Oscar & Grammy winning, Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer. 30 years of Gold & Platinum experience. Recent clients of note include Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Chaka Khan, Glee, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson, Alice Cooper and Duran Duran.
Production-Recording-Mixing-Mastering at Defy Recordings/New York City
Management: Duffy Macri/duffymacri.com
My credits include
- 2015 Grammy Winner
- 2014 Academy Award Winner
- 2011 Grammy Nomination
- 2010 Emmy Nomination
- #1 Single "Teenage Dream" Glee
- 5 Top Ten Singles With Glee
- Michael Jackson
- Stevie Wonder
- Mariah Carey
- Neil Young
- Billy Joel
- David Bowie
- Dave Brubeck
- Rickie Lee Jones
- Tyler Perry
- Renee Fleming
- Robert Palmer
- Will Smith
- Lenny Kravitz
- Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Miles Davis
- Lena Horne
- Joseph Campbell
- Jon Bon Jovi
- Laura Nyro
- George Clinton/P-Funk
- Joan Jett
- Soul Coughing
- Donald Fagen
- Lang Lang
- Whitney Houston
- David Gilmour
- Ken Burns
- David Byrne
- michael buble
- Fall Out Boy
- George Benson
- Ivan Neville
- George Shearing
- Akiko Yano
- Sophie Milman
- Savion Glover
- Harry Connick Jr
- The Prodigals
- Lucie Arnaz
- Paul Quinn
- Julee Cruise
- Pro Tools HDX
- Wunder Audio
- Empirical Labs
- Thermionic Culture
- Gordon Instruments
Genres I specialize in
Terms of Service
Every project has its own special needs. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss what you need to get the best result for your music, mixes, score and recordings.
Tutorials by Robert L. Smith
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Reviews of Robert L. Smith
Robert is literally a musical genius - Yoda of the music industry. You can bring your rough, raw, piece of crap to Robert and he will turn it into something more amazing than you could've ever imagined it. Aside from the work, he will mentor you, teach and guide you patiently. He is a master craftsman - best choice you will ever make is go with him
It's a genuine pleasure to review Robert. He got the job done and, in fact, exceeded my expectations. He is also very efficient and responsive to any queries or questions and that came as a surprise considering that he must be extremely busy. To top it all off he's one of the nicest people I've communicated with in the industry. I highly recommend!
Robert was a pleasure to work with: professional, friendly, patient (particularly impressive given my frequent mind-changing) and he produced a great track. Couldn't recommend highly enough.
Sir Robert is a true professional in his craft...100% delivered on this track, he did a fantastic job on my mix, great quality and speedy work Absolutely wonderful person to work with. Great communication skills for someone who must be extremely busy doing what he does best.!!
Robert is a professional on all levels and it was my pleasure working with him. He is truly a gentleman- something rare in the music industry and I look forward to working with him in the future.
One of the nicest guy you'll ever work with, very patient, polite and professional. He did a great mix and master, I'm so happy with the results. Thank you for the privilege Robert, you got a new friend now.
It was a pleasure to work with Robert!
Robert is very professional in every aspect of his work. Mixing was done to the highest industry standards and quality of work really stands out. This is the first time when I received truly spotless mix. I hope to work with Robert going forward!
Robert, thank you very much!
Robert was very patient and was able to respond quickly to my questions and comments. I was very satisfied with the finished mix. - Thanks Robert!!
Once again Robert has been wonderful to work with, he's invaluable when it comes to polishing up my songs, while also patiently answering my questions along the way. Absolutely looking forward to my next project with him! Thanks again Robert.
Robert is very good at considering the artist's work and has the patience and know-how in dealing with one 's work. In addition, he is very generous in sharing his wealth of information in his work.
Robert was consulting me on my project.
He is very professional and knowledgeable.
In particular, I was impressed that he was always available when his opinion and professional help was needed. He would always get back with his recommendations within very short time.
I look forward to work with Robert in the future.
Thank you, Robert!
I enjoyed to work with Robert. He is a gentle and professional person. He guided me to work smoothly, and often advised me about mixing, sound level and effect. I would like to work with him again in the future.
Great experience with Robert. A true professional!! Mixes were done quick and the sound will stand up next to anything on radio. Will absolutely use him again.
Robert mixed and mastered a second song for me and it came out amazing! I really enjoy working with Robert. A total professional, nice guy and great at what he does. Looking forward to working with Robert again in the near future.
Robert never lets us down. Incredible mixes with courteous and professional service. Highly recommended!
It was a pleasure and an honor to work with Robert on this song. The mix was perfect on first pass and the mastered version is perfection. Very professional, fast responses, polite and genuine. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.
Another fantastic job from Robert! We're having a brilliant time working with him and wouldn't take our songs anywhere else, absolute pro :)
Robert is strongly dedicated and has both the drive and expertise to lift recordings to a brilliant level. He is easy to communicate with and always strives to deliver a mix which is in line with the ambience and feeling we want to convey.
Accord de Voix can't get enough - if you're in doubt, choose Robert!
