Robert L. Smith

Producer/Mixer/Mastering

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Oscar & Grammy winning, Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer. Recent clients of note include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Chaka Khan, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson, Christina Aguilera, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.

If you're looking for how to make your music the best, you've come to the right place. I offer a one-stop-shop for all of your production, recording, editing, tuning, mixing and mastering needs. My 30+ years of experience and network of the best writers, musicians and vocalists available make it easy to make your project incredible. Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.

Packages available for multiple songs and albums. I look forward to hearing from you.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

Discogs verified credits for Robert Smith (7)
  • Buttsteak
  • Long River Train
  • Various
  • Long River Train
  • The Prodigals (4)
  • Stacie Rose
  • Stacie Rose
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Daniel Smith (7)
  • John Laprade
  • Carrie Beehan, Alazon In The Quiet Room
  • Various
  • Lakin
  • Lakin
  • Various
  • Koburg
  • Raging Slab
  • Pop Design
  • The Brecker Brothers
  • Gwar
  • Justice System
  • Divinyls
  • Divinyls
  • Long River Train
  • Lori Carson
  • The Prodigals (4)
  • Django Haskins
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • The Old Ceremony
  • Glee Cast
  • The Black Ships (2)
  • Dominic Margiotti
  • Fifi Rong
  • Marcello Pellitteri (2)
  • Fifi Rong
  • Fifi Rong
  • Fifi Rong
  • Fifi Rong
  • Yaniv Taubenhouse
  • Carrie Beehan, Alazon In The Quiet Room
  • Yaniv Taubenhouse
  • Westworld (2)
  • Darlene Love
  • Cameo
  • Kurtis Blow
  • БГ* = Boris Grebenshikov*
  • Raging Slab
  • Regina Belle
  • Seiko*
  • Joan Jett
  • Danger Danger
  • Circus Of Power
  • Pretty Maids
  • Buttsteak
  • Cycle Sluts From Hell
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • The Lost (2)
  • The Veldt
  • Al B. Sure!
  • Robin Holcomb
  • Joe Sample
  • Jeremy Jordan
  • Bill Frisell
  • Pop Design
  • Joshua Redman
  • Julie Masse
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Gwar
  • Julie Masse
  • The Jimmy McGriff And Hank Crawford Quartet
  • Mark Whitfield
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Vanessa Williams
  • Justice System
  • Jim Hall
  • Meat Loaf
  • Shannon Jackson*
  • Divinyls
  • John Scofield
  • Varnaline
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Larry Goldings
  • Liza Minnelli
  • Long River Train
  • Various
  • Garland Jeffreys
  • Patrick Zimmerli
  • Lori Carson
  • The Prodigals (4)
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Various
  • Better Days (5)
  • The Contes
  • Django Haskins
  • Danger Danger
  • Tania Maria
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan
  • eryKahBadu*
  • George Clinton Presents The P-Funk All Stars*
  • John Fogerty
  • John Coltrane
  • Frank Sinatra
  • John Laprade
  • Renée Fleming
  • Ingrid Michaelson
  • Glee Cast
  • Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata
  • Renée Fleming
  • Paul Simon
  • Erika Van Pelt
  • Harry Connick, Jr.
  • HER (6)
  • A-Lin
  • Gregor Meyle
  • Anthony Hamilton
  • Tessera Skies
  • The Black Ships (2)
  • Marcello Pellitteri (2)
  • Various
  • Various
  • London Orion Orchestra, Alice Cooper (2), Dave Fowler*, Stephen McElroy, Rick Wakeman
  • Various
  • Steve Martin (2) And The Steep Canyon Rangers
  • John Scofield
  • Fifi Rong
  • Fifi Rong
  • Fifi Rong
  • Yaniv Taubenhouse
  • Carrie Beehan, Alazon In The Quiet Room
  • Fifi Rong
  • Lakin
  • Lakin
  • Lang Lang
  • Yaniv Taubenhouse
  • Pretty Maids
  • Bill Frisell

191 Reviews - 27 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by David L.
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    Was able to work with Robert for a song and will be returning for more work. I'm completely satisfied.

  2. Review by Anthony A.
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    Being able to work with Robert, watch and learn from the best, has been a wonderful experience. His professionalism and patience and sheer God given talent have been a true blessing. A pure heart, a masterful ear and wisdom...all combined into incredible pieces of musical art! I absolutely recommend Robert in the highest degree!!

