Hello Everyone. My name is Shawn Carter and I am a freelance music producer, engineer, mixing and mastering musical artists. I also sing and am a songwriter, plus DJ on occasion when I feel like it hah. There's not much I don't do in regards to music and audio for film so I'm always looking to meet awesome artists and make amazing art!
I have a small space for recording, mainly vocals. As well as recording, I know how songs should sound and what they need to become great. I make instrumentals that are available if needed, and also work with you to make create your own sound. I mix and master all tracks. Plus, if you only need me to do one of these things, I give the best of quality and the sound that you are looking for. If you're not satisfied with the sound then let me know what needs to be done and I'll fix it for you no problem!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
20 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse S. Carter II, The Engineer
Shawn does great work and his quick as well. I highly recommend his services to all artists
Shawn Carter II, was absolutely amazing! He really took the time the fully understand what I wanted, was super fast at replying, was extremely patient, and the song turned out better than what I had envisioned. Loved his process, would recommend 10/10.
First experience w SGM was beyond what I could have asked for. Dude was very responsive and flipped a master around for me in less than a day. Most importantly, it sounds great!!! Usually I don't hear from people for days at a time, so the communication and turnaround time definitely give this dude a 10/10. I will be returning again no doubt!
Quick effect and very reliable. This is the first of many songs. Extremely professional and down to earth. Definitely took my song from mediocre to extraordinary.
Very timely and proficient! Pleasure working with SGM.
Pleased working with SGM. He is very patient and talented.
Solid, creative work and lightning-fast turnaround times. It was a pleasure working with you!
Extremely fast turnaround, super friendly and accommodating, and professional! I intend to work with him again!
Shawn has mastered 12 songs for me and they are beautiful and just what I wanted.
I also had some level issues on my end that he helped me to solve and he was extremely clear.
Also there were never any issues on his end-
this one was not a easy job for Shawn and i but , but glad to have been able to work with him, Shawn is great at listening to what u want and delivering and has delivered as we completed another 1.
great communication, and really focus on what you want in the song
SGM is great to work with and a good honest guy himself and can get on your level with a song pretty quick , great response time and always true to word look for to making more art with this guy 🤙🏽
Very good communication and delivers what they say with good advice. Thank you for putting up with me ha ha
Another two done, very happy with my results!
Very easy to work with. Very helpful, got exactly what I wanted
Something in my gut said to go to SGM and I'm happy I did because what I got back was exactly what I wanted. I wanted a crisp commercial sound to my end product and it was delivered.
Dude is dope. Easy to work with and results are A1.
Thanks for the nice job!
Awesome person to work with. really patient, nice and talented! everything a guy like me that needs help could ask for. Thanks!
Interview with S. Carter II, The Engineer
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I record, mix and master songs for the artist that I work with. I also produce and song write, and help them bring the sound they want from their mind and make it a reality.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Pharrell, Ne-Yo, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Diplo. There's plenty more but that's just to name a few.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I am currently working out of my attic which I have insulated and cut sections for a vocal booth and control room. I use a ProjectMix I/O board, which has worked wonders. Two types of monitors for the best mixing possible. A few keyboards to make beats and compose with. It's a nice little set up that works out great.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I work with an artists, I like to talk with them and get a feel for what they want. Usually I can catch a vibe and we start working on songs that day. I like to record everything possible, let the artist go home with a rough mix and come back to tweak here and there. After recording, I begin mixing and doing a bit of producing as well. I bring the artist in to see if they like what they hear and then it's off to mastering and a finished product and happy artist!
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experimental originality. I love tinkering with different sounds and effects and hiding things in the mix to make the song stand out over everyone else. I like to make my songs elaborate to the fact that you hear something new each time you listen so that it never gets old. Timeless-ness.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is in my mixing. That's where I'm most creative and really work my magic.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on Hip-Hop, R&B, and EDM. I love working with all kinds of music, but those three are my specialty.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't be afraid to get weird, you'll find something that works for you.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Pharrell. Ever since the Neptune days of his career, I've always loved his sound, his voice, his lyrics and drive. I idolize the fact that he isn't limited to one genre and can do everything, even score movies!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Subtle and shocking.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recorded an little EP for a friend in my college days. We recorded three songs and it was for a school project. I was producer, engineer, mixer and songwriter. I am in love with this project because not only did the artist love it, it was rated top of the class and I didn't even record it at the studio!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: After college, I wanted to own my own studio, produce artists and myself and get some hits. I have been at this music thing for about 8 years now.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: my mac, my blue spark, my akai, my mackie, and my headphones.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm not as seasoned as the other guys, but I know what I'm doing like the other guys, and I can get it right the first time.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's my timeframe for the project? What of my services would you like? Is this all original music? Are you ready to sound like a million bucks?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I'm not real because I'm not in a super fancy studio. The music I make in my space transfers well to everything that it is played on. I do good work, minus all the super fancy stuff.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Lately, that question has been 'Can you use auto-tune?' and of course the answer is yes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The expression on an artists' face when I can bring what was in their head and put it into their ears just like they pictured, if not better. It's such a good feeling to see the light shine across their face.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You're going to get the best quality song there is.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. I love the warmth that comes through an analog sound that's missed in digital.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Chris Summers a.k.a DJ iShine.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently, I'm doing a long term production with my label Colored Radio as well as Live Long Media. For these two companies I am the lead engineer for anything they do audio wise (music, video sound, podcasts, etc.) With Colored Radio, we have a weekly podcast that airs every Saturday on the Shane Show app for Android and iPhone so head there and check my work!