Niels Zimmer

I'm just a mix engineer

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Recording's done, the tracks are save and sound, so now you need them mixed to let them shine. Tell me your vision. I will put over 20 years of experience into your tracks to craft a mix that's ready for mastering.

Since mixing is as well a craft as an art, we need to check out if you and your song fit to me as the mix engineer. You can send me your tracks and I will make a roughmix for you. It will be kind of an enhanced roughmix, just to show off the basic skills and style I will bring to the mix.
I will not go on with a mix if I'm not positive to get a great results out of it. Your time is precious, and I would never waste it. The roughmix will be ready in short time and is without charge. This will give us the oportunity to make the best decision for further business.

What I need to get started:
- Your multi track recordings (this can be single files or Pro Tools session files)
- reference tracks (any songs, artists you have in mind about the sound of the mix)

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

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  1. Review by Wolfgang Hefele
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    nice to work with.

Interview with Niels Zimmer

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: The recording stage, with all its combinations of microphones, preamps, channelstrips and not least the room, forms the basic character of a recording and still is the analog domain. I would even consider recording to tape, if this helps to achieve the vision of a specific sound. But up from this point things become digital. My mixes take place in-the-box, because it's much more flexible and the sound nowadays is just beyond all blame.

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

  4. A: Professional communication, professional workflow, professional results.

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

  6. A: I like most to listen to the single tracks of a song and get to these moments, where the performers skills and feelings combine to something exeptional. To carve out these moments in a mix is the challenge i love to accept.

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

  8. A: Some people think a mix is the most important thing in a music production and can fix recording issues, others think it's not as important than mastering - and all opinions in between. The truth is: A mix is actually the the third important thing. The first important thing is the idea and the performance of the artist, closely followed by the recording. Without these steps carried out well, a mix will never be satisfying nor can the master.

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

  10. A: I usually want to know as much as posible about the recording. Instruments, microphones (and placement), any sound processing, recording interface and/or media. The foundation of the sound was set there, I want to know the intentions to transfer them in the mix. Also I always ask for references they may have had in mind to compare their production with that.

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

  12. A: It's always good to have a clear vision of the outcome to communicate.

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

  14. A: Gaffer tape, gaffer tape, gaffer tape, gaffer tape, leatherman

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

  16. A: I started mixing live music for local bands in the nineties. That was my amateur-to-semi-professional-era. 2006 I decided to get the audio engineer diploma to professionalize my passion. After that I had freelance jobs in the media and advertising industry and still got hired as FOH-engineer for business and music events. Currently I'm working for a major public radio station, doing audio productions for radio broadcasting.

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

  18. A: Compress less, expand more

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

  20. A: I split my day in (mix-) sessions, each three to four hours long to keep my ears fresh and up to the task. On a new mix I imediatly start with the roughmix to get a feeling for it right away. There I also identify what kind of processing I'm likely going to use in the final mix. If the song fits to me, and the customer likes the roughmix, I prepare the mix session for it. Mixing itself will be done from rough to detailed in several sessions, depending on the complexity of the song and instrumentation. Reviews will be send to the customer as appointed, and changes will be made in further sessions.

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

  22. A: Andrew Scheps, Mark Needham

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

  24. A: Mixing

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: I mix in the box with a very deliberate selection of plug-ins. There is no such thing as a "preset mix" leaving my house.

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  • Elysia Alpha Compressor
  • Elysia MusEQ
  • Maäg EQ 2/4
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