  3. Review by Linda H.
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    Very fast & efficient. The service was good although the quality wasn't, but that was due to a very bad audio recoding that was badly damaged.

  4. Review by Thomas L.
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    Always on the top 🔝🎶
    A pleasure (and a great chance) to work with Robert! Each time... same thing!
    Bravo and see you soon for the next musical adventures!!

  5. Review by Thomas L.
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    Great musician, great engineer, great professionalism, great experience, great communication and...more!
    Working with Robert is always a pleasure and above all a big chance ! Thanks again for the work and... see you soon for a next big track😋🔜🎶!

  6. Review by Brian Manasco
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    Very creative mind! Hope to work with Robert again in the future.

  7. Review by Roberto M.
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    Robert took my project to the next level and was able to bring a professional polish to the song.

  8. Review by Anthony A.
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    Being able to work with Robert has been a complete honor, one of the very best musical minds on the planet and a track record that's legendary. His patience and communication has been instrumental in helping finish off a big project of ours. My first shot out of the gate and I couldn't see going anywhere else, you don't get better than Robert L. Smith...It's been a wonderful learning experience being able to watch, listen and absorb as much as able. Highly recommended and world class!

  9. Review by Anastasia C.
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    Thank you so much, Robert! It was amazing to work with you again, I couldn't be happier!

    Absolute legend, 5 star service every time!

  10. Review by Roberto M.
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    Robert listened to my feedback and ensured I was happy with the mix. I'd recommend Robert and plan on working with him again.

  11. Review by Sascha
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    Perfect.

  12. Review by Ken T.
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    Thanks again Robert!

  13. Review by Southrace
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    His tag line "Your Track is Mixed/Mastered Right the First Time" is actually what we have experienced. He is very accomodating, timely responds to messages, never understimate his customer, and performed the job promptly and perfectly even before the set deadline.

  14. Review by Mariam N.
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    It was an absolute pleasure to work with Robert! He was very kind, patient, and definitely knowledgeable. He had no issues working with my tight deadline, and helped bring my vision to life. He brought in his main collaborator for this project as well, and it was an amazing creative environment. I'm super happy with the final product and will definitely be reaching out to collaborate with Robert again in the future!

  15. Review by Keith M.
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    Robert was a shear joy to work with. He is awesome, patient, understanding and most especially talented beyond belief. Many great things have already been said about Robert, and I for one will attest to them. Awesome job Robert! And thank you once again. Keith Alan Martinez

  16. Review by Aitor S.
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    It was a pleasure working with Robert, he was very sensitive to the needs of the project and very generous with his revisions, accurately translating into sound every bit of feedback. The communication was great throughout and my album ended up sounding amazing! Thank you Robert and I look forward to working again with you!

  17. Review by Ryan B.
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    Knowledgeable, communicative, and works with you to get the mix sounding its best. Nice guy too. Thanks Robert! We'll see you at the next Grammys!
    -King Dutch

  18. Review by Anastasia C.
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    Robert is an absolute master at what he does! A true expert and I am always thrilled by what he brings to my music. I highly recommend him to everyone!

  19. Review by Ken T.
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    Excellent job! Robert took a song from an old dusty cassette I had recorded in '92 and brought it back to life. It sounds so much better. Plus, he was fast! Thank you for your expertise Robert!

  20. Review by Alex R.
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    Just an absolute pleasure to work with! He was very open to our ideas and willing to give his input when we needed it. Definitely the most fun and best results Iv ever had!

Interview with Robert L. Smith

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

  2. A: Too many to list. The key is to be open to every possibility, adjusting my role as needed.

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

  4. A: The Hustle. Always. It's that fine line of running a business and helping artists make their best work.

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

  6. A: The one that inspires me to do my best work

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

  8. A: API Lunchbox loaded with 512 preamp, 560 eq, 525 limiter, AEA A440, Avid HDX system

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

  10. A: Listen first, then speak

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: Ones that would be answered by some basic research. Please do some homework before you decide to hire an engineer, producer, mixer or mastering engineer. The experience can be a great one with some basic knowledge.

