Luke Cooper

Vocal & Drum Editor, Mixer

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Luke, a 'Tui'-nominated Mix Engineer and producer from Auckland, boasts 10+ years in live sound & studio recording. Collaborations include Skid Row, Nelly, Ugly Kid Joe, Zach Farro & Taylor York from Paramore, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, and many more.

Hello! I'm Luke, an LA-based Mix Engineer and Producer with a passion for elevating music to its highest potential. My journey in the music industry began over a decade ago, and since then, I've been fortunate to collaborate with a diverse range of artists, from rock legends like Skid Row to hip-hop icons like Nelly.

Primary Service:
My primary expertise lies in vocal engineering and editing, mixing, and drum editing. Whether you're an emerging artist or an established name, I bring the same level of dedication and precision to every project.

With a "Tui" nomination under my belt, my experience spans both live sound and studio recording. I've worked with renowned names like Skid Row, Ugly Kid Joe, Zac Farro & Taylor York from Paramore, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Story So Far, and Turnstile, to name a few.

Why Hire Me?
Music is more than just sound; it's an emotion, a story, a vibe. I understand this deeply and approach each project with a fresh perspective, ensuring your vision is realized in the mix or the edit. My commitment to excellence, combined with my extensive experience, makes me the ideal choice for artists seeking a polished, professional sound.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Interview with Luke Cooper

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

  2. A: Make sure that the producer or engineer you want to hire understands what you are trying to do with your music.

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

  4. A: I would take my laptop, Les Paul, UAD Apollo, U47, and a pair of Slate VSX Headphones

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

  6. A: I started in the live sound industry where I have done everything from sweeping floors to flying the PA for Katy Perry to mixing the support bands for Ellie Goulding and 21 Pilots. I have recorded bands on the side for about 10 years now but recently decided to work out of the studio full-time.

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

  8. A: When producing an artist I try to bring out as much of that artist's unique ideas as possible. I try to make their songs sound like the best version of them they can be. While I do write guitar parts and vocal melodies for songs that lack some creativity, I am much more interested in helping the artist or band bring out an accessible version of their unique ideas. When mixing I do my best to bring out the raw energy and emphasize the star elements of any song.

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

  10. A: A few years ago I worked with a band called We The Revival. They are a group of musicians who came together to write and record a worship album with the same punk rock ethos they have when writing for their own bands. They wanted to record everything live and then overdub the vocals in the studio later but forgot to practice any of the songs before we all got to the recording! Luckily Zac Farro from Paramore/ Halfnoise was playing drums and he pulled everything together in the best way. We had so many technical difficulties due to their incredibly low budget and lack of organization but some how everything came together and turned into something better than any of us expected. My role was to source record, mix, and master the whole EP, and its still one of my favorite albums to listen to.

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

  12. A: I am currently working with PRINS putting together her debut album out in LA

  13. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  14. A: I think both have their place. I get extremely inspired every time I get my hands on a big analog console but I mix predominately in the box

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

  16. A: I love the entire process from meeting with a artist working and out what they want to achieve, too sending the final masters off to distribution.

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

  18. A: I like to ask my clients what the want to achieve with their music and why they are doing it. This helps my get a better idea of how I can help them make that happen

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

  20. A: Mix with your ears, not your eyes. Don't be afraid to break rules and try things that look "wrong" but sound interesting.

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

  22. A: I work mainly with rock bands, punk bands and pop artists.

  23. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  24. A: I think my strongest skill is to bring a level of song writing and professionalism out of artists that they didn't know they had inside them.

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

  26. A: My typical process when producing an artist is to meet with them and go over any demos they have for the album, then help them refine the parts until we feel the songs are ready to record. My process when mixing is to prep all the songs then listen through the reference track of the first song ill be mixing. Ill make a few mental notes then listen through the multitracks a few times and do a general fader balance, pan and EQ/Compression. Ill then go through and sort out any effects I need to add then finalise an automation. I try to keep as much raw energy in the mix as possible while still being accessible to a wider range of people, depending on the genre.

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I have a really comfortable studio out at Muriwai Beach in New Zealand. At the centre of it is my 48ch Sony MXP 5000 console. It was custom made for YTV in Japan in the 1980s and found its way to New Zealand when a friend of mine bought a broadcast truck for a company I used to work for. When I'm in LA I work out of any studio that makes sence for the project, we are blessed with so many options here. I have two Antelope Orion's providing 64 in and 64 out for my AD/DA with Yamaha NS-10s and ADAM Audio A77x's for my monitoring. I use Logic Pro X and utilise a bunch of plugins from Slate Digital, Waves and Fab Filter

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

  30. A: Some of my favourite mix engineers and producers are Chris and Tom Lord-Alge, Andy Wallis, Andrew Scheps and Joel Little. But my inspiration has always come from music, bands like Biffy Clyro, Muse, Don Broco and Terror make me want to keep writing and recording music.

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

  32. A: I specialise in developing a song with an artists in the pre production stage of a recording. I love helping the band or artist make sense of the whole process and bring to life the idea they have in their heads.

  33. Q: How would you describe your style?

  34. A: Raw, energetic, creative and collaborative .

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

  36. A: I would love to work with Muse because I am a huge fan of their creativity and energy. It would be fascinating to help bring it all together.

Something New by "PRINS"

I was the Vocal producer/engineer/tuner in this production

Terms Of Service

3 revisions with extremely fast turnaround

GenresSounds Like
  • Dua Lipa
  • Ava Max
  • Turnstile
Gear Highlights
  • Sony MXP 5000 Console
  • Yamaha NS-10m's
  • Adam Audio A77x w/ Sub15
  • Antelope Orion AD/DA
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