Elliot Johnson

Mixing, Production

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You can expect quality, clarity and balance from my mixes. I aim for transparency such that your creative vision is what ultimately comes out in the final product. I'm also very quick with revisions & will get your music finalized in a timely and professional manner.

I offer mixing, tracking, session guitar, vocals, and bass, lyric writing, and mastering. I'm competent primarily in pop, electronic, folk, and rock styles. I bring a songwriter's sensibility to the table, and I can utilize any of my skills to ensure that the final product is crystal clear & thoroughly engaging.

Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.

3 Reviews

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  1. Review by Andrew Rohlk
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    This guy gets it. Let him work his magic. He won't disappoint.

  2. Review by Silas Frayser
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    Such a great producer to work with. You will totally be happy with what Elliot does. He is a master in this field and would highly recommend!

  3. Review by Jonathan Facka
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    Absolute pro. Don't waste your time with anyone else.

Interview with Elliot Johnson

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

  2. A: Josh Woods, he's fantastic. He's trained me a bit and I've learned so many good things from him. I also send my songs to him for mastering.

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

  4. A: Hmm... if I was trapped on a desert island honestly I'd probably just bring a grand piano, a bench, and a huge stack of every Bach piece ever written.

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

  6. A: I start on a song by mixing one small section of a song and expanding out from there. I take breaks intermittently in my mixing sessions so that I hear the song with fresh ears.

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

  8. A: The biggest misconception is that it's about having great gear or plugins; that helps but that's not the heart of production. Production is really about having great ideas and great ears. I use really basic tools but I'm confident in what I do because I can use those tools well.

  9. Q: How would you describe your style?

  10. A: I definitely lean toward pop style production but I'm also very flexible. My goal is to be as transparent when necessary and be creative when necessary.

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

  12. A: Electronic dance music and rock, but I'm willing to take on any style! I'd love to mix a jazz record or something classical.

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

  14. A: I bring the mindset of a musician. Not only do I know the processing and effects side, but I know how the chords work, how the bass line functions, what the groove is, and I use that knowledge to understand the artist's intent and accurately represent their song.

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

  16. A: Production and mixing, sometimes mastering. I can also write guitar parts, keyboard parts, write backup vocals, drum parts, you name it!

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

  18. A: I'm working on my first electronic/rock album. It mixes dance beats and synths with my electric guitar and vocals. It's a very fun and demanding project, and I'm growing so much because of it.

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

  20. A: Every decision should be made based on how things sound. It's not about eq graphs or compression ratios or the intensity of chorus modulation; at the end of the day, it's about the getting the right vibe and feel.

  21. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  22. A: I use a MacBook Pro, a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, a pair of Yamaha HS 5's and a HS 8 sub. It's really basic but I get great results with it for sure!

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

  24. A: I'm working on my first electronic/rock album.

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

  26. A: Josh Woods, the man is fire.

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

  28. A: The biggest misconception is that it's about having great gear or plugins; it's not. It's about having what you need, the rest is having great ideas and great ears.

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

  30. A: I always ask them for reference tracks. Usually there's a sound that inspires every artist and I want to make sure I channel that into a mix.

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

  32. A: Hmm... if I was on a desert island I'd probably just bring a grand piano. And a bench. And some Bach music.

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

  34. A: I pretty much taught myself since I was 13, I took a few production courses in college, and the rest I learned through experience.

  35. Q: How would you describe your style?

  36. A: I definitely lean toward pop style production but I'm also very flexible.

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

  38. A: Every decision should be made based on how things sound. It's not about eq graphs or compression ratios or the intensity of chorus modulation; at the end of the day, it's about the getting the right vibe and feel.

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

  40. A: Electronic dance music and rock.

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

  42. A: I strive for focus and clarity in a mix. I make sure every part of the song is interesting and that the artist shines through.

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

  44. A: When I work on a mix I start by mixing one small section of a song and expanding out from there.

  45. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  46. A: I use a MacBook Pro, a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, a pair of Yamaha HS 5's and a HS 8 sub.

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

  48. A: Production and mixing, sometimes mastering.

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Gear Highlights
  • Yamaha Studio Monitors
  • Komplete Audio 6
  • Rode NT-1
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