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.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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
  • Kid F. Mula
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