Larry Crane

Mixing, Mix Reviews, Producing

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I'm a record producer/engineer/mixer, Tape Op Magazine founder/editor, Jackpot! Recording Studio owner, author at LinkedIn Learning, and Elliott Smith archivist. I do a lot of remote mixing projects, VIRTUAL RECORDING WORKSHOPS, production, tracking, etc. I have mixed thousands of songs for artists from all over the world.

I currently have a 2020 Mix Deal! Songs must be under 5 minutes and 35 tracks or less. Drop a line for the special rate!

I am offering Virtual Recording Workshops for $500. Message me for details! This workshop is geared towards home recordists, beginning engineers, self-recording musicians, and anyone who wants to further their understanding of the music recording process.

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. For many years I've been mixing 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 linkedin-learning. These focus on recording and mixing, and cover many techniques that have taken me years to accumulate.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Larry Crane
  • My Sad Captains
  • Wooden Shjips
  • She & Him
  • Jason Lytle
  • Ravens & Chimes
  • Ravens & Chimes
  • Portland Cello Project
  • The Melody Unit
  • Keb Darge
  • RZA
  • Bob & Tom
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Sleater-Kinney
  • Jay Stulo
  • John Eddie
  • Coastwest Unrest
  • Coastwest Unrest

31 Reviews - 8 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Kevin M.
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    Got some great detailed feedback from Larry on a mix review. Would highly recommend this service from him.

  2. Review by Jeff M.
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    I love using Larry, He gets the best from my songs without me having to say a word.

  3. Review by Jeff M.
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    Once again Larrys first mix was the one! exactly as I heard it in my head. Couldn't ask for more.

  4. Review by Joe M.
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    Larry delivered exactly what I expected, exactly when he promised. Mix review provided solid insights, advice, and a solid reference point to work toward improvements.

  5. Review by Jeff M.
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    A pleasure to work with, nailed it on first revision, will use again for sure.

  6. Review by Danny
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    Always excellent to work with a master like Larry! It means a lot to finish a song that I have been working on for quite some time. While it's a relatively simple tune, to then hear Larry's first mix made all the re-attempts at recording it and everything completely worth it. Because of my familiarity with it and the space in the song, I really got to hear all the choices he made to really add life to each instrument and the overall song. Thank you!

  7. Review by Jose E.
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    I requested a Mix Review to Larry. The whole process has been very easy and the comments provided by Larry very interesting. I've learned a lot and I'll do it again.

  8. Review by Danny
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    It’s amazing that the SoundBetter platform allows songwriters/artists to be able to work with such amazing artists such as Larry Crane. He crafted an amazing sound out of song we sent him!

  9. Review by Garrett L.
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    Larry is awesome to work with. A great experience! I couldn't be happier with the mix. Exactly what I was looking for. Highest level of professionalism and quality. Highly recommended!

  10. Review by Mark G.
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    I used his Mix Review service to get feedback on one of my own mixes and it was really helpful. I got a good page or more of actionable suggestions and honest but encouraging critique. I'll definitely use this service again.

  11. Review by Eric S.
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    Larry made my drums sound great and really cleaned up my vocals. He mixed the songs in a way that brought out more of the feel of the track, which is great.

  12. Review by Jeff Roberts
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    Exactly the fresh ears, critical listening and feedback I was looking for. It was a very helpful review.

  13. Review by TJ T.
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    Larry always does incredible work and delivers results FAST. Can't wait to work with him again.

  14. Review by Eric S.
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    Larry is great to work with. He provided excellent feedback for my mixes!

  15. Review by Francis V.
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    Larry was a magician when it came to mixing my track and helping me get it to sound super polished and unique! I told him what I was looking for before the project and during the first round of revisions and he nailed it! I look forward to working with Larry again.

  16. Review by Debbie
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    I really can’t find words to praise Larry enough for his Professionalism, great skill in his work knowledge n ability, going beyond the call to get it all right. I’m totally delighted with all 3 jobs over the last year that he has done for me. Anyone finding Larry is indeed very, very fortunate indeed! Thanks a Million Larry!! : )

  17. Review by Brian B.
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    If you’re looking someone who will take your tracks and mold and shape them into something greater than the sum of their parts, I highly recommend Larry. He was patient, efficient, and he listened to, and understood, every single idea I had and brought them to fruition. If you want someone who can make your songs live up to their full potential, go with Larry!

