Niels Zimmer

Remote Mixing & Mastering

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Get this big, radio ready sound! German based audio engineer will take your tracks to the next level.

I mix 100% ITB, which enables me to offer you reasonable rates, since you don't pay for fancy facilities. To stand the competition with analog-gear-packed-studios I carefully picked outstanding digital audio processors, each one with a special purpose and one-of-it's-class quality. which offer everything from warm and colored to natural and pristine sound. But just more important than those tools is my experience in using them to achieve pleasant sounding mixes.

My aproach to a mix depends on the given song. I want my mixes to blend into the musical idea, becoming an elemet of the song itself. A song and a mix shall live in peace forever.

My workflow usually consists the following stages:
1. Static Rough Mix (This one's free and serves us in determining if we should work together)
2. Track Editing (optional)
3. Static Processed Mix
4. Final Dynamic Mix

I would love to talk to you about your song and listen to the multitracks in order to see if I am the right mixing engineer for you. I'm at all after a great sounding mix and your satisfaction as a customer. I will never waste your time by taking on a mix without an idea how to achieve a great result.

If this sounds good to you, please contact me.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

Interview with Niels Zimmer

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

  2. A: How many tracks, how was the recording done, what's the deadline for delivery. What are your expectations on the sound, which artists or bands are a sound reference you are aiming for.

  3. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  4. A: Digital, because it's so much more effective and the sound is just not an issue anymore.

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

  6. A: My promise is to keep my promises!

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

  8. A: I like the most to honour the performance of musicians with a blend of shimmer only a mix engineer can provide.

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

  10. A: The famous quote "fix it in the mix" is just not true for most issues. We can fix many things nowadays in the post, but it will never become what it could have, if the earlier production stages where done precisely.

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

  12. A: Point out every aspect that's important to you, and trust your first impression.

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

  14. A: 1. Leatherman multitool 2. Gaffer-Tape 3. Shoes 4. Something to take cover 5. Satphone

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

  16. A: I got my audio engineer degree in 2005, though I was already doing this for years then.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Punchy

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

  20. A: Mark Knopfler, because it's looks so simple sounding that great - I want to know how this works!

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

  22. A: Rock and Pop Productions

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

  24. A: Mixing

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

  26. A: Objectivity and perspective

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: I mix in Pro Tools 12 which is for compatibility reasons equiped with the Air Creative FX Collection and the Waves Gold Bundle. Logic X is also available. Additional I host the following: Channel Strips: Brainworx Console N / E / G EMI TG12345 Kramer HLS Channel Dynamics: FabFilter ProC, ProMB, ProG Elysia Alpha Compressor FabFilter ProC Fluxx Elixier L3-16 PuigChild CLA-76 RVox RAxx Bitter Sweet TransX EQ: FabFilter ProQ Elysia MusEQ Maäg EQ4 Dangerous Music BAX EQ Scheps73 PuigTech EQs Reverb: Avid Reverb One Avid Space Waves IR-1 Soundtoys Little Plate Harmonic: Aphex Aural Exiter FabFilter Saturn Avid Eleven Waves GTR Tools: InPhase Torque Waves Tune Vocal & Bass Rider Izotope RX Elements ZNoise Metering: Brainworx Meter Waves Loudness Meter

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

  30. A: Rich Costey, Joel Little, Karl Daniel Liden

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

  32. A: If you're in doubt if something sounds good, it doesn't.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Natural sounding mixes

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

  36. A: First getting to know each other, project briefing and file transmission, the actual mixing process looks like this 1. Static Rough Mix 2. Track Editing (optional) 3. Processed Mix 4. Final Mix

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Terms Of Service

5 revisions are included, additionals will be charged by the hour. Typically a mix is finished in 4-7 days (without editing works). My hourly rate is $80.00, subdivided in 15 minute increments.

GenresSounds Like
  • Carlos Santana
  • Muse
  • The Killers
Gear Highlights
  • Elysia Alpha Compressor
  • Elysia MusEQ
  • Neve 1073 Pre/EQ
  • Neve VXS-Channel
  • SSL E-Channel (black or brown EQ)
  • SSL G-Channel (orange or pink EQ)
  • Pultech EQP-1A
  • Pultech MEQ-5
  • Fairchild 660/670
  • Devil-Loc
  • 1176 Blacky and Bluey
  • dbx 160
  • J37 Tape
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