Brendan Dekora

Rock & Alternative Mixer

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Grammy and Oscar-winning Engineer. Credits with NIN, Foo Fighters, Billy Idol, Steven Wilson, Moby, Danzig, Marylin Manson, Muse, Neil Young, Michael Bublé, and Keith Urban among others. Over 20 years experience with industry greats in coveted studios.

Brendan has credits ranging from Steven Wilson and Foo Fighters, to Moby and Billy Idol. Recording and Mixing albums and films, Brendan is well versed in many type of productions, though his favorite is rock music. He has been working amongst the greats of the industry for over 20 years and has honed his skills in some of the best studios in Los Angeles, such as EastWest, Cherokee and Glenwood Place.

Now offering Dolby Atmos mixing services, release your music in 360º immersive Dolby Atmos. This has been around in films for a while, but now every major label is pushing this new format for music. Tidal HiFi and Amazon Music HD now support it, it can be played back in regular headphones from your phone, and many soundbars and devices.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Brendan Dekora
  • Shallou
  • Keith Urban
  • Danzig
  • Trent Reznor
  • Atticus Ross
  • Jon Batiste
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Keith Urban
  • Keith Urban
  • Pablo López
  • BTS
  • Tal Wilkenfeld
  • Frank Turner
  • Michael Bublé
  • Michael Bublé
  • Michael Bublé
  • Rita Ora
  • Rita Ora
  • Rita Ora
  • Rick Springfield
  • Foo Fighters
  • Niall Horan
  • Frank Turner
  • Steven Wilson
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra
  • Kristi Holden
  • Dan Redfeld
  • John Legend
  • Jim James
  • Plácido Domingo
  • Ana María Martínez
  • Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra
  • Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Virginia Tola
  • Animal Collective
  • Rick Springfield
  • Mark Dresser
  • Vintage Trouble
  • Steven Wilson
  • Young Buffalo
  • LP
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Billy Idol
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Linkin Park
  • ††† (Crosses)
  • The Rides
  • Demi Lovato
  • Steven Wilson
  • Marco Antonio Solís
  • Surfer Blood
  • Deitrick Haddon
  • Steven Wilson
  • Richie Sambora
  • Frank Ocean
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Yellowcard
  • Muse
  • Amaia Montero
  • Ilse DeLange
  • k.d. lang
  • Delfeayo Marsalis
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Guy Sebastian
  • Sergio Vallin
  • Vallin
  • Allen Savedoff
  • Randy Newman
  • Randy Newman
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Mychael Danna
  • Ledisi
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Britney Spears
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Ledisi
  • Three Days Grace
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Zoé
  • Lalah Hathaway
  • Michael McDonald
  • Mindi Abair
  • Valencia
  • Alicia Keys
  • Alicia Keys
  • Ryan Adams
  • Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
  • Ryan Adams
  • Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
  • Scorpions
  • Scorpions
  • Robert Fleischman
  • Robert Fleishman
  • Mark Dresser
  • Yu Sakai
  • Melbreeze
  • Garbage
  • Aldo Shllaku
  • Aldo Shllaku
  • Fairground Saints
  • Muse
  • Alfred García
  • Joy Huerta
  • Keith Urban
  • Julianne Glass
  • Julianne Glass
  • Lemar
  • Lemar
  • Ansel Clayburn
  • Julianne Glass
  • Jodee Seiders
  • Rita Ora
  • Rita Ora

58 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Sanny Veloo
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    Brendan says he's a rock and alternative mixer. He truly is and is also the BEST on SoundBetter! If you play rock'n'roll music, hard rock or alternative he is the BEST that you can hire. I got him to mix a single for me and his first draft mix blew everyone else I tried outta the universe! I was so happy and impressed and he even took my ideas and made them HEAPS better. The revisions were really just very minor stuff like adjusting volume levels... everything else tonally and sonically was spot on! He's definitely mixing many more of my tunes for sure!!! Cheers Brendan!!!

  2. Review by Harold D.
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    This is the third song we have done with Brendan and this was our tightest schedule yet. Brendan stepped up to the plate and made sure he got it done. He actually finished ahead of schedule!

  3. Review by Tim L.
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    Brendan, did great mastering , on 6 tracks in little, to no time . Again , thank you . Tim L

  4. Review by Nomiss
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    Brendan is a magician;)
    a real pleasure to work with a pro

    Rock and Roll

  5. Review by Tim Linski
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    Brendan, did a perfect master , again
    Thank you.Tim L

  6. Review by Tim L.
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    Brendan, did a fantastic job , in the time frame he had. The mix was great.My go to enigineer. Tim L

  7. Review by Kelli C.
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    Brendan did a great job on working with us to get exactly what we wanted. He nailed the sound we were going for and had a super fast turnaround. We'll be back for sure!

