Todd Burke

Mixing/Mastering. Stereo/ATMOS

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25 years of experience making records in Los Angeles with the best in the world.

I've been at this a long time. There is no reason to play games with over-confident children trying to get their feet wet. You've come this far with your project, finish it with a professional.

I'm happy to do what I can to make self-funded and indie budgets work.

Low-key, down to Earth, and absolutely obsessed with realizing the full potential of your Song or Project.

Hit me up, let's get to work.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Todd Burke
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • Ben Wendel
  • The Kooks
  • Daedelus
  • Kneebody
  • Grizfolk
  • White Sea
  • Danny Elfman
  • Danny Elfman
  • Crystal Fighters
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Natalie Maines
  • Lemon James
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Kneebody
  • The Drowning Men
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Tally Hall
  • The Temper Trap
  • M83
  • The Kooks
  • Jon Fratelli
  • Norah Jones
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Sugarplum Fairies
  • Foo Fighters
  • Alvin Band
  • Division Day
  • Division Day
  • The Kooks
  • Peter Salett
  • The Kooks
  • Lex Land
  • Lex Land
  • Roll the Tanks
  • Joshua James
  • Bic Runga
  • The Rumble Strips
  • The Fratellis
  • The Fratellis
  • The Rumble Strips
  • Jack Peñate
  • The Rumble Strips
  • The Rumble Strips
  • Sondre Lerche
  • Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down
  • Sondre Lerche
  • Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down
  • Shapes of Race Cars
  • The Softlightes
  • The Softlightes
  • Idlewild
  • The Thrills
  • The Thrills
  • Canon
  • Canon
  • Ben Harper
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • La Rocca
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • La Rocca
  • Jake La Botz
  • Jake La Botz
  • The Vacation
  • Tsar
  • Tsar
  • Tracy Bonham
  • Michael Andrews
  • Michael Andrews
  • Micki Free
  • Idlewild
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Minnie Driver
  • Grey DeLisle
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Our Friend the Atom
  • Ritmo Y Canto
  • Toots & the Maytals
  • Toots & the Maytals
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Robert Walter
  • Robert Walter's 20th Congress
  • Robert Walter
  • Robert Walter's 20th Congress
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • The Incredible Moses Leroy
  • The Incredible Moses Leroy
  • Michael Andrews
  • Michael Andrews
  • Wide Mouth Mason
  • Wide Mouth Mason
  • Wide Mouth Mason
  • Karl Denson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Jack Johnson
  • Elgin Park
  • Elgin Park
  • Elgin Park
  • Greyboy
  • Greyboy
  • The Deere Johns
  • Robert Walter
  • Gary Jules
  • Gary Jules
  • Ben Harper
  • Ben Harper
  • David Culiner
  • Foo Fighters
  • Other Star People
  • F.Y.P
  • F.Y.P
  • Convoy
  • Convoy
  • Wide Mouth Mason
  • Leadfoot
  • Remy Zero
  • Bassholes
  • Bigelf
  • Hans Theessink
  • Foo Fighters
  • Ben Harper
  • Lit
  • Frosted
  • Lit
  • Aimee Mann
  • Ben Harper
  • Blue Meanies
  • Blue Meanies
  • The Fratellis
  • Motochrist
  • Darryl Holter
  • Darryl Holter
  • Kathleen Grace
  • Apeyga
  • Sondre Lerche
  • Sondre Lerche
  • Rob Simonsen
  • Rob Simonsen
  • Midas Whale
  • Idlewild
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • The Kooks
  • Charlie Wadhams
  • Lex Land
  • Lex Land
  • Lex Land

9 Reviews - 2 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jason R.
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    Another wonderful mix!

  2. Review by Jason R.
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    Another fabulous mix. Thank you Todd!

  3. Review by Jason R.
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    Stellar mix. Great working with Todd again!

  4. Review by Ahmedshawly
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    Top professional mixing and mastering! Todd gets the whole idea from the 1st time and delivered the best vision of the track, so happy working with Todd and it won't be the last.

  5. Review by Kim Princis
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    I was a pain in the ass coming back to Todd like a stressed chicken without a head, and he met me kindly and listened to what I wished for. He agreed to meet my independent budget and my 7 track album got a huge leap. Thanks!!

  6. Review by Dominik
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    I got my masters within a day and the quality is just perfect! Todd knows what he's doing. I can highly recommend!!!

