John Armstrong

Mixing & Mastering

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John Armstrong on SoundBetter

Grammy nominated, multi-platinum recording, mixing and mastering engineer, with 15+ years of music industry experience. Currently a Sr. Staff Engineer at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA, and previously Head Technician/Sr. Engineer at APG/Atlantic Records.

Unique, experienced top of line song mixing, mastering and recording production available. No matter if you're looking for a competitive Billboard Hot 100 mix, a lo-fi, psychedelic effects masterpiece, genre competitive master or analog sweetened stems for your own mix and production, I can help you realize your audio dreams. I've helped start and finish a multitude of successful records from a wide range of artists and bands, and I always enjoy working on new projects.

I have a wide array of old and new recording technology available for your project, so almost any aural aesthetic can be achieved. I also have the ability to transfer master multitrack recordings for various formats of tape machines, for archival or digital listening. Please feel free to contact me about specific formats or needs.

Tape formats: Ampex 350 Mono 1/4", 440A/B 1" 8trk, 1/2" 4trk, 1/4" 2trk, MM1100 2" 16trk, Teac 1/4" 2trk, ATR 102 1" 2trk

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64 Reviews - 16 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by David M.
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    Reliable and easy to work with

  2. Review by BASprentz
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    John’s become my go to guy. He does whatever it takes to get your project completed exactly the way you want it to be.

  3. Review by boraboragusgus
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    Wow. John is truly a professional and took my track to another level! Huge fan of all the projects he has worked on in the past. Would recommend him to anyone needing improvements with their songs.

  4. Review by Andre W.
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    This man is a master at working with you to get the mix right. I am glad I found him. Oh, and I personally checked his credentials. He is legit.

  5. Review by Michael E.
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    Fast and high class mastering service with attention to detail! I'm coming back. Thanks John.

  6. Review by Dave R.
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    John is fantastic at hearing the best parts of each track and making the song pop with a great mix. Great to work with and fantastic mixes every time

  7. Review by BASprentz
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    Super fast communication and nails exactly what you're looking for.

  8. Review by BASprentz
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    Quality work and communication every time. Has become my go to to mixing & mastering.

  9. Review by Andre W.
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    Outstanding job getting my mix to sit right. Good set of ears to have look at your music.

  10. Review by Tristan R.
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    John did an absolutely amazing job mixing my track. Excellent communication and brilliant work. I highly recommend John to anyone looking for mixing services.

  11. Review by Spliff B.
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    Thanks John for another clean mix. Very Professional!

  12. Review by Martin L.
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    John explained in detail when answer any of my questions and professionally handled my lack of knowledge making working with them a breeze. The final product is exceptional and I'll be coming back to him again. Thanks again John.

  13. Review by BASprentz
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    John doesn’t stop until he nails it. Thing is, he usually nails it right off the bat.

  14. Review by Emily B.
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    Always makes sure you're happy with great quality results!

  15. Review by Neil Sethi
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    John is best in class - the results speak for themselves. The frequency spectrum will feel well-crafted, everything in its right place once John is has worked his precise engineering ears! Highly recommend.

  16. Review by Emily B.
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    Listened carefully to ideas and opinions and worked very fast! Very easy to work with.

  17. Review by BASprentz
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    John does an amazing job at taking time to understand what you are looking for in a mix and makes changes requested the way you ask for them the first time around. If he mixes and masters your track, his workflow eliminates that jarring contrast you sometimes get from hearing your mix mastered. The end result simply sounds like the mix he already made 100% sure you are happy with but even better.

  18. Review by Tristan B.
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    10/10
    John went above and beyond! The track came out sounding exactly how I wanted. John was timely in responding to the messages I sent and it was a seamless process. I will recommend his services to anybody looking for the best mix and or master and hope to work with him again!

  19. Review by Dorian P.
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    Working with John was a pleasure, as always. He helped us realize our vision just as we wanted it, and we're so pleased with the result. Highly recommend!

  20. Review by Dorian P.
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    John did a fantastic job. The first mix we got back was nearly just as we wanted it, and he did an amazing job tailoring it to our preferences. Hope we get the chance to work with him again!

  21. Review by Smooth
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    Mr. Armstrong is very professional in his craft he exceeded my expiration by far.....

  22. Review by Spliff B.
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    Very dope to work with!

  23. Review by Christopher G.
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    Incredibly skilled and quick with mastering! Deserves a 6 star rating!

  24. Review by Ajax
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    John was a pleasure to work with. He turned around the mix quickly and followed my change comments to provide excellent results. He made the entire process as smooth as possible. I will absolutely use his services in the future.

  25. Review by Ulisses C.
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    ..... we're really happy to be working with John so far......great understanding about the artist's vision and friendly approach on whatever issues that needs do be revised fixed through the whole process, with a truly pro's input to achieve what we need on our music... .... results in every aspect we've got detailed regarding our sound reference .... there's absolutely no complains or cons, just pros.....