  8. Review by Dotan M.
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    Brendan is the perfect man for having the best mixing and mastering job. Thanks for his great ears and his great human attitude we got the most professional mixing and mastering job ever.

  9. Review by Victor B.
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    I'm appreciate to work with Brandan and very glad to our collaboration. He did the job exactly as I imagined it to be. I look forward to working with him in the future.

  10. Review by Ryan
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    Brendan is the consummate pro. He is prompt, super-nice, creative, and attentive. My mixes and revisions were NOT SIMPLE by any means, but he executed exactly what I asked for and in very short order. I can't recommend him enough...hire Brendan for a great mix that isn't a headache.

  11. Review by Caroline H.
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    Brendan has a nice touch. Very quick turnaround, and really honored my rough mix.
    Thanks again Brendan

  12. Review by Wade R.
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    Brendan was great to work with on my few songs. He made them sound great and was fast making the few changes I requested. He has an amazing ear for what sounds great and bringing the songs alive.

  13. Review by Joshua S.
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    Brendan helped me find my voice. I actually learned more about myself from his take on a song, then the hours I poured into it. Thank you brother!!!

  14. Review by daniel s.
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    Quick turnaround and communication

  15. Review by Ray M.
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    A true professional.

  16. Review by Kanen R.
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    Really happy with how my song turned out. Wanted a few revisions and Brendan handled them no problem.

  17. Review by ayal a.
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    I had an amazing experience working with Brendan. I got exactly the results I expected to. Brendan is truly a great guy to work with.

  18. Review by Brian V.
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    Bredan is amazing. Professional, polite and timely, always.
    His mixes add depth, clarity, width and are alive!!
    Highly recommended (if you're lucky)

  19. Review by Rudiger L.
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    Working with Brendan has been great. Not only does he produce great sounding mixes, but he's also super flexible and patient. He's willing to put in the extra time to get the mix sounding exactly how you want it. I highly recommend working with him.

  20. Review by Daniel R.
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    Brendan did a killer mix and I would be honored to work with him again.

  21. Review by Harold D.
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    Brendan is a stud. Easy to work with, no hassles, no complaints. We were looking for that solid classic rock sound and he quickly found it. Nice to have someone mix for us who actually works with our tastes instead of trying to change everything.

  22. Review by Brian V.
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    Brendan brought the magic needed to take my song to the finish line!!!

  23. Review by Ali N.
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    Super happy to work with Brendan, he's very professional and of course very talented. Replies to mails and messages pretty fast. Highly recommended!

  24. Review by Jay W.
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    Working with Brendan was great. It was easy to communicate our ideas. We had a few revisions that all went smooth and made for a great end product.. I would work with Brendan again.

  25. Review by henriquerazevedo
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    Brendan nailed my vision for the song from the beginning. He was super understanding of notes and made sure I got the result I wanted from it. Definitely will be working with him again in the future!

  26. Review by Keith Norris
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    Brendan did an absolutely fantastic job with our hard rock song! He took our "meh" tracks - our first serious effort at recording - and made them sound great. He communicated with us clearly, was very responsive to our questions and, best of all, offered us really useful suggestions for making our next project even better. I definitely recommend him for mixing and mastering, and we will certainly be working with him in the future!

  27. Review by David
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    Brendan, was a welcome light to the COVID & political trauma. He shared how music is the so needed and I agreed and I knew from his background and heartfelt message that he was the one for this song; which was for my mom's 70th and now for my dad's medical hope at surviving. I entrusted him to take on this and he did a stellar job......especially during a time when I needed it most. Thank you.

  28. Review by Ian Lin
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    Brendan really improved how my song sounds

  29. Review by Siming Q.
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    Great experience working with Brendan! Wonderful work!

  30. Review by Sean M.
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    Brendan provides an exceptional value for the level of professionalism that he delivers. I am very pleased with how everything turned out - he was receptive to revision requests and turned them around within hours. Will definitely be a repeat customer in the future and look forward to working with him again.

  31. Review by Mike DeFoy
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    We hit it off on the first phone call and I knew that he would take this project to where it needed to be. Great communication, timely results, I couldn't be happier. Top notch quality and finished product. If you're looking for the real deal, this is it.

