'm an Expert in Noise Reduction

25 years experience. Music, movies and TV sound mixing, sound design and mastering.
I work from my west coast 5.1 surround mixing and mastering studio and deliver quality work quickly.
I use Pro Tools and Adobe Audition CC DAW software, Izotope RX6, Waves SSL 4000, Waves API, much more.


Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with Danny K

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

  2. A: I have already achieved my goal to record with my pop singer wife, Wendy Wilson of Wilson Phillips. You can hear the results on my Sound Cloud page.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: My strongest skill is that I'm so comfortable with my technical knowledge of sound that it allows me to communicate thoroughly with my partner on an artistic level.

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

  6. A: The music project 'Wendy', featuring my wife, Wendy Wilson (Wilson Phillips) on vocals. I wrote the music and lyrics, recorded all instrumentation and performed all programming, mixed and mastered the EP which is on sale through Apple iTunes.

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

  8. A: Sound design for feature fils like 'Any Bullet Will Do', 'Big Legend' and 'Swell' for Papa Octopus Productions (2017). There will be many more in 2018 and beyond!

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

  10. A: no, but I'd like to change that ;)

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: Digital with a splash of analog when tracking or processing. Why? Flexibility.

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

  14. A: Excellent communication and great results quickly.

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

  16. A: How do you imagine the result of what I will complete for you? Can you provide an example of how you want your mix to sound?

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

  18. A: Pay a little bit more to hire a pro. There's nothing more expensive than hiring an amatuer.

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

  20. A: My Les Paul guitar, Sennheiser mkh416 microphone, Avalon Mic Pre, Pro Tools, PSP Vintage Warmer comp/limiter

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

  22. A: I started out as singer and songwriter for the rock band 'Death Valley Jupiter' (1989-199) and began my sound engineering / producing career as a result of recording my own music. During the 1990's I began working with lots of high profile national artists as live and studio sound mixer/engineer. (Artists like 'The Beach Boys', 'Wilson Phillips', 'Randy Crawford', 'Hiroshima' and many, many more)

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

  24. A: I love being creative.

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

  26. A: That I won't work with new talent.

  27. Q: How would you describe your style?

  28. A: I'm a chameleon ;)

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

  30. A: Pop, Rock, Acoustic, Jazz, Vocal, Rhythm and Blues, EDM, House, World Music... I am comfortable in any genre!

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

  32. A: Organizing, Planning and Executing the plan quickly to keep artist energy positive.

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

  34. A: 5.1 Mixing, Editing, Sound Design, Dialog Editing, Noise Reduction and Mastering. I have Produced and Recorded pop star talent for decades and also provide Design and Editing for Independent Film and TV commercials.

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

  36. A: Never underestimate the value of proper microphone placement/technique when capturing vocals and acoustic instruments. Why fix it in the mix if you don't have to?

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

  38. A: My mixes are dynamic. I never over-compress my work and I'm very detail oriented. The smallest things mean as much as the biggest to me.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have two independent studios in one. I use Pro Tools for music mixing and recording and I also use Adobe Audition CC for my film and tv clients.

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

  42. A: Rick Rubin is my favorite producer because of his ability to cross genres effortlessly.


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