Derek Hughes

Mixing Engineer

5 Reviews
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You'll be surprised how AFFORDABLE a MIX can be. I want to help you make the most of your recording! I have tons of references, just ask !

My name is Derek Hughes and what sets my mixing services apart is my consistent quality and always staying on the same page and communicating very well. I am certified in Audio Production through Full Sail University with years of experience as a mixing engineer and I am also a Certified Avid Pro Tools Instructor, in which I teach remote students. So I know my way around Pro Tools, I want to help you with your record or single. Thanks to present day technology and the use of high-speed Internet, this can be accomplished online without limitations. I am the owner of Hughes Recording Studio LLC, located in southern Florida.

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

5 Reviews

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  1. Review by Margaret Budd
    by Margaret Budd

    My name is Michael Starr.....singer and working musician. Recently, my management requested that we “remake” some cover songs for an upcoming album of covers used to create enthusiasm during the long COVID 19 hiatus.Immediately, I signed on Derek Hughes, owner and Proprietor of Hughes Recording Studio, LLC, to produce and manage all aspects of the project. The production and recording process was efficient and precise. The producer, Derek Hughes offered critical insights into the project making my “old” covers modern and rocking. Top notch production at a working musician price.

  2. Review by Derek Messer
    by Derek Messer

    Mr. Hughes is the best of the best. Very professional and easy to work with. He can do any genre of music and make it the best. I highly recommend using Hughes Recording Studio!!

  3. Review by Mark Rockower
    by Mark Rockower

    Derrek offers an amazing service offering his unique talents in recording, mixing, and mastering.
    Being a multi-talented musician himself he plays guitar bass and drums, he understands the process and what it takes to form a solid
    Partnership with his clients.
    From start to finish he is willing to take the time to reach perfection, or as close to it as one can be.
    He also is a great guy, highly intelligent and intuitive we formed a bond during our recording that will last a lifetime for us.

  4. Review by Alexis Nichols
    by Alexis Nichols

    Professional, inquisitive, patient, and kind! What more could you ask for?

  5. Review by Jen Bee
    by Jen Bee

    Derek knows music and has a good sense of what others will enjoy. He has a wonderful personality and trustworthy. I would recommend Derek for any venue.

Interview with Derek Hughes

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

  2. A: My fathers band that I played guitar in, called ZOO. I was the recording engineer during that project and was the first album ever that i did

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

  4. A: That what i do is hard, its not hard its technical and mathematical. Also a lot of fun !

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

  6. A: Do you plan on mastering ? Are you married to the rough mix ?

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

  8. A: Macbook Pro, 18i20 3rd Gen Focusrite Interface, Studio head phones, My I lok and My mouse.

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

  10. A: Keep it simple, and keep it going. Sometimes less is more.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Creativity and learning fast, when it comes to mixing in itself I am pretty good at EQ adjustments.

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

  14. A: Professional Mixing Engineer, I have been doing this for 15 + years.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Detailed and Organized

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

  18. A: Rock, Singer Song Writer, Pop Rock and Country, Heavy Rock, R & B and Hip Hop

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: Im running an up to date Mac with a licensed up to date Pro Tools 12 software, a Focusrite 18i20 3rd generation interface and incredible plug-ins from Waves with outstanding NS5 Yamaha monitors, I mainly mix In The Box with a comfortable work environment.

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

  22. A: Don't be afraid to ask questions, let me know everything up front.

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

  24. A: Mark Rockower as I am producing and engineering 2 albums back to back.

  25. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  26. A: Digital (In The Box) Its more convenient and less pricy. With most plug-ins these days with the way technology is, you can achieve the sound your looking for almost like the way you would with analog.

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

  28. A: I promise not to over promise, but deliver more than I promised.

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

  30. A: Working with awesome people, and creating musical art.

  31. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  32. A: How long does it take to mix a song ? 4 hours.

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

  34. A: I start out by importing session data from my mixing template and getting the session cleaned up and converted as need be. I listen to the rough mix and make mental notes and listen to see what direction the client is trying to go with it, and by the time the song comes to the end I already know what I am going to do to make it happen.

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

  36. A: Ace Frehley. The reason being is that he has been an idol as a guitar player to me since i been playing guitar at the age of 7.

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

  38. A: Chris Lord Alge, Tom Lord Alge, Bob Clearmountain, Andrew Scheps and Vance Powell.

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

  40. A: I do a lot of mixing of recordings that clients have had, or that they've recorded new. Singles and whole album projects.

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

  42. A: Life, creativity, vision and the ability to stand out more than any other mix.

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