  26. Review by BASprentz
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    Great ear, great communication. Really happy with my overall experience.

  27. Review by Sofie S.
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    Very patient and has a good ear, recommend!

  28. Review by Stefano J.
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    John works fast and gets the job done, and the result is WAY more than I expected so I'm very very happy that I worked with him.

  29. Review by Christopher G.
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    Always a great experience working with John!
    Super professional, quick, and always is able to get exactly what I want!

  30. Review by Junta P.
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    super creative mixing. Sounds stellar with a bunch of cool, vintage fxs. Was very communicative and understanding with delays on my part. Huge recommend.

  31. Review by Ezra V.
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    John is a pleasure to work with. I hired John to master my album and bring it all together. After a few tracks, I knew I was in good hands. His ear is right on, I feel like I can trust him with my final sound. Look forward to working with him again.

  32. Review by JOE F. | S.Q.
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    john did some mastering work on my track. fast contact and amazing result! impressed as always.

  33. Review by Kyle E.
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    John was extremely easy to work with, super attentive to us, and we came out with a great track. Highly recommend him.

  34. Review by Daniel C.
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    John's work is fantastic. Knocked it out of the park on the first go for a mastering project, and with a really quick turnaround too. Can't recommend him highly enough.

  35. Review by Brennan M.
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    John is super easy to work with and very talented. Had a good experience working with him and look forward to working again! Delivered a quality product with a quick turnaround. He also receives feedback and applies it to the song well!

  36. Review by Christopher G.
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    Third time hiring John as a Mastering Engineer. He got the exact concept I was talking about and worked super quick especially considering the state of the world. Great ear, and overall a great person!

  37. Review by philip g.
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    Really nice guy, professional and really brings your vision to life.

  38. Review by Anisse R.
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    John is dedicated and full of ressources, imI really recommend him.

  39. Review by Danto D.
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    Flawless, flawless mixing. I've enlisted his prowess multiple times now, and it's always a satisfying and wonderful experience working with John.

  40. Review by Christopher G.
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    Super quick delivery, amazing quality, and an overall pleasant person to work with. FULL RECOMMENDATIONS for your next project

  41. Review by Rehya
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    John is such a pleasure to work! He delivered exactly what I wanted, and his mix is absolutely exquisite. I feel so lucky to have found him, and consider him a treasured member of my A team. Thank you John, for everything! You are a gem!!

  42. Review by Tyon
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    Amazing engineer and one of the best profesionals so far on Soundbetter. Working again together for sure!

  43. Review by TERABYTE
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    John has mixed three tracks for me and they all sound great! He is efficient, easy to work with, and communicative. I would definitely recommend him for production, mixing, and mastering!

  44. Review by Shaun H.
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    John is the ultimate professional. He totally understand my vision and over delivers.

  45. Review by TERABYTE
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    John works quickly, is great at taking direction, and is an excellent communicator! He wants his clients to be fully satisfied with his work. Loved working with him!

  46. Review by Shaun H.
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    John Armstrong over delivered a high quality mix and sound. And was very easy to worth with throughout the process he over communicated.

  47. Review by Nicholas Y.
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    excellent technician, quick turn around. would definitely recommend!

  48. Review by Alexio
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    easy to communicate with. great results.

  49. Review by Sergio Galoyan
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    John is always aiming for the WIN! Even with most difficult mixes he somehow finds a way to make your music sound GREAT! Much respect :)

  50. Review by Danto D.
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    What an experience and honor working with John was. His credits speak for themselves, but more than that, he was pleasant, patient, and meticulous. Easily keeping his mixing prowess in mind for all future projects.

  51. Review by Sergio Galoyan
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    John is great as always!
    I love working with such a high quality engineers where I give very little touches to the mix and trust John's vision and experience :)

  52. Review by Joe
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    Amazing mastering result as on the other parts of the Album.
    Fast communication.

  53. Review by Joe
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    Working with John on a large project. Great results! He tries to achieve the exact sound you are looking for, on a very professional level.

  54. Review by Joe
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    Great result, very experienced in his work and fast communication. Plan to work with him on every release now. I recommend John if you want to use the full potential of your music.

  55. Review by Pete Keating
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    Great working with John! CLEAR communication, FAST turnaround, and CREATIVE mixing that took my track to the next level.

  56. Review by Debright P.
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    Once again john has did exactly what I requested and asked to be done. He has excellent communication skills and will work until your project meets your needs and standards and I highly recommend anyone who is serious about their music career and the sound quality of their music.

  57. Review by Debright P.
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    Great guy and cool asf!!! Very responsive and understood everything I needed done and the project turned out amazing. We will be working again.

