Herling Engineering

Dance Music Mixer/Producer

starstarstarstarstar
20 Reviews (13 Verified)
Herling Engineering on SoundBetter

Mix engineer/electronic music producer with releases on key house/techno labels including Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels or InFuse. With 19 years of experience as a producer, a globally touring DJ, a journalist for Mixmag, and a manager for a Beatport chart topping artist, Gavin Herlihy brings a broad range of of experience to the table.

My credits include big labels such as Cocoon, Crosstown Rebels, Infuse, Cadenza, Toolroom, Leftroom and Culprit to name a few. I have engineered Top 10 Beatport genre tracks (including a number one Deep House track) and music for vinyl only labels. As a DJ, I have played some of the world's greatest clubs including the Panorama Bar in Berlin, Circoloco in Ibiza or Fabric in London. I now work as a producer, mix engineer and music consultant from my studio in Leeds, UK. My services:

MIX ENGINEERING
I use a combination of hardware and software tools to add the best of both worlds to your mix and have over a decade's worth of experience in mixing electronic music for big dance music labels.

FINISH YOUR TRACK
Many producers find it impossible to escape the loop. Especially those with a busy 9-5 or a hectic touring schedule. I can advise you on what your track needs to achieve a release worthy sound. Once we're agreed on a strategy, I can arrange, add additional production and mix your track and I am experienced in a broad range of styles, from house and electro to techno or disco.

CONSULTATION
I advise clients on:
- where to take your track next
- arrangement
- mixing
- getting signed
- generating gigs/press

DISCOGRAPHY
https://www.discogs.com/artist/526047-Gavin-Herlihy
RECENT WORK:
https://soundcloud.com/herlingengineering

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

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Gavin Herlihy
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Kevin Saunderson
  • John Digweed
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • James Lavelle
  • James Lavelle
  • James Lavelle
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Ben Watt
  • Ben Watt
  • Ben Watt
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Monika Kruse
  • Monika Kruse
  • Monika Kruse
  • Dave Seaman
  • Dave Seaman
  • DJ Hell
  • DJ Hell
  • DJ Hell
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • James Lavelle
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Matt Tolfrey
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • John Digweed
  • John Digweed
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • DJ T.
  • M.A.N.D.Y.
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Gavin Herlihy
  • Gavin Herlihy

20 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

Endorse Herling Engineering
  1. Review by DJ M.
    starstarstarstarstar
    by
    check_circleVerified

    Gives very thorough feedback and advice, and helped take my mix to the next level!

  2. Review by Artem V.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Gavin is a pleasure to work with. Worked through all the details and always helps with advice. Thank you!

  3. Review by Fran
    starstarstarstarstar
    by
    check_circleVerified

    Outstanding experience, really patient and understanding.

  4. Review by Domenico C.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Had an mixing consultation with Gavin. Very easy communication and received very helpful tips how to improve my mix. Recommended!

  5. Review by Mathieu K.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Fantastic! Came well prepared and followed up on multiple occasions. Will definitely stay in touch for future jobs

  6. Review by Tomas D.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Gavin did great work on my track! Very professional and easy to work with! Cheers!!

  7. Review by andy b.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Gavin was very professional and thorough with this engagement. He offered valuable advice about how to improve the track and also incorporated all the feedback we gave him.

  8. Review by Ognjen J.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Very professional, very in tune with the client, timely, attentive, very patient. Great work. Would recommend to work with him. We will be continuing this very successful collaboration.

  9. Review by Ivan
    starstarstarstarstar
    by
    check_circleVerified

    Was a pleasure working with Gavin, he was extremely knowledgeable and honest about my work. He offered solutions and suggestions that brought my track to another level. Highly recommended.

  10. Review by Austin T.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Always Awesome :)

  11. Review by Jack B.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    I highly recommend Gavin. He really knows his stuff

  12. Review by Austin T.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Gavin took my rough Idea and really molded the arrangement into a floor filler. I'm preparing the next track to send to him now :)

  13. Review by Michael G.
    starstarstarstarstar
    check_circleVerified

    Gavin provided some great feedback on arrangement and style before I stemmed out the track for his mixdown. Over the course of several revisions we got the mix sounding great and I'm happy with the final version! He was very attentive to my comments and provided some engineering insight on issues he saw with my mix.

