Justin Ginn

Producer, Mixer, Guitarist

34 Reviews (33 Verified)
Justin Ginn on SoundBetter

I specialize in helping artists capture the feelings their songs are written to express. I always keep the mood and meaning of the music at the forefront as I produce and mix. I also contribute guitar, bass, and synth, and drum parts where needed.

Please send me a demo of the song you would like to work on together! It's important for me to hear the project to determine whether I have the right vision to help you finish your song, as well as to evaluate how much work will be involved.

Once I hear your demo, I always provide some (free) thoughts and suggestions, whether or not you choose to work with me. As we start that conversation, you can decide whether my thoughts for the project match your own vision. It's always worth reaching out - at the very least, you will get some extra feedback on your song.

You can find some ballpark prices here on my page but each project is different and I adjust prices accordingly. It's always worth reaching out to see if I am the right producer to take your song to the next level!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

34 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Greg B.

    Justin has been fantastic to work with. His mixing and mastering of the album I'm putting out has taken each song to its fullest. He's engaged and finds a way to coax the most out of each recording.

  2. Review by Greg B.

    Justin has been super willing to take feedback and has processed recordings with depth and quality I didn't think I'd achieve with my humble recordings. His input has been key in creating the sound which is becoming the album I'll release. I can't recommend him strongly enough!

  3. Review by Greg B.

    Justin expertly mixed and mastered another GarageBand recording for my album. He turned my amateur recording into a release-ready format and also added a beautiful guitar track which absolutely compliments the sound. He has an ear for production that really comes through and I couldn't be happier with the product. I had absolutely zero feedback on his first mix attempt. His understanding of my vision and intent is truly apparent. His communication is prompt and clear, very easy to work with.

  4. Review by Greg B.

    Justin thoughtfully mixed and mastered my track and made an amateur recording sound like a professional final product. He captured the essence of the song by asking questions about the song, adding instrument tracks, and developing the sound in ways that really reflected his investment in the outcome. I'm super satisfied and can't wait to keep working together to put out this album!

  5. Review by Greg B.

    Justin took my simply recorded song and turned it into a release-ready professional recording that completely upholds the integrity of the song. He asked questions about my goals for the song, inspiration, what the song was about, what I wanted from the recording, and references for other recordings which might accomplish a similar sound to my vision. I couldn't be happier with the final product! Justin is awesome and I am walking away with beautifully mixed single I'll use to release my album.

  6. Review by Lana L.

    Amazing to work with. He was very helpful in guiding me through the process of taking my voice memo recorded songs to a full professional quality recording.

  7. Review by Wayne B.

    Amazing work from Justin as always. Really superb development and production of this song. Super satisfied with every aspect of this job.

  8. Review by Clementt

    Thanks to Justin for his extraordinary work, his patience and his professionalism.
    One of my best experiences with a mixer
    Thanks again

  9. Review by Lars P.

    It's been a pleasure working with Justin. He really was able to shape the sound to what I was aiming for. During the process he was incredibly patient and easy to communicate with, and it was always exiting to see what he'd come up with. He made sure that I approved every major change made to the project and always offered different options from the get-go. I absolutely admired the execution which was professional yet individual which was exactly what I was looking for.

  10. Review by Wayne B.

    Excellent work. Could not ask for a better collaborator on this difficult project. Justin has been incredibly patient with the many changes we have made as we went along.Great job as always.

  11. Review by Wayne B.

    Amazing skills across multiple genres. Justin excels as a producer, as a guitarist and has create full backing tracks including bass and drums that allowed him to fill out a song that started as an acoustic guitar and a vocal into a full blown production. Cannot recommend Justin highly enough

  12. Review by Wayne B.

    Justin completely transformed my acoustic/vocal song. He started with 2 tracks and ended up with a fully upload ready track that sounds polished, professional and awesome. The song lifted at least two levels of awesome after Justin started working on it. This was a real work of art, and I appreciate it. Music is about having a vision. Without the vision there is just noise. It can be hard to see where another person is trying to go. Justin has that vision and creates amazing art!

