I'm a record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder and editor, Jackpot! Recording Studio owner, author at Linkedin Learning, and archivist for Elliott Smith. I currently do a lot of mixing projects as well as production, tracking, etc. I have probably mixed thousands of songs for artists from all over the world.
I have been involved in music since the early eighties, when I self-released home recordings of my own music. Since then I've been a musician, record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder and editor, book editor, studio owner, archivist, disc jockey, small label owner and even a record distributor employee. I am available for hire as a record producer, recording engineer (studio or live), mix engineer, writer, editor, archivist, lecturer or panelist. Lately I've been mixing quite a few albums for folks from all over the world and my clients have been more than happy and my rates are probably far lower than what one might expect. Drop a line if you are interested in working with me in any capacity!
My video courses are now offered at https://linkedin-learning.pxf.io/c/1312086/449670/8005. These focus on recording and mixing, and cover many techniques that have taken me years to accumulate. I'm really proud of these courses and feedback has been very positive!
Several times a year I offer Larry Crane Weekend Recording Workshops in Portland in at Jackpot! Recording Studio. I also do One-On-One recording coaching.
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10 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Larry Crane
A true professional. Beautifully transformed my sound to be more robust and room-filling. I requested a bunch of small tweaks and he patiently worked through them until I was happy. Highly recommended.
It's amazing to get to someone as amazing as Larry to mix - have to give props to SoundBetter for that. First mix was perfect! Also used a SoundBetter drummer Jeffery Anthony who is stellar - may have to use other musicians here as well!!!!
Larry did an amazing job on my songs. His professionalism and extremely high quality experience shone though all the way. He is one of the best in the world to Tech Sound Producers enabling an outstanding result on my CD. Feed back was excellent each and every time. Can't recommend him highly enjough and have joined the ranks of his many fans! Thank you Larry! : )
Incredible result, and amazingly quick delivery. Turned a modest home recording into a mix I'm extremely excited to release.
Larry did an outstanding job on mixing my song. He listened very well to my feedback and brought my song to the next level. Highly recommend
Operating on a busy schedule, I was pleased with the quality of the mixes Larry crafted for me despite such time constraints. Recommended!
Feel extremely fortunate to have an individual with such a great catalog help craft a better sound. Larry's word doc provided a great reference with how to send and what to send to make things super straightforward and likely learned a bit to improve my working/organization.
When having mixing done remotely, the biggest challenge from the outset is communicating ideas effectively. With a second nature understanding of my song's style and scope, Larry was able to bring out its full potential.
I hired Larry because of his history engineering and because of his videos on Lynda.com, check him out there. I was terrified of handing my music over to a professional for many silly reasons but Larry treated me wonderfully. Helping me through each step of the process, he was professional and I felt he genuinely cared about making the mixes sound their best. I will be coming back to Larry Crane and SoundBetter as a result.
I had a great experience with Larry guiding me through my first recording project. We got a lot of songs done, he gave some valuable feedback that resulted in tweaks that improved several songs, hired a great drummer, and told some great stories!
Interview with Larry Crane
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Storm Large, Third Angle Music, Cotton, Portland Cello Project
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/118370-jeffrey-anthony is a great drummer I have mixed and recorded with.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: For mixing, give me track counts and song lengths and where it was recorded.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Bassist since 1985, pro studio owner since 1997. Tape Op founder/editor since 1996.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons' Weird Blood LP. I mixed it, it was tracked in my studio by Adam Lee. It rocks.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, always.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will be happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love music.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm too famous or too expensive!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Number of songs to mix total? Total length of all songs (album or project length)? Average number of players or main overdubs per song? Minimum track count per song? Maximum track count per song? If live drums, are they all from same session or mic’ing setup? Recorded at home or pro/semi-pro studio? Are all takes comped and the best chosen?
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Shure SM81, iZotope RX, laptop, BURL I/O, headphones
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Natural sounding yet thoroughly caressed to sound great.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pink Floyd, if they still existed. Those records blow me away. John Coltrane, if he was alive.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make room for frequencies!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: indie rock, rock, punk, songwriters, folk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: producing and mixing
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: 30 years of making records and impeccable taste!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Digital through analog mixing, analog outboard gear, and live music tracking
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: 32 channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console 24- and 16-track 2-inch analog tape decks Pro Tools 12 HD & Logic Pro X with BURL and Avid converters EMT plate reverb, Instruments, ATC monitors, Analog Gear Over 100 Microphones
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Eno, Steve Albini, Martin Hannett, Geoff Emerick, Kraftwerk, Bomb Squad
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing and Producing