I have more five star reviews than any other classical mastering engineer on SoundBetter! I am a British mixing and mastering engineer specializing in classical and instrumental music. I was trained by an Abbey Road legend and I carry that same high standard through into my own work.
Hi I'm Simon. I'm a mixing and mastering engineer originally from England, now living in America. I trained at Leeds College of Music, one of Europe's leading institutes for training in audio engineering and music production. I also spent twelve months training one on one with Paul Baily, a fifteen year veteran of London's legendary Abbey Road Studios and one of the worlds best classical engineers. I've worked with a variety of artists from across Europe, North America, South America and Asia but lean more towards classical and instrumental music and I've spent a lot of time mixing live recordings. I take a very traditional approach to my work, developing rich textures and tones through a layering of equipment to build up a deep warmth and character. When mastering I stick to traditional analogue techniques, pulling out the very best characteristics of the mix and keeping as much of the tracks dynamics as possible, never mastering for loudness but instead working to create a track that is ready for release on modern media but has all the character of classic records.
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55 Reviews - 12 Repeat ClientsEndorse Simon Teece
Simon is a professional.
Very glad about the results.
The mix is awesome.
Simon was quick to respond to all requests and very professional to work with throughout the entire process. The end result was fantastic! I would work with Simon again and highly recommend to others.
He kept working to get the sound right!
Simon did a great job mixing and mastering my classical tune!
He managed to bring out a lot of warmth and vibrancy, and on a very strict deadline.
Simon does a great job of mixing and mastering piano music, I highly recommend his services.
I really apreciated my first collaboration with Simon.
He mixed 15 minutes of orchestral music for me. I'm very happy with the result.
He is a dedicated and hard-working mixing engineer.
Another great master for my track! Simon delivers amazing results and fast. It is important that you be very clear of what you would like your music to sound like and trust his judgements. Simon always has the goal of making your music sound exactly as intended or better.
Simon was a pleasure to work with and I'm really pleased with the final result.
Simon is awesome to work with and responds very quickly to all communications. Not only is he a master at what he does, but he offers suggestions that I wouldn’t have considered along the way. It’s always nice to work with someone that has no problem sharing their thoughts in a professional and constructive manner. Looking forward to working with him again!
As always a pleasure to work with Simon. His attention to detail and willingness to do a good job will always make me return to work with him.
Simon has done another beautiful mixing job. He has become my favourite mixing engineer here at Soundbetter.
Another amazing job of Simon, definitely my go to person for mixing and mastering classical music.
I am a repeat customer here for a good reason. Got the job done perfectly and really quick. No revisions were needed. He understood exactly what I was aiming for and got it done.
Another fantastic mixing job by Simon. I really enjoy working with him, he is very professional.
It has been a pleasure working with Simon.
He's a professional sound engineer, easy to comunicate with, and fast in delivery. I am really Happy with the final result!
Working with Simon was truly a pleasure. He has great ears, and knows how to practice his craft in a way that preserves the vision of the song but brings out the best in it. I hired him for mixing and mastering, and the quality of his work and attention to detail across both is evident. Can't wait to hire him again. Many thanks Simon.
Simon was great to work with, there was continues communication and regular updates with the progress to deliver the song exactly as needed. And the delivery was fast. Highly recommended.
Simon has done again a very nice job mixing another of my compositions. Very professional. Highly recommended.
Another superb work of Simon. I love how dedicated he is and I can say that the sound of the final piece is the result of it. Amazing sound engineer.
It was my second time working with Simon and I am very pleased with the results. He is a very professional mixer and he does not complete the job until he is 100% satisfied. Also, the communication with him is excellent.
Interview with Simon Teece
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'd highly recommend Dissa K. to anyone who needs a composer, his work is amazing.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I think the most common question I get asked is how soon could I have a project completed. In a busy and competitive market most clients don't want to wait too longer after they've finished their composition to be able to release it. I have had a deadline yet that I wasn't able to meet.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: This is a hard one, as a very analogue focused engineer just five pieces of equipment is restrictive but I guess I'd have to take a Macbook Pro, Pro Tools, Universal Audio Apollo packed with great emulations, PMC monitors and a Studer J37. Not the perfect studio but with this selection of gear you could make everything sound beautiful.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like taking a recording, whether it's from a session in a world class recording studio or a rough live cut, and turning it into a finished track.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Bill Putnam Sr, Tony Maserati and Jack Joseph Puig have all had a major impact on how I think about sound and mixing.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: One of the projects that I'm most proud of was mixing a live recording for a British band called Cohesion. The recording was limited, just a hand full of stems taken straight out of the live board and I was tasked with taking these rough recordings and turning them into a finished product. In the end the band was extremely happy with the result, commenting that the tracks sounded better than their studio recordings. This was a proud moment for me, I love it when you can help a band or musician achieve the final sound they're looking for.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I'm working on mastering a collection of recordings for an ambient musician. The original recordings were never professionally mixed and the stems have since been lost so I'm working to bring a richer, more even tone to the tracks.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer to work in analogue formats as much as possible. There's a warmth and character that you get from analogue that's just so hard to find in digital media. These days we spend so long trying to recapture that quality and tone that I'd rather just work straight with the original. Don't get me wrong, digital has it's value but I always choose analogue if I can.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To work with them so that they can achieve their desired sound. A mix is about helping the musician get to where they want to be, not about stamping your sound on something.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People sometimes think that mixing is easy. There are so many presets and quick fixes you can use now that sometimes you'll find that people think anyone can do this but that's just not true. Sure anyone can balance faders, throw on some plug-ins and open up presets but that doesn't get you a good mix. Truly great mix engineers know how to take what's there and make it shine or help repair something that's not good enough and this takes talent and experience.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What sort of sound are they looking for? Did they have any particular artist or track that inspired their recordings.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you know what you're looking for and then just ask for it. It's best that everybody be clear on where you're trying to go from the beginning.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing this for well over a decade. Emigrating to another country slowed down the flow of work for a while but I've been mixing for a long time.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Warm, rich and dynamic.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Olafur Arnalds. I think Olafur composes such beautifully delicate music and I'd love to work on one of his records.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is my ability to work quickly and still achieve a great result. I can work quickly without sacrificing tonal quality.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I always try and bring a rich tone to a song. Each track is different but a rich, natural and warm tone is always a great thing to bring to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically when I start a mix I'll throw up the faders and just get a general feel for the track. Then I'll start working on pulling things down into groups so I can begin to balance out the song. Then I'll dive into all the little details that really set a mix apart. I try and work quickly, never lingering too long on one thing. I try and make a solid decision and work from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio is a blend between analogue and digital, with pieces selected from some of the worlds top brands such as Pro Tools, Neve, SSL, Universal Audio and Mansley Labs but it's always evolving to make sure I have the right equipment for any project.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work that I've done for clients in the parts has been mixing tracks recorded by other engineers. I've especially found myself mixing live recordings. I love taking a musicians live performances and giving them a well balanced final mix.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I love to use compression, used delicately it's the most musical tool a mix engineer has at their disposal. One of my favourite things to do is break down frequency bands and compress them separately, it works so much better than just putting a multi-band compressor on a channel. You can really delve into much richer tones when you chain different equipment together and it works brilliantly on drums and bass guitars.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: More often than not I've found myself working on classical and instrumental music but I've worked on a variety of other styles like soulful singer songwriters and rock.