  13. Review by Wayne B.

    Justin is an awesome talent for producing, mixing and for cutting lead guitar tracks. He has done an amazing job on my track which started out with just a guitar and vocal and turned into a fully developed radio-ready track.

  14. Review by Wayne B.

    I was blown away by the way Justin produced and developed my song. The song started with some pretty obvious and pretty severe handicaps. Somehow Justin reached in and lifted up the goodness and let the faults and flaws fall away. This is a magic touch to be able to do this. Its a talent and a gift. Thanks much Justin for the great work on this song.

  15. Review by Wayne B.

    Super impressed with Justins skills as a guitarist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Justin took a song that needed a lot of development and pulled up way above what I thought the ceiling for that song was. Thanks Justin!

  16. Review by Wayne B.

    Excellent work. Justin understood what I was looking for and delivered a really high quality track

  17. Review by Ryan I.

    Another great track done by Justin. This one was exceptionally tough because I had messed up the timing. Justin somehow was able to make certain fixes and I now have a complete song, polished beautifully. The best of the best on this site.

  18. Review by Ryan I.

    Will be using Justin for not only this project but all future projects. Thorough,detailed,provides excellent feedback and support. I work as a solo musician and he has helped not only shape the songs, but provide his own instrument playing which ends up in the track. Justins the best!

  19. Review by Patrick R.

    polish and balance/mastered songs for album release. take care of any detailed needed address. great communication. willing to work with again.

  20. Review by Patrick R.

    tuning for vocals for song are very polished and professional. willing to work with again in the future. great communication throughout. delivered in timely manner.

Interview with Justin Ginn

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: Tools are tools - what separates good from great is how those tools are used to create a record. There is no substitute for ears and experience.

  3. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  4. A: Will you master my song? If I mix your song, I will always provide you with a release-ready mix. It will sound finished, polished, and will be the appropriate loudness for the platform you are releasing to. This mix does not need to be mastered and in most cases, my clients stick with and release this mix. As often as not, clients prefer my loud mix over a mix mastered by another engineer. If requested, I will also provide a quiet mix suitable to send to another engineer for mastering. Mastering is an art that few have mastered and the work of a great mastering engineer can sometimes dramatically improve the final product. Mastering is especially valuable because it provides a fresh perspective on the song. I always recommend working with a good mastering engineer but I also stress that good engineers tend to charge accordingly. A second-rate mastering job will not tend to be better than the polished mix I can deliver, although you never know! I do not, however, master music that other people have mixed. This is because mastering is a different skill than mixing and not in which I consider myself an expert.

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

  6. A: 1. Accurate monitors 2. Logic Pro 3. Sturdy dynamic mic 4. Big-sounding condenser mic

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I write dacnceable indie pop with retro elements that is equally comfortable in coffee shops and clubs.

  9. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  10. A: I work out of an acoustically treated home studio. I monitor on a pair of Presonus S8s and matching sub in a treated room. I work in Logic and Reaper. For synth sounds, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, NI Komplete 10 and a handful of other pluginss in addition to outboard guitar effects and a Korg Minilogue. I run a range of guitars through a Fractal Audio Axe FX II for a wide range of very realistic amp and effects models.

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

  12. A: Production: Sound Awake by Karnivool, To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, The 1975 by The 1975, Black on Both Sides by Mos Def, Lover by Noah Gundersen // Mixing: Only Way Out by Madeon, 21 by Adele, TwelveFour by The Paper Kites // Guitar: Jeff Beck, John Mayer // Bass: Pino Palladino

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

  14. A: I have been recording and mixing for around 14 years. I started mixing FOH for churches and concerts and went on to produce and mix EPs for four bands I played in, as well as working for musician friends of mine. I have played guitar for 17+ years, bass for 7 years, and synth for just 3.

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

  16. A: indie-pop, indie rock, synthpop, rock, deep house, singer-songwriter stuff, old-school hip-hop,

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

  18. A: Music is not about about gear, tips, or tricks! There are no magic shortcuts - a great song requires a solid emotional message and great composition, performances, and arrangements built around that message. From there, my job is to make sure your music will translate emotionally to your listener, whoever and wherever they may be. I make music the hard way - no presets or automatic fixes. I listen carefully and manually apply automation to every element that needs it to create a dynamic mix that puts the listener in the same place you were when you wrote the song.

