Dave Johnston is a freelance producer and engineer from Auckland, New Zealand whose combination of mixing finesse and musicianship make him a highly valuable asset to any project. Dave has developed a reputation for bringing the best out of projects through attention to detail and a penchant for making very musical mixing and production decisions.

Via online delivery, Dave can remotely mix your tracks to a professional standard from his home studio, saving you the cost of hiring an expensive facility. He takes pride in producing very tidy mixes that preserve the 'real' sound and characteristics of the band and musical instruments. A drummer and composer himself, Dave has an ear for tight timing and is a valuable contributor to arrangement and performance decisions when consulted.

Although not limited to a particular genre, Dave has developed a name for powerful and characteristic rock mixes and is highly valued as a creative producer. Having been through the album production process multiple times on both sides of the glass (as a studio musician and as a producer / engineer), Dave has developed his skill set while working alongside highly experienced engineers, producers and musicians.

In addition to his work as a freelance audio engineer, Dave is the drummer of Kiwi band Villainy, one of the most talked about rock bands to emerge from New Zealand in recent years. Villainy won the prestigious 'Best Rock Album of 2013' at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards for their debut album 'Mode. Set. Clear', a record that hit #1 on the New Zealand album charts and spawned four chart topping rock radio singles.

Dave is proficient at mixing, editing, vocal tuning & comping, programming and mastering services.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Pro Tools 11 & 10
  • Adam Audio
  • Universal Audio
  • Slate Digital
  • Waves
  • Fabfilter
  • Focusrite
  • Antares

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I'm very flexible and punctuality is important to me, so you can expect I'll meet any reasonable deadlines agreed on. Feel free to contact me to discuss your project further!

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