  32. Review by Chris B.
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    After great success on one track, I ended up working with Brendan on 2 additional songs and each experience has been nothing short of fantastic. He works really fast, he pays attention to the smallest of details, he brings his own creativity to the table, but always made me feel like he respected my opinions and desires. He was great with the feedback I offered and I felt like I truly had the attention of a serious professional who cared about the final product as well as the relationship.

  33. Review by Chris B.
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    Brendan took a song that I was struggling with and pulled it all together to make it sound cohesive and professional. He's obviously been learning daily over his many years and still has the passion to, given his level of attention to detail to each and every part of my song. There's nothing he didn't put his touch on and give consideration to. He's very easy to work with, provides great feedback, brings his own creativity to the table too and delivered something that I'm proud of. Great guy!

  34. Review by Siming
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    High quality work with great efficiency!

  35. Review by Denisa G.
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    Once again , a great pleasure to work with Brendan . Highly professional , prompt , easy going and nice . We've worked with him on few projects so far and we were delighted after every each one of those . I highly recommend him to everyone who needs a reliable and highly professional approach .

  36. Review by Denisa G.
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    The greatest professional there is ! Absolutely easy- going and high quality work performance . The best to chose if you want the best for your music .

  37. Review by Denisa G.
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    He’s the most proffesional sound engineer I ever worked with . He has infinite patience and always very kind when responding . I would absolutely recommend him for anyone who is looking for a skilled, proffesional and very kind engineer . I am very satisfied with the results as I was the first time I used his services . Great collab !

  38. Review by Chip T.
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    Always a pro and pleasure!

  39. Review by Chip T.
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    A++++++++++

  40. Review by Drew
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    A true industry professional; quick turnaround, immensely patient, jeweler's eye to detail and great sense of humor - thank you so much Brendan for helping us!

  41. Review by Damon Vonn
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    Brendan is the real deal!

  42. Review by Denisa G.
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    I think working with Brendan is absolutely incredible . He is fast attentive and the outcome is just amazing . Communication is incredibly fast a precise . I would recommend anyone who wants to get a job done fast and in high quality to choose Brendan :)

  43. Review by Profile User 142639
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    Brendan was able to edit the drums to a click in just one mixing session. He had excellent turnaround time and is very patient with particular requests. He has worked with picky clients before and so understands when you may get wrapped up in the details and gives you solid advice and reassurance when you’re all set. He’ll work with you till you’re more than pleased so if you hire him, tip the man!

  44. Review by Damon Vonn
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    Brendan is the man.
    Faster than any process in writing & recording the songs.. he takes the bricks we throw at him and turns them into ships.

    Professional, clean, timely, attentive and simply.. the man.

    Thanks Brendan!

  45. Review by Kim Patrick
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    Brendan is dope! Easy to work with and super talented. Great energy. Will be back for more soon :)

  46. Review by Kim Patrick
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    Nothing but good things to say, great tuning skills, very easy to work with, prompt with good communication. Will definitely work with again

  47. Review by Ling
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    Brendan is such a pro and a fantastic human being. He is super talented, professional, communicative, and VERY patient! I feel like it's hard to find such a person like this to work with. And the most important of all, he brings my music to a whole new level and brings life to the music.I definitely want to continue working with Brendan and recommend that you do as well!

  48. Review by Holden W.
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    Did an awesome job! Great communication and work. All around great experience working with Brendan!

  49. Review by Matthias T.
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    If you choose to hire Brendan, you will get the following:

    - a focused professional,
    - a versatile mixing engineer,
    - first or second takes that others would not be able to do in many days,
    - music that sounds like yours,
    - sure advice,
    - creative and tasteful ideas,
    - fast and accurate communication,
    - professional sound recordings,
    - Grammy League for a rehearsal room budget,
    - a good feeling and a smile on your face

    Do it!

  50. Review by Mike DeFoy
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    Brendan is top notch. I was glad I chose to work with him, he saw the project through to completion and put out a very high quality product. I heartily endorse him and look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship for all my future endeavors.

  51. Review by Denisa G.
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    Amazing to work with . Very fast attentive and incredible work . If you want a great sound this is your guy !

  52. Review by Darrell Thorp
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    I can't say or write enough amazing things about Brendan. A Nice guy, a true friend, but all in all a bad ass, professional Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer. Brendan has great taste and incredible ears with years of experience working in all genres of music. I can say with great confidence you should work with Brendan.