  58. Review by Sergio Galoyan
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    such a pleasure to work with a professional!
    John is very recommended
    I had a specific task to stylize mix to a 90s russian pop music, which he fulfilled a 100%
    Very good job John!

  59. Review by Daniel N.
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    John is an excellent, compassionate sound engineer. He works all hours of the day and is always on top. He’ll work with you with his knowledge to get the output you desire of. 10/10

  60. Review by Destiny Watson
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    Very professional, discusses what is needed prior to, and if anything needs fixing that is possible! Extremely talented and well worth the pick for this particular project.

  61. Review by James C.
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    John is an honest and caring person to do business with!

  62. Review by Pedro
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    Hi my name is Pedro. I will like you to help me make my pitch sound more professional. My voice don’t sound very good in the songs a just recorded. I need help making them better

  63. Review by Mark Openahaw
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    Hi my name is mark openshaw aka lost profit I'm a uk hip hop rapper I've not done my first album or single debut yet and I'm looking for a American producer where I can get some work done and hopefully get signed and move america if u could get back in touch that would be great thanks and then i can send of some demos to ure self much love

  64. Review by Lance Powell
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    John's a pro! Worked with him at Conway Studios during Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds sessions, knows his stuff. 5 Stars would work with again.

Interview with John Armstrong

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

  2. A: I've been writing and recording since I was 14 years old, cassette tapes and 7" records then being the ultimate goal. I went to college and graduated with two degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, while also being a program manager and DJ for the FM college radio station. After college, I worked in live sound for a year and then moved to LA and got a job at Paramount Recording Studios as a runner. From there, I've worked in LA as a session engineer for 12+ years, and have still managed to do live sound and performance for tours here and there.

  3. Q: How would you describe your style?

  4. A: Up to date old school

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

  6. A: Flaming Lips...love so many of their records and seems like it'd be a fun time!

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

  8. A: Sometimes getting the idea or getting the melody down is more important than if it's the right mic or sounds correct, etc...quick decisions and improvised recording techniques can bring out creativeness in clients.

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

  10. A: I have a nice credit list of things in the Pop/Rap/Dance world, but I usually gravitate to rock and band oriented stuff in my free time. As one of the main engineers at Conway, I get a healthy dose of awesome randomness from projects I wouldn't normally seek out.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: My experience as a professional still alive and working in the music business! Haha...I've worked as a runner, 1st and 2nd engineer, label man, head tech, janitor, songwriter, producer, artist, you name it...been in the room when the big decisions were being made and have luckily seen how records, big and small, get finished and released. I like to believe that this gives me a unique insight to help guide sessions and projects to their ultimate goals.

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

  14. A: It'll vary depending on the role I'm playing in the project. If I'm a mixer, I'll give the best possible mix I can deliver. If I'm tracking, I'll give you the best sounding, most organized session I can, so that you can meet your production needs and easily sort thru the recorded material. If it's a studio setup, I try to give the max flexibility with the best sound and routing flow possible.

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

  16. A: It varies widely from project to project. Usually a lot goes into pre planning and organization so things can be as smooth as possible (from tracking to mixing).

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: Currently running a 24 in/16 out hybrid analog/digital setup comprised of a custom built computer with Avid Pro Tools HD, UAD Apollo Quad, custom Digi 192's, Ampex Tape Machines (multi format), various vintage reverb and fx boxes, as well as an assortment of outboard gear from AML, Shadow Hills, Urei, Orban, API, Apogee, and Sony.

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

  20. A: I've always gravitated to innovators like Hank Shocklee and the Bomb Squad, Husker Du, The Prodigy, Phil Spector, Butch Vig, RUN DMC, but also find inspiration in people like Al Schmitt who are still doing sessions into their late 80's

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

  22. A: Typically, it's workflow setup and signal flow routing so that they are in a completely hassle free zone to create and work. Regardless of if I'm in a world class studio or small project space, the clients usually have very specific needs, and I aim to be as efficient, creative and flexible as possible. This will include anything from multi instrument, multi player recording setups, digital/analog production techniques, vocal tracking and/or fully automated console mixing setups.

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Terms Of Service

Multitrack mix - $350/song
Mix to Tape - $500/song
Mastering - $100/song
Tape Sweetened Stems - Contact for rates

Quick turnarounds, alt mixes & revisions included

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  • Childish Gambino
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
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Gear Highlights
  • Avid Pro Tools HD
  • Apogee Big Ben Clock
  • UAD Apollo Quad
  • Ampex Tape Machines
  • Fairchild 658 Reverb
  • Shadow Hills
  • API
  • AML
  • Klemt Echolette
  • Echoplex EP-2 Tube Tape Delay
  • Korg Stage Echo
  • Binson Echorec
  • TC System 6000
  • SPL
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