  14. Review by Derek Rusinak
    starstarstarstarstar

    I've known Gavin for a while now and his ears are some of the best around! I started sending a few of my mastering clients to him for mixing and what he delivers is EXACTLY what I am looking for as a mastering engineer. Not only is he an extremely talented producer and engineer, but he is very pleasant to work with and always gets the job done in a timely fashion. He allows for an open line of communication between him and his clients which makes for a great working experience. Highly recommend!

  15. Review by Andy C.
    starstarstarstarstar

    Working with Gavin was a pleasure. He mixed down a track that an artist was releasing on my label. I provided Gavin with all the parts and a couple of reference tracks and he got the brief spot on. I am looking forward to working with Gavin again in the future.

  16. Review by Amos Waifs & Strays
    starstarstarstarstar
    by

    Used Gavin a couple of times for mix downs and he's always got the track sounding great and given some really helpful feedback too where he thinks things could be changed. He's a great engineer too.

  17. Review by Rory F.
    starstarstarstarstar

    I spent a day in the studio with Gavin engineering and mixing down my tracks. It was a pleasure watching him work and bouncing ideas off each other. I'm really happy with the final results and will definitely be back with more music!

  18. Review by Dave Mayer
    starstarstarstarstar
    by

    Professional approach and easy communication. Gavin also is very helpful in giving suggestions about how a track might sound better if the track is missing certain elements.

  19. Review by Charlie Golding
    starstarstarstarstar
    by

    Gavin recently mixed down a track for me and it was spot on! I asked him to make a few changes for me, he adjusted the track without a problem! He also went out of his way to do me a home master as I wanted to play the track that weekend and wouldn’t of been back from mastering in time! A pleasure to work with.

  20. Review by THE BASILICA
    starstarstarstarstar
    by

    THE BASILICA - to aid with my scheduling, I recently sent over a track for mixdown to Gavin and what a real pleasure it was. He allowed for changes to be made without fuss, was extremely approachable but most importantly, the quality of the mix - it sounds as though it has been mastered! Blown away. I will absolutely recommend Gavin and I will certainly be sending more trax to Gavin.

Interview with Herling Engineering

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

  2. A: I specialise in house and techno. But within that world there are two polar extremes and I'm lucky to say i've been able to work in both spheres. I have plenty of experience producing and mixing music for the Beatport Top 100 charts. But I've also written music for vinyl only labels and I have experience in working on other styles like electro or disco also.

  3. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  4. A: Having a good ear and understanding of and an ability to work in many different styles of music.

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

  6. A: That I'm a ghost producer. I personally don't like to write tracks from scratch for other people. I much prefer helping people to realise their own musical ideal and giving their music the extra level it needs. I prefer the idea of the producer as the fifth member of the band, as famously executed by greats like Nigel Godrich or George Martin.

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

  8. A: Record yourself jamming. Many producers often fall down in arrangement. Their track sounded amazing in the loop stage but then when they went to arrange it just didn't sound right. To escape this hole, I always record myself jamming in the loop, unmuting and muting certain elements over a long period of time to see what combinations of elements work best together. When you find yourself working like this, you're able to get lost in the moment and your muscle memory takes over and it's this exact mindset that often produces the magic that can't be replicated by laying music out on an arrangement screen. Once I've recorded a long jam, I'll listen to the recording in a different room and make notes of the times of the combinations that work best and then use this recording to plan out a structure for the track. When I go to arrange, I then have a concrete plan of attack that retains all of the magic that only a jam can deliver.

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

  10. A: As a mix engineer, it's important to know when a track needs major surgery but also crucially when it needs merely small refinements to give what's already working that extra ten per cent. I have a broad range of experience to draw from as I've been a DJ, a producer, a manager and a top flight music journalist in my career. All of these come into play at some point as the music I work on needs to appeal to the press and dancefloor just as much as it does to the casual listener. One of the things I like most about engineering is helping people to realise their own potential. Working with engineers can often be a very boring process where the engineer sits off in their own world clicking a mouse while their client sits beside them trying to figure out what's going on. I try and help my clients write tracks that are individually theirs. Whether that's by hunting for samples that are unique to them at the beginning of a session, or getting them to jam on a sequencer or create a rhythm on a drum machine, I see myself as a conduit for their musical talent and try to help them walk away from a session with the satisfaction that the track we worked on sounds uniquely theirs.