  18. Review by Debbie
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    Larry Crane has achieved once again the impossible task of transferring n bringing back to life songs from old cassette tapes on to a CD. He is extremely skilled in his work n expertise! I am most fortunate to have had this work done by such a talented professional who really does make Dreams come True! Thank you again Larry Crane for your time, patience n prompt replies.
    Cheers! Debbie (Scotland) )

  19. Review by Pete F.
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    Top notch work as always

  20. Review by Josh W.
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    Larry was very accommodating and patient with all of my revisions. Very easy to work with. The mix sounds great!

  21. Review by Lou L.
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    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.

  22. Review by Danny
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    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!!!!

  23. Review by Debbie
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    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! : )

  24. Review by TJ T.
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    Incredible result, and amazingly quick delivery. Turned a modest home recording into a mix I'm extremely excited to release.

  25. Review by Pete F.
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    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

  26. Review by Stefan R.
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    Operating on a busy schedule, I was pleased with the quality of the mixes Larry crafted for me despite such time constraints. Recommended!

  27. Review by Danny
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    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.

  28. Review by Stefan R.
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    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.

  29. Review by Steven I.
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    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.

  30. Review by Piper Payne - Infrasonic Sound
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    Larry is of course one of the best in the biz and a leader and mentor in the recording world. Larry's studio is beautifully appointed and he is a great support for every project he works on. Hire Larry! Support JackPot and TapeOp!

  31. Review by Konstantin D.
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    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

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

  2. A: Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons' Weird Blood LP. I mixed it, it was tracked in my studio by Adam Lee. It rocks. Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat; I tracked 1/3 of it with her and M Ward and even played bass on a song. They are both so talented. "Miss Misery" by Elliott Smith was a demo that went to the Oscars - that was very special.

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

  4. A: One of the biggest projects I'm working on I cannot tell you, as I signed an NDA! I work on Elliott Smith re-releases through my archive work. I do many mixing jobs every month for people all over the world , like you!

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/118370-jeffrey-anthony is a great drummer I have mixed and recorded with. Garrett Haines is one of my fave mastering engineers: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/1802-garrett-haines

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both, always. Anyone thinking they have to pick a side is inexperienced so don't hire them!

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

  10. A: You will be happy with the results.

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

  12. A: I love music. I love listening to music!

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

  14. A: Do you mix and master? No, I only mix but I can suggest https://soundbetter.com/profiles/1802-garrett-haines

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

  16. A: That I'm too famous or too expensive! I love mixing, so contact me!

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

  18. A: Just contact me! I have rarely ever said, "No" to a mixing job.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Natural sounding yet thoroughly technically caressed to sound great.

  21. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  22. A: Mixing, Producing, Arranging

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

  24. A: 35 years of making records and impeccable taste! I have been on both sides of the glass, toured, sang, played bass and guitar, wrote songs, run a studio, interviewed famous producers, and seen the world. Nirvana once even opened for my band...

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

  26. A: Digital through analog mixing, analog outboard gear, and live music tracking. I will use any and all tools to get the job done right!

  27. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  28. A: 32 channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console 24- and 16-track 2-inch analog tape decks Pro Tools HDX with BURL Mothership B80 converters (40 ch I/O) 24-, 16-, and 2-track analog tape decks Full Universal Audio UAD plug-in selection EMT plate reverb, Instruments, ATC monitors, Analog Gear Over 100 Microphones, Many racks of outboard preamps, compressors, effects.

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

  30. A: Brian Eno, Steve Albini, Martin Hannett, Geoff Emerick, Kraftwerk, Bomb Squad, Daniel Lanois, Tchad Blake, John Congleton, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Buddy Miller, Rudy Van Gelder, New Order

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

  32. A: Mixing, Producing, and Restoration work.

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

  34. A: Make room for frequencies!

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

  36. A: indie rock, rock, punk, songwriters, folk

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

  38. A: Pink Floyd, if they still existed. Those records blow me away. John Coltrane, if he was alive.

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

  40. A: Shure SM81, iZotope RX, laptop, BURL I/O, headphones

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

  42. 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?

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

  44. A: Bassist since 1985, pro studio owner since 1997. Tape Op founder/editor since 1996.

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Please email about specifics. Every session is different and open communication and proper expectations are the best! Two mix revisions with my price. Most mixes can be started within 2 weeks.

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  • Pavement
  • Elliott Smith
  • The Go-Betweens
Gear Highlights
  • 48 channel Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console
  • 24- and 16-track 2" analog tape decks
  • Pro Tools HDX
  • BURL B80 Mothership
  • vintage EMT plate reverb
  • ATC SCM25A monitors
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