  7. Review by Jason R.
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    Once again, Todd delivered a first rate mix right out of the gate. A total pro and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended!

  8. Review by Jason R.
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    Todd is fantastic. If you scroll through his credits, you’ll notice that when he works with an artist or producer, they keep hiring him for future projects. That’s always a good sign and it’s easy to see why they do. Todd’s vision for the mix was right in line with mine from the start and he executed it superbly on the first go. No muss, no fuss. It was a pleasure working with Todd and I know I’ll be another returning artist as well. Thank you Todd!

  9. Review by Pablo P
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    Todd has exceptional ears, knowledge is incredible, disposition amazing. Without Todd's generosity over the years I would have quit a long time ago.

Interview with Todd Burke

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: zzzzzzzzzzz

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

  4. A: We'll get it right.

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

  6. A: SM57. U87. 1073. 1176. A solid single malt Scotch, maybe an Islay.

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

  8. A: Stop overthinking every little thing,. Zoom out. Seriously.

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

  10. A: Folk, Rock, Hard Rock, some Jazz

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: Nice guy, great communicator. I am great at taking the technical load off everyone else and just making it happen (while making it seem easy).

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

  14. A: I moved to Los Angeles in 1994 and began assisting at Grandmaster Recorders and a bit at Sound City. I assisted for a couple years and was very lucky to have Sylvia Massy take me under her wing for a time...I assisted a handful of records until Ben Harper hired me to engineer his third record. Some of his crew then hired me to make Jack Johnson’s first record and from there I pecked out a couple decades of records at Sunset Sound and Sound Factory, many with producer Tony Hoffer....a few with Justin Meldal-Johnson and others. And for the past several years I’ve been working on a lot of film scores with an old buddy of mine Mike Andrews.

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

  16. A: I came up in the 90s, learning from the best: Sylvia Massy, David Bottrell, Dave Sardy, Brad Cook.....

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

  18. A: There’s little I love more than seeing a project through from preproduction to mastering. I’m able to do that less and less these days however with my own family obligations (I’m a dad above all else) as well as the sort of evolved way that most artists work these days. So, more often than not, I’m quite happy mixing at my place and collaborating remotely. If you’re in LA, by all means come by! But if you’re elsewhere there are several ways for us to work together efficiently. I've had great luck lately mixing over Zoom. I have a multi-camera setup in my control room, ready to go at all times.

  19. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  20. A: I've got a Protools-based, hybrid mix setup which can be fed through a custom Aurora Audio rig consisting of a 24 channel discreet mixer (GTM-822 + (2) GTM-822-GN Expansion Units) which shares the 2Buss of a 10 channel Aurora Sidecar. This creates a lovely Neve-like stereo buss (with a bit less mush), as well as 10 channels of hardware insertable Sidecar channels which house my favorite equalizer in the world. I'm certainly not saying it's all about the gear, but when a big fat 2Buss is appropriate, it does come through.I work on a lot of film underscores as well.....so I’m setup to do 5.1 or 7.1 mixing. I mix primarily in ProTools but have a really lovely summing network when appropriate. I’ve got a mix of analog processing and plugins, though the analog gear is being swapped out for plugins at an alarming rate.

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

  22. A: All any of us can do is bring perspective. Often, if coming on as a mixer, just being the guy with a fresh perspective sets me up to point out simple truths about what’s making a song work or not. I’ve been involved in what I consider to be some lovely records over the years and have watched and helped a lot of people craft recordings a lot of different ways. Ultimately we’re trying to create something moving.....I like to keep the focus on that...to help folks zoom out is rarely the wrong call. Anybody can eq a kick drum, you know? And as far as mixing goes.....it’s all balance. I’m deeply versed in analog recording and approach the protools mixer in that way. Balance, gain structure, keeping the fi high (or not) is rarely about adding more plugins per track. I’m a less is more guy....maybe a bit of a purist even.

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

  24. A: Everything

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

  26. A: Every project is different of course....I’m a little more old-school than some in my feeling that I provide a service and try to bend as much as I can go keep folks feeling positive. Whatever gets us there I guess.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • The Kooks
Gear Highlights
  • Aurora Audio Sidecar
  • Aurora Audio Ivar Street Mixer
  • Tascam 48
  • UAD
  • Antelope conversion.
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