10+ years experience in NYC as an engineer and producer, professional pianist, and composer. My main gig these days is composing for film and TV, but my passion has always been making records. Genres I specialize in: Singer-songwriter, modern classical, folk, ambient, jazz, and indie rock. My music has been featured in dozens of TV commercials.
Music Production, Composing, Mixing / Mastering, Sound Design, Session Keyboards, Session Drums and Bass
~ All from a studio I built in an 1800's Catskills barn. Career Highlights: I've written songs for Blondie; played keys for CeeLo Green, Steel Pulse, and No ID; and produced dozens of independent artists.
My studio is equipped with a piano, a cello, drums, many guitars, BAE preamps, Retro 176 compressor, AKG mics and lots of synths and sound makers. I work in Logic Pro X and have a huge library of samples, sound effects, and virtual instruments and other tools to bring your music to life.
With every project I work on, my goal is to help you hone your vision and find the sound that you're hearing in your head. I usually start with a list of references so that we can find a musical common ground.
Check out photos of my studio: Elbow Room Recording on Instagram @elbowroomrecording
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Love working with this cat. He don’t miss a beat, has BIG ears, great gear, years of very musical experience and a light, funny heart. I’ll continue to hit Jon up and work on other projects, without doubt
I've worked with John on several big projects and he has a skill that is very hard to find.
He's able to help interpret artists' expressed visions into a song. His knowledge of music theory is very good & adds to his natural talent for constructing the right chords & incorporating the ideas of fellow collaborators. I highly recommend him for any music production needs!
Working with Jon is seamless, he’s incredibly proficient as both a musician and engineer. Jon makes it easy to both explore and refine ideas, facilitating creative expression and then honing in on the detailed composition. Elbow Room is also one of the coziest studios in history.
Jon Notar is quite possibly the best engineer/producer I’ve ever worked with! Not only can he capture the exact sound and aesthetic that his clients are looking for, he can do it swiftly! Extremely talented and extremely professional!!
Jon Notar is the greatest professional I have ever worked with… He finds way to achieve that sound. Hidden Gem in the world of music composing, recording and producing. Highly recommended.
Interview with Jon Notar
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific about what you're looking for. The more details the better. Provide references.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a pianist, and session keyboardist. Then became a recording engineer and music producer, and later managed the studio I was working at in NYC, then I changed gears and started doing the composition gig full-time, first as a freelancer, and now as a full time staff writer.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Too many to name just one. I dont know, Radiohead?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixes and productions sound cleaner when instruments are only panned Left, Right, or Center. Nothing in between. Definitely just a preference, but it works.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types. Literally.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is distilling a persons musical likes and interests into a full production. I approach everything as a musician and producer, and try not to get bogged down in overanalyzing a mix or a specific sound. The goal is to make a complete music production that works and do whatever it takes to get it there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the mind of a life long musician and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a total audio engineering nerd. I love creating music, its all I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk to an artist about what they're looking for, who their influences are, what songs they really like, and then take it from there. Usually I like to get a rough version of a song going and show it to them to make sure they sign off on the direction and then clean it up and finish it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Daniel Lanois style music production studio with no live room or vocal booth. Im a big fan of working with an artist in a single room. I just moved into a new space called Elbow Room Recording in Saugerties NY which is a room in an 1870's post-in-beam timber frame barn. Its a great sounding room and its filled with instruments, synths, guitars, toys, all kinds of stuff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Im a big fan of Nigel Godrich and anything he touches, but also Joe Chiccarelli, George Martin, Daniel Lanois, Butch Vig are obvious choices. I love the work that Andrija Tokic does at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville. And Im a huge fan of Jim Scott and the work he does at Plyrz in Ca.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is composition for Film, TV, Advertising, Web, and Apps. Everything from sonic branding to post mixing. However, I always try to balance that work with producing artists and bands. I've always done lots of different types of work, but always involving music and sound.