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Robert L. Smith


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    Robert L. Smith latest news
    Mar 24, 2015
    Investing in your own brand is the smart thing to do...

    You know you're doing something right with your brand when clients
    recite it back to you. "Just like your slogan: Great Music. Period."

    Mar 05, 2015
    More Duran Duran mastering today...

    Always fun mastering these songs!

    Feb 09, 2015
    20 Feet From Stardom wins Grammy!

    Best Music film win for documentary film. proud to be a part of it. Congrats to the cast and crew.

    Jan 23, 2015
    If you haven't checked out FabFilter, you're missing out!


    Dec 05, 2014
    Congrats to "Twenty Feet From Stardom" for the Grammy nomination for Best Music Film!

    Congrats to "Twenty Feet From Stardom" for the Grammy nomination for Best Music Film!

    Dec 01, 2014
    Great chat with Chuck from BantMu!


    Dec 01, 2014
    Listen to my interview with Matt Boudreau from Working Class Audio


    Oct 28, 2014
    Some new gear updates...


    Oct 27, 2014
    New website up!

    And we're LIVE! Please check out the new site here  http://defyrecordings.com/

    Oct 20, 2014
    New website on the way...

    Just saw a sneak peek of the new website in progress. Very psyched! Hoping to share it with you in a week ‪#‎progress‬

    Oct 07, 2014
    Buscabulla album out today!


    Sep 21, 2014
    Happy Anniversary to me and NYC

    28 years ago today I left everything I knew and moved to New York City to begin this career. Best thing I EVER did. Onward!

    Aug 25, 2014
    Fulltone Tape Echo!

    I've been wanting to get one of these for a long time. My old Roland Space Echo was too warbly. Nice to have clean, analog repeats.....repeats...........repeats.................repeats

    Oscar and Grammy winning, Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer. 28 years of Gold & Platinum experience. Recent clients of note include Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Chaka Khan, Glee, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson, A-Lin, Six60 and Rebelution.

    Production-Recording-Mixing-Mastering at Defy Recordings/New York City

    Management: Duffy Macri/Intrepid Music Group

    My credits include

    Gear highlights

    • Pro Tools HD
    • API
    • Manley
    • Avalon
    • Wunder Audio
    • Focusrite
    • Chandler
    • Empirical Labs
    • Apogee
    • SPL
    • Thermionic Culture
    • Neumann
    • Gordon Instruments
    • Josephson
    • Coles
    • Zerotronics
    • Matchless
    • McDSP
    • Sonnox
    • Brainworx
    • Waves
    • SoundToys
    • iZotope

    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

    Reference songs and how to use them


    It comes in many forms. As a feeling. A mindset. A way of life....

    There are no rules when you're capturing that perfect vocal take

    Recording vocals In many styles of music the vocal is the most important...

    Reviews of Robert L. Smith

    • Verified Review Listing_thumb_2013-06-15_12.25.00 about 13 hours ago by

      It was a pleasure to work with Robert. Great experience!

    • Verified Review Listing_thumb_havokway_21_copy 4 months ago by

      Robert L. Smith is a true professional! Very helpful and got my tracks sounding their absolute best! Highly recommended!

    • Verified Review Listing_thumb_10350986_10153148167582729_3729097392113513658_n 4 months ago by

      Great engineer, very professional and an amazing person! Highly recommended!

    • Verified Review Default-avatar 4 months ago by

      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.

    • Verified Review Listing_thumb_image 5 months ago by

      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!

    • Verified Review Listing_thumb_foto_30.06.13_21_41_08 6 months ago by

      Thanks Robert, this was a easy and good collaboration.

    • Verified Review Default-avatar 6 months ago by

      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!

    • Default-avatar over 1 year ago by

      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.

    • Default-avatar over 1 year ago by

      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!

      Absolutely Recommend!

    • Default-avatar over 1 year ago by

      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.

    • Picture?type=large over 1 year ago by

      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.

    • Picture?type=large over 1 year ago by

      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.

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    Interview with Robert L. Smith

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

    Production, recording, mixing and mastering

    Tell us about your studio setup.

    Pro Tools HD3 & API console

    What's your strongest skill?

    Focus, infinite patience, and attention to detail

    What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

    Before you hire a producer, engineer, mixer or producer, make sure you hear something they've done that you love.

    What do you like most about your job?

    It's a life, not a job.

    What do you bring to a song?

    A mission to make the song the absolute best it can be

    What type of music do you usually work on?

    The best possible

    Analog or digital and why?

    It doesn't matter. The important thing is to embrace whatever system you have available and maximize its possibilities

    What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

    Phil Ramone, Bill Price, Neil Dorfsman, Adrian Sherwood, Tom Lord Alge, Flood, Brian Eno, The Blue Nile

    How would you describe your style?


    What's your typical work process?

    My process revolves around the client's needs. Its all about creating an environment that is conducive towards creativity. That includes making the gear 'disappear'. Once an artist starts questioning gear choices, we're doomed. Its never about the gear, its about the music. If I'm working on my own I have a usual method that allows me to be very productive. A mix is a solid day's work, with a second day to touch up the mix. There's always some little thing I catch on that second day that I want to change. I prefer to mix on my own, the mixes always come out better that way. I'd rather have the artist see the 'big picture' of the mix than the minutiae of the mechanics of it.

    What's your 'promise' to your clients?

    I'm not 'done' until I think its as great as can be.

    What questions do you ask prospective clients?

    1. Budget 2. Goal. The two answers affect the entire process

    What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

    "Anyone can do it". Incorrect! Production, recording, mixing and mastering are highly skilled careers. Buying software and a microphone does not make someone an engineer, mixer or mastering engineer. If you want your music to sound 'professional', hire a professional.