Grammy Nominated Producer (Lupe Fiasco)/Mixer/DJ. I specialize in bringing out the best of your creative energy and beyond. No shortcuts. Let's elevate your music to heights you only imagined possible!
BIO: Cory Doan currently calls Woodstock, NY home. Although his Grammy Nominated career began in 2003, his love for music has been a life long journey. Getting his hands on his first Hip Hop cassette at 6 years old, Cory instantly connected to the booming bass, heavy grooves, and fresh sounds the expanding culture had to offer. Not only did he connect with it musically, he also embraced the powerful messages of knowing the self, complete freedom of creative expression, and the importance of being unique in a world filled with people struggling to connect with their true identity. With this love for music fueling his journey, Cory began honing his production skills against a backdrop of playing the trombone as well as DJing/Remixing. The mix of big drums, soulful melodies, and supersonic sounds blended with a keen ear to what is current in the culture, has created a fresh sound. Cory strives to make records that will not only have a tremendous impact on today’s culture, but will survive the test of time and inspire creative energy for generations to follow.
OFFER: I can offer a wide range of music production. Growing up in Woodstock allowed me to connect with many different vibes. My goal as a producer is to be of service and bring out the best in the artist. The production, sound, and music will be top shelf!
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
42 Reviews - 9 Repeat ClientsEndorse Soundmason
Soundmason has an amazing ear and helped bring my record to a new level through his own special creativity and ability to execute an artist’s vision. Will definitely be back with more records.
Was really dope.!
A solid dude with excellent mix and master skills plus great communicator. Definitely continuing to work with Cory.
Soundmason is the man! Aways down to make the best product and makes sure the artist is happy.
Very professional, provided a great service, would definitely work with again
Great to work with Soundmason...very intuitive and professional. Mix was super solid.
Talented producer, easy to work with, would defo work with again
Soundmason is an incredible engineer and expert. He makes sure you are happy and supplies only the best! I can't recommend him enough, one of the best on Soundbetter.
Cory created amazing beats and transformed the mix of my track. Communication was regular, informative and great throughout.
Can't recommend him enough, and looking forward to starting our next collab already. Thanks Cory
Cory was super dope to work with! Immediately upped the quality of work on the project we worked on. He genuinely supported the process and was a source of positive energy through and through!
Cory is a great producer with a wide range of musical vocabulary. He is a true professional who is great to work with. Highly recommend.
Soundmason took the time and care to really help my vision come to life. Every artist's music is precious to them, and it's rare you find someone who recognizes that and really treats it with such respect. He has the skill to really help you achieve whatever you are trying to do with a particular track, and is capable of delivering different sounds/styles depending on what the song needs. Fast, efficient, good communicator, and very fairly priced. Will def be working with him again.
I'm a returning customer, because he delivers everything I ask for and more. He's professional, creative and has a strong ear for music. I highly recommend Soundmason for your music project.
I'm a returning customer, because he listens to what I want and consistently delivers, at a reasonable price. He's professional and very creative, because he has an ear for music.
Great amazing job as always! Highly recommend !
Working with Cory has been one of my most rewarding collaborative experiences of all time — certainly my best collaborative experience in music. Cory’s mixing skills are elite! He really understands the dynamics and dimensions that go into different sounds; and he zeroed in on taking my style and sound to the next level. Further, Cory's professionalism is impeccable. He's attentive, he takes notes well, he offers valuable insight, and he always responds quickly. Exceptional!
Soundmason is a talented, creative, professional producer. He listened to my need (edit a beat) and delivered everything I asked for and more. He delivered the final product in a short period of time, for a reasonable price. I highly recommend him.
I had a great experience with Cory - he was very responsive, patient and understanding of the desired outcome and really delivered a fantastic result - highly recommended!
Again this guy knows many sounds and can hit what style you like. Also good ideas to format / arrange a beat. Very responsive and correct.
Professional. Gifted producer, true music, something that you rarely see in this era of fastfood trap from FruitLoops.
Interview with Soundmason
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to take raw creative energy, simplify it, and then make it sound great.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I approach each project with a fresh perspective. I speak with the client and get a good feel for what they want to accomplish, both generally then and specifically with the music. From there I like to generate ideas and see which ones resonate, then start to focus on one or certain ones until we have what we are looking for. I prefer to bounce ideas back and forth, as this creates energy which takes the music to a new level. The best creations come from a balance of using the left and right sides of the brain. A combination of thinking and feeling!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio runs on a combination of Ableton, Logic X, and Pro Tools. I have Universal Audio interfaces and plug-ins for recording and mixing. I have a Dave Smith OB6 and Behringer Model D. I also use Omnisphere 2, Keyscape, and Alchemy synths. For monitoring I have Focal CMS 65s.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working with a rapper from Staten Island named Kritikal. We just released a new single titled "Smoked". We also have a dancehall vibe in the bag for summer. I also recently released a production music album for Position Music. One of the tracks was used in the new season of Empire. I am also working on a few other projects that are in the early stages.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog. I feel an analog machine has a consciousness and a soul. Digital has it's own unique energy and vibe as well, and I am starting to see more opportunities to mold the sound with unique, under-the-radar plug ins.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Laptop, Roland DJ 808, Ableton Push 2, OB6, Moog One
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced All Black Everything for Lupe Fiasco. The record went Gold and was nominated for a Grammy, yet I find the actual feedback from the fans the most rewarding. The record really connected with people and created a space for them to expand their thinking and feel new emotions.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise my clients they will be satisfied with the outcome of our work if they are willing to commit to it. I do my best to deliver. I ask the same of them.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The process of creating.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How can I accomplish my vision? The answer is to visualize, focus, be persistent, and have a flexible mind.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That anyone with a computer program can do it.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are you looking to accomplish? Do you have a specific vision for your music? Where do you see your music in 5 years?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask yourself what you want to accomplish in your project. If you are looking to get the best possible outcome and want to push the boundaries of your creativity, I will help you accomplish that.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began DJing in 1997, which led to an interest in production. I went to a trade school to learn how to run a studio and began professionally producing around 2003.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would say a mix of classic and progressive. I like to tap into what made music production great in the 80s and 90s while creating a fresh sound that resonates with today.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to work with the next great, game changing rap artist no one knows about yet!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Follow the energy of a session. I find it counter productive to force anything.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically I work on hip hop or genres that connect to hip hop, which are many these days.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique energy and talent for maximizing the potential and outcome of a song and it's release. I see the my role as the one who steers the ship and knows when and where to add input and when to just let the process take course.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired by most musicians and producers. I appreciate the energy and courage it takes to create and break new ground.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I produce the best results for my clients. I use many techniques to get the best performance and creativity out of the artist, taking them to a new creative space which opens the door for something special to happen.