Fantastic job by Robert! Exceeds our expectations every time. Highly recommended!
Another excellent job by Robert! Nothing but the highest quality mixes, professionalism, and utmost care for his clients satisfaction. An absolute pleasure to work with. Very highly recommended.
After my hobby-project grew into a heavily layered song, I knew I'd need a professional to help get my mix to sound balanced and polished up. From the beginning Robert was extremely helpful, informative, and quick with correspondence. I learned a lot during the process, so excited to have a track that sounds this professional. Thanks!
Robert L. Smith was an absolute pleasure to work with. He's mega-talented, detail oriented and totally in-sync with the needs of the song and vision of the client. Professional, prompt and enthusiastic. I would definitely recommend him and I look forward to working with him in the future.
Nice sound. Answers messages very fast. Good attention to detail. Friendly. I believe hiring a pro like Robert for mixing my album was a good investment for my music.
I had an amazing experience with Robert who taught me a lot, and who gave me mind-blowing mixes. Robert was patient and ultra cool. He explained things that most people on his level would not do. I am honored to have worked with him, and look forward to working with him on my 2nd project. I picked the absolute best!
Robert L. Smith is a dream to work with. He is friendly, artistic, and very customer-oriented. Working with Robert on this project was one of the best experiences of my professional career, and I expect to work with him for many years to come.
Amazing results!! I hired Robert to finish my barebones song (drums, piano, vocals only). He did an absolutely awesome job arranging guitars, synths, bass, and finishing the mix to professional quality. He maintained 100% communication and transparency from the beginning sharing each rough mix along the way and responding to my feedback.
Robert is a great professional in his business. He knows how your songs should sound. I'm so excited about his work! Highly recommended!
It was such a wonderful experience to work with Robert. We flew to New York to record with him and we had so much fun getting to know him and he was super helpful and supportive throughout the project, a true pro and we just can't thank him enough for everything he did to help us and the songs all came out great!!! Robert you're awesome!
Robert from the off has been the most incredible professional and gentleman, giving our song the attention to detail and dedication that we could only wish for! We are indebted to his experience and expertise in bringing our song to life, and we are extremely proud to have worked with him. We can't recommend him highly enough! :)
The truth in of a great production lies in being able to play it back over again and be just as excited as the first time. Having said that I have done terrible things to the replay button. Unspeakable things. The mastering of this project is incredible.
From this day onward I will forever preach the gospel that is Robert L Smith. Yay for he is the truth. He raised my music from the dead. Not in 3 days but 24hrs. Forsake these sinful amateurs and accept him into your life and into your mix.
It was a pleasure to work with Robert. Great experience!
Robert L. Smith is a true professional! Very helpful and got my tracks sounding their absolute best! Highly recommended!
Great engineer, very professional and an amazing person! Highly recommended!
Robert Smith did a great job he mastered 10 songs mixed by 2 different people different levels I was very impressed with the results. He knows his stuff.
Robert is an amazing mixer. He pays attention to details and listens to suggestions. He was extremely patient and dealt with the project in a professional manner. It was a pleasure working with him and I hope our paths will cross again!
Thanks Robert, this was a easy and good collaboration.
Robert is an excellent producer, engineer and mixer. He produced and recorded a very challenging vocal for me for a dense remix. Not only does he have a highly trained ear and an incredible sense of what will work, he also has a great energy that made me feel very relaxed and able to give my best. I look forward to working with Robert again soon!
Robert is everything you want as an ally in the recording studio. His vast experience, world class abilities and the incredible taste he exhibits in everything he does, allows any artist to achieve a finished product that most of us couldn't even allow ourselves to hope for.
Robert is one of the best in the business! He has subbed as an engineer on a couple sessions for me, and everything that I get from him is absolutely incredible!
I have worked with Robert as a keyboardist, arranger, and writer on a number of projects he's produced and mixed, and I can honestly say he is the best at what he does. Whether you're a Grammy winner or an independent artist just starting out, Robert will approach your project with the same dedication, and you will be THRILLED by the results.
Robert is a fantastic engineer and producer. In addition to his skillful ear, He is also incredibly nice and easy-going, taking plenty of time to consult with his clients regarding their projects. I feel very confident giving him full control over my mixes.
Robert mixed and produced my song! He has a fantastic ear! He is very professional, He is incredibly nice, will give you insight on what the song needs, he is very polite and always on time! I am looking forward towards working with Robert again in the future!
I'm from Brazil and i sent my mixes to Robert. He was very attentive, awsering our e-mails very quickly. He's work have exceed our spectations. Very fast, very competent. I really reccomend him.
I have known Robert for a while now and his mastering of my mixes is always great. He retains dynamics while also enhancing width, impact and tightening things up just a bit more. I recommend Robert/Defy Recordings for mastering before anyone else. Turnaround time is very fast too.
Robert mixed my EP of 5 tracks. He did a great job and was very fast. He always replied almost in real time to all my emails. I arrived to him after a bad experience with another facility. I highly reccomend him. If my EP will have success he really contruibuted to it.