Producer, Recording/Mixing/Mastering Engineer, Writer and Musician. Avid Pro Tools HD certified. Recording Arts instructor at Schenectady Community College in NY. All songs on the sample reel were mixed, and more often than not recorded, produced, and co-written by me at Starling Studios.
With a resume that includes 25 years of performance ranging from classical to jazz to A'cappella to rock, eight years on the road with national act FIXER, and writing, production, and mixing credits for songs featured on popular MTV programs, independent films, and promotional videos, I have an understanding of instrumental arrangements, vocal harmonies, and drum patterns that are guaranteed to compliment each other, bringing out the full potential of every song.
I apply the same methodology to my mixes, using my ears to bring out the focal point of each part of a song while creating atmosphere and vibe with the rest. Excess parts are sometime cut, allowing the song to breathe and additional parts such as harmonies can be added at your request.
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Reviews (8)Endorse Jason Brown - Mixing/Mastering
Jason was professional and he present a quality work. I will recommend Jason for a quality job.
Great experience working with Jason. His production on my track turned it into a sure hit! Everything was clearly communicated and the process went smoothly. I would recommend him for any production work and/or mixing & mastering.
When I need to mix, record, or compose, music and/or sound for any of my film and video projects, my number one choice is Jason Brown. He knows his craft backwards and forwards, always meets deadlines, comes with ideas, offers suggestions with several options to enhance my projects. In addition to being a gifted artist, Jason is an awesome guy!
Jason has the uncanny ability to transform a good song into a great song! He takes the extra steps to make you, the artist, feel comfortable and creative while simultaneously honing your sound and song. I've worked with Jason on all 3 of my previous recording projects and I couldn't be happier. Ill be calling him when the 4th gets started.
Jason has great intuition & taste, which clearly shows through whatever he does, be it engineering, mixing, or mastering. Though I've worked with other mixers before with fine results, when I heard his first mixes I was like, “Finally, somebody who knows what he’s doing!” He’s a breath of fresh air; I would definitely work with him again.
Jason did an amazing job my bands most recent recording. He has a great ear for sounds and he really knew how to push the band to give the best performance that was needed for each song. He's a studio pro and we're very happy we recorded with Jason. In the end we walked away with an incredibly amazing recording, and we owe a lot of it to Jason.
Ive been writing, recording, and performing music for over 20 years...It's rare to find a producer/mixing engineer this dedicated to extracting the most meaningful moments out of an artist ...Jason Brown is a prime example of this rare talent, and is always my first choice for a new project.
After working with Jason on my First Album, I can't imagine working with anyone else. He truly has been the additional member of the band. His understanding of sound and direction adds to the creative process and at the end of it, the finished product far exceeds expectation. You would be foolish to work with anyone else... Really.
Interview with Jason Brown - Mixing/Mastering
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm proud of all of my projects whether it's a track that was featured on an MTV show, or a documentary that won "Best Documentary" at a film festival, or an album, or a local guy who likes to sing karaoke over pre recorded tracks and hang out. Being able to do this for a living is truly fantastic.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently producing a band called Gusto out of Saratoga Springs. We tracked a full album and it is currently being mixed.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: David Tyo is a great mixing engineer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever you can afford to do and do well. If you're not good at what you do, it doesn't matter what medium you use. Plenty of great albums have been entirely digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I will work until they are happy with the end result.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being able to be creative and make a living doing it.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do you charge. I tell them my rates. Sadly, that is the most commonly asked question.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy and that editing doesn't take as long as it does.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What style are you looking for? What album do you want this to sound like? I just look for references. I also ask how much of my input they want.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Shop around and make sure you're personalities click.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A fridge full of beer and a generator to run it. I imagine recording gear wouldn't do me much good on a desert island.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a musician for 30 years, recording and engineering for about 8, but producing long before that.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Laid back. I love hearing the clients ideas, but I have very strong opinions as well. I'm able to convey them to clients without them thinking I am being insulting or pushy.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd like to record a rock band with members like Dave Grhol and Slash, but with Katy Perry singing lead. That would make for some poptastic heavy rock!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen to a lot of genres of music and pay attention to why the songs work. Take something from everything you hear and know when to use it. Really focus on transitions and not throwing away seconds in a song with repeated chords or dead space.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Singer songwriter.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Melodies and harmonies. Clients are often very impressed with how easily ideas come to me.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Song structure and melodic sensibility and creativeness. I'm also able to capture the feel of what the band wants. Is it reverb heavy indie rock or tight gated sampled drum modern rock?
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Pre-production with bands, lay down scratches, and then take things one day at a time. Clients often ask what type of harmonies or additional arrangements I'm thinking about laying down, but many of these decisions are on the spot. I think the best when we are ready to track these parts and ideas come to me effortlessly.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a simple project studio. I can record 16 channels at once, have a few nice pieces such as an Audient 880 and a Distressor, but mixing is done entirely in the box.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and GnR. I'm also a sucker for modern pop and pop rock such as Katy Perry for the tight song arrangements. I try to add a combo of both eras into the work I do, making it interesting musically, but also catchy as hell.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I do a lot of rock production. Bands often come to me with songs that are complete, but not arranged quite well enough. We work on transitions, drum and bass patterns, melodies and harmonies. I record, produce, and mix all tracks that I work on.