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

  14. A: Started recording when I was 11 years old. I've been improving my skill set professionally for 30 years.

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

  16. A: Josh Dodes, Malcolm Gold, Tim Leitner and Clara Lofaro

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

  18. A: "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.

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

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

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

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

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

  24. A: 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.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Transparent

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: Pro Tools HDX & API console, with the best outboard gear

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

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

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

  32. A: Phil Ramone, Prince, Neil Dorfsman, Adrian Sherwood, Flood, Brian Eno, The Blue Nile

  33. Q: Analog or digital and why?

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

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

  36. A: The best possible

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

  38. A: A mission to make the song the absolute best it can be

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

  40. A: It's a life, not a job.

  41. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  42. A: Focus, infinite patience, and attention to detail

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

  44. A: Production, recording, mixing and mastering

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Terms Of Service

Please contact me here and we'll discuss what you need to get the best result for your project. Deposits are non-refundable. 3-5 revisions on a track depending on the scope of work.

Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools HDX
  • API console
  • Telefunken U47
  • Sony C800G
  • AEA 44
  • Neumann U87
  • Autotune
  • Melodyne
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The more songs you have, the better deal I can do for you

  • Great tune!!! Mixed here at Defy RecordingsJan 27, 2022

    Had the best time working with Hyde Out. https://open.spotify.com/track/6p363sRaC4GYXJiaFyh3Oy?si=7e20423a74284e2e

  • I always appreciate the feedback!Jan 13, 2020

    "OMG. I love this. I love it so much. Thank you. You are a genius. That rhythm section WOW!!!!"

  • Happy to be an Eventide artist!Jun 15, 2019

    https://www.eventideaudio.com/community/artist-gallery/robert-l-smith

  • Message boardJan 20, 2019

    I appreciate each and every one of you that contact me here. I did want to mention to those that have tried to contact me here to offer their services. As this is a marketplace, for me to reply to your offer or question, I have to enter a $ amount to return an answer to you. So please don't be offended when I have to turn down your 'proposal' when all you're looking for is a connection.

  • Eurovision!Dec 01, 2018

    Jennifer and her friend Luisa came to me from Estonia and we made this song for her. It was accepted as an official submission for Estonia (where she's from) for the Eurovision

    contest    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbJyj-qY8Yg&feature=youtu.be

  • Happy to be one of PSPAudioware's artists!Aug 29, 2018

    http://www.pspaudioware.com/company/artists/robert_l_smith/

  • Happy to get a mention working with Austin Shaw!Feb 10, 2017

    http://ventsmagazine.com/2017/02/07/interview-austin-shaw/

  • Always nice getting feedback like this :-)Jan 31, 2017

    "Where can I begin... I was so happy and impressed by what you did with
    the tracks. This whole album/process has truly taken me to highs and
    lows and to hear it finally, at last, in it's entirety has been a huge
    relief and I'm so proud of it!!!! I literally broke out in tears of joy
    and feel so honored that you have given me such a fantastic master.

  • Here's a short clip of some of the gear I use here at Defy RecordingsDec 15, 2016

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn0zHNwUsJQ

  • Grateful to Director Rob Mead for the video documentary!Nov 24, 2016

    http://defyrecordings.com/about/

  • Investing in your own brand is the smart thing to do...Mar 24, 2015

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

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

    Always fun mastering these songs!

  • 20 Feet From Stardom wins Grammy!Feb 09, 2015

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

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

    http://www.fabfilter.com/artists/robert-l-smith

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

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

  • Great chat with Chuck from BantMu!Dec 01, 2014

    http://bantamu.com/interviews/10-the-amazing-career-of-a-new-york-audio-engineer-meet-robert-l-smith

  • Listen to my interview with Matt Boudreau from Working Class AudioDec 01, 2014

    http://defyrecordings.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Screen-Shot-2014-12-01-at-11.58.11-AM.png


  • Some new gear updates...Oct 28, 2014

    http://defyrecordings.com/about/

  • New website up!Oct 27, 2014

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

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

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

  • Buscabulla album out today!Oct 07, 2014

    http://wemusicmusic.com/2014/10/04/buscabulla-kitsune-buscabulla-ep/

  • Happy Anniversary to me and NYCSep 21, 2014

    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!

  • Fulltone Tape Echo!Aug 25, 2014

    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