Oscar & Grammy winning, Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer. 32 years of Gold & Platinum experience. Recent clients of note include Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, U2, The Ting Tings, Chaka Khan, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Michaelson, Cristina Aguilera, Alice Cooper, and Duran Duran.
Production-Recording-Mixing-Mastering at Defy Recordings/New York City
Management: Duffy Macri
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- 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
- Julee Cruise
Reviews (80)Endorse Robert L. Smith
Robert was a wonderful help to me on this project. When you need advice from the best, Robert's your go to guy! He will be honest and helpful in finding what best suits your needs. Cant thank him enough.
Robert is an absolute pleasure to work with. Highly professional and makes an effort to understand the individual needs of each project. Can’t wait to work with him again in the future.
It's very rare that you find someone who understands your vision better than yourself. When I met Robert, honestly, I did not expect to work with someone who is just that. Someone who would well exceed all of my expectations...and then some. This is the first project I am actually proud of releasing. So, thank you so much Robert for bringing my vision to life and for being a truly dear friend!
Working with Robert was the best experience I've had so far in a studio. Everything was smooth and easy going, it was like we've known each other for years. He completely understood the vibe I wanted the song to have and made it happen. The whole process was fast and the results are THE BEST!
Robert is very patient and easy to work with. With two teens who didn't know a lot about what they needed or wanted, together we all worked to produce a very sweet charity album. He's been helpful throughout the process, and the musicians he chose were wonderful as well.
Robert is the go to guy for impeccable, classy mixes! I truly appreciate his professionalism.
Another mastering job with Robert.
Outstanding result. Recommended.
Great Communication is key when working with other people. Robert was able to respond quickly to all our questions.
Robert is a delight in every way. Professional, easy to work with, responsive and super talented. I'm incredibly pleased with the mixes he did for my album and I can't wait to have another project to work on with him! :)
Great Experience working with Robert
Great profissional, who knows what he is doing !
Great Sound !!!!!
Robert is a top notch, state of art, engineer.
Incredible skills, good communication and very patient.
My tracks have some issues and Robert helped me to get to a nice final result. Thanks Robert.
Robert is the man I will ALWAYS go to from now on. Never had a better sounding master OR better customer experience in all honesty. His industry experience speaks for itself. Highly recommended AAA+
Amazing job! He's the man to achieve the perfect dB level and dynamic range. Great communication, and delivery earlier than expected, great job Robert!
Another really great mastering job from Robert. Excellent communications, delivery and quality. Recommended !!!
Robert is a studio wizard ! Stunning and magical mastering ....
Highly recommended !!!!
Robert is super nice and super patient, not to mention an EXCELLENT producer who will really apply himself to your track to make it over the top. really great working with him.
Great to work with, we were on the same page
I had the opportunity to work before with some of the most famous on linemastering . Of course their work is good, but Robert took this project to the next level. He really got THE sound for my track in the first version. There is nothing I needed to ask for in a review... The track is perfect. Can´t wait to have the chance to work with him again!
Loved every minute of our communication and the result. Feel like my song is alive now.
Working with robert was great, we were able to jot down the final version quite fast. The minor setbacks that werent sounding well in the first version i was able adjust in the mix and resend to him. He was both honest and upfront concerning the mixing and mastering and i look forward to working with him again!:)
Honest and a pleasure to work with. Went the extra mile to make sure we could get the most out of our song. A true professional, thank you Robert!
Nice gentlemen with a very nice interaction. Needless to say, work's amazing - just check almost any music store.
Robert has helped us to an amazing degree with our album, consistently going well above and beyond for us! We are extremely happy with our sound across the album, which feels like a coherent and professional body of work thanks to him :) His skill and patience have brought so much to our songs, and we are hugely grateful. Highly recommended! :)
Robert L. Smith IS King!!!! He's the best there is. He's responsive, tells it like it is, and aims to please. The end result is always the same, a perfect result. He takes your sound to a whole new level. I keep coming back again and again. He's addictive for sure.
Robert is a patient Pro:
His is patient with you because he knows what he's doing and "all types " that have come his way" He takes each project to heart..He take pride in his work therefore he wont take "Short cuts with yours" A complete pro,with a sense of humor (That is a must in this field.) There is NO other Pro !! Best Ed Genovese Co
Working with Robert was truly a pleasure. He is open, honest and an efficient communicator. I definitely recommend his services.
Thanks again Robert!
I just received to songs that Robert mastered and they superb! Thanks Robert!
Amazing guy! Gets the job done and in a very very very good quality =)
Robert had a lot of patience with me and delivered world class results. I can not recommend him enough. We will work together again for sure. Thanks for giving it your all Robert!
Robert mixed and mastering my song! He has a amazing! He is very professional, very polite and always on time! I am looking forward towards working with Robert again in the future!
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 one of my favorite people to work with!
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I have been working with Robert Smith at Defy Recordings for over 15 years and I trust his intuition implicitly. He brings musicality out of my playing that I didn’t even know I had sometimes! Be it classical, singer-songwriter, soundtrack or balls-to-the-wall rock, for producing, engineering, mixing and mastering you can’t get any better. Period.
Robert is the consummate professional. Whether working with him at Avatar Studios or in his home studio, I've always had amazing musical experiences. Robert creates a beautiful sonic landscape in all the music he touches, and I've worked with him on a range of genres. He's also a beautiful dude to be around- lots of laughs and good vibes.
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.
Interview with Robert L. Smith
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: The Hustle. Always. It's that fine line of running a business and helping artists make their best work.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The one that inspires me to do my best work
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: API Lunchbox loaded with 512 preamp, 560 eq, 525 limiter, AEA A440, Avid HDX system
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Listen first, then speak
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
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.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started recording when I was 11 years old. I've been improving my skill set professionally for 30 years.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Josh, Dodes, Malcolm Gold, Tim Leitner and Clara Lofaro
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm not 'done' until I think its as great as can be.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
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.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: 1. Budget 2. Goal. The two answers affect the entire process
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Phil Ramone, Prince, Neil Dorfsman, Adrian Sherwood, Flood, Brian Eno, The Blue Nile
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It doesn't matter. The important thing is to embrace whatever system you have available and maximize its possibilities
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The best possible
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A mission to make the song the absolute best it can be
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It's a life, not a job.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Before you hire a producer, engineer, mixer or producer, make sure you hear something they've done that YOU love.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Focus, infinite patience, and attention to detail
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Pro Tools HDX & API console, with the best outboard gear
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Production, recording, mixing and mastering