Mixing for DIY/Home Recordings

John Eric on SoundBetter

Decade of mixing experience specializing in DIY / Self recorded productions as well as full studio productions. I have transformed less than ideal and zero-budget productions into recordings that have been featured on major TV shows including Shameless (Showtime), New Girl (Fox), The Fosters (ABC Family), Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family) and more.

After working with several major producers with my own bands in the mid 2000's I caught the recording bug and began self-recording and mixing my bands as well as other artists. Since 2010 I have professionally written, produced and mixed music for TV as well as a handful of normal releases.

I am deeply interested in self-recorded and DIY music. I think that artists are coming up with very interesting and unique productions on their own with the tools available and I absolutely think that those recordings can be made to be competitive with professional recordings that were made in a pro studio. I love the process of mixing these recordings to be the best that they can be and embracing / enhancing the creativity that the artists and producers already put into the recordings. I do not see the use of cheap gear and DIY techniques as problems, but as opportunities that most often can lead to unique and inspiring mixes that are far more interesting than a cookie cutter mix of a professionally recorded song.

That all said, I also do love working with studio recordings and taking the concepts I use in making home recording come to life and applying them to professional productions. I use a hybrid mixing setup of high quality DSP plugins through an analog mix bus and high quality converters.

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Interview with John Eric

  1. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  2. A: I like both. If it's dope it's dope.

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

  4. A: Don't worry about gear. You can make a boring, uninspired record with amazing gear just as easily as through bad gear.

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

  6. A: I am fascinated by the Country music recording scene, so any artist out in Nashville that is successful. It would be a great learning experience.

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

  8. A: Work on going off the grid in editing (especially drums). Even in electronic music you can build very cool grooves by just moving away from the grid.

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

  10. A: Indie rock, psychedelic and folk. Country and Americana.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I can make home recordings sound professional and exciting.

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

  14. A: I like finding the coolest or most interesting moments of a song and giving them a platform for them to shine.

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

  16. A: I like to chisel and sculpt a production bit by bit to add complexity and groove. I like using layers of gear in different combinations to build vibe in a track. I love sending things out into modulating delays, compressors and tape to create movement and dynamics in the production.

  17. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  18. A: Tube and transformer outboard front end into Pro Tools. Hybrid mixing setup using the best plugins into an outboard analog mix bus.

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

  20. A: This changes often but I am currently into 70's country and and rock (things like Willy, Waylon, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, ELO, ect) as well as 90's Shoegaze bands like Slowdive and Catherine Wheel. The players and production on those albums are outstanding. I am also loving all of the latest releases by the Thundercat / Kamasi Washington / Terrace Martin crew of jazz musicians, Frank Ocean, Chris Stapleton, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and The War On Drugs.

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

  22. A: Mixing, production.

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GenresSounds Like
  • The War On Drugs
  • Father John Misty
  • Imagine Dragons
Gear Highlights
  • Pro Tools
  • Reason
  • Studio One
  • UAD
  • Sound Toys
  • Kush
  • various analog mix bus / summing processors
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