Sam Beatch's released music as Neu Balance received critical acclaim and a Resident Advisor album review of 4.1 out of 5 Sam Beatch is the go to Mixing and Mastering engineer for Vancouver's growing Outsider house Electronic Dance Music Community. He is the Mix/Mastering engineer for Isla Records and Budget Cuts records.
$35-40 a track for Mastering
$80 a track for Mixing
Affordable Mixing and Mastering professionally done to the highest quality, with Mastering Grade equipment and refined taste.
Artists worked for:
Jon G - Sorting Through Some Things - Budget Cuts Records
Young Braised - Y
Unknown Mobile - LP - Mixing
Hussy Raving - LP - Mixing
regularfantasy - realize your greatness - Total Stasis Records
Slim Media Player - Isla Tape
BIG ZEN - Isla Tape
Juniper Systems - Isla Tape
Neu Balance - Rubber Sole
Plays:four - Lay Doe Ep
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Interview with Sam Beatch
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Back up all of your music projects on different Hard-drives. Reach out to me for mixing advice. Hire someone that truly understands your music and musical intentions and also someone you can trust in their knowledge capabilities. No Stereo Bass FX or Panning of Low End Bass if you want to press a Vinyl LP!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixing is filtering -> Eq -> Compression -> overall volume levelling. Ideally with Filtering & Eq-ing you lower the signal, focusing on the good stuff (mixing out cross-over frequencies) so you don't feed your compressor too much and make it work too hard. Hi-passing is a great tool in mixing. We use it to reduce Crossover frequencies - where non essential frequencies from an instrument fight the essential frequencies of another instrument in the mix. To create more space, sweeten the good frequencies in a sound and filter or EQ out the un-neccessary frequencies to taste. A Kick should be low-passed, hi hats should be hi-passed. Most sounds should not have bass frequencies that are 60Hz-200 Hz competing with Low end, (Kick, Sub, Bass). ofcourse musical needs vary.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I am a very easy going and honest person with good relationships with clients. You will enjoy working with me. If artists are open to mix notes. I will give them a breakdown of what was needed to improve music, what they can improve on in their mixes.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like use to use Digital first to be more precise and surgical because it can fix bad mixes better. Then I use Analog for Aesthetic quality and value, to sweeten and add warmth etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jan Jelinek. The Vancouver Scene - Mood Hut, Pacific Rhythm, 1080p
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: : ) My deepest love is for music.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Young Braised - Y album a commercial rap album we got to a very good place in Sound Quality. He pushed me to make the tracks louder and comparable with Drake and we got it there very nicely :)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is to get the music to the best Audio Quality :) and I have not had a client unhappy with my work!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Most people don't understand what the actual process is. Which I would be happy to share.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop + Charger, Maschine, Studio Monitors + Sub, Interface, Mic, Juno 60
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 7 years.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Electronic Music - Ambient, Dance, Left Field, Techno, Hi Fi, Experimental, Pop
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing, Mastering, Taste
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can attain High End commercial sound quality. I have true artistic taste and know how to understand artists intentions while bringing out the best in the music. Technical needs for Mastering.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I listen and understand the music before I do anything. I like to give advice for Mixes when possible to guarantee best product.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have 5.1 Neumann Studio Monitors. The Sub is the most clear and accurate sub you would ever hear. These studio monitors are in an acoustically calibrated room and placed with precision. I also have mastering grade analog hardware that I charge an extra $100 to use for Mastering. Lynx Hilo Mastering Converter Foote Control Systems PS3E Mastering Edition Mastering Compressor Dangerous BAX Mastering EQ Elysia Xpressor
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mastering Engineer.