    Darrell

  53. Review by Braydon Germain
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    Working with Brendan is a real pleasure. As a aspiring engineer at Eastwest studio, I was able to learn a lot from Brendan and he was a great mentor. A true master of the craft. I highly recommend Brendan, for your recording, mixing, or production needs.

  54. Review by Dave bingham
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    I work in the music industry and know a lot of engineers. Brendan is by far the most talented and professional I have ever worked with. He helped me record, mix and produce my record. I am beyond happy with everything he did. Great engineer, mixer, producer and human! If you want it done right, contact Brendan.

  55. Review by brant cole
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    I am a drummer/producer based in Los Angeles CA. I have worked with Brendan on several recording projects. He is utterly professional and has years of experience as a musician, engineer and producer. Over that time I have become friends with him and he is also an excellent human being! I will continue working with Brendan and recommend that you do as well!

  56. Review by Juan Carlos Enriquez
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    Brendan is a world-class recording and mix engineer. I recently hired him to record guitars for an entire movie soundtrack and the session went as smooth as possible and the guitars, mandolins and electric guitars were all beautiful recorded. He also mixed the entire soundtrack of a film I scored that was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and he made everything come to life with his mixing work.

  57. Review by Aldo Shllaku
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    I have worked with Brendan for the past few years on soundtracks and singles. I used to mix my own music. Now, Brendan is the reason that I do not even want to mix anymore! As a film/TV composer, I can simply focus on what I need to be doing - compose. My music sounds like it should, perfectly mixed. Above all, Brendan is a great person and always gives that extra 5 miles!

  58. Review by Jeb Cook
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    I've worked with Brendan off and on for about 12 years now. He is a consummate professional, and a loveable collaborator. Brendan is an honest and humble soul, and throughout all of our studio work together, if asked, is happy to give constructive feedback to explore the best outcome for the project. He works fast and without mistakes, all while keeping a calm and collected appearance.

Interview with Brendan Dekora

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

  2. A: What is your goal for the project? Do you want me to do my thing or stay within the range that your rough mix is? Is there any additional editing (time alignment, vocal tuning, multi-track editing) needed or is the project ready to mix? Do you have a demo or reference mix? What format are your files in? Do you have stems? Multi-track files? Pro Tools Sessions?

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

  4. A: Pro Tools, Neve 1073, fairchild 670, U47, KRKs

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

  6. A: I have been in the industry for over 20 years. I went to recording school and took the traditional path of working my way up at A-List recording studios in Los Angeles. Due to the top studios I have worked at I have trained with many of the industry's best engineers and producers.

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

  8. A: Tool is one of my all time favorite artists, and I would love to work with them. However I have had the opportunity to work with some of my favorites already, including Nine Inch Nails, Foo Fighters, Muse, and Steven Wilson.

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

  10. A: I often do complete projects, recording and mixing. For film work I usually do the score mixing only.

  11. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  12. A: I believe in both, in an ideal world I would record with all the best analog gear, using analog outboard on the way in, then use all the benefits of digital in the mixing and editing stage.

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

  14. A: I usually try to get things to sound as pristine as possible. However, I also appreciate lo-fi and grungy sounds as well. In the end I go for the best of both worlds, one where everything is audible and sonically unique.

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

  16. A: I usually work with rock, but I have a lot of experience in pop, orchestral, and electronic as well, so I am comfortable with all projects.

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

  18. A: Don't make everything dirty, if you are looking for a grungy mix don't distort everything, distort a few things and have pristine sounds as well for contrast.

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

  20. A: I always strive to provide the best service possible. I want to make sure my clients are not only pleased with my work, but are so happy that they will refer me.

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

  22. A: I have had the privilege and honor to train under these greats: Robert Carranza, Spike Stent, Doug McKean, Alan Parsons, Billy Bush, Al Schmidt, Jim Scott, Darrell Thorp, Don Was, Steve Lillywhite, Ed Cherney, Gil Norton, Mike Clink, Greg Koller, Bill Bottrell, Greg Kurstin, Jerry Finn, Mike Plotnikoff, Mark Needham, Blake Mills, Dave Schiffman, Mike Shipley, Manny Marroquin, Greg Townley, Nate Kunkel, Frank Wolf, Brad Haehnel, Jim Hill, Gabe Moffat, and many more.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I often record in A-List studios in Los Angeles, then I do the mixing at home. I have Pro Tools Ultimate, KRK Speakers, and a very large assortment of top plugins I use for mixing.

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