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

  12. A: I start by speaking to a client about the problems they're having and what they'd like to improve. I listen to their reference tracks which is essential for understanding what particular part of the music world they are working in and what kind of sonic aesthetic they are trying to realise. I suggest a list of improvements that I can make and then get to it. I'm often rotating between many clients and projects which allows me to keep a good perspective on all of the work I'm doing and pride myself on being a good listener and helping peope to realise their own musical ambitions, not my own.

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

  14. A: I take inspiration from a lot of sources. Artists like Aphex Twin, Ricardo Villalobos, Drexciya, Pepe Bradock, Thomas Melchior. Ron Trent and Chez Damier, Fela Kuti. Tony Allen. Delano Smith. Swayzak. Moodymann. DJ Bone. Moritz Van Oswald. Steve Reich. Boards of Canada. The Orb. Maurice Fulton, CJ Bolland, late 90s drumnbass by the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, etc. etc

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

  16. A: I started out as a music journalist, working for the world's biggest dance music magazine, Mixmag, from an early age. I was appointed Music Editor at 22 and later Features editor and interviewed all of the big names in techno but I made a break from journalism in 2007 to become a producer. I had some success from a track called Machine Ate My Homework, that was championed by people like Laurent Garnier and Luciano, and moved to Berlin to learn my trade. I played at clubs like Panorama Bar and Watergate and over the following few years and toured all over the world. I released on lots of big house/techno labels and made the Beatport genre Top 20's many times. Around the same time, I started to help friends out with engineering here and there and things snowballed. I had a stint in artist management also and nowadays I produce and DJ under a couple of different aliases but engineering is my main job.

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

  18. A: Every working day usually includes a mix for an artist and/or revisions OR an engineering day producing for a client. This week I'll be mixing a track for the label Music For Freaks, a mix for Strictly Rhythm, consulting for a couple of clients on Skype and in person and producing for a techno duo.

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

  20. A: To give an honest opinion and my fullest concentration and efforts regardless of the client's status.

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

  22. A: Everything in my life revolves around music so every day in the studio is a blessing for me. There is always a tension and release in working on music. There is always the uncertainty and mystery of where things are going to go at the beginning. And then at the end, the satisfaction of bringing a project to a close. That process is so exciting regardless of the type of music I'm working on.

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

  24. A: If you're spending money on an engineer, listen to their advice and give them great references. A classic mistake mix engineers often experience is when the client is usually not working in an acoustically treated room (the reason they are using an engineer in the first place) and when they listen to the new mixdown in the same environment that they made the track in, they insist on making the same mistakes again that their original mix made (i.e. turning the hi hats or bass too loud). Your engineer, whether they're mastering or mixing, is your second pair of ears so use them. If you've listened to a track 1000 times in a poorly treated room you need to understand that your listening environment is creating an illusion of how you think things sound and now how they really are. Your engineer is listening to the track afresh in a treated room so use their advice. That's what you're paying money for.

  25. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  26. A: My studio is designed for working in and out of the box. I like to create an environment where the writing part is spent on both feet and not sat in a chair clicking a mouse. I like to get a jam going, and get my clients moving from machine to machine and use a variety of hardware synths and drum machines along the way. I use a 22 channel analogue mixer with USB sends on each channel also so it's great for combining the best attributes of analogue mixing with digital plug ins.

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

  28. A: The work I do splits between three areas. Engineering, where I help people to finish tracks or write from scratch. Mixing, where I add the extra 20% of shine to a track for producers who need a second pair of ears, or who aren't working in an acoustically treated studio or are on the road. And consulting where I draw on my experience as a DJ, producer, manager and journalist to advise people on how to approach their productions as well as their careers.

loading
play_arrowpause
skip_previous
skip_next
Trevino remix of Laura Jones 'Cohesion'

I was the Mixing Engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

MIXING RATES: My rates start at $110 for tracks with 16 channels or less. For EPs of three tracks or more a 10% discount is available. Please message for full list of rates.

Gear Highlights
  • Synths/drum machines from Moog
  • Dave Smith
  • Novation
  • Arturia
  • Korg
  • Elektron
  • Cyclone Analogic
  • NI
  • Soundcraft
  • Logic and Ableton live
  • etc etc
More Photos
More Samples