Collyn O'Brien

Mixing/Mastering, Sound Design

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I have been working with music for over 10 years. Mixing and mastering is my passion. I would love to make your song or audio sound professional and clean.

I will mix and master your song to professional industry standard quality. Including EQ, Compression, Reverb, Delay, DeEsser, Limiter as well as vocal tuning with Melodyne. I use ProTools as my DAW of choice. I am also well versed with Izotopes RX spectral repair and Izotopes Ozone for mastering.

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

Interview with Collyn O'Brien

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

  2. A: Mixing and mastering.

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

  4. A: There's not one or a few in particular, rather anyone who speaks from the heart and has great dynamics and a clean sound to their instrumentation inspires me.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a few different rooms I work out of, but the main place is my home set up which I am running a Focusrite Scarlett interface and Mackie CR4 monitors. I mix in Pro Tools and master in Ozone. Another room I record out of is running and Apollo 8 interface with Avalon Tube pre amp, AKG 414 mic and JL Audio 12" monitors.

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

  8. A: Find the star of the mix whether its the vocal or more the kick and bass with EDM. Then build the mix out from there. I like to have space in my mix no matter what genre, every sound has its place.

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

  10. A: I bring a professional ear to any song. I can hear what frequencies need to be taken out and which ones need to be pushed to make that sound stand out in the mix. Working with the artists I do, I have gained a strong understanding of structure and proper sonic dynamic range as well.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Clean sound, professional mix, trained ear.

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

  14. A: Hip hop/R&B and EDM; future bass to dubstep.

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

  16. A: Never mix your own work, get another ear to the project to bring out its full potential.

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

  18. A: Machine Gun Kelly. I really love the instrumentation quality and the realness in his lyrics and I feel like the vibe in the studio with him would be amazing.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I can mix any genre. When I produce it is more on the LOFI hip hop side.

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

  22. A: I have always had a passion for sound, starting by writing lyrics and creating my own rap songs and have since moved behind the scenes to take on the engineering role which I love!

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

  24. A: Macbook pro equipped with Logic Pro, Neumann KH 120 monitors, Neumann u87 and a midi keyboard. Not much you can't do with that set up.

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

  26. A: If you like the way my works sounds then allow me the opportunity to give your music/work the same quality sonically. Pricing aside, I will put forth 100% effort with every project I touch.

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

  28. A: What song or songs are you most trying to catch the feeling of?

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

  30. A: I don't just push faders and make things louder, I clear space and create and entire soundscape with every piece of work.

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

  32. A: Getting to make music and play with sounds all day, what's not to love?!

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

  34. A: I promise to deliver the highest quality sound possible with the files I have been given.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Both. Sometimes you need a combination. Certain genres call for only digital like EDM and others call for a certain warmth that only Analog can provide. With all the crossover these days its hard to say which I prefer since I have songs that I love from both settings.

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

  38. A: An up coming debut EP for RYSE Above All.

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

  40. A: The RYSE Above All EP. I am very proud to be a part of something that I truly believe will take off and I love EDM music. The sound design possibilities are endless. Acting as mixing and mastering engineer allows me to sculpt each song into it's own beautiful creation.

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  • Ryse Above All
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