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

  20. A: For me, the first and most important step is to identify the mood and message of the music I am working on. I believe that all choices in the production, mix, and master process should serve the vibe the artist hopes to achieve and that this is always more important than technical perfection. I want the music I work on to put the listener in a place and experiencing a feeling that matches the lyrics and artist's intent. Production: I usually start with a few layers of percussion to develop a groove that matches the feeling of the song. Then I add a guitar or synth idea and build from there. My productions tend to be layered with multiple instruments contributing to a melodic idea. I try to use unconventional percussion parts and groovy basslines because music should make you dance. Mixing: I start by hearing the artist's vision for the song, what it means to them, what they like about it, and what they hope to improve on during the mix process. Then, I make notes of the elements of the rough mix I want to be sure to preserve. From there, I typically start from the ground up. First, I address any issues in the project (vocals that may need tuning, clicks/pops that need to be removed, etc). Next, I balance the elements of the song, paying particular attention to how each part contributes to the mood and meaning of the song. Finally, I address the dynamics of the song. I use parallel compression and automation to maximize the dynamics of the music while keeping the energy even in quiet parts. I typically get feedback from friends whose musical opinions I trust to make sure I haven't missed anything. Session work: I listen for space in the song to make sure my parts do not interfere with other aspects of the music. I am not afraid to play simple parts in the background but can add spice when needed. I often like to record double-tracked guitar and synth parts for extra stereo width in case that is needed later on.

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

  22. A: What emotion do you want your listeners to feel when they hear this track? Where do you want it played? What message do you want them to gather? What are your favorite parts of this track as it is? What do you not want me to touch? What are the limitations of this track to you? What are you hoping we can improve? What platform will this track be distributed on? This will affect how loud or dynamic it should be.

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

  24. A: Have a vision for your work and make sure you find someone who can help you realize it.

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

  26. A: I recommend working with Chris Gala for mastering because he and I are on the same page when it comes to putting emotional content first. While some mastering engineers are hands-off and just want a finished mix to smash with their limiter, Chris will take the time to make sure the mix is as good as it can possibly be before he takes over to work his magic. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/45893-chris-gala-mastering

  27. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  28. A: I'll work with you to fit your vision into the song you have written. I'll go the extra mile, add extra parts, and remix until your record says what you want it to say to your listener. Most of my projects go beyond the terms we initially agreed upon because I would rather do more for you than deliver a finished product that doesn't capture everything you had envisioned.

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

  30. A: I love hearing from a client that I have taken the song beyond even their vision for it. It's hard work but these are the reactions that I work for.

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

  32. A: Pino Palladino is, to me, an artist who elevates every song he works on to be above what it could have been without him. His work is subtle but priceless. This is what I strive toward in every area I contribute to as I work with clients.

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

  34. A: Treat your song like a place and let every decision be about describing that place to your listener or decorating it to make it more interesting. This applies to the chords you use, the effects you use, the balance of the mix, and even the final mastered loudness.

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

  36. A: First and foremost, I bring a focus on the emotion and meaning of a song. I approach each song differently, depending on what the artist wants the song to communicate and will break whatever production rules I need to in order to make this happen. Because I have skills across the writing/recording/production process, I can contribute whatever is needed for a song, even if it isn't what you originally hired me to do.

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

  38. A: Mixing, composition/production, electric and acoustic guitar work. Because I have experience with each step in the recording process, I can be your one stop shop to perfect your song.

  39. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  40. A: Capturing emotion while keeping the song commercial-ready

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I was the Producer, Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Please send me a demo of your song when you reach out.

My rate covers 3 major mix revision and as many minor revisions as are necessary.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Band CAMINO
  • LANY
  • The 1975
Gear Highlights
  • Logic Pro
  • Reaper
  • Acoustically Treated Room
  • Presonus Sceptre S8s
  • Melodyne Studio
  • Axe FX II
  • Omnisphere
  • Korg Minilogue
  • Pearl Vision shells
  • Pearl Sensitone snare
  • Sabian HHX cymbals
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